08 Creating A Custom GRUB Splash Image

Tired of your boring, default GRUB splash screen? Well be bored no more, make
your own! A GRUB splash image must have these specs:

1. xpm.gz file type
2. 640x480
3. 14 colors only

Use ImageMagick and gzip to convert any image, for example, a .jpg:

$ convert -depth 14 -resize 640x480 image.jpg newimage.xpm && gzip

Tell GRUB where to find it, reboot, and there it hopefully is. Edit your
grub.conf or menu.lst:

# Display a splashscreen
splashimage (hd0,0)/boot/newimage.xpm.gz

Put your nice images in the /boot directory, it's easier that way.

Some Linuxes do not include the patch to GRUB that enables splash images. See
http://www.bootsplash.org/ for patches, and lot of great information.

Carla Schroder
this message brought to you
by Libranet 2.8 and Kmail