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    Hey, I was wondering if there was a way to change the background pictures for the suse grub? I like the "pretty" grub look with the startup options box for boot parameters, just wondering how to change the background pic. Also, I was wondering if there was a way to change the look of splash, other then verbose quiet showtps? I like the verbose with the picture background, nice touch, just wondering how to get that at default&how to change background, colors. Just trying to spruce up the PC. Thanks.

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    Hello Murdoc_of_PUTS,

    Quote Originally Posted by Murdoc_of_PUTS
    Hey, I was wondering if there was a way to change the background pictures for the suse grub? I like the "pretty" grub look with the startup options box for boot parameters, just wondering how to change the background pic.
    Have a look here, it should answer your question:
    SDB:Gfxboot - openSUSE
    Personally I like to extract the message cpio archive make my changes and compress it again, but this is way simpler.

    Quote Originally Posted by Murdoc_of_PUTS
    Also, I was wondering if there was a way to change the look of splash, other then verbose quiet showtps? I like the verbose with the picture background, nice touch, just wondering how to get that at default&how to change background, colors. Just trying to spruce up the PC. Thanks.
    Not sure what you are trying to do, but I recommend you have a look under
    /etc/bootsplash/themes/
    It should contain all the bootsplash theme settings.
    If I was you make a backup before starting to modify both GRUB and the bootsplash.

    Good luck!
    Where did I put my coffee cup?
    dir -R /home/* | grep "coffee cup"

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    Default Re: fun with Grub

    As an adition to the usefull post from Edward_Iii I want to add that you may want to consider the changing of three different things that you see after another, but are strictly different:
    . Grub,
    . Kernel bootsplash,
    . gdm/kdm login screen.
    Henk van Velden

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    On 2011-03-15 15:36, Murdoc of PUTS wrote:
    > Hey, I was wondering if there was a way to change the background
    > pictures for the suse grub?


    Yes.

    Just look here for people talking about a christmas or penguin boot theme,
    about any december.

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    Carlos E. R.
    (from 11.2 x86_64 "Emerald" at Telcontar)

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    Thanks alot, I piddled with the grub loader(menu and background). Now how do I edit the login screen and the backdrop for when it's loading the sys in verbose?

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    Hello Murdoc_of_PUTS,

    Quote Originally Posted by Murdoc_of_PUTS
    Thanks alot, I piddled with the grub loader(menu and background). Now how do I edit the login screen
    ...
    The login screen depends on which session manager you use.
    If you use KDM, then you can easily change it by starting System Settings->Advanced->Login Manager.
    A new window will appear, select the theme tab, there you should be able to set the theme.

    If you use GDM I'm afraid I don't know how to do that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Murdoc_of_PUTS
    ...
    and the backdrop for when it's loading the sys in verbose?
    Those images should be under /etc/bootsplash/themes.
    Have a look in the openSUSE theme folder and under images.
    Those with the silent- prefix are for the silent mode.

    Good luck!
    Where did I put my coffee cup?
    dir -R /home/* | grep "coffee cup"

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    On 2011-03-19 09:06, Edward Iii wrote:

    > If you use GDM I'm afraid I don't know how to do that.


    Control panel of the gdm user.
    Details on request.

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    robin_listas:
    yes, details please..as I'm using gnome
    Edward_lii:
    Yes, there are the background themes/pictures in the /bootsplash/ and I could go through and change the name of each and every one of the pictures until I found the one it uses, and then just hard change(copy another picture over and change it to what ever it's called-like I did with the Grub) however, I'd like to be able to change it easier/better than that. Thanks though for the advice on kdm, I'll remember that when I put that on...later

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    On 2011-03-22 21:06, Murdoc of PUTS wrote:
    >
    > robin_listas:
    > yes, details please..as I'm using gnome


    Code:
    ---------------
    ~> su -
    Password
    ~# gnomesu --user=gdm --command="dbus-launch gnome-appearance-properties"
    ---------------

    Then change whatever you want.

    > http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse/2.../msg01064.html


    Other method

    > http://lizards.opensuse.org/2010/07/...oundwallpaper/



    The basic idea is becoming the user "gdm", and start the application that
    would change what you want for a normal user. I remember we discussed this
    in some detail some months back, somewhere, but I'm unable to locate it.

    Another trick is launching gnome-session-properties, like in the first
    paragraph. This controls what applications run in the gdm session and...
    Oops, I forgot what now.


    The funny thing is that a while back I wanted to control the users listed
    in the GDM prompt. I asked about it here:

    > http://forums.opensuse.org/english/g...isted-gdm.html


    with no valid answer at the time. The thing is that I managed to do it,
    there was a trick that made it easy: but I neglected to make a note of it
    and now I don't remember how I did it. :-(

    [...]

    Perhaps I found it!

    Code:
    ---------------
    ~> su -
    Password
    ~# gnomesu --user=gdm --command="dbus-launch gconf-editor"
    ---------------

    One of the menu entries is "list recent keys", so I got the one I used last
    time:

    key name: /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list
    key owner: gdm-simple-greeter
    description: Do not show known users in the login window

    so.. that's what I did last time :-)

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 11.2 x86_64 "Emerald" at Telcontar)

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    Hello Murdoc_of_PUTS,

    Quote Originally Posted by Murdoc_of_PUTS
    Yes, there are the background themes/pictures in the /bootsplash/ and I could go through and change the name of each and every one of the pictures until I found the one it uses, and then just hard change(copy another picture over and change it to what ever it's called-like I did with the Grub) however, I'd like to be able to change it easier/better than that. Thanks though for the advice on kdm, I'll remember that when I put that on...later
    I understand why you want it change it better.
    And luckily it's quite easy, you just make a new folder in /etc/bootsplash/themes with the name of your theme.
    I recommend you copy over the content of the openSUSE folder.

    There's one thing you need to change before you theme can be used.
    In the config folder you'll see multiple config files for different resolutions.
    Edit the one that is used and change the paths to image to the path of your theme.
    In most cases changing openSUSE into <theme name>.

    And now you only need to change which bootsplash is used.
    To do this start YaST->System->/etc/sysconfig Editor.
    A new window will appear, you need to change System->Boot->Theme.
    Change it from openSUSE to the name of your theme.

    Good luck!
    Where did I put my coffee cup?
    dir -R /home/* | grep "coffee cup"

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