It works!!! You don't need to compile with initrd: but you must give grub (if you use grub) an option
I'm really happy I finally got it working, all the work yesterday isn't thrown away. I got great help from this site:
- Some notes on the site:
the link to the splashutils doesn't exist anymore, but you must go to the same site:
and download bootsplash-3.1.tar.bz2. Unzip it, cd into the Utilities directory and 'make' the utilities.
- This entry in grub worked for me (the example on the site didn't):
title Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.5 met bootsplash
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.5 root=/dev/hda7 vga=791
Hope I can help anyone some further with this. Bootsplash.org is great, but the explanation on how to get your bootsplash working lacks, especially the part after recompiling the kernel...