Changing Leopard Login Screen Background?

FJ218700

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Blue Dot, Red State
Does anyone know/remember how to change the background image of the login screen without a 3rd party application.

I know I've seen a thread about this in the past for Tiger or Panther couldn't find it just now. Please link me if applicable.

thanks

FJ
 

xUKHCx

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Jan 15, 2006
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The Kop
Change /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg to whatever you want, just make sure you name it correctly.
 

jrennell

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Oct 15, 2006
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Default Background change does work (for me at least)

I can confirm that changing the DefaultDesktop.jpg in /System/Library/CoreServices/ does indeed work, I replaced it with the Tiger Aqua background this weekend. I recommend keeping the original in there and renaming it to DefaultDesktop.Leopard.jpg or something like that to revert to.

The specifics of the image (Tiger and Leopard defaults) are:
Resolution: 2560x1600 pixels
DPI: 72pixels/inch
Color model: RGB

Try conforming your jpeg file to those settings (the resolution is probably unimportant). A restart cannot hurt either if the setting does not kick in immediately.
 

cavebob

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Aug 28, 2007
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I worked it out for mine. You need to have 'Locked' ticked in file info under general. for good measure i changed the permissions to read&write for all
 

Big-TDI-Guy

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Jan 11, 2007
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Mine failed to work, until I loaded in a picture with my default resolution.

For my 24" imac, it was 1920 x 1200, and the picture finally worked.
FYI, the first time I loaded the pic into the correct folder, upon restart I had a blue background, and when I got back into finder, the picture somehow found it's way into my applications folder. Moved it a 2nd time, and it stayed put.


Just need to fix stacks / spotlight / front row / icons and my dock now. :apple:
 

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