Posts Tagged ‘boot’

Plymouth Manager | Change Your Boot Theme

If you’re fortunate enough to have a graphics card capable of displaying Plymouth boot splashes then ‘Plymouth Manager’ may just be of interest.

Features include:

  • Enable/disable Plymouth
  • Set splash resolution
  • Fixing errant errors
  • Choosing/creating new themes

Find most recent download at launchpad.net/plymouth-manager/+download

If you’re up for the task, why not help translate it to your language? http://plymouthmanager.wordpress.com/about/

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How To | New fix for Ubuntu Plymouth

Plymouth Ubuntu

I’ve talked about this in the past, but with this release of Ubuntu 10.10 I thought it would be a good idea to bring this up again. Thanks to Webupd8 for putting together a post for an even simpler fix for this.

Fix The Ubuntu Plymouth with proprietary Nvidia or ATI graphics drivers

Warning: use it at your own risk! Only use this script if you know your way on the command line and can revert everything manually in case something goes wrong. I’ve used it to fix the Plymouth on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (with proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers) but I cannot guarantee it will also work for you (and that it won’t break stuff). The script should work with both Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx and Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

To fix Plymouth, run the following commands (will download and run the script):
cd
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/57638460/fixplymouth
chmod +x fixplymouth
./fixplymouth

Or you can manually download the script from HERE.

Warning: only run the script once!

Fix plymouth script

After running it, the script will display a list of screen resolutions supported by Plymouth (specific for your computer). Enter the best resolution from the list displayed by the script under the following format: 1024×768-24 (this is just an example)! This is the only difference between this script and Kyleabaker’s script (in which you had edit the script with your Plymouth screen resolution and most people never knew what’s the maximum resolution supported by Plymouth for their computers).

If hwinfo (which is automatically ran by the script) doesn’t display the supported resolutions for your monitor, see the second solution from HERE.

Revert the changes made by this script

All the changes made by this script can be reverted using kyleabaker’s revert script. There is a download link at the end of THIS post.
Credits for the script in this post: d0rkye and kyleabaker.

How To | Change Your HTC Incredible Boot Animation

For those of you that own an HTC Incredible, or possibly any other Android powered phone, you may or may not like your boot animation. I, for one, do not like the Incredible’s stock boot animation. It’s pretty lame to be complately honest. So I decided it was time to make a change.

There are plenty of tutorials for doing this on a Windows based box, but that was not cutting it for me. Here is a How To for Android owners for changing your boot animation using your Ubuntu box. These directions may work for other distro’s as well, however, I have not tested, so YMMV.

Note: DO NOT plug the phone to your computer yet.

Step 1: Download

  • Your choice of: bootanimation.zip and android_audio.mp3 (.mp3 file must be named “android_audio.mp3”)

Step 2: Edit desc.txt file

  • Unzip bootanimation.zip and edit desc.txt file
  • Use editors of your choice (gedit, kate)
  • Your desc.txt would be something like:
325 430 15
p 1 0 android
p 1 0 eye
p 0 0 loading
  • Make sure you save it as a UNIX file, otherwise it won’t work
  • Zip the folder up again (without compression) – bootanimation.zip

Note: I only extracted the desc.txt file and not the entire contents of bootanimation.zip. After editing desc.txt, I just re-added that back into the original bootanimation.zip file. This worked for me. YMMV.
Step 3: Install Android SDK

  • Android SDK | Android Developers
  • Extract .zip file; you could rename extracted folder to whatever you like (e.g., “android”)
  • Move “android” folder to the root of your drive using this command in your terminal:

sudo mv /path/to/android /

  • Run “Android SDK and AVD Manager” using this command: (I added mine to the Applications menu)

/android/tools/android update sdk

Note: that you do not need to download any drivers for Linux. The phone is already supported.
Step 4: Copy/Move

  • Copy/Move your bootanimation.zip and android_audio.mp3 files into the “tools” folder of the SDK (e.g., /android/tools)

Step 5: On Your Incredible

  • Turn USB Debugging ON (Settings->Applications->Development)
  • NOW, you can connect your phone to the PC
  • You should get an exclamation mark icon on your Incredible notification bar
  • Be sure to set/mount your USB connection to “Disk Drive”; do not use “Charge only”

Step 6: Test Your Setup

  • Open terminal
  • Change directory to the “tools” folder in your SDK (e.g., /android/tools)
  • Run the following command:

sudo ./adb start-server (you need to be in root for this to work)

  • You should see something like this:
* daemon not running. starting it now *
* daemon started successfully *
List of devices attached
HT048HJ00425 device

Step 7: Push Animation/Audio

  • Run the following commands:

adb push bootanimation.zip /data/local
adb push android_audio.mp3 /data/local
(if you want sound during bootup)

  • You should have seen that a certain amount of data was added to the phone after each command

Step 8: Reboot Your Incredible

  • You might want to go through the proper procedure for unmounting/disconnecting your phone from your computer first
  • You might want to turn off USB Debugging
  • Enjoy your new animated boot screen

Sources: Incredible Boot Animation, Android SDK | Android Developers, Installing HTC Incredible Android SDK Drivers

Note: this worked for me. This may or may not work for you. If, by following this, you brick your Incredible, I am not liable for anything.

How To | Fix the Big and Ugly Plymouth Logo

UPDATE: Please see the newest rendition of this fix. Much simpler and faster. 🙂

http://wp.me/pR93c-8D

 


 

 

Note: The instructions provided here are created for beginners in Linux. There is no need to use the terminal. The first fix was developed by Hoa Nguyen from the Ubuntu community & Softpedia. All credits go to them! All I am doing is passing on the information that works for me. Enjoy!

Step 1: Hit the ALT+F2 key combination, paste the following command and check the “Run in terminal” option:

sudo apt-get install v86d

…a terminal window will appear. Enter your password when asked, hit the Enter key and wait for the package to be installed. The terminal window will automatically close!

Step 2: Hit the ALT+F2 key combination, paste the following command and check the “Run in terminal” option:

gksu gedit /etc/default/grub

…enter your password when asked and hit the Enter key.

– Replace the following line (line number 9):

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

with this one:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1280x1024-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap"

– Replace the following line (line number 18):

#GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480

with this one:

GRUB_GFXMODE=1280x1024

The file should look like this:

Save the file and close it!

Step 3: Hit the ALT+F2 key combination, paste the following command and check the “Run in terminal” option:

gksu gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules

When the text window appears, add the following line at the end of the file:

uvesafb mode_option=1280x1024-24 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap

It should look like this:

Save the file and close it!

Step 4: Hit the ALT+F2 key combination, paste the following command and check the “Run in terminal” option:

echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash

…a terminal window will appear for a second or two. The terminal window will automatically close!

Step 5: Hit the ALT+F2 key combination, paste the following command and check the “Run in terminal” option:

sudo update-grub2

…a terminal window will appear. Enter your password when asked, hit the Enter key and wait for the command to finish. The terminal window will automatically close!

Step 6: Hit the ALT+F2 key combination, paste the following command and check the “Run in terminal” option:

sudo update-initramfs -u

…a terminal window will appear. Enter your password when asked, hit the Enter key and wait for the command to finish. The terminal window will automatically close!

Step 7: Reboot your computer. When the system starts, you should see a better looking Ubuntu logo!

Note: You can play a little with the resolution of the first fix, as 1280×1024 may not work for everyone! Just make sure that you change it in all three locations as indicated above.

Note 2: Check out this thread at the Ubuntu Forum for a possible faster solution.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1498221