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Old 02-26-2009, 10:59 PM   #1
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Custom bootup splash screen


Is it possible to create a custom bootup splash screen, either a bitmap graphics file or just a simple text file. I'm not talking about the BIOS splash screen nor the boot loader input splash screen, but rather somewhere in between, i.e. when the HDD is detected as the boot drive, a splash screen is shown. I'm trying to make sort of a "rescue disk" that simply boots up to a shell, and I am wondering if I can display a custom message once the PC is booting up from this disk.

Old 02-27-2009, 01:24 AM   #2
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My boot screen for linux is the "Slackware Linux" logo. Here is part of the /etc/lilo.conf

# Boot BMP Image.
# Bitmap in BMP format: 640x480x8
bitmap = /boot/slack.bmp
# Menu colors (foreground, background, shadow, highlighted
# foreground, highlighted background, highlighted shadow):
bmp-colors = 255,0,255,0,255,0
# Location of the option table: location x, location y, number of
# columns, lines per column (max 15), "spill" (this is how many
# entries must be in the first column before the next begins to
# be used. We don't specify it here, as there's just one column.
bmp-table = 60,6,1,16
# Timer location x, timer location y, foreground color,
# background color, shadow color.
bmp-timer = 65,27,0,255

# Standard menu.
# Or, you can comment out the bitmap menu above and
# use a boot message with the standard menu:
#message = /boot/boot_message.txt

# Wait until the timeout to boot (if commented out, boot the
# first entry immediately):
# Timeout before the first entry boots.
# This is given in tenths of a second, so 600 for every minute:
timeout = 15
# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
vga = 773

Last edited by okos; 02-27-2009 at 01:30 AM.


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