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Fido
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Post Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2001 5:38 am   Post subject: LWDKernel.exe (Randomly Displayed Boot Logos) Reply with quote Back to top  


Name: LWDKernel.exe
Filesize (unzipped): 381 KB (390,656 bytes)
Size on Disk (unzipped): 384 KB (393,216 bytes)
Language: VB6
Author: MAX
Current Version: 1.0.13
Download: here


Install: There isn't one, just download unzip and run



We're finally ready to begin testing our program to randomly display a different bootlogo image everytime your machine boots There are two ways to use this application:


Option 1 (changing to a specific boot logo)
Launching the application it will cause it to scan your system32 directory for files named files named kernel1.exe through kernel999.exe. It then displays all the files it found, in a drop down menu like this:



You can select any bootlogo from the dropdown and press the Preview button to see what that particular kernel looks like:



Once you have selected the modified bootlogo from the dropdown list that you want to use on bootup, press the Change button and you're done!

NOTE: The program will always create a "Failsafe" boot option which will allow you to boot into the original NTOSKRNL.EXE file


Option 2 (Random Mode)

Save the LWDKERNEL.EXE file somewhere on your local machine and then create a shortcut to it in your Startup Group. Modify the properties of this shortcut to add a -random switch at the end (after the quotes) like this:



The next time your system starts the application will scan your SYSTEM32 folder for all files named named kernel1.exe through kernel999.exe, pick one at random and make that your default boot kernel in your boot.ini file. The original NTOSKRNL.EXE will not be chosen as a member of the random rotation, only files named kernel*.exe will be used (so you'll never have to see that ugly thing again).

NOTE: The program will always create a "Failsafe" boot option which will allow you to boot into the original NTOSKRNL.EXE file


Let us know if you find any problems / bugs with this application!

- FIDO


Last edited by Fido on Wed Sep 29, 2004 2:58 pm; edited 1 time in total
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Fido
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Post Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2001 5:49 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

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Prease to be uproading executabre to web page befole posting the ULR.

I can't download it! Help!

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Try now... I changed to .ZIP file.
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DanCech
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2001 12:21 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Very Nice program Fido, I just set it up on my friend's laptop and it works great.

Next up, one that accepts bitmaps?
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2001 10:57 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

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So that you can just choose any suitable bitmap with LWDKernel, hit a button and hey presto, new boot logo?

Isn't that what Resource Hacker does already? Wink Smile


Kind of, but so you can just put a few kernelX.bmp files somewhere and have LWDKernel just grab the appropriate one, put it into a kernel automatically and set boot.ini appropriately.

So basically you'd have ntoskrnl.exe, lwdkrnl.exe and a whole lot of .bmp files in your system32 dir, and two lines in boot.ini pointing to ntoskrnl (failsafe) and lwdkrnl (modified).

When you choose a new kernel image instead of modifying the boot.ini it would recompile lwdkrnl.exe with the .bmp you select.

This would be good for guys who change occasionally 'cause it saves space and makes it easy to add files.

If you were going to change randomly at every boot then you'd stick with modding boot.ini, but have a setup function which takes a suitable .bmp and makes a new kernelX.exe with that image in your system32 directory.
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2001 1:21 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

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Option 1 (changing to a specific boot logo)
Launching the application it will cause it to scan your system32 directory for files named files named kernel1.exe through kernel999.exe. It then displays all the files it found, in a drop down menu like this:




Wouldn't it be better to start at kernel001.exe rather than kernel1.exe thuss keeping the kernel names in a nice ordered 8.3 format?

I gotta get me a decent Sig.

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2001 1:41 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Nevermind.... It accepts kernel1.exe, kernel01.exe and kernel001.exe.

[size=32]AWSOME!!!!!!!![/size]

Cept maybe you can reduce the timeout setting to like 5 seconds.

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2001 5:46 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Does it set it to 30 seconds? I'll have that changed and upload a new copy tomorrow
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2001 7:43 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

[size=32]AWSOME!!!!!!!![/size]



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Post Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2001 10:15 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Just a quick question for y'all. I assume that NTOSKRNL.exe can and is modified/replaced when applying service packs. Would this mean that after loading say SP1 I'd then have to trash all of the modified kernels I have made. Otherwise although I've applied SP1 I'd be still a kernel based on the pre SP1 kernel.

I think I saw on another thread a request to have a proggie that loads a resource into the kernel ie many bitmaps but 1 modded kernel.

I'd go 1 step further and not only be able select which bitmap to load into the kernel but which kernel to load it into. That way you only have 1 kernel to modify after each SP.

I know its a bit much to ask, but consider poor lil me who has 30+ kernels to redo.

Maybe there is an easier way... and in the bigger scheme of things.... I mean how often DO they release service packs. OOOPS wasnt I just reading where SP3 is due out shortly. Damn another 30+ kernels to be made up.



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Post Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2001 10:47 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

I tip my hat to you gents. This is a bloody brilliant little program, it takes a lot of the hassle out of editing the boot logo.

A big Woof to you all.

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2001 3:50 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Could you check your zip file. I'm getting a missing dynamic link library of MSVBVM50.DLL when I try to run the utility. I have MSVBVM60.DLL in my C:\winnt\system32 directory and your note says you're using VB 6.0 so I wonder how that VB 5.0 DLL reference got in there.

And I'm REALLY looking forward to using this utility!



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Name: LWDKernel.exe
Filesize (unzipped): 381 KB (390,656 bytes)
Size on Disk (unzipped): 384 KB (393,216 bytes)
Language: VB6
Author: MAX
Current Version: 1.0.13
Download: http://www.littlewhitedog.com/images/reviews/other/00025/lwdkernel.zip
Install: There isn't one, just download unzip and run


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2001 7:33 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

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Could you check your zip file. I'm getting a missing dynamic link library of MSVBVM50.DLL when I try to run the utility. I have MSVBVM60.DLL in my C:\winnt\system32 directory and your note says you're using VB 6.0 so I wonder how that VB 5.0 DLL reference got in there.

And I'm REALLY looking forward to using this utility!

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Perhaps I was mistaken Sad Smile I didn't actually write it. We had a "retired" member of LWD write it for us. See if you can snag a copy of the VB5 runtime files. Should work then. We didn't include them in the package, cause it makes for a much bigger (and intrusive) download / install.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2001 9:32 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

I checked the binary and sure enough, it has VB 5.0 DLL references in it. So I downloaded the VB 5.0 DLL from Microsoft and it runs fine but...
Did you notice the utility shows no error message when your boot.ini file is in its default condition i.e. system+hidden+read only? The utility attempts to update boot.ini, fails, and reports no error to alert the user. Experienced users will unprotect their boot.ini files but novice users might not realize what is happening.
Just a suggestion.


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Perhaps I was mistaken Sad Smile I didn't actually write it. We had a "retired" member of LWD write it for us. See if you can snag a copy of the VB5 runtime files. Should work then. We didn't include them in the package, cause it makes for a much bigger (and intrusive) download / install.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2001 11:39 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

I must be missing a step, because everytime when I reboot it would tell me that c:\winnt\system32\ntoskrnl.exe is missing or corrupted, please reinstall the file. I used ResHack and modified the ntoskrnl.exe and saved the modified file as kernel1.exe. I loaded up LWDKernel and changed the default kernel from ntoskrnl.exe to kernel1.exe. I know the modified one works because if I leave it as ntoskrnl.exe it will boot with the modified logo. I'm currently running service Pack 2. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


Edited by - DSLHunTa on 08/21/2001 17:26:19
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2001 11:39 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

repost

Edited by - DSLHunTa on 08/21/2001 17:26:51
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