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I'm a newbie to Linux and I just installed Suse 8.2 on my computer. I have seen Suse installations that, when Linux is Booting up, there is a splash screen with a progress bar that says "Booting the System... Press F2 for Verbose Mode" and when it is shutting down, it has another splash screen and says "Shutting Down The System... Press F2 for Verbose Mode" and it also has a progress bar. My installation does not do that. It just shows a bunch of text while it is booting or shutting down. I would like to have the splash screens instead. How can I get the splash screens to work? Thanks.
BTW please explain everything thoroughly as I do not know very much about Linux yet.
Ok, I have tried EVERYTHING and the splash screens still don't work! In the menu.lst file in the /boot/grub directory, I have the splash=silent showopts. I have chosen native and silent as the boot choice on the Grub F2 menu and still no splash screens. I have all of the bootsplash packages installed.
Just a little more info:
Maybe it has something to do with my screen? When I try to configure my monitor in Yast2, it says it can't configure my monitor because my brand of monitor is not in it's config files. So I have to configure it as a default VESA 800X600 screen. Everytime I start Linux, it shows a little message that says "Your screen resolution has changed".
Also, at the college I go to, they have SuSE installed and when you boot in Verbose mode, it has a blue screen with the SuSE logo in the top right corner and has a blue border abound it with a nice "pretty" screen for the verbose text. Well, my computer doesn't do that. When it is displaying the text during boot/shutdown, it is just plain white text on an all black screen. No graphics at all.
Another thing I noticed is that when the computer starts shutting down or starting up, it says "Skipped Services in Runlevel 5" and then on the right side of the screen it says "Splash". I don't know if this has anything to do with my problem or not?
Also having similar problems. Whichever F2 option I choose I just get white text on a black backgrond. I have just reently reinstalled grub.
Interetting about monitor / graphics card. Every time i get into SuSE my geometry is slightly to the left. I can't change this is yast as it tries to install sax2 (i think) and juset hangs. I can run sax2 directly and configure it to the right a little bit - hit test - the blue screen is too far to the right now so I have to move it back and it works (until the next boot)!
Well, the mkinitrd command didn't work either. I even did the mkinitrd -s 800x600 command and it did it's thing and said "splash picture=800x600" so I thought I had it! But, restarted the computer and same old black screen. I have tried starting in Native, Silent, and Verbose modes but it is always the same black screen with white letters.
It still says my screen configuration has changed when I start KDE.
Just for more info, I will give you my partition layout for my computer:
1st Hard Drive 1st Partition: FAT32-Windows 98 2nd Partition: FAT32-Windows 98 Programs 3rd Partition: FAT32-Data 4th Partition: NTFS-Windows 2000 5th Partition: Linux Swap 6th Partition: Linux
2nd Hard Drive 1st Partition: NTFS-Windows XP Pro
System is Quadruple booted using GRUB and Windows boot.ini bootloaders.
Probably doesn't mean anything but you can never give too much information.
Any Ideas after seeing the menu.lst? I still think it might have something to do with SuSE not being able to recognize my screen correctly. I have a Komodo monitor and it is not in the list of supported screen manufacturers. Right now I have it working on a default VESA 800X600 driver. Everytime I run SaX2, it says "Monitor not found. Please configure Manually" or something to that nature. Any more ideas are appreciated.