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See the [[Gensplash#Troubleshooting | Troubleshooting]] section at the bottom
 
See the [[Gensplash#Troubleshooting | Troubleshooting]] section at the bottom
  
== The Easy Way ==
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== Patch a kernel with fbsplash ==
  
I created a special gensplashutils package that contains everything you should need to get gensplash workingThis includes examples for lilo and grub, a splash rc.d script, called gensplash, to start the backgrounds on the virtual terminals (and a config file to support this), and the darch theme, created by Rensel.
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fbsplash is not in the standard kernel tree so you will have to patch the kernel with either a patchset that features fbsplash or with the fbsplash patch from the [http://dev.gentoo.org/~spock/projects/gensplash/current/ developers repository]See the [[Kernel Patches and Patchsets]] page for more details. There are also several kernel pkgs in the AUR for patched kernels.
  
The gensplashutils package that I created can now be installed from the [community] repo. Uncomment the following lines in <code>/etc/pacman.conf</code> or add them if you don't have them there:
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There are several methods you can use to patch your kernel.  The [[Custom_Kernel_Compilation_with_ABS_(2.6.9_and_later)]] howto is recommended but you could also use one of the following to guide you:
[community]
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Server = ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/community/os/i686/
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Then install it:
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# pacman -Sy gensplashutils
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=== Create the initcpio image for your preferred theme===
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This is very easy and not at all as hard as it sounds!
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If you use '''kernel26beyond''' (formerly known as kernel26archck) package from [extra], edit your <code>/etc/mkinitcpio.conf</code> to enable fbsplash and set the name of the theme and its resolution.
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Add the hook to enable fbsplash and specify at the end of the file the theme you'll use and at which resolution. Try 'darch', it's included in the gensplashutils. The conf file shall look like this:
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<pre>HOOKS="base udev autodetect ide resume fbsplash"
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    FBTHEMES="darch"
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    FBRES="1024x768"</pre>
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and run
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<pre>mkinitcpio -p kernel26beyond</pre>
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That's it, now you can skip to [[#Update your bootloader|updating your bootloader]].
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Note: To use silent mode, you need to install gensplashutils and ''initscripts-gensplash'' from community.
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== The Hard Way ==
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=== Patch a kernel with fbsplash ===
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Gensplash support, through fbsplash, is not in the standard kernel tree, so you will have to patch the kernel with either a patchset that features fbsplash or with the fbsplash patch from the [http://dev.gentoo.org/~spock/projects/gensplash/current/ developers repository].  See the [[Kernel Patches and Patchsets]] page for more details.
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There are several methods you can use to patch your kernel.  I would recommend using the [[Custom_Kernel_Compilation_with_ABS_(2.6.9_and_later)]] howto but you could also use one of the following to guide you:
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* [[Kernel Compilation With ABS (2.6.8 or Earlier)]]
 
* [[Kernel Compilation With ABS (2.6.8 or Earlier)]]
 
* [[Kernel Compilation]]
 
* [[Kernel Compilation]]
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# There are several card specific framebuffer options.  You may try them if you want, but you should only compile the VESA driver or a card specific one, not both.  Also, be aware the ATI drivers may be prone to incorrect color pallete problems.
 
# There are several card specific framebuffer options.  You may try them if you want, but you should only compile the VESA driver or a card specific one, not both.  Also, be aware the ATI drivers may be prone to incorrect color pallete problems.
  
===Building and installing Splashutils===
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== Essential Packages ==
  
You need the splashutils userspace utilites to make fbsplash work properly. There are several utilities in the package but we are mainly interested in <tt>splash_helper</tt>, <tt>splash_geninitramfs</tt>, <tt>bootsplash2fbsplash</tt>, and <tt>splash_util</tt>. Splashutils needs to link to your patched kernel source if you build it yourself.
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The gensplash package can be installed from [community] repo.  It includes everything you need to run gensplash, including example configs for lilo and grub, and the darch theme, created by Rensel.
  
