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Old 03-30-2004, 11:10 PM   #1
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Splash Screens/Floppy

I've been trying to install a new splash screen for kde in suse 9.0. I've been trying this:

How to install a splash screen

Open konqueror
Create the directory ~/.kde/share/apps/ksplash/pics
Browse to ~/.kde/share/apps/ksplash/pics
Move and uncompress your new splash screen file into the konqueror window

I've gotten everything set up as specified above but no luck when I reboot then startx it's kde's normal splash. I've googled it but was unable to find and answer as to what I'm doing.

I created the directory in my /home/username directory, I thought that may have been the problem but I tried it in another directory to no avail.


My floppy drive (external USB) doesn't mount on startup everytime. I have to push a floppy into the drive while it's searching to get it to mount properly, and even then I have problems getting it to read/write to the floppy disk.

I take that back, I've never been able to write to a disk before. I've also never been able to format a disk. Any ideas?

I noticed that when it checks the filesystem during boot it say's

Filesystem is clean
Filesystem seems mounted read-only, skipping journal replay

Could this be the problem? I'm running the default suse 9 installation.

Anyway thank you in advance.
Old 03-31-2004, 04:42 AM   #2
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If I'm not mistaken, the KDE splash, like the GNOME splash, needs to have a specific name in order to be recognized as the splash.

So it's possible that you have to rename the file in ~/.kde/share/apps/ksplash/pics in order for it to be recognized. I don't have KDE installed, or I would check for you, but what I would suggest is hunting down the default splash and seeing what it is called, then naming the one in your home directory the same. It can't work any worse than it does now (since you can always just move the file in the home directory to the Trash if there are problems).

As for the floppy drive, two issues. One is that there must be media in the drive for it to be mounted. This is normal, certainly for internal floppy drives, so I'm not surprised to see it also happening for a USB floppy drive.

As to the drive being mounted read-only... if you mount it manually (because you did not have a floppy in the drive during the original hotplug search) you can just mount it read-write (check man mount for further details). If you did have a floppy in the drive-- and that floppy wasn't set to read-only, which would be another explanation-- and the drive was automounted, acording to man hotplug, /etc/init.d/hotplug is the configuration file for hotplug (which controls the detection and mounting of USB and Cardbus devices). So if you check there you might see how the floppy is being set to read-only.

Can you write to a floppy as root? If so, then you might also want to check the permissions for the hotplug device, but having no USB devices, I can't give you more details as to what device in /dev you might want to chmod, or what group you might want to add your user to to make these devices accessible.

But hopefully this will point you in the right direction at least.
Old 03-31-2004, 01:58 PM   #3
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I'll try looking for the default splash, assuming that it's either in /boot or /etc.

I always have a floppy in the drive during startup. What I'm going to try doing is writing to as root and if that works I'll try chmod? (I'll have to check my book =) the drive to see if I can change the permissions and if I can't do that I'll google the drive to see if anyone else has had the problem.

Thanks for the input.
Old 03-31-2004, 02:17 PM   #4
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I just downloaded a random splash from, and the path it would extract to is:


so you might try installing your alternative spash there and see if it works then (you'll probably have to extract or copy as root, as a user probably doesn't have write privileges to that directory).
Old 03-31-2004, 04:34 PM   #5
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you have to search for the current splash screen. I don't know what folder it is in suse but it should be called splash. After u find it , rename it to something like splashOld or something. dont get rid of it yet. Now copy ur new splash files into that folder and rename them to match wha tur old file was called. when u reboot ur new splash screen should show up


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