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Before you can use Splashy, you should enable [[Kernel Mode Setting]]. Please refer to the specific instructions for [[ATI#Kernel_mode-setting_.28KMS.29|ATI cards]], [[Intel#KMS_.28Kernel_Mode_Setting.29|Intel cards]] or [[Nouveau#KMS|Nvidia cards]]. All of these require you to rebuild your kernel image. You will also have to do that later on in this article, so you may wish to skip that step for now.
Before you can use Splashy, you should enable [[Kernel Mode Setting]]. Please refer to the specific instructions for [[ATI#Kernel_mode-setting_.28KMS.29|ATI cards]], [[Intel#KMS_.28Kernel_Mode_Setting.29|Intel cards]] or [[Nouveau#KMS|Nvidia cards]].  
If you do not have KMS you will need to use framebuffer instead. [[Uvesafb]] is recommended. Of all the three the regular framebuffer is the only one that does not support custom resolutions (including wide screen splashes).
Install {{AUR|splashy-full}} from the [[Arch User Repository]].
Install {{AUR|splashy-full}} from the [[Arch User Repository]].

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Splashy is a userspace implementation of a splash screen for Linux systems. It provides a graphical environment during system boot using the Linux framebuffer layer via directfb.


Before you can use Splashy, you should enable Kernel Mode Setting. Please refer to the specific instructions for ATI cards, Intel cards or Nvidia cards.

Install splashy-fullAUR from the Arch User Repository.

You may also check out this topic on the Arch Linux forum for a repository you can add with working splashy packages.



Add this in /etc/rc.conf:


Including Splashy in initramfs

Add Splashy to the HOOKS array in /etc/mkinitcpio.conf. It must be added after base, udev and autodetect for it to work:

HOOKS="base udev autodetect splashy ..."

For early KMS start add the module radeon (for radeon cards), i915 (for intel cards) or nouveau (for nvidia cards) to the MODULES line in /etc/mkinitcpio.conf:


Rebuild your kernel image (refer to the mkinitcpio article for more info):

# mkinitcpio -p [name of your kernel preset]

The kernel command line

You now need to set quiet splash as you kernel command line parametres in your bootloader. The following is an example for Grub2 and /boot/grub/grub.cfg (the legacy Grub and Lilo follow the same pattern):

linux /boot/vmlinuz-linux root=/dev/... ro quiet splash

You may also edit the file /etc/default/grub and append your kernel options to the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="":


To re-generate grub.cfg run:

# grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg


You can install splashy-themesAUR from the AUR. After installing, look at the available themes like so:

ls /usr/share/splashy/themes

The folder name is the theme name. Now change the theme to the one you want, eg.:

# splashy_config -s darch-white
Note: Themes ending in 43 are of 4:3 aspect ratio - the others are widescreen.

Rebuild your kernel image with:

# mkinitcpio -p [name of your kernel preset]

and reboot.


GNOME will not shut down

Problem: You are using Gnome, and starting GDM as a daemon, Splashy causes Gnome to not be able to properly shutdown/reboot.

Fix: Remove gdm from DAEMONS in /etc/rc.conf, and set it up in /etc/inittab.