Alienware Splash Screen(Plymouth Theme)
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Alienware Splash Screen(Plymouth Theme)

ameer07ka

7 months ago

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

I have alienware laptop so this plymouth seemed perfect. I unpacked the file, moved to /usr/share/plymouth/themes/ and... the system doesn't see it. When using:

sudo plymouth-set-default-theme alienware-splash

I got a message that plymouth does not exist. It's also not showed on a plymouth list. Is it outdated or so? Has anyone idea how to fix it? Or am I doing something wrong?

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

I think the correct plymouth directory is /lib/plymouth/themes/

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

There was no themes directory there. I created it and copied the unpacked alienware-splash directory, still no luck. System doesn't see it and when trying to apply I get:

/usr/share/plymouth/themes/alienware-splash/alienware-splash.plymouth does not exist

I put the alienware-splash directory in /usr/share/plymouth/themes/alienware-splash/ at the beginning and I left it there. It looks as if it was looking for a specific file there: alienware-splash.plymouth. Yours have only theme.plymouth. I changed it to alienware-splash.plymouth and voila. System sees your plymouth correctly :). Now I hope it will work well after applying, will let you know.

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

Unfortunately, plymouth didn't work. I got some "error" and "not found" during boot up, but couldn't read it. Tried to see some journalctl -b but there are too many lines and after few minutes of scrolling, I lost hope I will find it in that jungle. Tried | grep error but no luck. Seems like it didn't list all error messages somehow :(

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

Situation progressed:
When rebooting system, it kindly hung on the closing, which allowed me to see the relevant message: missing /lib/plymouth/themes/theme.sc file if I recall correctly.

Looks like system is made to use /usr/share/plymouth/themes/alienware-splash/ while you designed plymouth to look for files in /lib/plymouth/themes/? Just guessing.

Besides, there is no such file in your directory. I guess I can't go any further without your help now. I hope I gave you all the info you need to fix it. It would be great to have alienware plymouth on alienware laptop :D (aside the one on the very begining - before grub).

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

Please try those:
sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
sudo update-initramfs -u

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
sudo: update-alternatives: command not found

What system are you running?

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

Small correction:
Parser error, couldn't open the file /lib/plymouth/themes/alienware-splash/theme.sc

I did change it with initrams update, I used:

sudo plymouth-set-default-theme -R alienware-splash

Will check your config command.

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

I'm using Ubuntu, what about you?

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

Manjaro, which is arch based. I guess debian and arch handle this differently. Since you know more how those things work, maybe you will understand more of:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Plymouth

And then you could put here instructions how to install it on debian and arch systems once we figured it out ;).

I would love to use that plymouth. I played with many and most of them are ugly, basic and badly designed. From the picture above it looks like a really good looking one and frankly the best plymouth I saw so far... and given the fact I use alienware, I would love to make it work, but I don't have enough knowledge to follow it through. I can only give a feedback if you're up to. Thanks :)

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

I hope those work for you:
plymouth-set-default-theme -l
sudo plymouth-set-default-theme -R

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

Also, to give you a general overview, that is how setting plymouth works on arch:

Plymouths are located in:

/usr/share/plymouth/themes/

There are some files in /lib/plymouth/ but there are no plymouth specific ones, rather files needed to run plymouth in general.

To list all plymouth themes:
plymouth-set-default-theme -l

To change theme and rebuild initrid image at the same time:

sudo plymouth-set-default-theme -R

That's the whole deal. It works for plymouths I have on my system (arch ones and the manjaro specific one).

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

Hmm, so it didn't work by using that commands. That's strange. I will look in this issue.

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

Commands worked well, they set your plymouth, but it couldn't be applied nevertheless, hence parser error.

I saw here some other plymouths with install instructions and they also seem to be debian/ubuntu specific. It's possible that the plymouth must be rewritten for arch system to make it work :(.

Arch in general improved file system structure and cleaned it. Debian is making the same changes but in a very, very slow pace :(.

Maybe you need to download some arch plymouths and see their build to figure out what needs to be changed. I guess it's nothing you can do quickly and I can only hope you have interest and time to play with it and figure it out. Maybe instead of spamming this comment board, will move to another way of communication. I would give you my email, but such comments are not a good place for that (boots will find it and throw more spam to your email adres). Maybe google+ profile will be safer. From there we can use google hangouts or share emails.

Here (hopefully content will not be cut out automatically):

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112902119270556147344

And once this will work, you make proper changes and give instructions on this page.

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

Can you email me @ yugioh2017@yandex.com
And did you test this version?
https://dl.opendesktop.org/api/files/download/id/1492762889/alienware-splash-arch.zip

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

Small mistake, forgot to add in the example above, a pity I can't edit comments:

To change a theme and rebuild initrid image at the same time:
sudo plymouth-set-default-theme -R

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

Sorry, for spamming, but it seems that comment system on this sites automatically cuts brackets and content in it, so that was not my mistake and above it deleted them again (sight)... Here it is again, hopefully with full content:

Small mistake, forgot to add "theme" in the example above, a pity I can't edit comments:

To change a theme and rebuild initrid image at the same time:
sudo plymouth-set-default-theme -R theme

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

I've uploaded a new version, can you please test it?

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

https://dl.opendesktop.org/api/files/download/id/1492762583/alienware-splash-arch.zip

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

Sorry, the correct link:
https://dl.opendesktop.org/api/files/download/id/1492762889/alienware-splash-arch.zip

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

It works! That was quick!

Too pity that it shows only for a 1 sec. and is gone... Too quick boot on ssd I guess. I don't even have a chance to see spinning circle around the alien head. Similar issue is with some other plymouths that have delayed and more complex animation: just an image and boom: system splash is there for another 1-2 sec. and the desktop appears. Nevertheless, it's a nice touch.

Thanks! :D

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yugioh2016

7 months ago

Great! It seems you have a fast boot up! What Alienware you have? I have 15 R2. :)

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michaldybczak

7 months ago

Alienware 17 R3. Added ssd to it and put Manjaro on it. Windows resides on hdd in case it's needed (key lights, occasional sound unlocking). I also shrunk windows partition to make space for some symlinked home directories.

One thing that I haven't figure out yet is how to make hdmi output work on linux when using bumblebee. Without it I can't use my TV on linux :(. But that's a different story and here is no place for it. Also comment boxes became ridiculously small... ;)

Anyway, you can contact me through my google site I gave above, so we can share some hints about making machine working as well as possible on linux.

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