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I installed kubuntu-desktop and it changed the boot stuff. I fixed the bootsplash with update-alternatives --config all. Now, how can I fix grub's background color?

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Has your question been answered below? If it has, can you please accept the answer! – BrownE Feb 24 '12 at 15:59

Take a look at Grub2 - Ubuntu Community Documentation. The /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme is responsible for the themeing of the Grub. The color and background image if any can be set there.

Here is my copy of the /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme if you do need it, just in case -

set -e

# grub-mkconfig helper script.
# Copyright (C) 2010  Alexander Kurtz <>
# GRUB is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
# GRUB is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with GRUB.  If not, see <>.

# Include the GRUB helper library for grub-mkconfig.
. /usr/lib/grub/grub-mkconfig_lib

# We want to work in /boot/grub/ only.
test -d "${GRUB_PREFIX}"; cd "${GRUB_PREFIX}"

# Set the location of a possibly necessary cache file for the background image.
# NOTE: This MUST BE A DOTFILE to avoid confusing it with user-defined images.

    # Set a monochromatic theme for Ubuntu.
    echo "${1}set menu_color_normal=white/black"
    echo "${1}set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray"

    if [ -e /lib/plymouth/themes/default.grub ]; then
        sed "s/^/${1}/" /lib/plymouth/themes/default.grub

    # Step #1: Search all available output modes ...
    local output
    for output in ${GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT}; do
        if [ "x$output" = "xgfxterm" ]; then

    # ... and check if we are able to display a background image at all.
    if ! [ "x${output}" = "xgfxterm" ]; then
        return 1

    # Step #2: Check if the specified background image exists.
    if ! [ -f "${1}" ]; then
        return 2

    # Step #3: Search the correct GRUB module for our background image.
    local reader
    case "${1}" in
        *.jpg|*.JPG|*.jpeg|*.JPEG) reader="jpeg";;
        *.png|*.PNG) reader="png";;
        *.tga|*.TGA) reader="tga";;
        *) return 3;; # Unknown image type.

    # Step #4: Check if the necessary GRUB module is available.
    if ! [ -f "${reader}.mod" ]; then
        return 4

    # Step #5: Check if GRUB can read the background image directly.
    # If so, we can remove the cache file (if any). Otherwise the backgound
    # image needs to be cached under /boot/grub/.
    if is_path_readable_by_grub "${1}"; then
        rm --force "${BACKGROUND_CACHE}.jpeg" \
            "${BACKGROUND_CACHE}.png" "${BACKGROUND_CACHE}.tga"
    elif cp "${1}" "${BACKGROUND_CACHE}.${reader}"; then
        set -- "${BACKGROUND_CACHE}.${reader}" "${2}" "${3}"
        return 5

    # Step #6: Prepare GRUB to read the background image.
    if ! prepare_grub_to_access_device "`${grub_probe} --target=device "${1}"`"; then
        return 6

    # Step #7: Everything went fine, print out a message to stderr ...
    echo "Found background image: ${1}" >&2

    # ... and write our configuration snippet to stdout. Use the colors
    # desktop-base specified. If we're using a user-defined background, use
    # the default colors since we've got no idea how the image looks like.
    # If loading the background image fails, use the default theme.
    echo "insmod ${reader}"
    echo "if background_image `make_system_path_relative_to_its_root "${1}"`; then"
    if [ -n "${2}" ]; then
        echo "  set color_normal=${2}"
    if [ -n "${3}" ]; then
        echo "  set color_highlight=${3}"
    if [ -z "${2}" ] && [ -z "${3}" ]; then
        echo "  true"
    echo "else"
    set_default_theme "  "
    echo "fi"

# Earlier versions of grub-pc copied the default background image to /boot/grub
# during postinst. Remove those obsolete images if they haven't been touched by
# the user. They are still available under /usr/share/images/desktop-base/ if
# desktop-base is installed.
while read checksum background; do
    if [ -f "${background}" ] && [ "x`sha1sum "${background}"`" = "x${checksum}  ${background}" ]; then
        echo "Removing old background image: ${background}" >&2
        rm "${background}"
done <<EOF
648ee65dd0c157a69b019a5372cbcfea4fc754a5  debian-blueish-wallpaper-640x480.png
0431e97a6c661084c59676c4baeeb8c2f602edb8  debian-blueish-wallpaper-640x480.png
968ecf6696c5638cfe80e8e70aba239526270864  debian-blueish-wallpaper-640x480.tga
11143e8c92a073401de0b0fd42d0c052af4ccd9b  moreblue-orbit-grub.png
d00d5e505ab63f2d53fa880bfac447e2d3bb197c  moreblue-orbit-grub.png
f5b12c1009ec0a3b029185f6b66cd0d7e5611019  moreblue-orbit-grub.png

# Include the configuration of desktop-base if available.
if [ -f "/usr/share/desktop-base/" ]; then
    . "/usr/share/desktop-base/"

# First check whether the user has specified a background image explicitly.
# If so, try to use it. Don't try the other possibilities in that case
# (#608263).
if [ -n "${GRUB_BACKGROUND+x}" ]; then
    set_background_image "${GRUB_BACKGROUND}" || set_default_theme
    exit 0

# Next search for pictures the user put into /boot/grub/ and use the first one.
for background in *.jpg *.JPG *.jpeg *.JPEG *.png *.PNG *.tga *.TGA; do
    if set_background_image "${background}"; then
        exit 0

# Next try to use the background image and colors specified by desktop-base.
if set_background_image "${WALLPAPER}" "${COLOR_NORMAL}" "${COLOR_HIGHLIGHT}"; then
    exit 0

# If we haven't found a background image yet, use the default from desktop-base.
if set_background_image "/usr/share/images/desktop-base/desktop-grub.png"; then
    exit 0

# Finally, if all of the above fails, use the default theme.
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