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    Default No boot splash on my netbook

    I have installed openSUSE 11.1 on my Acer Aspire One A150 netbook. When booting, openSUSE shows no boot splash.

    How can I make openSUSE display the boot splash? It's a 8.9 inch screen, resolution 1024x600.
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    Default Re: No boot splash on my netbook

    Looks like you picked the wrong resolution on install, probably 1024x768, which will not work. I know it can be fixed, but have to dive into it.
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    Default Re: No boot splash on my netbook

    But the resolution of my desktop is fine. It's only the boot splash that is missing...
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    Default Re: No boot splash on my netbook

    Bump.... Anyone?
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    Default Re: No boot splash on my netbook

    You need to send the correct resolution to initrd(Unless you tweaked the grub setting)

    mkinitrd -s (n)x(n) but the theme also has to have the supported size also you need to send the correct depth/res on the cli for the framebuffer device.

    hwinfo --vbe
    and choose a 16bit I found greater didn't work perhaps ymmv also iirc remove the first 0 so its 3 chars.
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    Default Re: No boot splash on my netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by FeatherMonkey View Post
    You need to send the correct resolution to initrd(Unless you tweaked the grub setting)

    mkinitrd -s (n)x(n) but the theme also has to have the supported size also you need to send the correct depth/res on the cli for the framebuffer device.

    hwinfo --vbe
    and choose a 16bit I found greater didn't work perhaps ymmv also iirc remove the first 0 so its 3 chars.
    Thanks for responding. I haven't succeeded yet, but this sounds promising...

