CFT: Graphics support for /boot/loader

Antony Mawer lists at
Tue Feb 10 19:16:11 PST 2009

Oliver Fromme wrote:
> Also take into account that this is "only" a boot screen.
> Most people will see it only for a few seconds.
> Regarding your question about VGA modes:
> Standard VGA supports at most 640x480 at 4 bits and 320x200
> at 8 bits.  So that's the common denominator.

Hi Oliver,

Do you know if it would be hard to modify splash(4) to supports 640x480 
4-bit images? At the moment, according to the man page:

   "If the standard VGA video mode is used, the size of the bitmap must
    be 320x200 or less."

I would find a 640x480 image with a custom 16 colour palette and 
appropriate dithering much more attractive than the current 320x200 but 
with 256 colours offering (ignoring VESA, which seems to have varied 
levels of support).

At the moment, a 640x480 4-bit image is just gives me a blank screen 
unless I load the VESA module (and on a VESA capable machine)

If you have any suggestions then I am willing to try patches!


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