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    Lightbulb how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    has anyone done this with natty. and if so how. tks

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    Re: how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    Try this thread. It worked for me.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...RUB+Background

    Basically I Copy and pasted an image (jpg I think) into the /boot/grub file (you have to be root)
    Open a terminal and type sudo update-grub. Done.

    But beware for some reason some images just don't want to work. So you may have to change them until you find one that will work.
    Last edited by VanR; April 26th, 2011 at 08:54 PM.

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    Re: how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    Use RGB images. I find that if you resize them to no larger than your screen pixels it is best too. Half sized ones work fine too.

    .jpg and .png work fine and what ever that silly format that we used in grub-legacy.

    Check your /etc/default/grub to make sure it has;
    [quote]
    GRUB_BACKGROUND=/boot/grub/desktop-grub.png
    [/quot]
    or something like that. That is from mine, I use a .png, and I had to add it as the file was not updated as I wouldn't let it.

    I think the default language allows for several .whatevers.
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    Lightbulb Re: how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    tks i have a question though how do i copy and paste into the grub i know i need to open grub with gksu gedit /etc/default/grub but how do i copy the background into grub as root. tks

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    Re: how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    Try this for the copy and paste (didn't read the link but don't understand what you are doing):
    Code:
    gksudo nautilus

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    Re: how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    Quote Originally Posted by rburkartjo View Post
    tks i have a question though how do i copy and paste into the grub i know i need to open grub with gksu gedit /etc/default/grub but how do i copy the background into grub as root. tks
    You are just dumping the image into /boot/grub. Yup, in with everything else. It does need the name "desktop-grub.<your preference> or you need to change the line in your /etc/default/grub to match the name you choose.

    I am, for instance, going to change that to "menu.png". I already have a number of images with that name (menu.png.a, menu.png.b, etc) so that I can quickly change them on a whim or to more appeal to someone I am showing Linux to.

    I will put them in a folder /boot/grub/Holding. I have a habit of using that folder name in several places where changes can be made and I want several pre-made options.
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    Re: how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    This worked on 10.10:

    Open the terminal and run:
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

    Then logout, and you’ll see an Appearance window pop up.
    Change it to how you prefer it, then close it and login as usual.

    When you have logged in after finishing the customizing, run this command
    to prevent the Appearance window from opening at the GDM screen every time.

    sudo unlink /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop

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    Re: how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    Quote Originally Posted by thug777 View Post
    This worked on 10.10:

    Open the terminal and run:
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

    Then logout, and you’ll see an Appearance window pop up.
    Change it to how you prefer it, then close it and login as usual.

    When you have logged in after finishing the customizing, run this command
    to prevent the Appearance window from opening at the GDM screen every time.

    sudo unlink /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop
    That's GDM not Grub.

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    Re: how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    Quote Originally Posted by wojox View Post
    That's GDM not Grub.
    Sorry, i missed that...

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    Re: how to add a background image to the grub boot screen

    Quote Originally Posted by thug777 View Post
    Sorry, i missed that...
    Your answer still works for 11.04 as well.

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