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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Just to double check this method only works with the gfxboot that is mentioned at the beginning of the thread.

    http://quasarfreak.googlepages.com/g....97-5_i386.deb

    If you have ANY version of GRUB installed as well you have the wrong gfxboot installed. Check this in synaptic.

    Code:
    grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
     (hdx,y) # this will be the output
    grub> root (hdx,y)
     Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83 # this should be the output
    grub> setup (hdx,y)
    and do this also.

    Code:
    sudo grub-install /dev/hdA0
    Replace the A with lowercase letter of drive, 0 with partition number on that drive.
    GRUB to dev conversion.
    (hd0) = /dev/hda
    (hd1) = /dev/hdb
    (xxx,0) = /dev/xxx1
    (xxx,1) = /dev/xxx2
    (xxx,7) = /dev/xxx8

    My other problem I had with this was that I had two GRUB's on my system one on /dev/hdb2 and one in the MBR of the first hard drive /dev/hda. One got updated one didn't. Check that is not the case.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Hi,
    I have read this thread on how to do GfxBoot like in SuSe.
    i have amd64 kernel and the deb file is for 386...
    how can i install the GfxBoot and make it work instead of GRUB...
    i want my menu to have an animation B4 loading Os...
    thx for ur help

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    Arrow Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    WARNING: As with any HOWTO, please take care when modifying your files/system; backup if necessary, and prepare for alternative outcomes.
    The following is what's worked best for me .

    What works for one, does not work for all!

    If you are still having trouble getting Gfxboot work, try the following steps (modified from this post) that have worked for me:

    1. Start by backing up your current menu.lst so you can revert to it if you want to later
    Code:
    sudo cp -pv /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst.backup
    2. Download the files (grub-gfxboot.deb and message.suse [you can use the files at the bottom of this UDSF page as well, or the end of the first post of this thread!])
    3. Uninstall grub
    Code:
    sudo aptitude remove grub
    4. Install .deb file 'cd' to wherever you downloaded the .deb file, then issue
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i grub-gfxboot_0.97-5_i386.deb
    5. Copy message.suse file to /boot/grub 'cd' to wherever you downloaded the theme file, then issue
    Code:
    sudo cp message.suse /boot/grub/ ## you can copy any message file over from the bottom of the UDSF page as well
    6. Add line to beginning of /boot/grub/menu.lst file
    Code:
    gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse ## modify message.suse to whichever theme you downloaded, message.snowish, for example
    7. Enter the following GRUB commands (use sudo fdisk -l to find out where your Ubuntu drive/partition is located...mine happens to be on sda1, so I use that.) Each line is a separate command:
    Code:
    sudo grub-install /dev/hdx ## put your drive values in...mine happens to be sda1, so I use that
    
    sudo grub
    
    grub> find /boot/grub/stage1  ## use the output of this to fill in the following values...output will look like this (hdx,y) ... mine is (hd1,0)
    
    grub> root (hdx,y)  ## put your values in here from previous step ... I put in (hd1,0) here including the parentheses
    
    grub> setup (hdx,y)  ## put your values in here from previous step ... again, I use (hd1,0)
    
    grub> quit
    
    Save all open files, close out, reboot.  I like to use sudo reboot b/c it's quick...but be sure to save any open file(s) and close out programs before you do this!
    8. Reboot and enjoy your new GRUB modification!

    FYI:
    If you have your "Pretty Colors" line enabled (uncommented) or have added your own to your menu.lst file, I have found commenting it out once again, like it is by default on a fresh Ubuntu install, has been helpful...don't know whether this is important or not
    Last edited by ciscosurfer; September 6th, 2006 at 09:41 PM. Reason: added 'backup' for those who want it

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Very good. My grub looks awesome now
    (using Ubuntu Grey)
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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Quote Originally Posted by ltmon View Post
    I just thought I should post that the newly advised method of installing grub using:
    Code:
    sudo grub
    
    grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
     (hdx,y) # this will be the output
    grub> root (hdx,y)
    grub> setup (hdx)
    did not work for me.

    I had to use the old method of fdisk -l followed by grub-install. Maybe because I don't have an IDE drive (e.g. my drive is sda1/sda2/sda3)?

    Possibly you should add it back to the main instructions as an alternative method for installing.

    L.

    Same thing for me as well, just thought I'd let you know so u could add the second method as well to the howto.


    Also I've got a couple of questions..

    Does anyone know how to change the resolution of the boot up screen? I'm using a widescreen monitor and 800x600 doesn't look as good. I tried resizing the .jpg image in the message archive to 1680x1050 but it was only shown cropped during boot.

    thanks again for the wonderful guide!!

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    Exclamation Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Hi, I typed setup (hd0) by accident (my ubuntu drive is at hd1) and, though GFXboot works fine for Ubuntu, I can't boot windows anymore. BTW, my Ubuntu drive is removable, so that's why I didn't want to install it on my HD.

    Also, I'm getting an error 21 for GRUB on the HD.

    How do I fix this and uninstall it so that WinXP boots normally?

    Thanks,
    -Metroid48

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    @latebeat
    Refer to post #153

    And try keeping your questions limited to the title of this thread...post other questions not relating to Gfxboot to another thread to keep this thread consistent.

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Quote Originally Posted by Metroid48 View Post
    Hi, I typed setup (hd0) by accident (my ubuntu drive is at hd1) and, though GFXboot works fine for Ubuntu, I can't boot windows anymore. BTW, my Ubuntu drive is removable, so that's why I didn't want to install it on my HD.

    Also, I'm getting an error 21 for GRUB on the HD.

    How do I fix this and uninstall it so that WinXP boots normally?

    Thanks,
    -Metroid48
    Boot to your Windows XP disc and go to recovery console type in fixboot and fixmbr. If you don't know how to get to recovery console do a google search for "XP RECOVERY CONSOLE".
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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Uh-oh. I have no clue where my XP disk is.

    Any free ways to do it?

    EDIT: Also, forgot to mention it. I don't have a floppy drive either.
    Last edited by Metroid48; August 27th, 2006 at 11:57 PM.

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