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Grub4dos bootloader menu images
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Dec 2017, 03:19    Post subject:  Grub4dos bootloader menu images
Subject description: Add a background image to the boot menu
 

This is another topic about this by nic007:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=1090933947&t=111448
There are more xpm images posted there.


This is for Grub4dos boot loader that comes in most Puppies.
Grub4dos bootloader config V1.9.2

Attached are some images that can be used for the boot menu.
Unpack the tar.gz package after download.

If you want to make your own xpm images.
They are limited to max of 14 colors.
Size of 640X480.

How to make them work:
1. Locate the Grub4dos menu.lst file
2. Click on it to open in a text editor
3. You are going to modify the first few lines in the menu.lst (lines 1 to 4)
4. Make them look like this:
Code:
# menu.lst produced by grub4dosconfig-v1.9.2
splashimage=
#foreground=
#background=

5. place an image.xpm file in the exact location of the menu.lst file.
6. Put the name of the image.xpm in the splashimage=
Example:
Code:
splashimage=/soft-tux.xpm

Now the menu.lst will look like this:
Code:
# menu.lst produced by grub4dosconfig-v1.9.2
splashimage=/soft-tux.xpm
#foreground=
#background=


7. Save the changes to the menu.lst
8. Reboot to see the new menu.

Here is example of (step 5) where to place the xpm image files. Only need one, but this shows all of them:
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grubmenuimages.tar.gz
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should end up with a directory with all the images inside.
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Dec 2017, 03:49    Post subject:  

By default Grub4dos menu uses white for the lettering and black for the background.

What do the foreground= and background= do?


foreground= will control the color of the lettering in the boot menu.
background= will control the color of the background.



To use them. Remove the (#) from in front of the line.
Place a code for the color to use after the (=)

Example:
Code:
# menu.lst produced by grub4dosconfig-v1.9.2
splashimage=/soft-tux.xpm
foreground=FFFFFF
background=EF0303

White letters and red background

NOTE:
Changing the background= to something other than default black, does not look to good. It overrides the color in the image.xpm.
I just do not use it by keeping the (#) at start of the background= line.

TIP:
For foreground=
White always seems to look good.
Color to choose is going to depend on the background color of the image.xpm you are using.
Not so dark green works.
Dark to light blue on some works.
Sometimes black.
etc......

Xenilapup has the program Gcolor2 color chooser that will give you the color codes.
Can also get them from mtPaint program palette editor.

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PostPosted: Fri 29 Dec 2017, 09:06    Post subject:  

Are the xpm images still limited to 14 colours? Anyways, here is my thread about this topic, I also attached some xpm images I made myself to that thread. http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=1090933947&t=111448
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Dec 2017, 11:45    Post subject:  

nic007 wrote:
Are the xpm images still limited to 14 colours? Anyways, here is my thread about this topic, I also attached some xpm images I made myself to that thread. http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=1090933947&t=111448

I believe scientist got 32-bit color working by using grub4dos 0.4.6 alpha instead the normal 0.4.4:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=879329#879329

I used these backgrounds in 0.4.4 on my dad's laptop (currently hubble.xpm, he likes space Smile ).
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Dec 2017, 16:17    Post subject:  

nic007 wrote:
Here is my thread about this topic, I also attached some xpm images I made myself to that thread. http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=1090933947&t=111448

Thanks nic007!!!
I was looking for that topic of yours.

I will put a link to it in the first post.

Thanks!!!

Multiple topics on the same subject is kind of a thing on this forum. Very Happy Laughing

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