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fbsplash on debian (sid)

Posted 05-05-2006 at 04:46 PM by divukman

Aloha to you all :)

I've spent some time trying to get fbsplash working on debian, and It didn't take long before I got really stuck.
I had no more ideas as to what to do so I tried a *wildcard* and contacted the author of the splashutils, Jean Damien, to whoom I owe big thanks for going into trouble and helping me out.

So here we go, first and hopefully last thing you'll need to do is to read, basically it should work, but If it doesen't, well lets hope you have the same issue as I did.

Firstly download kernel from, get the fbsplash patch from and be sure to get correct one. As soon as you patch your kernel, compile it and get it up 'n running before continuing.

So let's have a brief overview:

1. Firstly you should edit your /etc/apt/sources.lst and add new entry:
deb binary/ .

2. Install the splashutils-initramfs package (do apt-get update or aptitude update prior to that).

3. Get the theme from bootsplash ( or get one from all blue debian blue :) ( and convert the theme with "bootsplash2fbsplash the_theme"

4. Edit your boot loader, grub in my case, and add something like:
splash=silent,fadein,theme:the_theme quiet CONSOLE=/dev/tty1 to your kernel command line.
If you are using vesa then add video=vesafb:1280x1024-32,ywrap.

This is where I stuck. I didn't compile ATI Radeon framebuffer support into kernel and boot process just froze each time.
If you have ATI RADEON then you MUST compile framebuffer support with y option and your kernel command line should look something like this:
kernel /vmlinuz- root=/dev/hda2 ro video=radeonfb:1280x1024-32 splash=silent,theme:debblue quiet CONSOLE=/dev/tty1

That's it, have fun!
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