    First I did hwinfo --vbe as root. This gave the following information:
    Code:
    linux-6yl6:/home/pjotr # hwinfo --vbe
    01: None 00.0: 10105 BIOS                                       
      [Created at bios.189]
      Unique ID: rdCR.lZF+r4EgHp4
      Hardware Class: bios
      VESA BIOS Version: 3.0
      Current VESA Mode: 0x0003
      BIOS Keyboard LED Status:
        Scroll Lock: off
        Num Lock: off
        Caps Lock: off
      Base Memory: 639 kB
      PnP BIOS: SST2400
      SMBIOS Version: 2.4
      BIOS Info: #0
        Vendor: "Acer"
        Version: "v0.3309"
        Date: "10/06/2008"
        Start Address: 0x00000
        ROM Size: 1024 kB
        Features: 0x0403000000004bfb9880
          PCI supported
          BIOS flashable
          BIOS shadowing allowed
          CD boot supported
          Selectable boot supported
          BIOS ROM socketed
          EDD spec supported
          1.2MB NEC 9800 Japanese Floppy supported
          1.2MB Toshiba Japanese Floppy supported
          360kB Floppy supported
          1.2MB Floppy supported
          720kB Floppy supported
          2.88MB Floppy supported
          8042 Keyboard Services supported
          CGA/Mono Video supported
          ACPI supported
          USB Legacy supported
      System Info: #1
        Manufacturer: "Acer"
        Product: "YYT"
        Version: "1"
        Serial: "123456789"
        UUID: undefined, but settable
        Wake-up: 0x06 (Power Switch)
      Board Info: #2
        Manufacturer: "Acer"
        Version: "Base Board Version"
        Serial: "Base Board Serial Number"
        Asset Tag: "Base Board Asset Tag"
        Type: 0x0a (Motherboard)
        Features: 0x09
          Hosting Board
          Replaceable
        Location: "Base Board Chassis Location"
        Chassis: #3
      Chassis Info: #3
        Manufacturer: "Chassis Manufacturer"
        Version: "Chassis Version"
        Serial: "Chassis Serial Number"
        Type: 0x01 (Other)
        Bootup State: 0x03 (Safe)
        Power Supply State: 0x03 (Safe)
        Thermal State: 0x03 (Safe)
        Security Status: 0x03 (None)
      Type 5 Record: #4
        Data 00: 05 14 04 00 03 04 03 03 0b 01 00 01 00 00 02 00
        Data 10: 00 00 00 04
      System Slot: #5
        Designation: "J7"
        Type: 0xa5 (Other)
        Bus Width: 0x08 (Other)
        Status: 0x03 (Available)
        Length: 0x01 (Other)
        Slot ID: 0
        Characteristics: 0x0300 (PME#, Hot-Plug)
      OEM Strings: #6
        String1 for Original Equipment Manufacturer
        String2 for Original Equipment Manufacturer
        String3 for Original Equipment Manufacturer
        String4 for Original Equipment Manufacturer
        String5 for Original Equipment Manufacturer
      System Config Options (Jumpers & Switches) #7:
        String1 for Type12 Equipment Manufacturer
        String2 for Type12 Equipment Manufacturer
        String3 for Type12 Equipment Manufacturer
        String4 for Type12 Equipment Manufacturer
      Pointing Device: #8
        Type: 0x07 (Touch Pad)
        Interface: 0x04 (PS/2)
        Buttons: 4
      Type 32 Record: #9
        Data 00: 20 14 09 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
        Data 10: 00 00 00 00
      Type 129 Record: #10
        Data 00: 81 05 0a 00 4f
        String 1: "em Test 1"
        String 2: "Oem Test 2"
      Port Connector: #11
        Type: 0x0d (Keyboard Port)
        Internal Designator: "J20"
        External Designator: "Keyboard"
        External Connector: 0x0f (PS/2)
      Port Connector: #12
        Type: 0x0e (Mouse Port)
        Internal Designator: "J22"
        External Designator: "Mouse"
        External Connector: 0x0f (PS/2)
      Port Connector: #13
        Type: 0x10 (USB)
        Internal Designator: "J9"
        External Designator: "SD Card Slot"
        External Connector: 0x12 (Access Bus [USB])
      Port Connector: #14
        Type: 0x10 (USB)
        Internal Designator: "J14"
        External Designator: "USB"
        External Connector: 0x12 (Access Bus [USB])
      Port Connector: #15
        Type: 0x10 (USB)
        Internal Designator: "J16"
        External Designator: "USB"
        External Connector: 0x12 (Access Bus [USB])
      Port Connector: #16
        Type: 0x10 (USB)
        Internal Designator: "J18"
        External Designator: "USB"
        External Connector: 0x12 (Access Bus [USB])
      Port Connector: #17
        Type: 0x1f (Network Port)
        Internal Designator: "J8"
        External Designator: "Network"
        External Connector: 0x0b (RJ-45)
      Port Connector: #18
        Type: 0xff (Other)
        Internal Designator: "U11"
        Internal Connector: 0x16 (On Board IDE)
        External Designator: "OnBoard Primary IDE"
      Port Connector: #19
        Type: 0x1c (Video Port)
        Internal Designator: "J5"
        External Designator: "CRT"
        External Connector: 0x07 (DB-15 pin female)
      Physical Memory Array: #20
        Use: 0x03 (System memory)
        Location: 0x03 (Motherboard)
        Slots: 2
        Max. Size: 4 GB
        ECC: 0x03 (None)
      Type 6 Record: #21
        Data 00: 06 0c 15 00 01 00 01 00 01 09 09 00
        String 1: "J2"
      Memory Device: #22
        Location: "J2"
        Bank: "CHAN A DIMM 0"
        Manufacturer: "0xAD00000000000000"
        Serial: "0x00000000"
        Asset Tag: "Unknown"
        Part Number: "0x48594D503136345336344350362D59352020"
        Memory Array: #20
        Form Factor: 0x09 (DIMM)
        Type: 0x13 (Other)
        Type Detail: 0x0080 (Synchronous)
        Data Width: 64 bits
        Size: 512 MB
        Speed: 533 MHz
      Memory Device Mapping: #23
        Memory Device: #22
        Array Mapping: #27
        Row: 1
        Interleave Pos: 0
        Interleaved Depth: 0
        Start Address: 0x00000000
        End Address: 0x20000000
      Type 6 Record: #24
        Data 00: 06 0c 18 00 01 00 01 00 01 09 09 00
        String 1: "J6H2"
      Memory Device: #25
        Location: "J6H2"
        Bank: "CHAN A DIMM 1"
        Manufacturer: "0xCE00000000000000"
        Serial: "0x764A4C4C"
        Asset Tag: "Unknown"
        Part Number: "0x4D342037305436353534455A332D43453620"
        Memory Array: #20
        Form Factor: 0x09 (DIMM)
        Type: 0x13 (Other)
        Type Detail: 0x0080 (Synchronous)
        Data Width: 64 bits
        Size: 512 MB
        Speed: 533 MHz
      Memory Device Mapping: #26
        Memory Device: #25
        Array Mapping: #27
        Row: 1
        Interleave Pos: 0
        Interleaved Depth: 0
        Start Address: 0x20000000
        End Address: 0x40000000
      Memory Array Mapping: #27
        Memory Array: #20
        Partition Width: 2
        Start Address: 0x00000000
        End Address: 0x40000000
      Processor Info: #28
        Socket: "CPU"
        Socket Type: 0x0f (Socket 478)
        Socket Status: Populated
        Type: 0x03 (CPU)
        Family: 0xb9 (Other)
        Manufacturer: "Intel(R) Corporation"
        Version: "Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270   @ 1.60GHz"
        Asset Tag: "FFFF"
        Processor ID: 0xbfe9fbff000106c2
        Status: 0x01 (Enabled)
        Voltage: 1.6 V
        External Clock: 533 MHz
        Max. Speed: 1600 MHz
        Current Speed: 1600 MHz
        L1 Cache: #30
        L2 Cache: #29
      Cache Info: #29
        Designation: "Unknown"
        Level: L2
        State: Enabled
        Mode: 0x01 (Write Back)
        Location: 0x00 (Internal, Not Socketed)
        ECC: 0x05 (Single-bit)
        Type: 0x05 (Unified)
        Associativity: 0x07 (8-way Set-Associative)
        Max. Size: 512 kB
        Current Size: 512 kB
        Supported SRAM Types: 0x0020 (Synchronous)
        Current SRAM Type: 0x0020 (Synchronous)
      Cache Info: #30
        Designation: "Unknown"
        Level: L1
        State: Enabled
        Mode: 0x01 (Write Back)
        Location: 0x00 (Internal, Not Socketed)
        ECC: 0x05 (Single-bit)
        Type: 0x03 (Instruction)
        Associativity: 0x07 (8-way Set-Associative)
        Max. Size: 32 kB
        Current Size: 32 kB
        Supported SRAM Types: 0x0020 (Synchronous)
        Current SRAM Type: 0x0020 (Synchronous)
      Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
    
