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    Question openSUSE 12.2 - Grub2 screen and tty1 Gecko logo

    I installed Opensuse 12.2 today with GNOME thru the live ISO. When I rebooted, my GRUB2 screen was black & white (no graphical mode).
    Plus, when I switch to tty1 there's no background screen and no Gecko (wich made me very sad).
    There's something I can do to change the GRUB2 looks and rescue my Gecko in console?

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.2 - Grub2 screen and tty1 Gecko logo

    I had the same problem with a live KDE install, Grub looked like something from a ZX81. Open Yast/bootloader/bootloader options. Default boot section tick 'Use Graphical Console' and pick console resolution and console theme - when you click browse there is only one 'theme.txt' pick that. OK - reboot to check.
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    Thank you very much! I did that and it works fine! About the background screen in tty1, i did some research and found no answer. Some people said that it had to patch the kernel and recompile again to have the gecko and the background screen in tty1. Others said that it might have something to do withe the framebuffer option. I was wondering if the KDE users have this working fine and maybe is just GNOME's fault. Anyways, I'm installing the KDE just to check this up!

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.2 - Grub2 screen and tty1 Gecko logo

    Which graphic card do you have? I have that on my PC with proprietary
    nvidia drivers that the virtual console has no background and a low
    resolution, but I have not investigated until now how to solve that.
    Graphical grub2 selection screen is shown with high resolution, as soon
    as plymouth starts it switches to I think 1024x768 until the x server
    starts and sets that to the native 1920x1080, tty remains on the low
    resolution plymouth had and without framebuffer support from what I see.

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    My graphics card is Intel. I really like to have a background and Geecko in my tty console. I think that as a differential feature of openSUSE and don't know why don’t work in 12.2 since it works in 12.1. My GRUB2 is working with the theme selected and plymouth works to.

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.2 - Grub2 screen and tty1 Gecko logo

    It seems the gecko has been removed in 12.2, I checked that on the 5
    systems which I have updated until now (2 nvidia and 3 intel graphics).
    Two of them are KDE systems, three are Gnome 3 systems, so it looks
    unrelated to that.
    Sorry no idea how to get the tty background back, I have not tested what
    happens when the system is switched back to grub legacy and I am
    reluctant to do so, all systems are grub2.

    If that is important for you maybe you could ask at the mailing list if
    a developer can answer why it was removed and if that was intentional or
    by accident. I also found it nice and pleasant but it is not really
    important for me so I missed that it disappeared on all 12.2 systems here.

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.2 - Grub2 screen and tty1 Gecko logo

    Thanks a lot. I will try to do that!

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.2 - Grub2 screen and tty1 Gecko logo

    Quote Originally Posted by Virga View Post
    Thanks a lot. I will try to do that!
    Same issue here. Please let me know what they say.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.2 - Grub2 screen and tty1 Gecko logo

    I don't know if there is a better way, but I did eventually manage to get the Gecko logo back after lots of fiddling around. Filtering out all the stuff that got me nowhere, here's what worked:

    1. zypper in bootsplash
    ('plymouth' will be removed)
    2. mkinitrd
    (then reboot to see changes)

    From what I can tell, I don't think the Gecko background has been removed; rather, the change to Plymouth for the boot sequence animations appears to deactivate it on the tty. Apparently bootsplash is pretty old, so if anyone knows how to make Plymouth behave the same way I'd like to know.

    Side note: I didn't much care for the 12.2 background, so I looked around more and discovered there are "themes" for bootsplash in /etc/bootsplash/themes. The documentation for bootsplash seems kinda sparse, so I just copied over the jpg files in /etc/bootsplash/themes/openSUSE/images/ of an old openSUSE 11.4 installation to the the 12.2 one... going for a "retro" look

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.2 - Grub2 screen and tty1 Gecko logo

    Sorry to dig this.

    I think I found out why.

    tty1 gecko is implemented by a kernel patch, bootsplash-branding-openSUSE and bootsplash package.

    we openSUSE developed that kernel patch on our own, it's in patches.suse.tar.bz2 and got enabled in configs.tar.bz2 "config_bootsplash=y". so the kernel part is good.

    and the bootsplash-branding-openSUSE is good too.

    The only thing is that _plymouth_ replaced bootsplash package.

    So either you have the tty1 gecko(console background) or you have a boot animation.

    I'm asking in #opensuse-factory ML to see if there's a way plymouth dev can get them reworked in plymouth.


    Marguerite

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