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Add a Graphical Boot Menu to your Puppy Live CD
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Oct 2010, 20:42    Post subject:  Add a Graphical Boot Menu to your Puppy Live CD
Subject description: Any puppy can have a graphical boot menu
 

You know the Grub/Gru4Dos provides graphical menu.
You can make your Puppy Live CD as the same.
You can see an example with Lucid Puppy Quickset edition(LupQ).
(Direct desktop with Puppy-4.x, see the topic: Quickset Puppy )
Flappy, and maybe Puppeee, made by jemimah also has a graphical menu using isolinux.

Here is the step to make a Puppy live CD with graphical menu using Grub4Dos. (UPDATED using dir2iso, contained in the file attached.)
  1. Download the attached and extract.
  2. Prepare your favorite Puppy or remastered one with .iso file or CD.
  3. Make the work directory at any partition, like /mnt/sda1/my-puppy-linux.
  4. Copy all the contents in 'graphicalmenu-files-xxxx' attached to the work directory, but move the dir2iso-xx.pet to another place.
  5. Install the dir2iso-xx.pet.
  6. Mount your Puppy CD or .iso file.
  7. Copy the 3-4 files, vmlinuz, initrd.*, *.sfs(the main and the driver sfs if exists), into the work directory.
  8. Edit the 3 files, menu.lst, README.htm, splash.xpm. Former 2 can edit by a text editor. The splash.xpm is 640x480x14(14 or less color depth) .xpm file, you can edit by mtpaint or gimp. You can also edit the UPUP.ICO by gimp.
  9. Right-click the work directory and choose 'dir2iso'. Or run from a terminal 'dir2iso' and drag and drop the the work directory on the entry box.
  10. You can type the name of the new CD (default is same of the directory name).
  11. Click 'OK'. You can get the new CD or .iso file

Once you make the Grub4Dos Puppy CD, you can remaster it with the normal step(if your remasterpup2 supports grub4dos).

Happy Puppy!
graphicalmenu-files-20120706.tar.gz
Description  also contains 'dir2iso'
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Filename  graphicalmenu-files-20120706.tar.gz 
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PostPosted: Sat 23 Oct 2010, 07:01    Post subject: Screen shot  

Here is an example of the boot menu:



You can put 'safe mode', 'RAM mode', and etc.
The items of Windows can boot-up Windows(95 to 7) directly even if the MBR boot loader is broken.

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Oct 2010, 08:28    Post subject:  

Very nice. Smile I have a few questions:

What is "Puppy safe mode?"

Is "Puppy in RAM only" the same thing as booting Puppy with the puppy pfix=ram boot option?
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PostPosted: Sat 23 Oct 2010, 08:56    Post subject: safe mode  

Flash wrote:
What is "Puppy safe mode?"

Is "Puppy in RAM only" the same thing as booting Puppy with the puppy pfix=ram boot option?

"Puppy in RAM only" is 'puppy pfix=ram', yes.

"Puppy safe mode":
Start puppy with safety boot options(without X)
Try 'xorgwizard' after bootup succeed to start graphic mode.
Code:
pfix=ram,nox acpi=off apm=off nosmp noapic nodma nopcmcia

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Oct 2010, 13:04    Post subject:  

There's also Catdude's version of graphical GRUB

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=27471

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PostPosted: Mon 25 Oct 2010, 00:07    Post subject: color depth of splash.xpm  

Correction:
The color depth of the 'splash.xpm' must not be larger then 14. (was described '15')
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Edit the 3 files, menu.lst, README.htm, splash.xpm. Former 2 can edit by a text editor. The splash.xpm is 640x480x14(14 or less color depth) .xpm file, you can edit by mtpaint or gimp. You can also edit the UPUP.ICO by gimp.
puppy_splash.xpm
Description  General use for Puppy Linux
640x480x14 xpm format
xpm

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Filename  puppy_splash.xpm 
Filesize  302.15 KB 
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PostPosted: Mon 25 Oct 2010, 08:21    Post subject:  

Don't forget "nomodeset" for the safe mode, shinobar Wink

Thanks for the tutorial, I'll try it with my new Puppy experiment and post it in the derivatives forum if it actually works Smile

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Nov 2010, 12:53    Post subject:  

I recently remastered a 4.2 system, and followed the guide on this thread to add GRUB to the live CD..

However the new remastered version does not go to xorgwizard, it stops after the keyboard wizard..
I have to to type 'xwin' or 'xorgwizard' manually to get to the xorgwizard..
This was not the case before I remastered.

I have a few questions..

I have the following options in the menu.lst on my live CD:

Code:
i915.modeset=1 video=800x600


What are these options? What do they do?

Could they affect a 4.2 system from loading xorgwizard?

Can they be removed?
Do they even work with Puppy 4.2? Or only Lupu and later?

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Nov 2010, 04:24    Post subject: boot options  

sc0ttman wrote:
I recently remastered a 4.2 system, and followed the guide on this thread to add GRUB to the live CD..

However the new remastered version does not go to xorgwizard, it stops after the keyboard wizard..
I have to to type 'xwin' or 'xorgwizard' manually to get to the xorgwizard..
This was not the case before I remastered.

It behaves as 'pfix=nox' option?
Seems somthing fault in the remastaring.
Code:
i915.modeset=1 video=800x600

You need not these options.
It does not affect. At least for me it did not affect to boot up Puppy 4.2.1.

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Nov 2010, 08:37    Post subject: Re: boot options  

shinobar wrote:
You need not these options.
It does not affect. At least for me it did not affect to boot up Puppy 4.2.1.

OK thanks, just checking if they affect puppy boot options (particularly with X).

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PostPosted: Fri 06 Jul 2012, 05:29    Post subject: graphicalmenu-files-20120706  

Updated graphicalmenu-files-20120706.tar.gz, containd dir2iso.
See the top post.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jul 2012, 11:44    Post subject:  

Thanks shinobar. I had posted an inquiry about how to do this in another thread. Now i have my answer. Thank you. Very Happy
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