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I want to change my splash screen. But when I download any splash screen to my computer, I cannot install them. Every time, the computer gives me the same warning "that packet is not a format wanted" -warning like this-

I am asking "is there any other way to install splash screens?".

Note: I have also used 'Art manager' but it did not work properly.

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Which splash screen are you referring to? The one that shows while the system is booting up is called usplash, while the one seen when logging in is related to gnome. A good place to find gnome splash screens is though I don't know of any other ways to install splash screens short of rebuilding the archive in the right format. – Darth Android Jun 8 '10 at 20:06
Are you referring to wallpaper? – Dennis Williamson Jun 8 '10 at 21:03
@Darth: the Ubuntu login screen is provided by GDM; most GDM themes are for an older (Ubuntu 9.04 or earlier) version of GDM, and won't work with the versions included in Ubuntu 9.10 and later. also, Ubuntu 10.04 and later use plymouth instead of usplash for the boot-up splash screen (but i think you're correct that usplash was used in Ubuntu 9.10). – quack quixote Jun 8 '10 at 21:22
@quack quixote Thanks, I haven't used ubuntu since version 8 or so. – Darth Android Jun 8 '10 at 23:07
@gcc: i've rolled back your title edit & rant; please don't deface the question like that. you will need to have some patience. try responding to the questions @Darth Android asked -- like clarifying which splash screen you're asking about. – quack quixote Jun 9 '10 at 17:00
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Okay, let's clear this up. First, please edit your question or do something about that mentality. If you ask it like this, people are not stupid, they just don't tend to answer rude questions. (Sorry if you asked it like this only here.)

For Ubuntu 9.10:
It's really easy. Just follow the step-by-step instruction on the following page:

This is for 10.04:

Installing a splash in Ubuntu/Linux is not easy. It never was. Ubuntu used usplash, but they migrated to plymouth in version of 10.04 (just like Quack Quixote said).

About installing themes for Plymouth (guess you don't want to mess up plymouth):

How can you use usplash? Try removing plymouth package in Synaptic and see what happens. (Seriously, I never tried, I simply disable it.) If you succeed, you only have to install usplash package from Synaptic after this. Then, do as the instructions tells you (usually you can find an INSTALL, README file inside the packages).

For Ubuntu <=9.04:

Basically open a terminal from Appliactions and type:
uname -r
sudo update-alternatives --config
sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-"name-of-your-kernel-here (what you saw at the uname -r command)

(Fix me, it may work that you type: sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-${uname -r}

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OP is using Ubuntu 9.10; i mentioned 10.04 because it's what i use and am familiar with. (i used 9.04 a little, and largely skipped 9.10, so i wasn't sure what bootsplash 9.10 was using. which one used splashy? or am i misremembering?) – quack quixote Jun 9 '10 at 17:01
Oh my gosh. Really. They used 3 types of boot screen! First, USplash, second, xSplash, and now, Plymouth. Geez. Okay, adding additional info. :) | Don't know why they didnt use Plymouth at first.. ehh. | Used all of the Ubuntu versions so far but I always disable them..thats why it was not noticeable. – Shiki Jun 9 '10 at 17:06

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