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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    A new Grub2 screen for Trusty Tahr 14.04:

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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Hi Cavsfan, you were refered to me as the one to possibly help solve my problem, I would like to remove the rectangular border from the grub2 menu. I've done quite a bit of searching, lots of posts on customizing menu but nothing on removing just the border. I have a nice image and the border takes away from it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx in advance.

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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Quote Originally Posted by jnmjr View Post
    Hi Cavsfan, you were refered to me as the one to possibly help solve my problem, I would like to remove the rectangular border from the grub2 menu. I've done quite a bit of searching, lots of posts on customizing menu but nothing on removing just the border. I have a nice image and the border takes away from it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx in advance.
    I have never thought about removing the rectangular border. Let me see what I can find.
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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Quote Originally Posted by Cavsfan View Post
    I have never thought about removing the rectangular border. Let me see what I can find.
    I will look forward to it.
    Also is there a way to align grub menu list to the center? I would be great if we could move the list from the current left to center or right alignment, if the background image demands so.

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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Quote Originally Posted by fantab View Post
    I will look forward to it.
    Also is there a way to align grub menu list to the center? I would be great if we could move the list from the current left to center or right alignment, if the background image demands so.

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    I actually do not see where the rectangular border comes from. Although I can imagine it is used to position the menu items and all that is displayed at boot time. So, if you could remove the border you might have other problems.
    In the past when I have had a nice picture that I wanted to use and it didn't work as well as I had wanted I would either edit the picture via gimp or select another picture for my grub screen.
    You really have to tailor the picture to the grub menu and not vice versa and the font colors as well, e.g. you have to have light font colors for a dark background picture etc.

    If you notice all I have never used are pictures without words; just basic pictures. I also do not see a way to move the menu selections to the middle of the screen.
    In Section 4 there is a Links section that will lead you to additional information about Grub2 and that page has a Links section at the bottom which leads to more Grub information.
    Feel free to research it and good luck!
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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Yeah, even I select background pics with grub menu layout in mind. Also I have my Grub for 3 seconds, and I feel what we have is pretty good.
    I have done my share of research with regards to aligning menu list to center but couldn't find anything interesting, so far.
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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Quote Originally Posted by fantab View Post
    Yeah, even I select background pics with grub menu layout in mind. Also I have my Grub for 3 seconds, and I feel what we have is pretty good.
    I have done my share of research with regards to aligning menu list to center but couldn't find anything interesting, so far.
    The border positioning has to be used to parse down the screen for the placement of everything on there. It becomes scrollable if it gets past the end of your screen.
    I have a big monitor and have rarely seen that but I have seen it. I have my timeout set to 60 seconds because sometimes my mind wanders or I leave the room before I make the selection.
    I have 7 OSs on here and need the time to make up my mind where I'm going lol.
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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    I seem to be having an issue whereby I am unable to update grub. I was instructed to post the original query here to seek further assistance.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2191652

    The command update-grub does not seem to have any affect on the grub menu. Any suggestions on how to proceed?

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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy1701 View Post
    I seem to be having an issue whereby I am unable to update grub. I was instructed to post the original query here to seek further assistance.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2191652

    The command update-grub does not seem to have any affect on the grub menu. Any suggestions on how to proceed?
    Try this: enter in terminal sudo grub-install /dev/sda that is if your grub needs to be on sda, which would be your primary drive, It should just say "installation finished with no errors."
    Then enter sudo update grub and if the output is not right post the output here. I'll see if I can help.

    What does it list when you enter this in terminal?

    grep -e "menuentry " -e "submenu" /boot/grub/grub.cfg | sed 's/^[ \t]*//' | cut -d "'" -f1,2 | nl --starting-line-number=0

    Code:
    cavsfan@cavsfan-MS-7529:~$ grep -e "menuentry " -e "submenu" /boot/grub/grub.cfg | sed 's/^[ \t]*//' | cut -d "'" -f1,2 | nl --starting-line-number=0
         0    menuentry "Precise Pangolin 12.04" {
         1    menuentry "Precise Pangolin 12.04 (Recovery Mode)" {
         2    menuentry "Quantal Quetzal 12.10" {
         3    menuentry "Quantal Quetzal 12.10 (Recovery Mode)" {
         4    menuentry "Raring Ringtail 13.04" {
         5    menuentry "Raring Ringtail 13.04 (Recovery Mode)" {
         6    menuentry "Saucy Salamander 13.10" {
         7    menuentry "Saucy Salamander 13.10 (Recovery Mode)" {
         8    menuentry "Trusty Tahr 14.04" {
         9    menuentry "Trusty Tahr 14.04 (Recovery Mode)" {
        10    menuentry "Linux Mint 13 Nadia" {
        11    menuentry "Linux Mint 13 Nadia (Recovery Mode)" {
        12    menuentry "Windows 7" {
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    Re: How to have a custom Grub2 menu that is maintenance free

    Output of each commad is below.

    Code:
    $  grep -e "menuentry " -e "submenu" /boot/grub/grub.cfg | sed 's/^[ \t]*//' | cut -d "'" -f1,2 | nl --starting-line-number=0
         0  menuentry 'Kubuntu
         1  submenu 'Advanced options for Kubuntu
         2  menuentry 'Kubuntu, with Linux 3.11.0-14-generic
         3  menuentry 'Kubuntu, with Linux 3.11.0-14-generic (recovery mode)
         4  menuentry 'Kubuntu, with Linux 3.11.0-12-generic
         5  menuentry 'Kubuntu, with Linux 3.11.0-12-generic (recovery mode)
         6  menuentry "Windows UEFI bkpbootmgfw.efi" {
         7  menuentry "Windows Boot UEFI loader" {
         8  menuentry "EFI/toshiba/Boot/bootmgfw.efi" {
         9  menuentry "Windows Boot Manager (UEFI on /dev/sda2)" --class windows --class os {
        10  menuentry 'System setup

    Code:
    $ sudo grub-install /dev/sda
    BootCurrent: 0004
    Timeout: 2 seconds
    BootOrder: 0004,2003,2001,2002
    Boot0002* EFI Network 0 for IPv6 (00-8C-FA-72-E4-4B) 
    Boot0003* EFI Network 0 for IPv4 (00-8C-FA-72-E4-4B) 
    Boot0004* Windows Boot Manager
    Boot2001* EFI USB Device
    Boot2002* EFI DVD/CDROM
    Boot2003* EFI Network
    BootCurrent: 0004
    Timeout: 2 seconds
    BootOrder: 0000,0004,2003,2001,2002
    Boot0002* EFI Network 0 for IPv6 (00-8C-FA-72-E4-4B) 
    Boot0003* EFI Network 0 for IPv4 (00-8C-FA-72-E4-4B) 
    Boot0004* Windows Boot Manager
    Boot2001* EFI USB Device
    Boot2002* EFI DVD/CDROM
    Boot2003* EFI Network
    Boot0000* kubuntu
    Installation finished. No error reported.
    Code:
    $ sudo update-grub
    Generating grub.cfg ...
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-14-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-14-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-12-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-12-generic
    Found Windows Boot Manager on /dev/sda2@/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi
    Adding boot menu entry for EFI firmware configuration
    done

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