About the most important tools:
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Uncomment the following lines in <code>/etc/pacman.conf</code>:
* splash_helper = actual code to make the splash screen work
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[community]
* splash_geninitramfs = generates a RAM disk image containing splash_helper and the graphics we choose
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Server = ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/community/os/i686/
* bootsplash2fbsplash = convert older bootsplash themes into the new fbsplash format
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* splash_util = allows us to control the silent mode progress bar from the init scripts
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Or you use the one of the following PKGBUILDs to make the package yourself. The first allows you to build the same pkg as i have in my repo but based on your kernel sources and includes my tools pkg.  The second simply builds the vanilla splashutils pkg and doesn't incorporate the additional files I have collected.
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Then install it:
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  # pacman -Sy gensplash
  
All my splashutils files (current version 0.1.9) can be found here http://dtw.jiwe.org/share/gensplash/
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There are several dependecies that should be dragged in automatically.
  
Current gensplashutils PKGBUILD and splashutils.install can be found [http://cvs.archlinux.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/system/gensplashutils/?cvsroot=AUR&only_with_tag=CURRENT  here] - maintained by dibblethewrecker
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== Generate the initial RAM image for your preferred theme ==
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=== Kernels with initcpio support ===
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All stock Arch Linux kernels use an initcpio for early boot functionality. Therefore most custom kernels, including pkgs in the AUR, support the initcpio approach.
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To enable gensplash support in your kernel you will need to rebuild your initcpio. First, open your <code>/etc/mkinitcpio.conf</code> and add the hook to enable install fbsplash.  Then specify at the end of the file the theme you'll use and at which resolution. ALWAYS try 'darch' first, it's included in the gensplash, and is well tested.
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The conf file shall look like this:
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<pre>HOOKS="base udev autodetect ide resume fbsplash"
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    FBTHEMES="darch"
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    FBRES="1024x768"</pre>
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then run
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<pre>mkinitcpio -p kernel_name</pre>
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That's it, now you can skip to [[#Update your bootloader|updating your bootloader]].
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If you want to use the silent startup mode see [[#Optional: Install patched initscripts to support silent splash|below]]
  
 
=== Kernels without initcpio support ===
 
=== Kernels without initcpio support ===
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   splash_geninitramfs -v -g /boot/fbsplash-darch-1024x768  -r 1024x768 darch
 
   splash_geninitramfs -v -g /boot/fbsplash-darch-1024x768  -r 1024x768 darch
  
== Getting gensplash themes==
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== Update your bootloader ==  
 
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This step is optional. If you are happy with the default theme called darch, which is included in the gennsplashutils package, you can skip to the [[#Create the initcpio image for your preferred theme|next step]].
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Now we need some themes before we go any further. For starters, all gensplash themes should be installed in <code>/etc/splash/</code>, my pkg installs one there straight off. However, currently there are not many prebuilt gensplash themes about, you can find a few on http://dev.gentoo.org/~spock/projects/gensplash . However, they are very easy to make, I made the ArchMetal theme very easily, by looking at other theme cfgs and the [http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_fbsplash Gentoo's fbsplash HowTo]. Probably the easiest way to get started is to download some themes for '''bootsplash''' and '''convert them'''!
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You can download some bootsplash themes from [http://www.bootsplash.de/ this bootsplash fan site] or from [http://www.kde-look.org/index.php?xcontentmode=61 KDE-Look.org].
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===Converting bootsplash themes into fbsplash format.===
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It's VERY easy:
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* you will need to extract the themes to /etc/bootsplash/ dir.
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* to convert them into fbsplash format simply run
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# bootsplash2fbsplash bootsplashthemename
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* you don't need the path or anything - this will install a new version of the theme in gensplash format in <code>/etc/splash/</code>
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=== Update your bootloader (pre 2.6.19-beyond)===
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Now it's time to update the configuration file for your boot loader.  '''Important:''' ''add'' a new bootload entry, do not replace your existing one.  If there are problems, you want to be able to fallback on your known good configuration.
 
Now it's time to update the configuration file for your boot loader.  '''Important:''' ''add'' a new bootload entry, do not replace your existing one.  If there are problems, you want to be able to fallback on your known good configuration.
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The example configs can be also found in <code>/etc/splash/</code> dir, but take care that this files are not updated to reflect initcpio changes.
 
The example configs can be also found in <code>/etc/splash/</code> dir, but take care that this files are not updated to reflect initcpio changes.
  
 
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===(pre 2.6.19-beyond)===
 
The following are working GRUB entries for '''kernel26beyond''' kernel. You may need to modify kernel image and initcpio names and partitions:
 
The following are working GRUB entries for '''kernel26beyond''' kernel. You may need to modify kernel image and initcpio names and partitions:
 
<pre># Verbose mode
 
<pre># Verbose mode
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initrd=/boot/kernel26beyond.img</pre>
 
initrd=/boot/kernel26beyond.img</pre>
  
===Update your bootloader (2.6.19-beyond and later)===
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===(2.6.19-beyond and later)===
 
These following bootloaders are examples, adjust them to your need, taking note of the root, initrd and kernel options to suit your own system's partitions.
 
