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Question Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse ( Ubuntu Forums Tutorials Tips )
Updated: 2008-07-18 00:48:50 (593)
Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Gfxboot makes grub look nicer but with the same features
In this howto you will install gfxboot and a suse theme for it, soon I'll make an ubuntu one
Ok, let's start

Download the grub-gfxboot.deb
And the message.suse

First remove your old grub
Code:
sudo apt-get remove grub
Then Install the gfxboot-grub
Code:
sudo dpkg -i grub-gfxboot_0.97-5_i386.deb
then we're going to move the message
Code:
sudo cp message.suse /boot/grub/ # the suse can be replaced by the one you downloaded
Then edit your menu.lst

Code:
sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst_backup
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
and make it use gfxboot
Code:
gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse # the suse can be replaced

Then do :
Code:
sudo grub

grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
 (hdx,y) # this will be the output
grub> root (hdx,y)
grub> setup (hdx)
-- Howto make you own theme --


Code:
mkdir /home/name/whatever
cpio -i < /boot/grub/message.suse # replace it by the name of you message
edit the pictures
sudo ls . |cpio -o > /boot/grub/message.new
Reboot and enjoy
Thanks to Quasar_freak and kno

here are some themes posted in this thread ( ty )

Light Green generic theme [message.gobo] | Link | Screenshot
Dark Brown (Dapper look) generic theme [message.new] | Link | Screenshot
Medium blue kubuntu theme [message.kubuntu] | Link | Screenshot
Dark grey ubuntu theme [message.ubugrey] | Link | Screenshot
Medium brown ubuntu theme [message.ububrown] | Link | Screenshot
Light orange ubuntu theme [message.ubu] | Link | Screenshot
Red ubuntu theme [message.new] | Link | Screenshot
Fuzzy blue and black ubuntu theme [message.bluspash] | Link | Screenshot
White / Grey Snowish generic theme [message.snow] | Link | Screenshot
Linspire-style blue kubuntu theme [message.kubu] | Link | Screenshot
Old- Grub style dark blue and light blue [message.kubu] | Link | Screenshot
Light blue / grey Xubuntu theme [message.xubu] | Link | Screenshot[/quote]


Grtz PingunZ

Answers: Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse ( Ubuntu Forums Tutorials Tips )
Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

GFXBoot. I tried installing it and it just came up with the usual grub menu each time.

Skeet

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

let me check this........

_Stevie_

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Does what work? Please specify your question.

jingo811

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Make your /boot/grub/menu.lst like this it's much sexier. Being pretty(gfxboot) and unsecured is not sexy.

Code:
# Menu colors
color dark-gray/black white/red

jingo811

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Thanks for your help I fixed the problem with the Vista dvd.

figos

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by jingo811
I don't think you can md5 encrypt GRUB globally or for each specific partition with background graphics on. Unless there's some programmers who can rewrite how GRUB works maybe coding bootloaders has become a lost art, I don't know. But without a globally encrypted GRUB your root password is practically useless when someone gets their hand on your PC physically.
But then having encrypted GRUB globally or for each specific partition doesn't make you 100% protected either. See md5 GRUB encrypt as 30% added armour no more no less

Even my former SUSE instructor told us to turn off the background image for the SUSE distro in order to protect our PC so I'd think that many SUSE users turn back to the darkside of GRUB in the end anyways
i didnt know that stuff with md5 and that it is a "security hole".
good to know! ill leave it as ugly as is then and wait for grub 2

_Stevie_

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

hum... I tried the how to but my grub still looks exactly the same as it did before... did I do something wrong?

d3x7r0

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Cool, thanks Kno, that worked. Kind of. Turned out that i needed to run grub as root (sudo).

Problem is that i followed the guide and rebooted, still the old boot menu.

Erm, I:

1. Downloaded the files
2. Uninstalled grub
3. Installed debs
4. Copied file to /boot/grub
5. Added line to menu.lst (added it at the very top, i.e. line 1)
6. Entered the Grub commands
7. Rebooted

Did i miss a step?

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Here is my fdisk -l output:

Code:
...
What is my boot disk?