    02: None 00.0: 11001 VESA Framebuffer
      [Created at bios.463]
      Unique ID: rdCR.il6towt04X5
      Hardware Class: framebuffer
      Model: "Intel(r) 82945GM Chipset Family Graphics Controller"
      Vendor: "Intel Corporation"
      Device: "Intel(r) 82945GM Chipset Family Graphics Controller"
      SubVendor: "Intel(r) 82945GM Chipset Family Graphics Chip Accelerated VGA BIOS"
      SubDevice: 
      Revision: "Hardware Version 0.0"
      Memory Size: 7 MB + 704 kB
      Memory Range: 0x40000000-0x407affff (rw)
      Mode 0x0312: 640x480 (+2560), 24 bits
      Mode 0x0314: 800x600 (+1600), 16 bits
      Mode 0x0315: 800x600 (+3200), 24 bits
      Mode 0x0301: 640x480 (+640), 8 bits
      Mode 0x0303: 800x600 (+832), 8 bits
      Mode 0x0311: 640x480 (+1280), 16 bits
      Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
    
    03: None 00.0: 10002 LCD Monitor
      [Created at monitor.95]
      Unique ID: rdCR.l+jJZAsMSu4
      Hardware Class: monitor
      Model: "AUO LCD Monitor"
      Vendor: AUO "AUO"
      Device: eisa 0x11c2 
      Resolution: 1024x600@60Hz
      Size: 195x113 mm
      Detailed Timings #0:
         Resolution: 1024x600
         Horizontal: 1024 1048 1184 1344 (+24 +160 +320) -hsync
           Vertical:  600  603  604  625 (+3 +4 +25) -vsync
        Frequencies: 50.40 MHz, 37.50 kHz, 60.00 Hz
      Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
    linux-6yl6:/home/pjotr #

    Then I did this as root:
    Code:
    mkinitrd -s 1024x600
    After that was completed, I rebooted. But still no splash. Possibly because I didn't specify 16 bit.

    How do I specify 16 bit for the boot splash, on the command line interface? Which is the command?
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    Default Re: No boot splash on my netbook

    From the looks of things it doesn't support it ..

    Code:
      Mode 0x0312: 640x480 (+2560), 24 bits
      Mode 0x0314: 800x600 (+1600), 16 bits
      Mode 0x0315: 800x600 (+3200), 24 bits
      Mode 0x0301: 640x480 (+640), 8 bits
      Mode 0x0303: 800x600 (+832), 8 bits
      Mode 0x0311: 640x480 (+1280), 16 bits
    The largest you get is 800x600 you can test these at the grub line by changing it.(i.e vga=0x311) but iirc it'll make no difference to the splash screen if you told mkinitrd to use a res you can't get.
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    Default Re: No boot splash on my netbook

    Thanks a lot! That was the solution.

    What I did was this:
    1. As root, I gave this command:
    Code:
    mkinitrd 800x600
    2. When that command had finished it's job, I rebooted.

    3. In the Grub menu, I added the following boot parameter:
    Code:
    vga=0x314
    This equals 800x600 at 16 bit.

    4. Then I booted. Wow, there was the boot splash!
    The desktop, after Xorg took over, was still at it's usual correct 1024x600.

    Conclusion: the root of the problem was the difference between the capabilities of the Xorg Intel driver (which allows for 1024x600) and the poorly performing Vesa driver, which takes care of the boot splash and which allows only 800x600 on my netbook.
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