This tutorial shows how to add a background image to Grub 2 on Ubuntu Maveick and change the resolution.It is very easy that you just need to edit two configuration files and prepared an image you want to use saved in your local disk.

Add Background picture:

First, open a terminal window from Applications -> Accessories menu.Edit “/etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme” file by the command :

sudo gedit /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme

give your login user password and the file opened up.Find this line (it should be line 9)


change “/usr/share/images/desktop-base/moreblue-orbit-grub.png” into the path to your image.In my case,I changed it into “/home/wraith/picture7.jpg”.Save the file.

Note: iIf you want to change the text color,edit the following lines in the same file:


Change resolution:

Now,if you’re not satisfied with the default resolution.Edit “/etc/default/grub” to change the resolution:

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

find this line:


remove the #,and change the line into ( replace 1280×1024 with the resolution you want):


Apply changes:

Finally,don’t forget update grub to apply all changes:

sudo update-grub