Replace the Leopard's login screen background!!

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    Simply replace this file:
    /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg

    Then use Disk Utility and run "Repair Disk Permission" (Yeah...I'm too lazy to type in Terminal to fix that)

    *Digg users: I'd had never expect this page will show up on digg front page!
    (May be everyone hates the default Aurora.jpg and they want to change it! /sarcasm)

    PS. This is a very little tip for Leopard users; could you guys stop mentioning other OS because this post does nothing with them? ;)

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    1. 'ju:femaiz 79 months ago | reply

      @bryan: probably more "ironic" than "sarcastic" ;)

      Love the viewcount :)

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    2. dusanmal 79 months ago | reply

      Good, but this leaves the style and other elements of the screen the same. How does one change those (in the manner good ol' Linux users have been able to do for years).?

    3. mauvecalla [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      Thank you. For some reason I can't stand that aurora shot.

    4. Dat Nguyen 79 months ago | reply

      Thanks, I appreciate it! My login is pretty and not Star Trek oriented now!

    5. Punsalan 79 months ago | reply

      And here I was wondering why the old trick of renaming the Aqua wallpaper in Library/Desktop Pictures wasn't working.

    6. bbard|bradd [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      Thanks for teh research ;^)

      I don't really care much for the default.

    7. Stavrus 79 months ago | reply

      Where can I download the background image you used in the picture FHKE?

      Thanks!

    8. Brajeshwar 79 months ago | reply

      @Stavrus, it was around when Leopard was in beta. I have a copy of the Apple Leopard Wallpaper.

    9. d4rknessfalls 79 months ago | reply

      Been wondering how to do that. Good, timely tip. Thanks.

    10. Ben Jacob is moving to flickr/benjacob [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      Wow that will be a nice Idea !
      Every people can now customize their login screen

    11. James Young Art 79 months ago | reply

      Thank you, I'm not surprised by the lack of love for the default Space 1999 image, it really puts the pocket protector back in computer nerdness...

    12. a-k-o 79 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the tip. Here is a pic of my start screens:
      www.flickr.com/photos/a-k-o/1800256678/

    13. ShadowBottle 79 months ago | reply

      You can also add (as a string) DesktopPicture to com.apple.loginwindow.plist and add the path to the wallpaper you'd like to use.

      ShaBot

    14. qurt 79 months ago | reply

      As a Mac system administrator I may say it once again:

      It is not cool to change any files in the /System folder. These files belong to the system and should NEVER be changed!!!

      If you want to change the background of the login screen then the proper way to do so is by changing the appropriate preference.

      Open the terminal and enter the following command:
      sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow DesktopPicture “/Library/Desktop Pictures/Aqua Blue.jpg”

      where “/Library/Desktop Pictures/Aqua Blue.jpg” is the path to the picture you want to use.

      This and other options may also be changed using LoginWindow Manager.

    15. FHKE 79 months ago | reply

      If you really want to tweak the UI deeply (such as the dock) you really have to change some System files. Just make sure you set the correct permission.

    16. norther_of_heaven 78 months ago | reply

      Awesome, definitely doing that on my next Mac. : )

      NOw, i wonder how you go about doing this on Tiger..

    17. Dig the Dupe 76 months ago | reply

      The default XP Themes is not better. So it's everytime the same.

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    18. travvy49423 63 months ago | reply

      @ qurt...

      Point one: The /system folder belongs to the system, but the system belongs to ME. I'll do what ever I wish to the system of the computer I own.

      Point two: The method you advise is simply not something a layman can easily figure out. Let's face it, most end users don't know what the terminal is. FHKE's method is much more straight-forward and simple.

      That said, I'm going to use qurt's method. I just didn't like the SysAdmin elitist attitude. :-P

    19. sacredgeometry 61 months ago | reply

      haha i used that exact one when i was choosing a different login haha small world

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