I tried root (sda1,0) and got an parse number error.
You should try :
Code:
sudo grub
grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
 (hdx,y)
grub> root (hdx,y)
grub> setup (hdx)

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hello,

The command grub-install doesn't work for me, instead I do :
Code:
grub
> root (hd0,0)
> setup (hd0)
Now, it runs very well.

Thanks for this howto.

PS: I use the theme GoboGrub.

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Ty kno, I changed it

Grtz PingunZ

PingunZ

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by PingunZ
Ty kno, I changed it

Grtz PingunZ
Here is my fdisk -l output:

Code:
Disk /dev/sda: 203.9 GB, 203928109056 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24792 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        6375    51207156    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            6376       24791   147926520    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5            6376       12748    51191091    b  W95 FAT32
/dev/sda6           12749       24791    96735366    7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdb: 81.9 GB, 81964302336 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1        9964    80035798+   7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/hdc: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdc1   *           1        9351    75111876   83  Linux
/dev/hdc2            9352        9729     3036285    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hdc5            9352        9729     3036253+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
What is my boot disk?

I tried root (sda1,0) and got an parse number error.

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

yes, if fdisk tells you about sda you should replace the X with sda
so /dev/sda
same thing for hda
fdisk has nothing to do with grub, its just for you to know if you got sda or hda

Grtz PingunZ

PingunZ

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Any comments ?

PingunZ

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by PingunZ
Then install it
Code:
grub-install /dev/X
Then do :
Code:
sudo fdisk -l
and if it talks about hda replace X with hda, if it talks about sda ...
Sorry, first thicko question...

Do you mean that we should do "sudo fdisk -l" then with the result of that command do "grub-install /dev/hda" or "grub-install /dev/sda"

If so then your guide suggests to do "grub-install /dev/X" first. Being a newcomer i really down want to mess up my grub installation and so want to be sure.

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by kno
Yes, but I don't find many message.xyz on the net...
Thanks

That was going to be my next question. I have had a quick look and cant find any.

Oh well, suppose i could make my own. Do you know of any guides for making your own?

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Thanks

That was going to be my next question. I have had a quick look and cant find any.

Oh well, suppose i could make my own. Do you know of any guides for making your own?
sudo apt-get install gfxboot gfxboot-theme-ubuntu

then you'll find help and examples (to compile ) in :
/usr/share/doc/gfxboot/
/usr/share/gfxboot/themes/

A tutorial :
http://www.andreas-loibl.de/content/...oot/index.html

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

any screenshot of the result ?

frodon

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

How do i take a screenshot of the boot menu?

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hi,

I did all steps by this how-to but after restart I get an error message like this:

"...I cannot find any graphic file >>message.suse<<..." and I can to go toward by pressing any key, and then I get the ordinary menu.lst to chose a system to boot.

Of course the message.suse graphic file is in the directory /boot/grub and
I ran the command grub-install hd0 without any error message.

What to do then?

fantan

fantan

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
How do i take a screenshot of the boot menu?
eg by using qemu

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hi again,

The error message I get exactly is as follows:

The graphics file message.suse (or message.gobo) is missing, press any key to continue.
By pressing any key, I get the list of my systems according to my menu.lst and I can boot one of the systems.

Why the grub-glx doesn't find the message.suse or the message.gobo graphics file?
Again, these files are in the /boot/grub directory!!!

What can I do to get the proper screen?

fantan

fantan

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

GoboGrubTheme :
Capture-gobo.png

SuseTheme :
Capture-suse.png

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hi again,

Thanks for the screenshots, but I know them very well, because in the past I used SuSE.
My problem is, that I can't get this bootscreen on my computer, although I did all steps exactly as these are written in this how-to.
My grub doesn't find the graphics file message.suse (or message.gobo) in the directory /boot/grub, but both of them are there!!!

What is the problem in my system?

fantan

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hi gentlemen,

I figured out what was the problem with my system!
On my HDD I have several partitions and for the boot I have a separate partition, hda1.
This partition is mounted to the /boot directory of the Dapper system.
On this partition there isn't /boot directory, just /grub.
If in the menu.lst file I change the first line from
"gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.gobo" to "gfxmenu /grub/message.gobo" then grub finds the graphics file message.gobo.
That's all, everithing is fine!
But, there isn't any animation on this screen!!! Although in the SuSE system there is an animation around the Earth picture.

