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Re: Is there a nofb equivalent for grub menu display?

From: Reshat Sabiq
Subject: Re: Is there a nofb equivalent for grub menu display?
Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 22:20:05 -0500

On Sun, 2005-05-08 at 04:29 +0200, Yoshinori K. Okuji wrote:
> On Monday 02 May 2005 23:15, Reshat Sabiq wrote:
> > My question is about the grub splash screen. When it's enabled in this
> > setup, no menu, in fact nothing, can be seen during boot, although if you
> > ht space, and then Enter it is equivalent to going to the menu and booting
> > the default option. I wonder if setting something like a nofb flag in grub
> > would make the splash screen work, but i suspect there is no such flag.
> We do not have a splash screen. Ask your vendor.
> Okuji

What i meant is that i have to comment out the following line in
grub.conf to be able to see anything grub has to show:

This happens when the active monitor during boot is a BarcoMed monitor,
and the reason is it needs special drivers for any kind of X, which
probably aren't available in Linux distros. I was able to boot from
Rescue CD using this monitor using the nofb flag. However, the Rescue CD
also has a background image before entering nofb flag, and it was shown
just fine. So what i phrased as nofb probably isn't exactly accurate:
how grub could do whatever it takes for the rescue CD, for instance, to
display a background image when it is just displaying the first menu
with options of how to boot on non-standard monitors, such as BarcoMed
(256-color, greyscale).

In short, the problem with splashimage doesn't exist if active monitor
is set to be a regular VGA monitor. This could be marked a very low
priority issue, or a non-issue, because grub works just fine even with
BarcoMed being the active monitor once the splashimage is commented out.
I leave it up to you to decide if any thought needs to be given to this.
Perhaps if more people bring this up, it would be worth considering.


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