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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Quote Originally Posted by drs305 View Post
    flaviops,

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums.

    Do you have more than one Ubuntu installed on your computer? It's possible you are making changes to one set of Grub files while the system is booting off another set.

    If you give me some examples of what you are trying to do it might help so we could look at specific settings.

    In the meantime, you might download and install Boot Repair. It contains a script which we may need you to run to see what is happening. Also BR has the ability to change some basic settings, although not as many as GC does.

    The link to BR is in my signature line.

    I'm logging out now but will check back tomorrow.
    Thanks. I am trying to change the background of the grub. I can change the fonts(modified only once) and the resolution on the grub customizer. But when I change the background and the colors, it keeps on the default.

    Edit: I have only Ubuntu and windows in my notebook. I also tried to use boot repair using the recommended repair.
    Last edited by flaviops; July 1st, 2012 at 07:29 PM. Reason: Missing some informations.

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Quote Originally Posted by flaviops View Post
    Thanks. I am trying to change the background of the grub. I can change the fonts(modified only once) and the resolution on the grub customizer. But when I change the background and the colors, it keeps on the default.

    Edit: I have only Ubuntu and windows in my notebook. I also tried to use boot repair using the recommended repair.
    Here are two threads you can take a look at. The first discusses adding a background image and changing font colors.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1739412

    The second one is from yesterday and deals with font colors not changing even after editing /etc/grub.d/05_debian. I finally figured out what was happening, and it might be what is causing you problems as well.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2012327
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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Quote Originally Posted by drs305 View Post
    Here are two threads you can take a look at. The first discusses adding a background image and changing font colors.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1739412

    The second one is from yesterday and deals with font colors not changing even after editing /etc/grub.d/05_debian. I finally figured out what was happening, and it might be what is causing you problems as well.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2012327
    Thanks, the problem was solved making the modifications contained on the second link.

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    Talking Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Great program!

    I've been stressing on how to change the boot default for a couple of weeks now. As a noobie, all the various posts on how to do this were just confusing me.

    I found the the 'previously booted entry' option in preferences gave me an even better result than I was looking for. Having grub default to the last used os is perfect for me.

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar54 View Post
    Great program!

    I've been stressing on how to change the boot default for a couple of weeks now. As a noobie, all the various posts on how to do this were just confusing me.

    I found the the 'previously booted entry' option in preferences gave me an even better result than I was looking for. Having grub default to the last used os is perfect for me.
    Yes, Grub Customizer doesn't get a lot of attention on these forums but it's a great tool.

    Welcome to the forums and Happy Ubuntu-ing !
    GRUB2

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    grub-customizer is just great. Thanks.
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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Having used Grub Customizer to a great extent and witnessed its usability firsthand, I wonder why it was not included as a default package in Ubuntu.

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Grub Customizer is very nice. And thank you for this informative thread. I hope you can assist with my Grub2 issue.

    I'm running Ubuntu Studio 12.04. Fresh install. I let the installer wipe the hard drive with the automatic method. It's the only OS on the drive.

    Like many others, I want the old small font scrolling text boot-up messages like it used to be. I don't care about splash or color.

    What I get is a 1024x768x32 (I assume) Grub menu followed by the same black screen that others have reported, until a half-second before the LightDM login screen.

    So far neither GC nor manual editing of /etc/grub.d/00_header and /etc/default/grub -- followed by sudo update-grub -- has solved the problem.

    According to vbeinfo, I should be able to set 1024x768x32. (My monitor's native resolution is 1440x900 but that is not on the vbeinfo list.)

    My video card is a Radeon 9550. I am not using the proprietary driver.

