FreeBSD Splash Screen

General Information

FreeBSD allows for the configuration of a splash screen to replace the text displayed while booting. nike air max 90 Often an image is preferred over plain text. ugg grise louboutin chaussures buy ff14 gil Adding a splash screen will not eliminate the text that would have been displayed while booting. nike air max tn nike air max 2017 timberland earthkeepers bottes This text is always available by running dmesg.


Requirements

  1. root access
  2. This requires either a bitmap or a ZSOFT PCX image file. adidas nmd asics whizzer The image must be 256 colors (8 bit) or less and must be a supported resolution. basket nike tn ugg noir By default the largest resolution supported is 320×200. nike free trainer nike air max 2017 nike roshe run However, if the vesa module is loaded, other resolutions up to 1024×768 may be possible, though 256 colors remains the maximum.

Configuration

This guide will demonstrate the configuration changes that must be made to loader that are required for a splash screen. ffxiv gold nike air tn adidas hamburg These changes can be made in the /etc/loader.conf or in a /etc/loader.conf.local file. nike air tn This guide will use /etc/loader.conf.local for all examples.

Using a Bitmap Image

Create /boot/loader.conf.local and add a line to it that will load the vesa kernel module. nike air max soldes This can be done as root in one command:

 # echo 'vesa_load="YES"' >> /boot/loader.conf.local 

Add a second line that will load the bitmap kernel module.

 # echo 'bitmap_load="YES"' >> /boot/loader.conf.local 

Add a third line that will configure the bitmap image to be loaded at start up.

 # echo 'splash_bmp_load="YES"' >> /boot/loader.conf.local 

By default /boot/kernel/splash.bmp is the image that will be loaded. nike internationalist adidas superstar femme Copy the image to /boot/kernel/splash.bmp or this setting can be changed by specifying the path to the bitmap file using bitmap_name.

 # cp /path/to/your/image.bmp /boot/kernel/splash.bmp 

– or to change the default setting –

 # echo 'bitmap_name="/path/to/your/image.bmp"' >> /boot/loader.conf.local 

Test by rebooting.

Using a ZSOFT PCX Image

Create /boot/loader.conf.local and add a line to it that will loader the vesa kernel module. soldes timberland adidas chaussures new balance femme bns gold This can be done as root in one command:

 # echo 'vesa_load="YES"' >> /boot/loader.conf.local 

Add a second line that will loader the bitmap kernel module. chaussure timberland pas cher This is needed even though a PCX image is being used.

 # echo 'bitmap_load="YES"' >> /boot/loader.conf.local 

Add a third line that will configure the PCX image to be loaded at start up.

 # echo 'splash_pcx_load="YES"' >> /boot/loader.conf.local 

By default /boot/kernel/splash.bmp is the image that will be loaded. nike air huarache soldes To use a PCX file the bitmap_name setting needs to be changed:

 # echo 'bitmap_name="/path/to/your/image.pcx"' >> /boot/loader.conf.local 

Test by rebooting.

Troubleshooting

If the splash screen does not load, an error message will be available in /var/log/messages. Buy FF14 items new balance france asics gel nimbus Below is and example of two of such error messages.

Example 1

 Feb 2 14:05:17 FreeBSD kernel: module_register_init: MOD_LOAD (splash_bmp, 0xc0a419e4, 0) error 2 

Error 2 has been seen when the path to the image is incorrect or when bitmap_load is not set to YES.

Example 2

 Feb 2 14:08:22 FreeBSD kernel: module_register_init: MOD_LOAD (splash_bmp, 0xc0a418c2, 0) error 19 

Error 19 is common when the image is not a supported format.

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