These following bootloaders are examples, adjust them to your need, taking note of the root, initrd and kernel options to suit your own system's partitions.
  
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===Table of vga= values===
 
===Table of vga= values===
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VGA values specific to your video card can also be generated using the lrmi package, avaialbel in [community]
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# pacman -S lrmi
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{|
 
{|
 
|+'''vga modes'''
 
|+'''vga modes'''
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You'll need to patch your initscripts to get the silent splash.  The patched version of the latest initscripts can be found in [community] repo:
 
You'll need to patch your initscripts to get the silent splash.  The patched version of the latest initscripts can be found in [community] repo:
  # pacman -S initscripts-gensplash
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  # pacman -S initscripts-splash
  
Note: these pkgs depend on '''splashutils''', both gensplashutils and splashutils ''provide'' splashutils
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This package will replace your existing initscripts and therefore your /etc/rc.local, /etc/rc.shutdown.local, rc.conf and inittab will be OVERWRITTEN. However, it will create their backups as /etc/rc.local.pacsave, /etc/rc.shutdown.local.pacsave, rc.conf.pacsave and inittab.pacsave respectively. You need to modify the files again if you have made some changes to them before.
  
This package will replace your existing initscripts and therefore your /etc/rc.local, rc.conf and inittab will be OVERWRITTEN. However, it will create their backups as /etc/rc.local.pacsave, rc.conf.pacsave and inittab.pacsave respectively. You need to modify the files again if you have made some changes to them before.
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Current PKGBUILD and patch are [http://cvs.archlinux.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/system/initscripts-splash/?cvsroot=AUR&only_with_tag=CURRENT here]
 
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Current PKGBUILD and patch are [http://cvs.archlinux.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/system/initscripts-gensplash/?cvsroot=AUR&only_with_tag=CURRENT here]
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== Pre-reboot checks==
 
== Pre-reboot checks==
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===NO splash screens at all:===
 
===NO splash screens at all:===
  
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* [[#Generate the initial RAM image for your preferred theme|rebuild your initcpio]]
 
* check you are using a '''kernel patch that includes fbsplash-0.9.2-2.6.11''' or later - this was essentially introduced in 2.6.11 patchsets - so if you are using pre 2.6.11 you probably don't have the right fbsplash patch
 
* check you are using a '''kernel patch that includes fbsplash-0.9.2-2.6.11''' or later - this was essentially introduced in 2.6.11 patchsets - so if you are using pre 2.6.11 you probably don't have the right fbsplash patch
 
* ensure your '''patchset is compatible with your source''', most major patchsets are not compatible with the 2.6.x.y branches
 
* ensure your '''patchset is compatible with your source''', most major patchsets are not compatible with the 2.6.x.y branches
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* This is a weird issue and possibly an upstream bug - it may be related to Arch's init order however.  To fix this issue try setting <code>CONSOLEFONT=default8x16.psfu.gz in rc.conf</code>
 