What to do with this?

fantan

fantan

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Then edit your menu.lst
Code:
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
and make it use gfxboot
Code:
gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse
ok how do I do that?

tlaloc@aztlan:~$ gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse
bash: gfxmenu: command not found
tlaloc@aztlan:~$

do I missing something here?

tlaloczint

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

If it could help someone, herewith my configuration :
http://rapidsharing.com/download.php?id=87DFE506

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Just copy paste line for line of the quote in a terminal
It should work for everyone.

Quote:
wget http://quasarfreak.googlepages.com/g....97-5_i386.deb

wget http://quasarfreak.googlepages.com/message.suse

sudo apt-get remove grub

sudo dpkg -i grub-gfxboot_0.97-5_i386.deb

sudo cp message.suse /boot/grub/

sudo echo gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse > /boot/grub/menu.lst

grub-install /dev/hda

scenestar

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Tried your message.gobo file, still no joy.

Our files are the same, has the gfxmenu line at the top.

Any ideas?

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Tried your message.gobo file, still no joy.

Our files are the same, has the gfxmenu line at the top.

Any ideas?
Did you try with the theme provided in this howto?

If you did EXACTLY as was explained the most logical explanation would be that your theme is corrupted.

scenestar

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Downloaded both files again and went through the entire guide EXACTLY.

Still the same.

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

One thing, doing

Code:
sudo echo gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse > /boot/grub/menu.lst
gave me a permission denied error.

but i can edit it using gedit ok.

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
One thing, doing

Code:
sudo echo gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse > /boot/grub/menu.lst
gave me a permission denied error.
Ack, just screw sudo
su to root like a real man.

edit to bohboh

I found your problem. Instead of :
Quote:
grub-install /dev/hda
try
Quote:
grub-install /dev/hdc

scenestar

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Many thanks, that sorted it.

For future reference, Can you explain how, by looking at my fdisk output, you knew it was hdc?

So all i need to do to change themes is to place the message.blah file in /boot/grub and to change the line in menu.lst?

Again, Thanks

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Many thanks, that sorted it.

For future reference, Can you explain how, by looking at my fdisk output, you knew it was hdc?
Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdc1 * 1 9351 75111876 83 Linux
/dev/hdc2 9352 9729 3036285 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hdc5 9352 9729 3036253+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
It's hdc because grub is setup on /dev/hdc1 (your 3rd hdd) with Ubuntu
Quote:
So all i need to do to change themes is to place the message.blah file in /boot/grub and to change the line in menu.lst?
Yes, but I don't find many message.xyz on the net...

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Ok, i have searched and i am going to have to ask.

How do you take a screenshot using qemu? My ideas was to create a vmware image, or is that silly?

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by fantan
...
That's all, everithing is fine!
But, there isn't any animation on this screen!!! Although in the SuSE system there is an animation around the Earth picture.

What to do with this?
Timeout must be greater than 0 in /boot/grub/menu.lst.

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Ok, i have searched and i am going to have to ask.

How do you take a screenshot using qemu? My ideas was to create a vmware image, or is that silly?
I launch qemu with a grub boot floppy and then I use gnome-sreenshot (Alt+Print Screen).

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

have been using gfxboot a couple of days now and one things bug me, no mather wich theme I choose i get a popup saying "You have a cool system, but you are about to install a 32-bit applikation on a 64-bit system"
I have amd 64, though ubuntu 32 installed.. anyone know how to make it go away?

rejser

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

I have managed to create my grub boot floppy using this guide (included menu.lst and device.map with my message file):

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GrubHowto/BootFloppy

And then do qemu /dev/fd0

It eventually drops me into the grub console.

How do i get it to display the boot menu?

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
I have managed to create my grub boot floppy using this guide (included menu.lst and device.map with my message file):

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GrubHowto/BootFloppy

And then do qemu /dev/fd0

It eventually drops me into the grub console.

