Setting up a splash image on Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric) and Grub 1.99

Submitted by Jochus on Sat, 23/02/2013 - 10:20 | Posted in: Linux

Choosing a Grub background image

  • You can pick an image yourself, or you can use one of the default Grub images:
    $ sudo aptitude install grub2-splashimages
  • Once installed, the images are located in the /usr/share/images/grub folder

Installing splash Images

  • Check your version of Grub (this blogpost was tested with Grub 1.99):
    $ grub-install -v
  • Open /etc/default/grub with a text editor an add the following line:
  • Update GRUB to incorporate the image into the menu:
  • $ sudo update-grub

Changing text colors

  • To add menu_color_normal and/or menu_color_highlight values when using a splash image
  • Open /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme as root
  • Find the following lines:
  • if [ -z "${2}" ] && [ -z "${3}" ]; then
        echo "  true"

  • Change the entry to the following, replacing 'color1' and 'color2' to the desired colors. Leave /black as is!
  • if [ -z "${2}" ] && [ -z "${3}" ]; then
        # echo "  true"
        echo "    set color_highlight=color1/color2"
        echo "    set color_normal=color1/black"

  • Save the file and run update-grub

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