* This is a weird issue and possibly an upstream bug - it may be related to Arch's init order however.  To fix this issue try setting <code>CONSOLEFONT=default8x16.psfu.gz in rc.conf</code>
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== Other information ==
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=== Getting gensplash themes===
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This step is optional. If you are happy with the default theme called darch, which is included in the gennsplashutils package, you can skip to the [[#Create the initcpio image for your preferred theme|next step]].
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Now we need some themes before we go any further. For starters, all gensplash themes should be installed in <code>/etc/splash/</code>, my pkg installs one there straight off. However, currently there are not many prebuilt gensplash themes about, you can find a few on http://dev.gentoo.org/~spock/projects/gensplash . However, they are very easy to make, I made the ArchMetal theme very easily, by looking at other theme cfgs and the [http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_fbsplash Gentoo's fbsplash HowTo]. Probably the easiest way to get started is to download some themes for '''bootsplash''' and '''convert them'''!
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You can download some bootsplash themes from [http://www.bootsplash.de/ this bootsplash fan site] or from [http://www.kde-look.org/index.php?xcontentmode=61 KDE-Look.org].
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===Converting bootsplash themes into fbsplash format.===
 +
 +
It's VERY easy:
 +
* you will need to extract the themes to /etc/bootsplash/ dir.
 +
* to convert them into fbsplash format simply run
 +
# bootsplash2fbsplash bootsplashthemename
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* you don't need the path or anything - this will install a new version of the theme in gensplash format in <code>/etc/splash/</code>
 +
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===Building and installing splashutils yourself===
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 +
You need the splashutils userspace utilites to make fbsplash work properly. There are several utilities in the package but we are mainly interested in <tt>splash_helper</tt>, <tt>splash_geninitramfs</tt>, <tt>bootsplash2fbsplash</tt>, and <tt>splash_util</tt>. Splashutils needs to link to your patched kernel source if you build it yourself.
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About the most important tools:
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* splash_helper = actual code to make the splash screen work
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* splash_geninitramfs = generates a RAM disk image containing splash_helper and the graphics we choose
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* bootsplash2fbsplash = convert older bootsplash themes into the new fbsplash format
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* splash_util = allows us to control the silent mode progress bar from the init scripts
 +
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Or you use the one of the following PKGBUILDs to make the package yourself.  The first allows you to build the same pkg as i have in my repo but based on your kernel sources and includes my tools pkg.  The second simply builds the vanilla splashutils pkg and doesn't incorporate the additional files I have collected.
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All my splashutils files (current version 0.1.9) can be found here http://dtw.jiwe.org/share/gensplash/
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Current gensplashutils PKGBUILD and splashutils.install can be found [http://cvs.archlinux.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/system/gensplashutils/?cvsroot=AUR&only_with_tag=CURRENT  here] - maintained by dibblethewrecker
  
 
== Bootloader splashes==
 
== Bootloader splashes==

Revision as of 14:33, 7 June 2007


Note: This page uses fbsplash (aka gensplash) for its graphical boot procedure. This kernel patch and userspace software is different from and mutually exclusive to the patch and procedures detailed in the ArchLinux Bootsplash HOWTO.

Having problems?

See the Troubleshooting section at the bottom

Patch a kernel with fbsplash

fbsplash is not in the standard kernel tree so you will have to patch the kernel with either a patchset that features fbsplash or with the fbsplash patch from the developers repository. See the Kernel Patches and Patchsets page for more details. There are also several kernel pkgs in the AUR for patched kernels.

There are several methods you can use to patch your kernel. The Custom_Kernel_Compilation_with_ABS_(2.6.9_and_later) howto is recommended but you could also use one of the following to guide you:

Which ever method you choose but be sure to choose the following settings at the config stage:

      Device Drivers
        Block Devices
          RAM disk support (BLK_DEV_RAM) = Y
            Inital RAM disk (initrd) support(BLK_DEV_INITRD)=Y
        Graphics Support
          Support for framebuffer devices (FB) = Y
            VESA VGA graphics support (FB_VESA) = Y
              VESA driver type
                vesafb (FB_VESA_STD) = Y                                        (see note 1)
                vesafb-tng (FB_VESA_TNG) = N                                    (see note 2)
            "Card Specific" display support (FB_"CARD") = N                     (see note 3)
            Logo Configuration
              Bootup logo (LOGO) = N
            Support for the framebuffer splash (FB_SPLASH) = Y

Notes:

  1. If you are NOT running 32bit x86 (eg. 64 bit) you should compile vesafb support INSTEAD of vesafb-tng.
  2. Even if you are running 32bit x86 I DO NOT recommend vesafb-tng over vesafb, it is slow and requires different configs to vesafb, switching framebuffer types between kernels will cause you grief. If you have previously used vesafb keep using it!
  3. There are several card specific framebuffer options. You may try them if you want, but you should only compile the VESA driver or a card specific one, not both. Also, be aware the ATI drivers may be prone to incorrect color pallete problems.

Essential Packages

The gensplash package can be installed from [community] repo. It includes everything you need to run gensplash, including example configs for lilo and grub, and the darch theme, created by Rensel.

Uncomment the following lines in /etc/pacman.conf:

[community]
Server = ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/community/os/i686/

Then install it:

# pacman -Sy gensplash

There are several dependecies that should be dragged in automatically.

Generate the initial RAM image for your preferred theme

Kernels with initcpio support

All stock Arch Linux kernels use an initcpio for early boot functionality. Therefore most custom kernels, including pkgs in the AUR, support the initcpio approach.

