How to Change Grub Background Image in Ubuntu 11.04

The Grub (Boot Screen) in the new Ubuntu 11.04 is purple which is disliked by many Ubuntu users and is quite plain and boring. This scenario can be changed by adding a Grub background image. Here are the steps to change the background on grub2 in Ubuntu 11.04.

Before we go into that, lets take a look at some screenshots taken by hacktivision

Change Grub Image

You do this either using the terminal or manually (both are same).

Method 1

  1. You have to copy the image in the folder /boot/grub/

sudo cp test.jpg /boot/grub/

Replace test.jpg with your image location

2. Then update the Grub in the terminal by

sudo update-grub

Then you probably will get an output like this:

Generating grub.cfg ....
background image: test.jpg
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2

Method 2

This method is same as the first one. Use this method if you feel difficultly in finding you image location.

1. Open Nautilus (Window Manger) with Root privileges by typing this in the terminal

sudo nautilus

2. Then browse to /boot/grub and paste the image (eg. test.jpg)

3. Then update the Grub in the terminal by

sudo update-grub

Then you probably will get an output like this:

Generating grub.cfg ....
background image: test.jpg
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2

Few Things To Be Considered

  • The accepted image formats for Grub are .jpeg, .jpg, tga, and png
  • If you copy several images into the Grub folder, only the first one will be selected

Have fun Hacking the Boot Screen!

 

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