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The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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Q: How to display Splash Image for GRUB menu on boot-up?

  1. Read General Notes
  2. e.g. Assumed that hd0,1 is the location of Ubuntu boot partition
  3. wget -c
    chmod 644 ubuntu.xpm.gz
    sudo mkdir /boot/grub/images
    sudo cp ubuntu.xpm.gz /boot/grub/images/
    sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst_backup
    sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
  4. Find this section
    # menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
    #            grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
    #            grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
    #            and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.
  5. Add the following line below it
    splashimage (hd0,1)/boot/grub/images/ubuntu.xpm.gz
  6. Save the edited file (sample)
The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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