To enable gensplash support in your kernel you will need to rebuild your initcpio. First, open your /etc/mkinitcpio.conf and add the hook to enable install fbsplash. Then specify at the end of the file the theme you'll use and at which resolution. ALWAYS try 'darch' first, it's included in the gensplash, and is well tested.

The conf file shall look like this:

HOOKS="base udev autodetect ide resume fbsplash"

     FBTHEMES="darch"
     FBRES="1024x768"

then run

mkinitcpio -p kernel_name

That's it, now you can skip to updating your bootloader.

If you want to use the silent startup mode see below

Kernels without initcpio support

If you use another kernel then you need to perform the following:

Simply use splash_geninitramfs:

splash_geninitramfs -v -g /boot/fbsplash-theme-1024x768 -r 1024x768 theme

where theme is the theme you want to use

Here is what the splash_geninitramfs options mean:

 -v tells splash_geninitramfs to go into verbose mode
 -g tells splash_geninitramfs to generate the initramfs image file /boot/fbsplash-newtheme-1280x1024
 -r tells splash_geninitramfs to use the 1280x1024 resolution
 -the 'newtheme' part tells splash_geninitramfs to look in
  the /etc/splash/newtheme directory for the .cfg files

To see a description of all splash_geninitramfs' options:

splash_geninitramfs --help

Example for the splashutils.install file.

To install the darch theme run the following as root:
  splash_geninitramfs -v -g /boot/fbsplash-darch-1024x768  -r 1024x768 darch

Update your bootloader

Now it's time to update the configuration file for your boot loader. Important: add a new bootload entry, do not replace your existing one. If there are problems, you want to be able to fallback on your known good configuration.

Configure a new entry in GRUB or Lilo depending on which one you use.

If you do not use kernel26beyond from [extra], the following examples will work:

The example configs can be also found in /etc/splash/ dir, but take care that this files are not updated to reflect initcpio changes.

(pre 2.6.19-beyond)

The following are working GRUB entries for kernel26beyond kernel. You may need to modify kernel image and initcpio names and partitions:

# Verbose mode
title  Arch
root (hd0,0)
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz26beyond root=/dev/hda1 video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr,1024x768-32@60 splash=verbose,theme:darch console=tty1
initrd (hd0,0)/boot/kernel26beyond.img

# Silent mode
title  Arch
root (hd0,0)
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz26beyond root=/dev/hda1 video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr,1024x768-32@60 splash=silent,theme:darch console=tty1 quiet
initrd (hd0,0)/boot/kernel26beyond.img

And LILO entries:

# Verbose mode
image=/boot/vmlinuz26beyond
        label=Arch
        root=/dev/hda1
        append="video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr,1024x768-32@60 splash=verbose,theme:darch console=tty1"
initrd=/boot/kernel26beyond.img

# Silent mode
image=/boot/vmlinuz26beyond
        label=Arch
        root=/dev/hda1
        append="video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr,1024x768-32@60 splash=silent,theme:darch console=tty1 quiet"
initrd=/boot/kernel26beyond.img

(2.6.19-beyond and later)

These following bootloaders are examples, adjust them to your need, taking note of the root, initrd and kernel options to suit your own system's partitions.

For verbose mode, remove the 'quiet' flag from the bootloader line and change silent to verbose.

For a resolution other than 1024x768-24, you may pick a different vga= value from the lookup table below.

title  Arch
root (hd0,0)
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz26beyond root=/dev/hda1 vga=792 video=vesafb:mtrr:3,ywrap splash=silent,kdgraphics,theme:darch console=tty1 quiet
initrd (hd0,0)/boot/kernel26beyond.img

LILO:

image=/boot/vmlinuz26beyond
        label=Arch
        root=/dev/hda1
        append="vga=792 video=vesafb:mtrr:3,ywrap splash=silent,kdgraphics,theme:darch console=tty1 quiet"
initrd=/boot/kernel26beyond.img

Table of vga= values

VGA values specific to your video card can also be generated using the lrmi package, avaialbel in [community]

# pacman -S lrmi
vga modes
640x480 - 800x600 - 1024x768 - 1280x1024 - 1152x864 - 1600x1200
8 bit 769 - 771 - 773 - 775 - 353 - 800
15 bit 784 - 787 - 790 - 793 - 354 - 801
16 bit 785 - 788 - 791 - 794 - 355 - 802
24 bit 786 - 789 - 792 - 795 - 803

Optional: Install patched initscripts to support silent splash

You'll need to patch your initscripts to get the silent splash. The patched version of the latest initscripts can be found in [community] repo:

# pacman -S initscripts-splash

This package will replace your existing initscripts and therefore your /etc/rc.local, /etc/rc.shutdown.local, rc.conf and inittab will be OVERWRITTEN. However, it will create their backups as /etc/rc.local.pacsave, /etc/rc.shutdown.local.pacsave, rc.conf.pacsave and inittab.pacsave respectively. You need to modify the files again if you have made some changes to them before.

