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Author Topic: Splashy in VL6.0 gold/light  (Read 4723 times)
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« on: April 21, 2009, 10:08:05 am »

As soon as my new netbook arrives I'm putting Vector on it.  My question is does vector come with splashy or just bootsplash?  If not, is splashy compatable with VL6.0?  Where can I find installation, configuration and customization info for one, the other or both?  I tried a search on forums and found little.

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009, 12:08:20 pm »

It's got bootsplash.... not sure what it'd take to get splashy to work, but it'd be nice to try it
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 06:58:46 pm »

Any good tips to create your own bootsplash themes?

Thanks,

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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 09:17:20 pm »

VASM has VLbsplash-switch:

I have a couple video which could get you where you want to go.
VLbsplash-switch, adding and selecting from bootsplash themes.
http://www.opensourcebistro.com/Tutorial/VL60/16.SystemAdmin/vasmcc/utilities/vlbsplash-switch/vlbsplash.htm
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VLbsplash-switch, creating custom bootsplash themes.
http://www.opensourcebistro.com/Tutorial/VL60/16.SystemAdmin/vasmcc/utilities/vlbsplash-switch/custom-boot-splash.htm
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2009, 09:50:11 pm »

Thanks I'll check those out.

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2009, 12:21:45 am »

The VLbsplash-switch is stuck on an failed theme I made before following the walk-thru.  I cannot change it to standard or to the new version I built. When I on std or the other theme I made the image remains the same, it shows the default one.  When I reboot and go back into the switch the failed theme is still selected.

Any ideas?

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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2009, 06:57:48 am »

VLbsplash-switch will show the files names in /etc/bootsplash/themes whether they are configured correctly not.
 Inside each theme's directory should be two files a 'config' file and a 'images' file.
'config' contains 3 files each with a configure script for different resolutions.

Look in /etc/bootsplash/themes/std/config for an example.

 When a theme is choosen the 'config' file for that theme is really what determines what image you see on boot up.

My guess is 'config' has been altered in your 'std' file.

Copy and paste this into bootsplash-800x600.cfg
# This is the configuration file for the 800x600 bootsplash picture
#
# This file is necessary to specify the coordinates of the text box on
# the splash screen.
#
#                      Created for Vector Linux By Masta

# config file version
version=3

# should the picture be displayed?
state=1

# fgcolor is the text forground color.
# bgcolor is the text background (i.e. transparent) color.
fgcolor=7
bgcolor=0

# name of the picture file (full path recommended)
jpeg=/etc/bootsplash/themes/std/images/bootsplash-800x600.jpg
silentjpeg=/etc/bootsplash/themes/std/images/silent-800x600.jpg

# (tx, ty) are the (x, y) coordinates of the text window in pixels.
# tw/th is the width/height of the text window in pixels.
tx=30
ty=35
tw=670
th=445

progress_enable=1

# background
# b(order) or i(nter)
box silent noover 176 478 651 498 #ffffff00
# progress bar
box silent inter  176 479 176 497 #07c5fc #8cb64a #07c5fc #8cb64a
box silent        176 479 651 497 #07c5fc #8cb64a #07c5fc #8cb64a
# black border (top, bottom, left, right)
box silent        176 478 651 478 #313234
box silent        176 498 651 498 #889499
box silent        176 478 176 498 #313234
box silent        651 478 651 498 #889499

# text box
# box noover        35 34 754 535 #000000e2

overpaintok=1

# (ax, ay) are the (x, y) coordinates for playing boot/shutdown animations
ax=200
ay=200



Copy and paste this into bootsplash-1024x768.cfg
# This is the configuration file for the 1024x768 bootsplash picture
#
# This file is necessary to specify the coordinates of the text box on
# the splash screen.
#
#                      Created for Vector Linux By Masta

