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With the help of Keaka (creator of the sweet little LoginBackground app which allows you to change the background of your login screen), I figured out how to change my boot screen as well. It's a pretty simple move:

1. You need to have root access
2. You will need to be able to create and save an image in .pdf form.

All I did was create an image in Photoshop with a size equal to my screen resolution, and saved it as "BootPanel.pdf". Put it in:

/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemStarter/QuartzDisplay.bundle/Resources/

Then reboot the machine. It worked great. Couple of things worth mentioning:
  • Obviously you want to make a backup of the default BootPanel.pdf file. Good form you know.
  • The screen reverts to it's default blue color for a second between the boot screen and the login screen, so it's not quite seemless.
  • When you are creating your image, keep in mind you need to set aside some space in the middle for the progress bar and boot-strings(which retain their size and function).
Also, if anyone knows how to set a different font color for the boot-strings I'd love to hear about it. My background preference is black, so it kinda blends in.

If anyone knows how to edit the screen at a deeper level, so that you are editing the actual background, and not just stretching the panel over the top of it, I'd be thrilled :)

-Storm
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Authored by: scope on Nov 16, '01 11:37:46PM

This was one of the first hacks for OS X I saw. I first saw it as Resexcellence.com.



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Authored by: stormcrow on Nov 17, '01 07:45:41PM

Damn, you mean, I'm not as cool as I thought I was? Say it aint so...



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