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Plymouth

Plymouth presents a graphic animation (also known as bootsplash) while the boot process occurs in the background. It is designed to be used with Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) modesetting drivers.

Installation

Before installing, check the manufacturer website if your graphic card drivers supports modesetting or check the project page of the free/open drivers of your graphic card.

Squeeze, Wheezy

aptitude install plymouth

Configuration

Edit the file /etc/initramfs-tools/modules and add the modesetting:

For Intel:

# KMS
intel_agp
drm
i915 modeset=1

For Nouveau (nVidia):

# KMS
drm
nouveau modeset=1

For ATI:

# KMS
drm
radeon modeset=1

Also you need configure the bootloader (as Grub2) for that charge the splash and change the resolution.

Grub2

Please edit the file /etc/default/grub and change the resolution. Search the line #GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480 and uncomment. You can set a best resolution. For example:

GRUB_GFXMODE=1024x768

In netbooks you can put 1024x600 or 1024x576. For example:

GRUB_GFXMODE=1024x576

You can also write the color depth. For example:

GRUB_GFXMODE=1024x576x32

Please also search the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet" and change to:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

Update Grub2:

update-grub2

Themes

As root run the next commands:

/usr/sbin/plymouth-set-default-theme --list

To display all installed themes.

/usr/sbin/plymouth-set-default-theme THEME

To set one theme, where THEME is one of listed in the previous command.

If you get the error "/usr/lib/plymouth/script.so does not exist", install plymouth-drm.

aptitude install plymouth-drm

And try again to set the theme.

Apply changes

update-initramfs -u

You might as well have to download firmware for your graphic card, so if the last command brings an error pointing out lack of firmware files do the following:

apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree

Then repeat the command to apply changes.

Tips & Tricks

1. During boot you can press on the "Home" key to view the underlying messages (kernel, messages from the startup scripts, services, etc.).