    Here is the result of my bootinfoscript:
    Code:
                      Boot Info Script 0.61      [1 April 2012]
    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
    
     => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of 
        the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks 
        for (,msdos1)/boot/grub on this drive.
    
    sda1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
        Boot files:        /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img
    
    sda2: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  Unknown
        Boot sector info: 
    
    sda5: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
    
    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40027029504 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4866 cylinders, total 78177792 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1    *          2,048    76,081,151    76,079,104  83 Linux
    /dev/sda2          76,083,198    78,176,255     2,093,058   5 Extended
    /dev/sda5          76,083,200    78,176,255     2,093,056  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    "blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL
    
    /dev/sda1        2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499   ext4       
    /dev/sda5        610c8587-4317-45a5-9756-1b180b50f7e0   swap       
    
    ================================ Mount points: =================================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/sda1        /                        ext4       (rw,errors=remount-ro)
    
    
    =========================== sda1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      set have_grubenv=true
      load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
      set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
        saved_entry="${chosen}"
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    
    function recordfail {
      set recordfail=1
      if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
    }
    
    function load_video {
      insmod vbe
      insmod vga
      insmod video_bochs
      insmod video_cirrus
    }
    
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
      set gfxmode=1024x768x32
      set gfxpayload=keep
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
      insmod part_msdos
      insmod ext2
      set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499
      set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
      set lang=en_US
      insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
      set timeout=-1
    else
      set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    function gfxmode {
    	set gfxpayload="${1}"
    	if [ "${1}" = "keep" ]; then
    		set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
    	else
    		set vt_handoff=
    	fi
    }
    if [ "${recordfail}" != 1 ]; then
      if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
        if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
          if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
            set linux_gfx_mode=keep
          else
            set linux_gfx_mode=text
          fi
        else
          set linux_gfx_mode=text
        fi
      else
        set linux_gfx_mode=keep
      fi
    else
      set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    export linux_gfx_mode
    if [ "${linux_gfx_mode}" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-23-lowlatency-pae' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    	recordfail
    	gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    	insmod gzio
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499
    	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-lowlatency-pae root=UUID=2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499 ro   
    	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-lowlatency-pae
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-23-lowlatency-pae (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    	recordfail
    	insmod gzio
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499
    	echo	'Loading Linux 3.2.0-23-lowlatency-pae ...'
    	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-lowlatency-pae root=UUID=2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499 ro recovery nomodeset 
    	echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-lowlatency-pae
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499
    	linux16	/boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499
    	linux16	/boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =============================== sda1/etc/fstab: ================================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
    # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
    # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
    proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
    # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
    UUID=2cf31bd7-8346-4b7e-81c2-12aff54a7499 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
    UUID=610c8587-4317-45a5-9756-1b180b50f7e0 none            swap    sw              0       0
    /dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================
    
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
    
      26.143779755 = 28.071669760   boot/grub/core.img                             1
      26.143741608 = 28.071628800   boot/grub/grub.cfg                             1
       1.881286621 = 2.020016128    boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-lowlatency-pae        2
       6.326442719 = 6.792966144    boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-lowlatency-pae           1
       1.881286621 = 2.020016128    initrd.img                                     2
       6.326442719 = 6.792966144    vmlinuz                                        1
    
    ======================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc: ========================
    
    Unknown BootLoader on sda2
    
    00000000  c9 c4 42 00 ca c4 42 00  cb c4 42 00 cc c4 42 00  |..B...B...B...B.|
    00000010  cd c4 42 00 ce c4 42 00  cf c4 42 00 d0 c4 42 00  |..B...B...B...B.|
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    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================
    
    xz: (stdin): Compressed data is corrupt
    Thanks for any assistance.

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    beebelo,

    The scrolling text as the system boots is normally enabled by a setting in /etc/default/grub. Open this file as root:
    Code:
    gksu gedit /etc/default/grub
    Change this line to allow scrolling system text messages during boot:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
    to:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=""
    Then run "sudo update-grub" to update the menu.

    If this doesn't provide what you want, the next time you boot press highlight your boot selection and press 'e'.
    Cursor to the end of the linux line and delete "quiet splash" with the backspace key. Press ctrl-x or F10 to boot, see if the text appears, and let us know.
    GRUB2

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    Re: HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    Hi drs305,

    I had looked for 'quiet splash', by way of GC and gedit as well, but maybe I was looking in the wrong place... I will do this tonight and report back.

    Thanks.
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