Ubuntu 11.04 – Simple tip to change Boot Screen image

Ubuntu 11.04 is already a controversial release mainly beacause of it’s new look & feel.Forget  about critics, if you own a copy of Ubuntu 11.04 , tweak yourself to get rid of unlike features  , for this install utilities like Tweak Ubuntu / Compiz Settings Manager.However  here we share a simple & easy tips/tweak to change the background image of your Boot screen ,mainly the Grub boot.The Grub (Boot Screen) in the new Ubuntu 11.04 is purple in color which is disliked by many Ubuntu users and is quite plain and boring. This  scenario  can be changed by adding a  new Grub background image.  Here are the steps to change the background on grub2 in Ubuntu 11.04.

  1. Open Nautilus (Window /File  Manger) with Root  privileges  by typing this in the terminal:     sudo nautilus
  2.  Now  browse to /boot/grub and paste the new  image (eg.  first.png ) : Note the image must be an  accepted  format for GRUB, like .jpeg, .tga, .png
  3. Then update the Grub in the terminal by:  sudo update-grub
  4.  Then if every thing goes well ,  you  probably  will get an output like this:
    Generating grub.cfg ….
    background image: first.png
  5. Now boot again to see the change.
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Posted on June 21, 2011, in Linux, Tips'n'Tricks. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. The first thing I did after installing Natty was to remove Unity. Unity looks nice but is a little too buggy right now. Sticking to Gnome.

  2. Not working man . sudo update-grub has already taken 5 minutes & it is still working on it.

    • If any error shown pls post as it’s.Since grub has responded , and is showing progress probably it might be due to incorrect image format,.Note the specific allowed image formats and size.
      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
      post any further quest in our discussion forum, http://techtimely.forumotion.net/ [Under Post your threads category] o, so that others might help you.
      Note the below output for us
      [sudo] password for xxxuser:
      Generating grub.cfg …
      Found background image: canary.jpg
      Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.39-0-generic
      Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.39-0-generic
      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/sda1
      done
      Reply to as if done .

      • Thank you. This helped out a lot. Going beyond what you are using it for. sudo update-grub helped me fix a problem with grub (probably a problem with Win7) not displaying its menu when booting after updating 10.04 to 11.04 and dual booting Win7 Ultimate. Very useful and +1 it onto my Google+ Stream to give it a bit more exposure.

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