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I am a RH8.0 and Slackware 9.0 user. I would like to know how to configure my distros (is it the same for all linux systems?) so they display an image on the screen rather than all the initial setup information that they now show me during startup. I am not even sure what this is called (dark boot??). I want this from the time I switch on my computer. I guess it has to be done at 2 stages.... once at the BIOS stage and then the the OS stage at bootup. -Manu...

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    Default dark boot??

    I am a RH8.0 and Slackware 9.0 user. I would like to know how to
    configure my distros (is it the same for all linux systems?) so they
    display an image on the screen rather than all the initial setup
    information that they now show me during startup. I am not even sure
    what this is called (dark boot??).
    I want this from the time I switch on my computer. I guess it has to
    be done at 2 stages.... once at the BIOS stage and then the the OS
    stage at bootup.
    -Manu
    Manu Guest

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    On 19 Sep 2003 15:36:02 -0700, Manu <mprasannusc.edu> wrote:
    > I am a RH8.0 and Slackware 9.0 user. I would like to know how to
    > configure my distros (is it the same for all linux systems?) so they
    > display an image on the screen rather than all the initial setup
    > information that they now show me during startup. I am not even sure
    > what this is called (dark boot??).
    > I want this from the time I switch on my computer. I guess it has to
    > be done at 2 stages.... once at the BIOS stage and then the the OS
    > stage at bootup.
    > -Manu
    Playing with Bios is kind of risky, but for the second phase, lilo can
    be set up to use a 640x480x16 color bmp file, I'd imagine grub can be
    as well.

    I set mine up in Debian LILO version 22.2, when I used RH7.2 I upgraded
    LILO, but I think that was for playing with partitions if I recall. I
    think both distros should be equal to the task. If you need help I'll
    clean up my lilo.conf, but Debian's comes with LOTS of comments.

    Michael C.
    --
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    Michael C. Guest

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    Default Re: dark boot??

    Manu wrote: 

    I don't know how it should be called but you don't want the boot
    messages appearing on the scree? and a picture or such instead?

    I found SuSE 8.2 doing just that (well, I press <F2> to see the messages
    actually ;-).
     

    That's a little fast. If you want it from power-on it will be not
    possible to controll it from the os. Some machines can be configured to
    use a serial connection (com: port) for boot messages. See if your bios
    can do so.

    Then, for the OS-part, it's as told, SuSE does it. Well, not direct but
    pritty fast after the first messages. If you have linux configured to
    use the serial console too, then it should spit out the boot messages
    there too, leaving the display blank (or whatever it already displays).

    The above is called 'headless': as if there is no monitor connected to
    the system. You do need a serial terminal to access the boot messages
    (and errors, and warnings and other boot-time info)

    btw: on PC hardware, it is verry hard to do. Most intel-servers do need
    a display adapter since the bios and the default os relies on them....
    (I personally like the message: No keyboard found, press <F1> to
    continue... ;-)





    CBee
    Corné Guest

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