How do i get it to display the boot menu?
Code:
...
cp menu.lst message.suse /media/floppy/boot/grub
umount /media/floppy
qemu -fda /dev/fd0 -boot a

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by rejser
have been using gfxboot a couple of days now and one things bug me, no mather wich theme I choose i get a popup saying "You have a cool system, but you are about to install a 32-bit applikation on a 64-bit system"
I have amd 64, though ubuntu 32 installed.. anyone know how to make it go away?
Can you try this :
message.bz2

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by kno
Can you try this :
Attachment 12290
worked like a charm, mind sharing the source?
did you exclude dia_bits from boot.config? or dia_install?

rejser

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by rejser
worked like a charm, mind sharing the source?
did you exclude dia_bits from boot.config? or dia_install?
I comment some lines of common.inc, that's all.
patch.diff.bz2

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

ok I got this what I am doing wrong
any help please?


root@aztlan:/home/tlaloc# sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hdc: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdc1 * 1 14592 117210208+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/hdd: 251.0 GB, 251000193024 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30515 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdd1 6203 29053 183550657+ 5 Extended
/dev/hdd2 * 1 6202 49817533+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdd5 6469 29053 181405949 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hdd6 6203 6468 2136582 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order
root@aztlan:/home/tlaloc# grub-install /dev/hdc1
Due to a bug in xfs_freeze, the following command might produce a segmentation
fault when /boot/grub is not in an XFS filesystem. This error is harmless and
can be ignored.
xfs_freeze: specified file ["/boot/grub"] is not on an XFS filesystem
Installation finished. No error reported.
This is the contents of the device map /boot/grub/device.map.
Check if this is correct or not. If any of the lines is incorrect,
fix it and re-run the script `grub-install'.

(hd0) /dev/hdc
(hd1) /dev/hdd
root@aztlan:/home/tlaloc#

tlaloczint

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
ok I got this what I am doing wrong
any help please?
How about you tell us what the hell you were doing in the first place.

scenestar

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

please keep civil, this thread has a good spirit

frodon

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

I got that error also, but like it says. You can ignore it, so i did and it still worked.

Is it not working for you?
 
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Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

How about us dual booters on Sata,

My partitions are labelled Sda, Ubuntu root is on
SDA4, XP is on SDA1, suggestions ? or leave well alone.

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

How about us dual booters on Sata,

My partitions are labelled Sda, Ubuntu root is on
SDA4, XP is on SDA1, suggestions ? or leave well alone.

hypnoticstate

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by scenestar
Just copy paste line for line of the quote in a terminal
It should work for everyone.
this is what I did but nevermind it mess up my grub and I could not boot xp or ubuntu after 5 hours of tring to fix it I gave up so I did a clean install
sorry if I bother asking newbie question not in this tread anymore

tlaloczint

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

You need to paste the line
gfxmenu /boot/grub/message
in the menu.lst, somewhere in the beginning, and also do
Code:
sudo grub
and then type root (hd0,0) or whatever
Also, does anyone know how to compile the Ubuntu theme for gfxboot?

art

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by scenestar
Just copy paste line for line of the quote in a terminal
It should work for everyone.
I did this and now when I boot, all I get is a grub cli.

I was able to boot from the Live CD and figure out how to get my Linux partition up but now, I have no real grub config to speak of, other than command line.

gruvsyco

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

I think it will be great if you'll add a warning asking to save the menu.lst before beginning so things like that: http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=1229960
will not happen...

Nir

nir78

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by gruvsyco
I did this and now when I boot, all I get is a grub cli.

I was able to boot from the Live CD and figure out how to get my Linux partition up but now, I have no real grub config to speak of, other than command line.
Is this what happen to you ? http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=1229960

Nir

nir78

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

screenshots? errr... fotos?

nickless

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hello,
I was playing around with the gfxmenu message, i created a new one which is 166KB, i remember reading in this forum that it should be less than 170KB, so i edited my menu.lst file to load the new message, and when i rebooted i get a blank screen and it just stays there no menu no nothing, fortunately i have a copy of the LIVE CD, but to edit the menu.lst file i need to be root.

So my question is , how to get root privileges while running the LIVE CD??, is it possible or is there any other way to edit teh menu.lst file to point to a new message while runnning the LIVE CD.

I would really appreciate a response.

