Re: Boot Logo Questions....

Simon Richter (
Sat, 16 May 1998 13:56:19 +0200

Horst von Brand wrote:

> Great idea! But how do you find out what (if anything) the card supports?
> Without crashing it (and the system), without ugly flashing, and without
> 5Mb of code in the kernel/the bootloader/whatever? Just doing text mode
> properly will cost you at least half a Mb...

What if we'd make this a compile-time thing? So everything we'd still need at
boot-time is a small check whether this is still the same gfx board as the one
this kernel was compiled with, which should not be a hard thing to do.

This way, the kernel will also be the smallest possible. If the card can't do
16M, the image can be rendered down to 64k or 256 colors at compile-time,
maybe even using gimp or something the like. If the image had to be computet
at boot time, this would 1) cost time, 2) make the result look worse and 3)
use up memory that would not be needed otherwise.


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