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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Quote Originally Posted by I2k4 View Post
    Thanks for the quick response - I can boot into Lubuntu and it appears from the file manager that everything in the Windows partition is fine - so it does seem that I somehow fouled up Grub configuration. I'm very hopeful it can simply be restored and I'll try the Boot Repair tool.

    I won't be able to settle in for a fix it session until tomorrow but will get back on the result.

    Best, I2k4
    If you can boot normally into your Lubuntu and you didn't move or alter the files in the /etc/grub.d folder, you should be able to get Windows back into the grub.cfg file (the Grub menu) by simply running:
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    As it runs, just watch the terminal and see if you see a reference to Windows. If you do, it most likely added it to the menu. You can also check the existing entries after the update and before booting with:
    Code:
    grep menuentry /boot/grub/grub.cfg
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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Thanks for the terminal commands - as they looked quick and easy I tried them - I got this result from "update":

    Generating grub.cfg ...
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
    Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
    done

    And this from menuentry:

    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {

    On reboot after this, I only got the same four choices, without Windows.

    I looked into the etc/grub.d folder, not knowing exactly what to expect, and found entries that look like above along with "OS-PROBER" but no specific entry for Windows.

    I'm planning to try the Boot Repair as suggested above, later today or on the weekend. I looked at it quickly, and there seems to be a one-click try. I'll do that and report back.

    Apart from that there seemed to be some dialog boxes - if there is any further advice on using Boot Repair or otherwise, in this situation of disappeared Windows, I'd be very glad of it.

    Thanks again.
    New to Linux. Currently dual boot Lubuntu 10.10 with W7 on Acer One netbook. Experimenting with Mint 15 XFCE on netbook and a Dell laptop with peripherals (Persistent 8GB Live USB.)

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Grub is not finding Windows when you update grub. There are several reasons this can happen:
    1. Critical Windows boot files are missing. Probably not likely in your case.
    2. 30_os-prober isn't being run either because the os-prober command isn't available or the script isn't running.

    To make sure the script exists and is executable:
    Code:
    sudo chmod +x /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober
    To check that os-prober exists:
    Code:
    which os-prober
    If this still doesn't fix things, run Boot Repair. If it still doesn't work, post the contents of the boot info script, which you can run from within the Boot Repair app.
    GRUB2

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Many thanks for your help here - I got no response from the OS-PROBER commands, but the Boot Repair tool worked a charm. The GRUB boot priority list again includes Windows 7 and it's booting normally.

    Since I don't know what went wrong, I can't say if/when I'll try the GRUB Customizer app again, but I'll save this thread forever.

    Best wishes for the holidays.
    New to Linux. Currently dual boot Lubuntu 10.10 with W7 on Acer One netbook. Experimenting with Mint 15 XFCE on netbook and a Dell laptop with peripherals (Persistent 8GB Live USB.)

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Mod Note: Removed the quoting of the thread's original post in it's entirety.

    I can't get mine to work. When I try to open it says it can't find a bootloader and asks me if I want to choose a partition.
    What should I do to solve this?
    Last edited by drs305; December 20th, 2011 at 06:25 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Quote Originally Posted by nattyiac View Post
    Mod Note: Removed the quoting of the thread's original post in it's entirety.

    I can't get mine to work. When I try to open it says it can't find a bootloader and asks me if I want to choose a partition.
    What should I do to solve this?
    I'd recommend downloading and running the Boot Repair tool. It can solve a large number of Grub problems. Check out the thread via the "Boot Repair" link in my signature line.

    If it doesn't fix it, the app will let you run the boot info script and you can post the RESULTS.txt content if you still need help.
    GRUB2

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Thanks so much for this HOWTO & even more thanks to Daniel Richter for the vitally-needed app!

    I am about to enter the world of Grub2 (trepidations...) & have heard remarks (probably out of date) that Grub Customizer is not yet ready for 1.99.

    I know GC 2.2 is out there & is intended for 1.99.

    Could you possibly give us a brief status report on that?
    As of today, what can GC 2.2 do with 1.99 & are there still shady areas, apart from the images/fonts stuff you helpfully edit in the first post?

    Thanks again!
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    Cool Grub Customizer 2.4.1

    Quote Originally Posted by 2CV67 View Post
    Thanks so much for this HOWTO & even more thanks to Daniel Richter for the vitally-needed app!

    I am about to enter the world of Grub2 (trepidations...) & have heard remarks (probably out of date) that Grub Customizer is not yet ready for 1.99.

    I know GC 2.2 is out there & is intended for 1.99.

    Could you possibly give us a brief status report on that?
    As of today, what can GC 2.2 do with 1.99 & are there still shady areas, apart from the images/fonts stuff you helpfully edit in the first post?
    Thanks again!
    Grub Customizer 2.4.1

    Just downloaded it now.
    Uncertain what are the changes. It cannot delete crazy, non-existent 'lines', so it's still a work in progress.

    Very surprised ... so many Linux 'gurus' * coders around, and this essential fix is still not fixed. Tried to be more constructive in joining the *buntu community, ... journalistic, writing, documentation skills, .... but after an hour, gave up.

    I'm in the 1% of IQ ("unsuitable for Mensa"; Australian Mensa told me, when I explained they have no social responsibilities nor ethics, especially to non-whites like myself. Seems the Linux obsessives like being 1 per centers as well, to prove that they are not the Ninety-Nine per-centers, in the world's social responsibilities.