Happy Holidays
Av

bngguy

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Never Mind i figured it out.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bngguy
Hello,
I was playing around with the gfxmenu message, i created a new one which is 166KB, i remember reading in this forum that it should be less than 170KB, so i edited my menu.lst file to load the new message, and when i rebooted i get a blank screen and it just stays there no menu no nothing, fortunately i have a copy of the LIVE CD, but to edit the menu.lst file i need to be root.

So my question is , how to get root privileges while running the LIVE CD??, is it possible or is there any other way to edit teh menu.lst file to point to a new message while runnning the LIVE CD.

I would really appreciate a response.

Happy Holidays
Av

bngguy

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Mind to share how you did it?

-cypher.

CypherHackz

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by CypherHackz
i have make my own theme for gfxboot, but the file size is too big. how to reduce it? anyone knows how?
don't put as much crap on it?

you could try saving the image in a lower resolution or quality. it won't look as clean but the same general image will be there, but smaller. try doing as little as possible each time and check the size after you resave it. once you hit the upper limit you'll have the best quality image you can get

Sonic Reducer

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

i have managed reduce the size. it was because i compile back the message in the same diectory. that is why the file gets bigger. but new problem found, the image does not display properly when boot. the image change into dots like my graphic is broken but it is not.

i think it is because i need to save the image using certain DPI but don't remember what is the DPI to be used for the image. but the size is still remains the same, 800x600.

-cypher.

CypherHackz

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

So, now I have a nice graphic Grub, but once I choose the kernel the graphics disappear and Grub makes some textoutput, before loading ubuntu.
Also bevore Grub actually starts it displays a message, Grub loading.

Is it possible to disable these message outputs?

What id like to have is a fluent transition from Bootsplash to Gfxboot menu to Ubuntu load screen. (I could life with black screens in between.

DuKe2112

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

I have made 2 new gfxboot menus with source code.
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=72720


Has the info of what was changed from last message.red
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=71668

merlwiz79

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

hi I'm having a big issue here.
I've followed the installation directions, grub still works, but i don't get a graphical screen

i think my partition might be messed up but grub install apparently doesn't like it
Code:
pavel@pavel-desktop:~$ sudo grub-install /dev/hd0
/dev/hd0: Not found or not a block device.
pavel@pavel-desktop:~$ sudo grub-install /dev/hd1
/dev/hd1: Not found or not a block device.

pavel989

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by pavel989
hi I'm having a big issue here.
I've followed the installation directions, grub still works, but i don't get a graphical screen

i think my partition might be messed up but grub install apparently doesn't like it
Code:
pavel@pavel-desktop:~$ sudo grub-install /dev/hd0
/dev/hd0: Not found or not a block device.
pavel@pavel-desktop:~$ sudo grub-install /dev/hd1
/dev/hd1: Not found or not a block device.
Can you please post your "/etc/fstab" file here?

erginemr

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by merlwiz79
I have made 2 new gfxboot menus with source code.
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content= 1f40 72720


Has the info of what was changed from last message.red
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=71668
That's very nice.

Would you mind giving some instructions how to compile the source codes (in the links), thanks.

AstalaVista

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Then edit your menu.lst
Code:
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
and make it use gfxboot
Code:
gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse
ok how do I do that?

tlaloc@aztlan:~$ gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse
bash: gfxmenu: command not found
tlaloc@aztlan:~$

do I missing something here?

tlaloczint

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

If it could help someone, herewith my configuration :
http://rapidsharing.com/download.php?id=87DFE506

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Just copy paste line for line of the quote in a terminal
It should work for everyone.

Quote:
wget http://quasarfreak.googlepages.com/g....97-5_i386.deb

wget http://quasarfreak.googlepages.com/message.suse

sudo apt-get remove grub

sudo dpkg -i grub-gfxboot_0.97-5_i386.deb

sudo cp message.suse /boot/grub/

sudo echo gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse > /boot/grub/menu.lst

grub-install /dev/hda

scenestar

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Tried your message.gobo file, still no joy.

Our files are the same, has the gfxmenu line at the top.

Any ideas?

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Tried your message.gobo file, still no joy.

Our files are the same, has the gfxmenu line at the top.

Any ideas?
Did you try with the theme provided in this howto?

If you did EXACTLY as was explained the most logical explanation would be that your theme is corrupted.

scenestar

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Downloaded both files again and went through the entire guide EXACTLY.

