When you turn a Raspberry Pi on, it displays three (or four) pictures of raspberries in the top-left corner of the screen. Now, as far as I know, you cannot draw images or any other non-text content on the text mode terminal. How does Raspbian manage it? Even weirder, this happens before I start X..

The answer to this question, for example, says that it is impossible to draw images on the terminal without talking to X directly


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The raspberries are not drawn on a text only screen, nor is X used.

This is part of the bootsplash image and displayed in VESA/VGA graphics mode, which also displays your boot text in a higher resolution (i.e. smaller characters) than the non-graphical 80x25 screen.

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