Current PKGBUILD and patch are here

Pre-reboot checks

Just before you reboot, let's check and make sure that everything is ready:

  • If the new kernel has different modules compiled/loaded, have you updated your /etc/rc.conf, /etc/modprobe.conf, and /etc/rc.local to remove compiled in or added newly modular modules?
  • Is the path in your bootloader configuration for the initrd command correct?
  • Does the resolution in the video= boot parameter match the resolution(s) provided by your fbsplash theme?
  • If you're using LILO, did you run LILO to update the boot sector?
  • Do you have SystemRescueCD or Knoppix standing by in case your machine is unable to boot?

Troubleshooting

splashutils-1.1.9 saw a major architecture change and so some major changes to the scripts and operation of the application. The changes have bought some problems for a few people so please check this section out!

NO splash screens at all:

  • rebuild your initcpio
  • check you are using a kernel patch that includes fbsplash-0.9.2-2.6.11 or later - this was essentially introduced in 2.6.11 patchsets - so if you are using pre 2.6.11 you probably don't have the right fbsplash patch
  • ensure your patchset is compatible with your source, most major patchsets are not compatible with the 2.6.x.y branches
  • if you have checked all this and still have no luck try rebuilding gensplash for yourself against the kernel source you wish to use, all the required materials are linked above

Text overwriting your screen in silent mode:

  • If you are having issues with text overwriting your screen in silent mode please check that are using the console=tty1 and quiet options in your bootloader config.

Backgrounds not being set on vc's at boot

  • This is a weird issue and possibly an upstream bug - it may be related to Arch's init order however. To fix this issue try setting CONSOLEFONT=default8x16.psfu.gz in rc.conf

Other information

Getting gensplash themes

This step is optional. If you are happy with the default theme called darch, which is included in the gennsplashutils package, you can skip to the next step.

Now we need some themes before we go any further. For starters, all gensplash themes should be installed in /etc/splash/, my pkg installs one there straight off. However, currently there are not many prebuilt gensplash themes about, you can find a few on http://dev.gentoo.org/~spock/projects/gensplash . However, they are very easy to make, I made the ArchMetal theme very easily, by looking at other theme cfgs and the Gentoo's fbsplash HowTo. Probably the easiest way to get started is to download some themes for bootsplash and convert them!

You can download some bootsplash themes from this bootsplash fan site or from KDE-Look.org.

Converting bootsplash themes into fbsplash format.

It's VERY easy:

  • you will need to extract the themes to /etc/bootsplash/ dir.
  • to convert them into fbsplash format simply run
# bootsplash2fbsplash bootsplashthemename
  • you don't need the path or anything - this will install a new version of the theme in gensplash format in /etc/splash/

Building and installing splashutils yourself

You need the splashutils userspace utilites to make fbsplash work properly. There are several utilities in the package but we are mainly interested in splash_helper, splash_geninitramfs, bootsplash2fbsplash, and splash_util. Splashutils needs to link to your patched kernel source if you build it yourself.

About the most important tools:

  • splash_helper = actual code to make the splash screen work
  • splash_geninitramfs = generates a RAM disk image containing splash_helper and the graphics we choose
  • bootsplash2fbsplash = convert older bootsplash themes into the new fbsplash format
  • splash_util = allows us to control the silent mode progress bar from the init scripts

Or you use the one of the following PKGBUILDs to make the package yourself. The first allows you to build the same pkg as i have in my repo but based on your kernel sources and includes my tools pkg. The second simply builds the vanilla splashutils pkg and doesn't incorporate the additional files I have collected.

All my splashutils files (current version 0.1.9) can be found here http://dtw.jiwe.org/share/gensplash/

Current gensplashutils PKGBUILD and splashutils.install can be found here - maintained by dibblethewrecker

Bootloader splashes

References