Still the same.

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

One thing, doing

Code:
sudo echo gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse > /boot/grub/menu.lst
gave me a permission denied error.

but i can edit it using gedit ok.

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
One thing, doing

Code:
sudo echo gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse > /boot/grub/menu.lst
gave me a permission denied error.
Ack, just screw sudo
su to root like a real man.

edit to bohboh

I found your problem. Instead of :
Quote:
grub-install /dev/hda
try
Quote:
grub-install /dev/hdc

scenestar

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Many thanks, that sorted it.

For future reference, Can you explain how, by looking at my fdisk output, you knew it was hdc?

So all i need to do to change themes is to place the message.blah file in /boot/grub and to change the line in menu.lst?

Again, Thanks

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Many thanks, that sorted it.

For future reference, Can you explain how, by looking at my fdisk output, you knew it was hdc?
Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdc1 * 1 9351 75111876 83 Linux
/dev/hdc2 9352 9729 3036285 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hdc5 9352 9729 3036253+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
It's hdc because grub is setup on /dev/hdc1 (your 3rd hdd) with Ubuntu
Quote:
So all i need to do to change themes is to place the message.blah file in /boot/grub and to change the line in menu.lst?
Yes, but I don't find many message.xyz on the net...

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

I have compiled another one.
It has an Ubuntu version as well.
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.p...?content=71735

merlwiz79

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Okay, I've had it. I admit it, I'm slightly ubuntu retarded and can't get this for the life of me. Can anymore personalize these parts for me. I've been trying and trying. And have read the first 20 or so pages and last 5 of this thread. But i'm giving in, and need some help.

sudo grub

grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
(hdx,y) # this will be the output
grub> root (hdx,y)
grub> setup (hdx)


grub-install /dev/hda????

my fdisk -l


Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 13 104391 de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 14 673 5295104 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3 1956 19457 140584815 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 674 1955 10297665 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 * 674 1700 8249346 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 1701 1955 2048256 82 Linux swap / Solaris

find /boot/grub/stage1 returns hd0,4...which seems wrong


give a poor sap a clue?

thanks

kryth

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

1f40
Never mind. I finally figured it out.

kryth

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by merlwiz79
I have compiled another one.
It has an Ubuntu version as well.
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.p...?content=71735

sweet! ....thanks merlwiz.

fooman

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by fooman
sweet! ....thanks merlwiz.
No problem.
If any one has suggestions for other gfxboot menus, post them here or at the link.

merlwiz79

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

OK I'm dyslectic so I can never follow any instructions correctly without doing something wrong in between the steps. Can somebody point out what exactly I'm doing wrong.
I've tested it on Debian Etch which failed so now I'm finally testing it on Ubuntu Feisty. Using this kernel version.
Code:
bill@gates:~$ uname -r
2.6.20-16-g
1f40
eneric
These are the steps I've done, which doesn't work at all. Also in case there was something wrong with message.suse I also tried the same procedures with message.ububrown


1.)
I downloaded these files which was shown on the first page.
http://quasarfreak.googlepages.com/g....97-5_i386.deb
http://quasarfreak.googlepages.com/message.suse

2.)
Code:
sudo apt-get remove grub
3.)
Then I navigated to the folder where the gfxboo_0.97*.deb file is located and did this.
Code:
dpkg -i grub-gfxboot_0.97-5_i386.deb
4.)
Code:
cp message.ububrown /boot/grub
5.)
Code:
cp /boot/grub/menu.lst menu.lst_backup
6.)
Code:
nano /boot/grub/menu.lst
And added this to the very top of the menu.lst file:
Quote:
gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.ububrown

# menu.lst - See: grub('8'), info grub, update-grub('8')
# grub-install('8'), grub-floppy('8'),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
...
...
7.)
Code:
$ sudo grub
8.)
Code:
grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
 (hd0,1)

grub> root (hd0,1)
 Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83

grub> setup (hd0)
 Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
 Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
 Checking if "/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
 Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)"...  17 sectors are embedded.
succeeded
 Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+17 p (hd0,1)/boot/grub/stage2
/boot/grub/menu.lst"... succeeded
Done.