# config file version
version=3

# should the picture be displayed?
state=1

# fgcolor is the text forground color.
# bgcolor is the text background (i.e. transparent) color.
fgcolor=7
bgcolor=0

# name of the picture file (full path recommended)
jpeg=/etc/bootsplash/themes/std/images/bootsplash-1024x768.jpg
silentjpeg=/etc/bootsplash/themes/std/images/silent-1024x768.jpg

# (tx, ty) are the (x, y) coordinates of the text window in pixels.
# tw/th is the width/height of the text window in pixels.
tx=35
ty=45
tw=870
th=570

progress_enable=1

# background #aaaaaaf2
# b(order) or i(nter)
box silent noover 323 667 709 681 #ffffff00
# progress bar
box silent inter  323 668 323 680 #79f2ff #0f2c78 #79f2ff #0f2c78
box silent        323 668 709 680 #79f2ff #0f2c78 #79f2ff #0f2c78
# black border (top, bottom, left, right)
box silent        323 667 709 667 #313234
box silent        323 681 709 681 #889499
box silent        323 667 323 681 #313234
box silent        709 667 709 681 #889499

# text box
#box noover        59 44 954 688 #000000e2
# black border (top, bottom, left, right)
#box               58 44 58 689 #313234
#box               59 44 955 44 #313234
#box               955 45 955 689 #889499
#box               59 689 955 689 #889499

overpaintok=1

# (ax, ay) are the (x, y) coordinates for playing boot/shutdown animations
ax=280
ay=220

Copy and paste this into bootsplash-1280x1024.cfg
# This is the configuration file for the 1280x624 bootsplash picture
#
# This file is necessary to specify the coordinates of the text box on
# the splash screen.
#
#                      Created for Vector Linux By Masta

# config file version
version=3

# should the picture be displayed?
state=1

# fgcolor is the text forground color.
# bgcolor is the text background (i.e. transparent) color.
fgcolor=7
bgcolor=0

# name of the picture file (full path recommended)
jpeg=/etc/bootsplash/themes/std/images/bootsplash-1280x1024.jpg
silentjpeg=/etc/bootsplash/themes/std/images/silent-1280x1024.jpg

# (tx, ty) are the (x, y) coordinates of the text window in pixels.
# tw/th is the width/height of the text window in pixels.
tx=45
ty=68
tw=1098
th=750

progress_enable=1

# background
# b(order) or i(nter)
box silent noover 280 867 1000 881 #ffffff00
# progress bar
box silent inter  281 868 281 880 #79f2ff #0f2c78 #79f2ff #0f2c78
box silent        281 868 999 880 #79f2ff #0f2c78 #79f2ff #0f2c78
# black border (top, bottom, left, right)
box silent        280 867 1000 867 #313234
box silent        280 881 1000 881 #889499
box silent        280 867 280 881 #313234
box silent        1000 867 1000 881 #889499

# text box
#box noover        59 44 954 688 #000000e2
# black border (top, bottom, left, right)
#box               58 44 58 689 #313234
#box               59 44 955 44 #313234
#box               955 45 955 689 #889499
#box               59 689 955 689 #889499

overpaintok=1

# (ax, ay) are the (x, y) coordinates for playing boot/shutdown animations
ax=280
ay=220

Once you have copied to each of the above as instructed, try switching to the std theme again in VLbootsplash-switch.
If it works then we know the 'config' file for your custom theme should be the next thing we look at.
Ken
Also, review about 2/3rd in the custom boot splash video... what needs to be changed in the .config file when a custom theme is made.

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2009, 04:10:32 pm »

I have not changed STD.  I copied it and edited the copy hereafter called "failed theme" before I was shown your walk-thru.  I changed the vlbootsplash switch to "failed theme" and it looks just like STD.  I tried to change it back to STD and its stuck on "failed theme."

I created "new theme" based upon your instructions and still cannot get the switch off of "failed theme."

