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Operating Systems Solaris OpenBoot OEM Logo
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Old 04-19-2008
OpenBoot OEM Logo

If you have a graphic display you see some sort of logo in OpenBoot immediately after a reset or when you run the banner command. With most systems, you see a spiffy multicolor logo generated by a routine on the video card. But if you have a low-rent video card you just see a plain monochrome Sun logo. In either case, you can override the logo with your own logo but you are limited to a 64 by 64 black and white logo. I decided to give it a try but I found that it was not easy figuring out how to load that logo into OpenBoot. The eeprom command can do it, but the needed format was not documented anywhere. But I peeked at the source code on the Open Solaris web site and figured out what it needed. I see that Solaris has some ImageMagick stuff available and that helps a lot. So here is my script to load a logo. You need a 64 by 64 .bmp file for input. Then just feed that bmp file into my script which I call bmploader...
#! /usr/bin/ksh
alias convert=/usr/sfw/bin/convert

if [[ $1 = "-r" ]] ; then

(echo 'Depth=1
convert -monochrome -geometry 64x64\! $1 sun:/dev/fd/1 \
               | dd bs=1 skip=32 2>/dev/null \
               | od -Anone -v -tx2 \
               | sed $CMD';s/^ *//;
                       s/ \([0-9A-F][0-9A-F][0-9A-F][0-9A-F]\)/0x\1,/g
) | eeprom oem-logo=/dev/fd/0

eeprom 'oem-logo?=true'
exit 0

It takes a single argument which is the name of the bmp file. And you can have a -r flag to flip all the bits for a reverse video effect. The 64 by 64 monochrome restriction means that you can't do the Mona Lisa or anything. But it's still fun to play with. Smilie
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Old 04-20-2008
Years ago I used know this very talented programmer/unix field engineer back in the field service teams he actually managed to replace the sun logo with a somewhat greyish photograph of his girlfiriend, I was very amazed, this guy is a tinkerer I still dunno how he did it but I know played around extensively with forte and obp.Smilie
# 3  
Old 04-20-2008
Originally Posted by sparcguy
...but I know played around extensively with forte and obp.Smilie
I think you mean forth. Smilie There's a simple example of that in the openboot manual.
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