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nic007


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 05:34    Post subject:  Splash images for grub4dos  

The background of the grub4dos bootup screen can be enhanced with an image (sort of wallpaper). This can be achieved by adding a line to the menu.lst file (generally just before the timeout line) eg: splashimage=/xmas.xpm ie. the directory and name of the image. However, by default, the quality of the image is severely restricted in that a colour depth of only 14 colours is supported, the screen resolution may only be 640x480 (640x400 also works for my widescreen laptop) and it can also only be an xpm file. So as you can imagine, creating an image of such low quality which still looks good, is challenging. Attached are a few images that came out surprisingly well and which I am happy to share.

Note: I'm aware that one can download and install stuff to overcome these restrictions but I wanted to take up the challenge to see what I can do without going that route.
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Limbomusic


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 07:01    Post subject: thats
Subject description: cool
 

Cool ! Smile
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nic007


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 07:38    Post subject:  

Another nice one.
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Limbomusic


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 07:59    Post subject: not important
Subject description: but
 

Very cool - but it seems as long as u have a splash-image the colour coding of the text gets bypassed. Here is the top of my menu.lst:
Code:
# menu.lst produced by grub4dosconfig-v1.9.2
color yellow/black black/red yellow/black red/black
splashimage=/splash.xpm
timeout 10
default 0


I tried putting the color-code line under the splashimage-line but no dice.
Not that it matters much - but would be cool to be able to tweak the colors of the text also.
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nic007


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 08:21    Post subject: Re: not important
Subject description: but
 

Limbomusic wrote:
Very cool - but it seems as long as u have a splash-image the colour coding of the text gets bypassed. Here is the top of my menu.lst:
Code:
# menu.lst produced by grub4dosconfig-v1.9.2
color yellow/black black/red yellow/black red/black
splashimage=/splash.xpm
timeout 10
default 0


I tried putting the color-code line under the splashimage-line but no dice.
Not that it matters much - but would be cool to be able to tweak the colors of the text also.


You can but I'm not sure which combinations are available (looks like any set of four pairs can be chosen). Mine looks like this, the black and white set works for me, which I like:
Code:
color white/blue black/cyan white/black cyan/black
splashimage=/puppy3A.xpm
timeout 3
default 3


Play around with the sequence of the pairs and/or the default setting (which may also affect things). Something to explore.
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Limbomusic


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 08:32    Post subject: hehey
Subject description: found it
 

hey man Smile I found out how to do it:

Code:
splashimage=/splash.xpm
foreground FFFF00
background 6D0505


Works with any colorcode
Smile
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nic007


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 08:45    Post subject: Re: hehey
Subject description: found it
 

Limbomusic wrote:
hey man Smile I found out how to do it:

Code:
splashimage=/splash.xpm
foreground FFFF00
background 6D0505


Works with any colorcode
Smile

Excellent!!! Thanks
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Limbomusic


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 09:32    Post subject: hey
Subject description: again
 

Thanx right back Smile This was fun.
Had to try and make a xpm image myself using mtpaint - (I used 640x480 so it fills the screen)


Quite cool imho altho a bit pixelated due to 14 colors

-- edit -- lol -- another one --
warning: foul language http://helledussen.com/nuh/fuckyeah.jpg

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 10:05    Post subject:  

Tip when using mtPaint - use PNN Quantize and no dithering when converting to 14 colours. Also, you may get better results converting to 14 colours using an image which has 256 colours by default (better) or which has been converted to 256 colours first.
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bigpup


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 10:23    Post subject:  

This would be a good tips & tricks for the Puppy Newsletter.
http://smokey01.com/newsletters/
If you have not contributed anything before. It is easy to do.

Quote:
If you would like to contribute to the newsletter it must be created in notecase. It's very easy to learn and use. Try and keep your articles to less than 1000 words. Photos and images should be no bigger than 1024 x 768.

The deadline for articles is the 20th of each month. Let's not worry about time zones. I know it may be the 20th in Australia and only the 19th in the USA but I can live with this. If it's more than 24 hours late with respect to Australian CST then your article may be pushed right into the next edition. I expect proof reading to take less than a week which will provide about four days to publish at the beginning of each month.