When I open the chooser I click on the theme I want to change to and click okay and the preview does not change (it still looks like STD). I click yes then ok.  I reboot and go back into the vlbootsplash-switch and the dial is still on "failed theme."

help?
Thanks,
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2009, 05:31:29 pm »

What permissions do I need to give the images and config files?  My x-session error logs show that they cannot find the images and that's why my themes are pooched.
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2009, 06:00:48 pm »

I ran
Code:
chmod -R 777 /etc/bootsplash/themes/<new theme>
chmod -R 777 /etc/bootsplash/themes/<failed theme>
in terminal and tried the switch again with the same effect.  This time when I rebooted all the text stacked up on top of itself.  I'm going to overwrite the code in the STD conf files like you said and try and recreate the "new theme" thereafter.

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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2009, 07:31:59 pm »

'new theme'?, 'failed theme'?  Are you using spaces in your file names.  Spaces in filenames and script don't play well together.  If you are try renaming your themes to something without a space.  Then when you call them in the config file the image names will be recognized.

Permissions should not be a problem.  I did not have to play with permissions when I was customizing in this area.

Some important points.

1. Place the directory for your custom theme inside of /etc/bootsplash/themes.
2. Make sure the name of your custom theme folder has no spaces.
3. Your custom theme folder should have two other folder inside of it 'images' and 'config'
4. The 'images' file should have 6 jpg in it. 
    The first 3, bootsplash-800x600.jpg, bootsplash-1024x768.jpg, bootsplash-1280x1024.jpg
    & last 3, silent-800x600.jpg, silent-1024x768.jpg, silent--1280x1024.jpg
    This is an important bit.  You can use any landscape oriented picture you want, but make sure to use gimp to resize.
    i.e the pictures that you say are the 800x600 in the file name have to be 800x600.  Gimp is very good for this.
5. The 'config' folder can be copy/pasted from the 'std' theme, but some changes have to be made in each of the three files in the folder.
    There is a line that calls the images for boot and splash in this folder, unless you change them they will continue to call from the std theme
    forder.
    The line looks like this, only the resolution (800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024) changes in the 3 different .cfg files.

    # name of the picture file (full path recommended)
    jpeg=/etc/bootsplash/themes/std/images/bootsplash-800x600.jpg
    silentjpeg=/etc/bootsplash/themes/std/images/silent-800x600.jpg

    You need to change the name std in these lines to the name of your theme folder. (no spaces in   
    name)

I hope that helps.
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2009, 12:57:11 pm »

"new theme" and "failed theme" are place holders for the actual folder names.  ie "failed theme" = skulls & "new theme" = skulls-new

1. check
2. check
3. check
4. check
5. check

I had saved the images as 'Bootsplash-800x600' not 'bootsplash-800x600'

With that corrected the preview shows correctly but will still not apply.  Now at boot the status alerts along the bottom all stack upon one another.

I must be doing something stoopid...

Thanks for the help,

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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2009, 01:11:36 pm »

You are welcome.  Sorry, we didn't resolve it completely. 
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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2009, 05:09:56 pm »

I'm still a new user so bare with me here.  I just looked at my var/log/boot.log and saw a long string of could not open jpg YCBRC 221111 or something.  I'd pull the exact error message but I googled it discovered that I was saving my jpegs in the wrong format. I saved them as non-progresive 2x2x1x1x1x1 and now the theme works!

issue resolved.


Next question.

How do change the rest of the boot images?  ie the x login screen the x splash background, etc

My theme is black and white and the blue vector backgrounds clash terribly.
Thanks so much for the help.
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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2009, 03:36:13 pm »

Hello BrandX:

As far as the x login screen goes you can customize with GDM-theme-switch in VASM.  That is if you are using GDM
screencast here...http://www.opensourcebistro.com/Tutorial/VL60/16.SystemAdmin/vasmcc/utilities/gdm-theme-switch/new-gdm-looks.htm

If you are launching xfce you can customize that at menu>settings>splash-screen -settings
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