changing boot splash screen

Kevin Kinsey kdk at
Sat Oct 8 12:12:39 PDT 2005

FreeBsdBeni wrote:

>Hi list,
>System : 5.4-RELEASE-p7
>I'm trying to change the default boot splash screen from beastie to bmp-file.
>Here's my /boot/loader.rc :
>\ Loader.rc
>\ $FreeBSD: src/sys/boot/i386/loader/loader.rc,v 1.2 2003/11/21 19:01:02 dcs 
>Exp $
>\ Includes additional commands
>include /boot/loader.4th
>\ Reads and processes loader.rc
>\ Tests for password -- executes autoboot first if a password was defined
>\ Load in the boot menu
>include /boot/beastie.4th
>\ Start the boot menu
>And my /boot/loader.conf :
># snd_driver_load="YES"
># ndis_load="YES"
># if_pff_load="YES"
>In my kernel I have an "options    VESA".
>I have a /boot/splash.bmp which is a 8 bpp 640x480 bitmap (from 
> where I read the instructions 
>on how to change the splash screen too (and I did a "man splash"...).
>But when I boot my pc, I dont get a nice bitmap splash screen ! I tried whith 
>commenting out in loader.rc the "include /boot/beastie.4th" and 
>"beastie-start" lines, but then I get no bootmenu at all.
>How do I get a nice splash screen ? Hints and/or tips are welcome :-)

Well, you don't, but you do.  The splash module won't load the bitmap
until after the "beastie menu", anyway.  And your bitmap is the right
depth, but it's too large, I think.  I believe I answered this question
about a week ago ... check the archives.  I think it was 320xnnn ....

Kevin Kinsey

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