grub> quit
9.)
This didn't work!
Code:
bill@gates:~/src/GfxBoot$ sudo grub-install /dev/hd0
/dev/hd0: Not found or not a block device.
10.)
I also navigated to where the file was in /boot/grub and chmodded it. No difference!
Code:
sudo chmod 755 message.ububrown
11.)
Code:
$ sudo reboot
Nada, zilch, nein, no nothing GRUB remains unmodified help please.

jingo811

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

It should be sudo grub-install /dev/hda or sudo grub-install /dev/sda.
Everything else looks fine.

merlwiz79

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Tnx merlwiz79 that solved it for me! The author of this thread should really put that in the first page tutorial so ppl don't have to read through 50 pages of threads before finding this out.

Next can someone link all the information needed to make your own customized GfxBoot. Reading this long technical document isn't really my tea of cup. Nor do I know how to read german.
usr/share/doc/gfxboot/gfxboot.html

Quote:
Originally Posted by kno
sudo apt-get install gfxboot gfxboot-theme-ubuntu

then you'll find help and examples (to compile ) in :
/usr/share/doc/gfxboot/
/usr/share/gfxboot/themes/

A tutorial :
http://www.andreas-loibl.de/content/...oot/index.html
I like visual tutorials. Until then I guess I'll try swapping the images in the message.suse file the Footissimo way.

jingo811

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by Footissimo
Made a mod of the SuSE GFXBoot theme. Basically its a mash up of this SVG icon by Sairitupac Vasquez and this wallpaper by Paul Beyens.

I know nothing about QEMU, EMU or any flightless birds so I just took a screenie with me mobile. If some kind person fancies running it through a virtual PC thingy and doing a screenie then that would be much appreciated. (thanks Kno) There are two problems with it:

1) There is a slight artifact around the ubuntu icon - I've spent hours brushing to minimise JPG artifacts, but there's only so much I can do..it should be barely noticeable now. Its due to the complexity of the background - if people like this then I'll do another on a plainer background and get the logo 100%

2) The original SuSE theme screws up a little if you scroll down the kernel / OS options - seems to be because that panel needs to be shoved to the left a bit or made into 1024x768 rather than 800x600. Mine does the same...it doesn't effect functionality or anything, but if I do another, then I'll correct it (it was too late by the time I noticed it on this one).

Installing:

After doing all the GFXBoot palaver, just unzip the theme and copy it to /boot/grub/ then add
Code:
gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.ubugrey
to the top of the /boot/grub/menu.lst file. Presumably you should remove any other themes you have there (such as message.suse)

I really like your image mate. But it displays Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Professional Edition at the bottom. Can you remove that text? Is it possible?

-cypher.

CypherHackz

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

i have make my own theme for gfxboot, but the file size is too big. how to reduce it? anyone knows how?

Edit 1:
I think i know why the file size is large. After you package back the theme, try open your message.* with Archive Manager. There you will see file message.* in the 1f40 package. I tried to delete that file but it doesn't allow me to delete it. So how to delete that file?

Edit 2:
Found out the solution. Create the archive into another directory. So it will not archive it self.

-cypher.

CypherHackz

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by kno
Yes, but I don't find many message.xyz on the net...
Thanks

That was going to be my next question. I have had a quick look and cant find any.

Oh well, suppose i could make my own. Do you know of any guides for making your own?

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
Thanks

That was going to be my next question. I have had a quick look and cant find any.

Oh well, suppose i could make my own. Do you know of any guides for making your own?
sudo apt-get install gfxboot gfxboot-theme-ubuntu

then you'll find help and examples (to compile ) in :
/usr/share/doc/gfxboot/
/usr/share/gfxboot/themes/

A tutorial :
http://www.andreas-loibl.de/content/...oot/index.html

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

any screenshot of the result ?

frodon

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

How do i take a screenshot of the boot menu?

bohboh

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hi,

I did all steps by this how-to but after restart I get an error message like this:

"...I cannot find any graphic file >>message.suse<<..." and I can to go toward by pressing any key, and then I get the ordinary menu.lst to chose a system to boot.

Of course the message.suse graphic file is in the directory /boot/grub and
I ran the command grub-install hd0 without any error message.

