This solution works but there are a few seconds of text shown before the boot image appears.

Install fbi

sudo apt-get install fbi
Copy the splashscreen image to be used
Copy your custom splash image into: /etc/ and name it “splash.png“.

Presumably the resolution to use is 1920x1080px.

Create A Script
sudo nano
Paste the following into the text editor:
#! /bin/sh
### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Provides: asplashscreen
# Required-Start:
# Required-Stop:
# Should-Start:
# Default-Start: S
# Default-Stop:
# Short-Description: Show custom splashscreen
# Description: Show custom splashscreen
### END INIT INFO
do_start () {

/usr/bin/fbi -T 1 -noverbose -a /etc/splash.png
exit 0
}

case “$1″ in
start|””)
do_start
;;

restart|reload|force-reload)
echo “Error: argument ‘$1’ not supported” >&2
exit 3
;;
stop)

# No-op
;;
status)
exit 0
;;
*)

echo “Usage: asplashscreen [start|stop]” >&2
exit 3
;;
esac

:
IMPORTANT – If copying and pasting via SSH check it has pasted in correctly (pasting via your SSH client could cause blank spaces to copy etc)

Exit and save the file as: /etc/init.d/asplashscreen

(using a name starting with ‘a’ will ensure it runs first)

Finally make the script executable and install it for init mode:
sudo chmod a+x /etc/init.d/asplashscreen
sudo insserv /etc/init.d/asplashscreen
Thats it:
sudo reboot

Getting Out Of Black Screen
If you get a black screen at the end of booting (if you’ve not setup auto running the GUI etc) use CTRL + ALT + F2 to get the command prompt

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