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mikeslr


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017, 15:42    Post subject: Customize Save Icon  

Thanks nic007 and Limbomusic for the tips.

Just thought I'd mention a little graphic touch I sometimes add. I always run Puppies with Automatic Save removed which gives me a Save icon on the desktop. Sometimes that icon will look good with the wallpaper; sometimes not.

I can't draw worth a damn. But a few minutes surfing the web will usually uncover some image gimp can turn into a serviceable icon which fits in, such as the Koi I added to the pond in the attached screenshot.

The icon can be edited to delete (or change) the "Save" text. But, then I'd have to remember where I put the Save Icon. Smile

mikesLr
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Limbomusic


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PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep 2017, 10:52    Post subject: just thaught of
Subject description: this
 

Thats a wow beautiful wallpaper mikeslr Smile
- How do you run a pup with automatic save removed?
(Dear developers: Would be awesome if I could go to menu-exit and there would be an option to shutdown/reboot without touching the save-file.)
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PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep 2017, 11:07    Post subject: Re: just thaught of
Subject description: this
 

Limbomusic wrote:
Thats a wow beautiful wallpaper mikeslr Smile
- How do you run a pup with automatic save removed?
(Dear developers: Would be awesome if I could go to menu-exit and there would be an option to shutdown/reboot without touching the save-file.)


Hi, make a new thread for your specific questions. More people will respond.
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PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep 2017, 12:42    Post subject: thats a
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yupps, makes sense:-) sorry
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PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep 2017, 16:38    Post subject: Frugal with AutoSave Removed
Subject description: No reason to start a new thread
 

Hi limbomusic, nic007,

limbomusic asked "- How do you run a pup with automatic save removed?". nic007 suggested starting a new thread. Emphasis supplied by me. No reason to. It's already covered here: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=662326#662326, 5 pages,

But the short version is:

If you have a Puppy published in the last couple of years:

(1) Change the boot menu argument from:

kernel /YOUR_Puppy/vmlinuz pmedia=atahd OTHER ARGUMENTS

to

kernel /YOUR_PUPPY/vmlinuz pmedia=ataflash OTHER ARGUMENTS

(2) Reboot. Open Menu>System>Puppy Event Manager; Click Save Session, Change Save Interval to Zero (0). Optionally, check the "Ask at Shutdown" box. Reboot.

If you have a Puppy using Racy/Wary 5.5, their derivatives or any Puppy published at or before that time, before doing Steps 1 & 2:

(0) Install shinobar's PupSaveConfig: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=457081&sid=de76079e29d968dbb7954f770e1ffe7b#457081. It will overwrite the Save Session routine Barry K had included. IIRC, this also applies to Precise, Lupu, Saluki/Carolina and early Slackos.

If you have an even earlier Puppy, read the "How to thread" from the beginning. IIRC, jpep's full instructions even worked on series 4 Puppies.

With the "Ask at shutdown" box checked, during shutdown you'll be asked and the cursor will be on "Save" for quick exit by pressing Enter. But the default is "No Save" after 1 minute of inactivity, so you can walk away and it will shut down without Saving. Or just type "n".

If you implement "No AutoSave", you'll have to adjust your routine. I take full advantage of this change as a way of enhancing security. When you Save, everything in RAM (except AFAIK in /tmp) is written to Storage, including whatever junk you picked up while surfing that you might not know is there. So, while I may download pets and SFSes and test them, I don't permanently install the former or permanently load the latter until I reboot. Then I install/load and immediately Save before doing anything else. To test them, restart-x: Puppy re-catalogs what's in its system. [Doesn't work for all applications].

I also move /root/my-documents, /root/.mozilla, /root/.moonchild productions to a folder on /mnt/home and symlink them back. Similarly, /root/.config/slimjet and any other 'google-chrome'-clone's config files are moved and symlinked back; indeed, any application's config file which is likely to be changed often. Puppy and the applications run under it will still see those folders/files where they expect --which under Puppy's 'Merge-in-RAM-file-system' is only in RAM until a Save-- but they will actually be on your Storage medium.

mikesLr
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