Displaying an image during boot instead of the default command line scrolling text

This is based on the guide here. 

This solution works but there are a few seconds of text shown before the boot image appears.

Install fbi

sudo apt-get install fbi
Copy the splashscreen image to be used

Copy your custom splash image into: /etc/ and name it "splash.png".

Presumably the resolution to use is 1920x1080px.

Create A Script


sudo nano

Paste the following into the text editor:


#! /bin/sh
### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Provides:          asplashscreen
# Required-Start:
# Required-Stop:
# Should-Start:      
# Default-Start:     S
# Default-Stop:
# Short-Description: Show custom splashscreen
# Description:       Show custom splashscreen
### END INIT INFO


do_start () {

    /usr/bin/fbi -T 1 -noverbose -a /etc/splash.png    
    exit 0
}

case "$1" in
  start|"")
    do_start
    ;;
  restart|reload|force-reload)
    echo "Error: argument '$1' not supported" >&2
    exit 3
    ;;
  stop)
    # No-op
    ;;
  status)
    exit 0
    ;;
  *)
    echo "Usage: asplashscreen [start|stop]" >&2
    exit 3
    ;;
esac

:

IMPORTANT – If copying and pasting via SSH check it has pasted in correctly (pasting via FiseSSH for us caused the # lines and the esac line to be altered and need modifying back to be correct)

Exit and save the file as: /etc/init.d/asplashscreen

(using a name starting with 'a' will ensure it runs first)

Finally make the script executable and install it for init mode:


sudo chmod a+x /etc/init.d/asplashscreen
sudo insserv /etc/init.d/asplashscreen

Thats it:


sudo reboot

 

Getting Out Of Black Screen

If you get a black screen at the end of booting (if you've not setup auto running the GUI etc) use CTRL + ALT + F2 to get the command prompt





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