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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

any word on this situation yet? I tried getting a bootsplash using 2.6.9 gentoo sources with no luck. It appears all my settings are correct, but no luck. I get the same screen flash and a ton of evbug messages in my dmesg.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a patch for the 2.6.9-r9 ?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tolstoi wrote:
Is there a patch for the 2.6.9-r9 ?


or a patch for the brand-new xmas edition ? (2.6.10)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:23 pm    Post subject: No luck with 2.6.9-r9 Reply with quote

Hey all,

I have the same problem. I'm on an old iBook G3 300Mhz and try as I might, I just cannot get bootsplash to work. Anyone have any ideas at all?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a great solution for kernel 2.6.7-r9, but that kernel doesn't support all of my hardware. Or if it does I couldn't find the right stuff to turn on. I need at least a 2.6.8 or maybe 2.6.9.

Any chances that whatever got broken will be fixed? Or, has anyone had any luck getting it to work on a newer kernel? And would you be willing to post your .config if so?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 7:01 am    Post subject: gensplash & PPC!! Reply with quote

Ok, I tried really hard to get bootsplash working on my iBook... Without any success...

Anyhow, today I did a fresh install and I got gensplash working!

Kernel: 2.6.10-gentoo-r4Momo (haha, local version)
Video card: Radeon 7500

Just follow the instructions for gensplash , configure your kernel as suggested at the beggining of this thread, and in yaboot.conf add:

Code:
 append="video=radeonfb:1024x768-8 splash=silent theme:emergence


Note: Do not add the "initrd" line... It will end up in kernel panic

Of course:
Code:
 
#ybin -v
#rc-update add splash default


Enjoy! 8)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I have gensplash working on my TiBook as well. Except that I have the initrd line in my yaboot.conf file and it works fine for me.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really don't know why it ended up in kernel panic... It was sth about not recognising root partition... :?:

Anyhow, it's really great now!
Besides... You don't really need that line to make it work... :roll:
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I got gensplash working. I didn't like the default theme, so I used the images from the bootsplash theme for 'ThinkLinux'.

Now, my only question is, how do I specify what text is diaplayed on startup, reboot, and shutdown? Specifically I need to know what config values to put in the theme so that I can have a plain font instead of italics, and I'd like just the text "Starting" or "Rebooting" or "Shutting Down".
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2005 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a bloody good question! If somebody knows.... Please let me know too :D
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2005 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer my own question, I found /etc/conf.d/splash. It contains the messages settings, the font settings, as well as a few other settings.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get gensplash working here, but the text fills the entire screen instead of staying inside the nice box like it does on my x86 boxes. Does anyone else have this problem? I suspect this is a Rage 128 problem or a Rage128/PPC problem, not a generic PPC one.

I haven't tried gensplash with the vesa framebuffer yet, but I might. The computer is a 350 MHz B/W G3.

http://rasmus.wiman.org/bilder/ragesplash.png is an example of how it looks. Note that the color corruption is an fbgrab issue and has nothing to do with gensplash.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, small bit of randomness, wonder if anyone's got any ideas:
I'm using gensplash on an iBook. It works, for a given value of "works".
In the yaboot.conf, if i have the initrd line in, then i get no silent splash screen, just regular white text, black background. Then around 95% through the boot process
i suddenly get the splash screen (the verbose one).
However, without the initrd line, after about 20% of the boot process (too long without splash screen for me!), i get the silent splash up. No progress bar.
This then briefly goes back to white text, black background, before setting the (verbose) splash screen.
I'm using
Code:

video=radeonfb:1024x768-8 splash=silent theme:emergence

in yaboot.conf.

I'm guessing that this is just due to the fact that gensplash is not really fully working on PPC yet.
Any clues?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

theothermatt wrote:
However, without the initrd line, after about 20% of the boot process (too long without splash screen for me!), i get the silent splash up. No progress bar.
This then briefly goes back to white text, black background, before setting the (verbose) splash screen.
I'm using
Code:

video=radeonfb:1024x768-8 splash=silent theme:emergence

in yaboot.conf.

I'm guessing that this is just due to the fact that gensplash is not really fully working on PPC yet.
Any clues?


