Your first question might be "Why bother changing your grub splash screen?" The answer? Why not! Well, actually there are plenty of reasons you might want to change your Grub splash screen. You could be in a company that wants its brand from top to bottom, or you just want your computer to be cool from boot to desktop.
Whatever reason you have for wanting to add a nifty splash screen to Grub, you can. There is no "handy" GUI application for this, so you are going to have to issue a few commands. NOTE: This is something you should undertake ONLY if you know what you are doing. One mistake with Grub and your machine could be rendered unbootable. You've been warned. NOTE: I will show how to do this in both Grub and Grub2
What is the splash screen?
The Grub splash screen is the image you see behind the text as the OS boots. There are certain specifications the splash screen must follow. These specs are:
Fortunately The GIMP can handle all of the above. So the first task is to create your splash screen following the above guidelines. A few tips for creating your own splash images:
After you have created your image, you will need to save the image in /boot/grub, remembering to save it in the .xpm.gz format.
Once you have your image created, the next step is to configure Grub. Open up the file /boot/grub/menu.lst and add the line:
Where splash is the name of the image you want to use and hd0,0 is your boot partition.
Save that file and the next time your boot your machine you will see your new splash image.
For Grub2 the images should follow these rules:
When you have your image created and saved in the proper location, open up the file /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme and look for the line:
You will want to change the explicit path of the image in the line above to the path of your new image. When you have that done, save the file, and issue the command:
The above command will reveal numerous pieces of information, of which one should look like:
Found background image: imagename.tga
Where imagename.tga is the image you are using for your splash screen.
You are now ready to boot Ubuntu and see your special splash screen.
No, it's not going to make you a better user, but it will allow you or your company to show your brand better, or for you to just make your PC all the more customized. Linux is good like that.
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