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    HOWTO: Bootup splash screen with splashy

    This howto will allow you to get a bootup image with progress bar, like the livecd does.
    In this post i'm using my self-made theme. You can make your own or download another, it's up to you!

    Splashy for Ubuntu

    (1) Download latest splashy package from: http://alioth.debian.org/projects/splashy/

    (2) Install the splashy .deb:
    Code:
    $ sudo dpkg -i splashy_0.1.3.svn.2_i386.deb
    (3) Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst to add vga=792 (1024x768 millions colors) or vga=791 (1024x768 thousands colors) to your default boot option.
    For example:
    Code:
    title		Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.10-5-k7 Default 
    root		(hd0,0)
    kernel		/vmlinuz root=/dev/hde6 ro quiet splash vga=792
    initrd		/initrd.img
    savedefault
    boot
    See codes table below:

    (4) Download my Ubuntu splashy theme from: http://infinito.f2o.org/downloads/ub...y_theme.tar.gz

    You can get more themes from: http://splashy.alioth.debian.org/themes/

    (5) Untar ubuntu theme:
    Code:
    $ tar xzf ubuntu_splashy_theme.tar.gz
    (6) Copy files to splashy dir:
    Code:
    $ sudo cp -a ubuntu/ /etc/splashy/themes
    (7) Edit splashy config file:
    Code:
    $ sudo mv /etc/splashy/config.xml /etc/splashy/config.xml.old
    $ sudo mv /etc/splashy/themes/ubuntu/config.xml /etc/splashy
    That's all! Next time you reboot your computer you'll see splashy in action!

    Links of interest:
    http://nanofreesoft.org/index.php/Splashy
    http://nanofreesoft.org/index.php/Upower

    VGA Codes Table:
    Code:
                    640x480    800x600    1024x768       1280x1024
    256 colors        768        771         773            775
    32K colors        784        787         790            793
    64K colors        785        788         791            794
    16M colors        786        789         792            795
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    Last edited by infinito; June 15th, 2005 at 10:04 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Bootup splash screen with splashy

    Does this take affect during the whole boot process?

    Like no "freaks out noob" text is scrolling?

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    Re: HOWTO: Bootup splash screen with splashy

    Quote Originally Posted by thechitowncubs
    Does this take affect during the whole boot process?

    Like no "freaks out noob" text is scrolling?
    You will see the first two text lines only...

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    Re: HOWTO: Bootup splash screen with splashy

    I realize this is supposed to be an "alpha" stage package, but it has worked flawlessly on my box and I certainly hope the development on it continues. I did read where it recently forked into the Upower project so it remains to be see where all this settles.

    Thanks for the great How-To.
    People should definitely give it a go.
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    Re: HOWTO: Bootup splash screen with splashy

    Didn't work here:
    I got smaller text and a message saying splashy was not running and to check the
    /etc/default/splashy and /etc/splashy/config.xml files for format errors. I got green text saying boot was 30% 40% etc complete. Strangely when I shutdown it seemed to be working........

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    Re: HOWTO: Bootup splash screen with splashy

    Quote Originally Posted by kleeman
    Didn't work here:
    I got smaller text and a message saying splashy was not running and to check the
    /etc/default/splashy and /etc/splashy/config.xml files for format errors. I got green text saying boot was 30% 40% etc complete. Strangely when I shutdown it seemed to be working........
    Please, try to change the contents of /etc/splashy/config.xml to this:
    Code:
    <splashy>
        <progressbar>
            <!-- here are tags to set the bar... x is the x coordinate and
            y is the y coordinate, width and height are for the progress bar.
            Remember that x, y width and height are expressed in percentage -->
            <x>20</x>
            <y>90</y>
            <width>60</width>
            <height>2</height>
            <!-- here you can set the color of the progressbar...
            set the amount of red, green, blue and alpha channel. 
            Remember that the max value is 255 and the minumun value is 0-->
            <red>207</red>
            <green>0</green>
            <blue>0</blue>
            <alpha>255</alpha>
        </progressbar>
        <background>
            <boot>/etc/splashy/themes/ubuntu/background.jpg</boot>
            <shutdown>/etc/splashy/themes/ubuntu/shutdown.jpg</shutdown>
            <errorimg>/etc/splashy/themes/ubuntu/error.jpg</errorimg>
        </background>
        <fifo>/etc/splashy/splashy.fifo</fifo>
        <pid>/etc/splashy/splashy.pid</pid>
        <autoverboseonerror>yes</autoverboseonerror>
    </splashy>

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    Re: HOWTO: Bootup splash screen with splashy

    Looks like someone else is having your problem.
    I'm actually using the Upower package but can't seem to find a copy right now.
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    Re: HOWTO: Bootup splash screen with splashy

    Okay, I chased it down finally.
    The latest version is not the one on the Alioth page.

    Get splashy_0.1-5_i386.deb from HERE.

    You'll also need the libdirectfb-0.9-22 and lib++dfb-0.9-22 packages.

    That should get everything up to speed.
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    Re: HOWTO: Bootup splash screen with splashy

    None of it worked I'm afraid. The first fix just changed the boot(down) screen picture. The same error occured during bootup. I did notice however that the boot(up) screen appear extremely briefly. When I installed the other packages no boot(up) or boot(down) screens appear at all but it does claim that splashy is operating
    Looks like I've been bitten by alpha software....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kleeman
    Looks like I've been bitten by alpha software....
    Drats! Things will get better with further devel work.
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