How to add your custom bootsplash to SeaBIOS

September 27, 2018


WARNING! Proceed at your own risk! Be sure to have a Raspberry Pi and a Pomona clip handy in case you mess up.

1. Saving the image
Open the desired image and export it as JPG, in the saving options change “Subsampling” to 4:2:0 and uncheck “Progressive”:
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The output image must be 1024px wide and 768px tall. Don't forget that the X230's screen is 16:9, so the it will be additionally shrinked. 2. Making a dump of up your current ROM
Dump your current ROM using flashrom (don't forget to boot with iomem=relaxed kernel option):

# flashrom -p internal -r file.rom

Additionally, if you're on X220, you might have to force flashrom (as mentioned here):

# flashrom -p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick -r file.rom

3. Adding the bootsplash
Then, add the bootsplash image using cbfstool from coreboot-utils:

# cbfstool file.rom add -f <name of your bootsplash file> -n bootsplash.jpg -t raw

For X230 users:

$ cat >layout.txt <<EOL
0x00000000:0x007fffff ifdmegbe
0x00800000:0x00bfffff bios

4. Flashing the ROM

# flashrom -p internal --layout layout.txt --image bios -w file.rom

# flashrom -p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick --image bios -w file.rom

Have fun with your new bootsplash!