I'm having the same issue, kernel-2.6.10-r6. Any resolution?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No resolution as yet. I'm gonna have a play around with it, but it won't be for a while yet. Got a lot of uni work to do, exams coming up (grrrr).
I'm guessing though it's cause gensplash is not really all that great on ppc yet. I guess possibly it could be to do with the
radeon frame buffer though.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, none of them works. Bootsplash and gensplash neither.
I tried both radeonfb and also aty128fb. The iBook is an Dual-USB 12" from 2002.
For trying gensplash the yaboot.conf looks like:
Code:
initrd=/boot/fbsplash-emergence-1024x768
append="video=radeonfb:1024x768-8 splash=silent theme:emergence rootflags=data=writeback"

The kernel has:
Code:
CONFIG_FB=y
CONFIG_FB_RADEON=y
CONFIG_FRAMEBUFFER_CONSOLE=y
CONFIG_FB_SPLASH=y

Just the splash script shows the grafical background.
The start procedure doesn't show any grafic.

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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: gensplash & PPC!! Reply with quote

patolin wrote:
Ok, I tried really hard to get bootsplash working on my iBook... Without any success...

Anyhow, today I did a fresh install and I got gensplash working!

Kernel: 2.6.10-gentoo-r4Momo (haha, local version)
Video card: Radeon 7500

Just follow the instructions for gensplash , configure your kernel as suggested at the beggining of this thread, and in yaboot.conf add:

Code:
 append="video=radeonfb:1024x768-8 splash=silent theme:emergence


Note: Do not add the "initrd" line... It will end up in kernel panic

Of course:
Code:
 
#ybin -v
#rc-update add splash default



Enjoy! 8)



Link is dead...

can I get some more info on this? Trying to get it to work on 1ghz ibook with gentoo-2.6.10-r6
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tried anyways.. yaboot won't load linux.
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gensplash exists
Has anyone got another theme working with gensplash? For me just default works:
Code:
#plash_geninitramfs -v -g /boot/fbsplash-1024x768 -r 1024x768 default
Code:
append="video=radeonfb:1024x768-32 splash=silent theme:default"
initrd=/boot/fbsplash-1024x768

If I build the ramdisk with theme gentoo and set theme:gentoo, no grafics load at boottime. Just terminal and shutdown are grafical.
I also tried to put all available themes into ramdisk, and also the theme livecd-2005.0.
Did anyone get bootsplash themes working with gensplash? There are a lot of them, and I would be interested in the Lila one.
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2005 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, trying gensplash now via that link...

I really just want a high res console, like yaboot =(
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2005 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

organ wrote:
gensplash exists
Has anyone got another theme working with gensplash? For me just default works:
Code:
#plash_geninitramfs -v -g /boot/fbsplash-1024x768 -r 1024x768 default
Code:
append="video=radeonfb:1024x768-32 splash=silent theme:default"
initrd=/boot/fbsplash-1024x768

If I build the ramdisk with theme gentoo and set theme:gentoo, no grafics load at boottime. Just terminal and shutdown are grafical.
I also tried to put all available themes into ramdisk, and also the theme livecd-2005.0.
Did anyone get bootsplash themes working with gensplash? There are a lot of them, and I would be interested in the Lila one.
Paolo


I built it following the directions of

Code:
 # splash_geninitramfs -v -g /boot/fbsplash-emergence-1024x768 -r 1024x768 emergence


And when I reboot I just get the same screen I always get... Are you using an iBook by chance?

My dmesg does show:
Code:
radeonfb: Invalid ROM signature 0 should be 0xaa55

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2005 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

frameRATE, can you boot at all? or is that error as far as you get? I've seen that error before, although it didn't cause my boot to fail. something else did though. I solved it by booting into a live cd and reinstalling yaboot. I just ran
ybin -v
and that solved it.
As for fbsplash, what's the contents of your yaboot.conf?
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can boot fine again, just had to update my yaboot. Now I'm at the stage where I get the normal bootup, no tux, just ugly text. Then at the end of the startup processes I see "Setting framebuffer console" and I get the ugly gentoo background.

My goal is just a black background for now with the same high res console I get in yaboo (same font/everything)

Suggestions?
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you get the gentoo background then i guess the initrd is ok. Do you get a decent resolution too?
If you could post your yaboot.conf, that might be helpfull.
you should be able to get better than you're getting now, i'm running it on an ibook too. Although it's not what you'd call perfect yet.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, is there a place I can set the font? And do you know the fonts size yaboot is using?
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