Noob question

Maybe I’m missing something (probably) or maybe I’ve been up 24 hours too long, but where can I change the splash screen for Grub? I’m running OpenSuSE 11 with KDE

Frustrated and tired. Thanks

Scott :\

It isn’t a noob question. :slight_smile: There is a program called KGrubeditor. Install it from this repo: Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Community/openSUSE_11.0_KDE4_Factory_Desktop.
How to add repositories^^: Add Package Repositories to YaST - openSUSE.
Good luck.


Alternatively to that stated above, you can also create from the scratch the splash image used by grub at boot time.
For that, you will have to design your customized picture with a graphic tool that supports the xpm (X PixMap) format, that is the one supported normally by grub for splash pictures.

Gimp is your best bet for that.
Keep in mind that the output image xpm object must meet the following requirements:
-resolution: 640x480
-indexed mode
-Use an optime palette with a maximum of 14 colours, instead of 256.

Then, once you have your picture ready, you must compress it using gzip.

Finally, you have to locate the resulting file in a directory from where grub will fetch it at boot time, normally /boot/grub, and to reference it in the ‘splashimage’ in the general options of the menu.lst grub configuration file.

And you are done. That´s all there is to it.

Reboot and enjoy your new customized boot splash image.

Hope this helps.


I forgot to mention that I’m using KDE 3.5.10

Okay, if you don’t want to install kde4 libraries, then search Applications for your KDE-Desktop - or Webpin for Grub.
carboncore’s hack sounds good :slight_smile: I’ll try it.
Good luck.