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LiveCD Usplash solved

Postby rendezvous123 on Thu May 01, 2008 5:50 am

LinuxMint is an Ubuntu-based distro, as we all know, and I was wondering how did you guys (the LinuxMint devs) change the default Usplash theme from the LiveCD to your own LinuxMint usplash theme? I'm currently customizing the Ubuntu LiveCD, but no matter what I do I can't get the default usplash to be replaced with the one I want. I can get it to be replaced after installation of the system, but not when it first loads the LiveCD.
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Re: LiveCD Usplash

Postby Husse on Thu May 01, 2008 7:19 am

Well, what we do is not customizing
I'm not the expert on the subject but (of course) the entire ISO is rebuilt more or less from the bottom up
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Re: LiveCD Usplash

Postby rendezvous123 on Thu May 01, 2008 3:06 pm

After extracting the LinuxMint ISO and converted the splash.rle file that is found in the isolinux directory into something that the GIMP can read and display, I see the Ubuntu usplash logo (I don't really use Ubuntu, I'm more of a Kubuntu or Xubuntu person, but i think it's the one from Edgy). Although i figured out on my own that replacing this file is pointless and that it has to be located somewhere else, i have no idea where this other location is. I'm assuming it's somewhere in the isolinux directory, maybe in one of the bin files, as it doesn't load the one in the filesystem.squashfs file until after installing the system, but I'm no expert in LiveCDs. How often do the LinuxMint developers browse and post in the forums?
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Re: LiveCD Usplash

Postby Husse on Thu May 01, 2008 3:11 pm

Developers - not often - they have to much to do to develop Mint - me a lot as you may notice
You are right in your assumption
I'll ask the team and you may get an answer
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Re: LiveCD Usplash

Postby merlwiz79 on Thu May 01, 2008 5:10 pm

I know Clem and I use Reconstructor.
It has an option to replace the file and does almost everything automatically for you.
Also the file name we use is splash.pcx
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Re: LiveCD Usplash

Postby clem on Thu May 01, 2008 7:06 pm

Once you've made your own usplash...
Copy over /usr/lib/usplash/usplash-theme-yoursplash.so (from the chrooted environment) to initrd/usr/lib/usplash/usplash-artwork.so (from the liveCD working root).

Hope it helps,
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Re: LiveCD Usplash

Postby clem on Thu May 01, 2008 7:08 pm

Oh.. and we also force usplash into a 1024x768 resolution.. Ubuntu doesn't.. it depends on your artwork I guess. This is done in initrd/etc/usplash.conf

xres=1024
yres=768
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Re: LiveCD Usplash

Postby rendezvous123 on Thu May 01, 2008 11:14 pm

Thanks to everyone for all of your help. I can now complete my customized LiveCD.

P.S. I find that forced resolution in LinuxMint to be a good thing. ;)
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