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    How do i set up my console so that it is vga/vesa?

    Semi related question... has anyone ever tried bootsplash?

    http://www.bootsplash.org

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    I think what you're looking for is something called framebuffer. You can find a howto on the subject here: http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Framebuffer-HOWTO.html

    And on the bootsplash q, IIRC I think Mandrake uses it, but I'm not 100% shure so don't take me for it later when I'm proven wrong

    Good luck

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    Dangnamit.... i have to recompile AGAIN! I just did it last night. I might as well ignore efficancy and just compile with ALL options. J/k. Meh.

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    whiteskin: I have framebuffer running with bootsplash on my desktop and it's very nice.

    I wrote a tut on setting up fb (it's in the tut's section...I would link to it but I'm on 24Kbps dialup atm ) if you need some help with that.

    Bootsplash is really easy to add to it...just install it and edit the proper config file that it provides to contain your images, etc. (must be jpeg). Then do this:

    Code:
    splash -s -f /path/to/config/file.cfg > /boot/initrd
    Make sure /boot is mounted

    Then add this to your grub.conf/lilo.conf (below the kernel append line):

    Code:
    initrd=/boot/initrd
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    How much memory does it gobble? I'm on a lo-cal system, and while i like the eye candy, do either of them take much memory after boot time?

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    Neither framebuffer or bootsplash take a lot of extra memory. If you notice too much of a performance hit, you can always kill bootsplash and just run framebuffer.
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    I use bootsplash, well I did until I upgraded to kernel 2.6.2 (no patch for it yet). Come to think of it the only 2.6 patch they have is the 2.6.0-test9 patch, which is pretty old; it did work on the official 2.6 release though. Framebuffer still makes bootup look a little snazier, but I miss my bootsplash

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    Dillenger: bootsplash is working again. I'm running 2.6.1-gentoo-r1 and have bootsplash running (without any manual patching).
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    How did you get it to work?

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    1) emerge bootsplash
    2) mess with config
    3) splash -s -f /etc/bootsplash/gentoo/configfile.cfg > /boot/bootsplash (/boot being mounted, of course)

    And here's my grub.conf:

    Code:
    title=Gentoo Linux-2.6.1-gentoo-r1
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/bzImage-2.6.0-test11 root=/dev/hda3 idebus=66 video=radeon:ywrap,mtrr,1024x768@80 vga=0x317
    initrd=/boot/bootsplash
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