    So ... back to winning my Nobel Peace Prize for anti-military accomplishments.

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Hi!, drs305,
    Like others, I add my thanks to danielrichter, and to you; without your detailed help files, I would never have dared to try Grub Customizer, despite having a grub menu with more than 20 confusing entries.

    In setting up a new clean install of Ubuntu 11.10, I stumbled on your HowTo:GC. After reading all the posts in that Thread, and again from 1 to 118, I was so impressed that I swallowed my aversion to editing files that start: "Do Not Edit This File."

    I installed GC as per your instructions:
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install grub-customizer
    sudo update-grub
    and ran it from a Root Terminal.Edit: and re-ran update-grub :
    grub-customizer
    update-grub
    Edit2: I did not use "gksu", maybe that caused the errors ??
    It ran OK, except for a sea of error messages. { See attachment }.
    My grub menu was edited as I wanted; but no colour change, and no Background image.
    Furthermore, the Debian background Image I had had during boot-up, after the grub menu, since I installed Gnome3, had gone.

    I am an Octogenarian Ignoramus and there are some simple things I find difficult to fathom out; please bare with me if they seem obvious to you.

    First: how do I "get" your attached image file and "drop" it into /boot/grub/. When I tried with another jpeg it refused to drop. [ Edit: I found an answer to the second part of that with 'gksu nautilus /pathname/'. See below.]

    Second: I cannot find any menu item, in Gimp Image Editor, that would change a .jpeg to a .png format, as you describe, nor in Nip2.

    Eventually, I found your link in P#103 to "Re: Grub 2 Drop-In Backgrounds & Font Selection"; downloaded the splashimages and used
    Code:
     gksu nautilus /imagepathname/
    to "drop" it into /boot/grub/.

    That gave an image but the unchanged text colour is illegible against it.

    The first image I tried in GC was one with a space in its name and my /boot/grub/grub.cfg then showed:
    if background_image /boot/grub/.backgound_cache;
    But no image showed.

    Currently my /boot/grub/grub.cfg shows:
    Code:
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd1,msdos8)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2a453a5a-fe73-417b-a61f-8450cf25914b
    insmod tga
    if background_image /boot/grub/Windbuchencom.tga; then
      true
    else
      set menu_color_normal=white/black
      set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
      if background_color 44,0,30; then
        clear
      fi
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    "Windbuchencom.tga" being the image file I dropped. but this did not alter after changing the colours first, and then both image & colours with GC.

    Third: I think I remember your Posting that some lines need to be added to that code, to get the GC colour changes to work; would you please re-post them?.

    Fourth 'simple' question: Although I am certain I have grub2 installed since 10.10, the grub menu title still shows:
    GNU Grub version 1.99-12 Ubuntu5
    is that relevant, or important??

    Your assistance appreciatively awaited,. Chao!, bogan.
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Last edited by bogan; December 31st, 2011 at 02:43 PM. Reason: gksu note added,
    "Better Solutions may bring Worsened Problems": After Lao Tse, b. circa 405BC. a contemporary of Confucius, who died circa 600BC.
    They did things differently in those days, apparently!!

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Quote Originally Posted by bogan View Post
    Hi!, drs305,
    Like others, I add my thanks to danielrichter, and to you; without your detailed help files, I would never have dared to try Grub Customizer, despite having a grub menu with more than 20 confusing entries.
    Well, I'll get the easy ones first. Grub 2 is officially Grub 1.96 or later - the latest is Grub 1.99. Even Grub legacy, which was around a long time, never got past 0.97. Go figure...

    Also, in the attached file I saw a 'pixmaps' error message. You may be able to fix that with this command, which will install a package that might allow the system to use it on the latest version of Ubuntu:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-pixbuf

    First: how do I "get" your attached image file and "drop" it into /boot/grub/. When I tried with another jpeg it refused to drop.[I] [ Edit: I found an answer to the second part of that with 'gksu nautilus /pathname/'.
    Not sure if you still need help with this, but if so one way to move the image into /boot/grub is via a terminal. If the image is on your Desktop, the command would be
    Code:
    sudo cp ~/Desktop/image-name /boot/grub/
    Using nautilus as root would be better, since you can inspect the /boot/grub contents. If the image file isn't specifically designated in /etc/default/grub the bootloader will use the first image file it finds in /boot/grub (which may not be the one you want).

    Second: I cannot find any menu item, in Gimp Image Editor, that would change a .jpeg to a .png format, as you describe, nor in Nip2.
    It's so simple it's not obvious. In GIMP, open your file and when you are ready to save it as a png image, just select File, Save As and change the extension from .jpg to .png. When you save it, GIMP may ask you some questions or say it has to modify some of the file characteristics, but it will walk you through any conversion decisions you have to make before it saves the file as a PNG image.

    Font colors/background images aren't the easiest things to work with in Grub 2. I'm going to reread the font color part of your post, try to make sure I understand your current problem, experiment in a VM with the Windbuchencom.tga image, and will reply to that part in a separate post.

    In the meantime, forum member towheedm is our current forum guru on theming and has written an excellent, detailed guide on Grub 2 theming.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1534689
    GRUB2

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