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Old 01-26-2004, 10:47 PM   #1
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Bootsplash screens during boot with an older video card (SiS 6326).

Hello everyone.
I'm running Debian, with kernel 2.6.1 (just compiled yesterday) and updated to work with Bootsplash splash screens during the boot process.

I've decided to use bootsplash because of the number of times people accidently load Linux on my computer by mistake, see the barrage of messages and hit the reset button is getting annoying. I figured since they never turned off a Mac when it's boot screen is on nor do they do it to Windows, Linux will have the same effect (motd is set to press ALT+CTRL+DEL to restart so once linux loads they can reboot).

Anyway, I tried to follow the instructions on and recompiled the kernel to be able to run bootsplash. I followed instructions on the website to install and prepare a image to come on during boot, however am unable to get it. I selected all the correct options during config, and when booting, Linux will only load on 80 cols by 60 rows of text. Then the logo comes on and deminishes that to whatever it is the logo sets the screen to.

I tried booting with vga=0317 and vga=0314 and all it does is magnify a section of the screen and distort everything badly.

When I run "lilo -T video" this is what shows up:
timu:/home/polok# lilo -T video

VGA/VESA adapter:

640x350x16 mode 0x0010
640x480x16 mode 0x0012

320x200x256 mode 0x0013
640x480x256 mode 0x0101
800x600x256 mode 0x0103

My video card is an 8mb SiS 6326 PCI video card.
Old 01-27-2004, 03:24 AM   #2
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317 is a HEX value, not a binary one, and so you need to format it as such - "0x317" the decimal equivalent is somethign like 715
Old 01-27-2004, 04:30 AM   #3
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I got the whole bootsplash thing working (I just got rid of the vga16fb and used vesafb and it works fine now.

However, I can't understand the instructions for getting the progress bar to work in Silent mode. Has anyone done this? If so can they throw some hints my way?
Old 02-26-2004, 08:19 PM   #4
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Question Bootsplash Silent mode on Debian: How?

I am also stumped. I've got a nice Silent splash coming up but as of yet no progress bar and it switches to verbose for the last few seconds. Kind of annoying.Anyone have any info on this?

This is the page that discribes it:

It seems quite cryptic to me and the codes they give are not complete codes it seems.


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