What to do then?

fantan

fantan

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohboh
How do i take a screenshot of the boot menu?
eg by using qemu

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hi again,

The error message I get exactly is as follows:

The graphics file message.suse (or message.gobo) is missing, press any key to continue.
By pressing any key, I get the list of my systems according to my menu.lst and I can boot one of the systems.

Why the grub-glx doesn't find the message.suse or the message.gobo graphics file?
Again, these files are in the /boot/grub directory!!!

What can I do to get the proper screen?

fantan

fantan

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

GoboGrubTheme :
Capture-gobo.png

SuseTheme :
Capture-suse.png

kno

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hi again,

Thanks for the screenshots, but I know them very well, because in the past I used SuSE.
My problem is, that I can't get this bootscreen on my computer, although I did all steps exactly as these are written in this how-to.
My grub doesn't find the graphics file message.suse (or message.gobo) in the directory /boot/grub, but both of them are there!!!

What is the problem in my system?

fantan

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Hi gentlemen,

I figured out what was the problem with my system!
On my HDD I have several partitions and for the boot I have a separate partition, hda1.
This partition is mounted to the /boot directory of the Dapper system.
On this partition there isn't /boot directory, just /grub.
If in the menu.lst file I change the first line from
"gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.gobo" to "gfxmenu /grub/message.gobo" then grub finds the graphics file message.gobo.
That's all, everithing is fine!
But, there isn't any animation on this screen!!! Although in the SuSE system there is an animation around the Earth picture.

What to do with this?

fantan

fantan

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

I got it to work, but it doesn't take up my full resolution (1280x800) but more is just a centered 800x600. The VGA= options didn't change anything and I even tried resizing the images in the theme.

PurposeOfReason

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Here is a new one I compiled.

message.red
http://www.4shared.com/file/31585981...3/message.html
Source:
http://www.4shared.com/file/31936439...e-example.html

merlwiz79

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Quote:
Originally Posted by Eriksmits596
Somebody who knoms where I can find this theme?
I pulled the theme info from the 10.2 install disc--but don't know how to compile it--you might find someone that has 10.2 installed & get the message from them---The file is too big to post--E me if you want the source.....

EDIT: I found the answer on linuxforums.org--- this uses the message.suse that comes with 10.2---

In /boot/message there is a configuration file that controls the randomness of the "walking penguins". However /boot/message is an archive and you have to decompress.
Open a terminal and Code:
su
cd /boot
cp message message.old
mkdir messagetemp
cd messagetemp
cpio -iv < /boot/message
nano gfxboot.cfg
Then you should change penguin from -1 to 100
it should look like this Quote:
penguin=100
Save and recreate the archive
Code:
ls | cpio -ov > /boot/message
This should be ok. Post if any problems



I have the message & will post it as message.zip

just remove the .zip & do what you need to do to get it in your boot---adapt the instructions above to your use...

EDIT2: message.peng.zip I THINK will work--remove the .zip & insert it--I'll do a reboot with it & report if it works....

EDIT3: gfxboot said that the message is too big--I would guess that it needs to have some of the Suse stuff to work--I'll play with it----

EDIT4: Well--I shrunk the message down to 271k & it still won't work I'll try some more this week--I guess that the GfxBoot Suse uses allows bigger file sizes---

autocrosser

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

Edit gfxboot themes for widescreen:

1)
extract the files using the commands from pg 1
Code:
mkdir /home/name/whatever
cpio -i < /boot/grub/message.suse # replace it by the name of you message
2) Open one of the image in gimp. Under image choose scale image and unlock the aspect ratio.

3) You need to shrink the image so when it gets stretched to full screen it looks normal. The new image width is 0.83x the original image width. Calculate the new image width put it in and click scale. Save the image

4) Do the same for any other images.

5) Put the files back in the message file using:
Code:
sudo ls . |cpio -o > /boot/grub/message.whatever
(from pg 1 again)

Thats it. The text will still be elongated but i dont really mind.

silverdarkness

Howto GfxBoot Grub like suse

grub-gfxboot 0.97-11 for Ubuntu i386
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=71647

Can't make amd64 if someone want's I can sent the soucre for the amd64 to make into .debs.

merlwiz79

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