I am having trouble with booting my new PC (graphics card), and have to repeatedly change stuff in Grub.

However, GRUB is really really slow. It takes 1 second for each key. And I cannot even queue my input, I literally have to wait 1 second until I can type the next key. This will slow down my whole night by hours.

Is this what Grub should behave like? I am reading things which require to edit grub settings - however, I don't have a running OS at the moment and editing something from GRUB takes N seconds, with N being the number of keystrokes to perform for the change.

Is there a solution? I am trying to install Ubuntu 19.10 by the way.

Update: It may be noteworthy that I have a 4K display. When Grub enters initially, I can see the borders being drawn over the screen, which takes like 1 second. Is that the delay I am seeing for every change?

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    Hey man, I'm having the exact same issue! It started happening after I put the SSD with the OS on it, into my new pc (I didn't update any files). I was quite happy to find that it would just boot, only after a few bootups I started to notice the extreme sluggish performance of GRUB. Maybe it is required to update some GRUB files? Did you find a solution?
    – Elias
    May 24 '20 at 14:30
  • Unfortunately I couldn't solve the issue yet. And I am scared of the moment when I screw up my system and have to go through that procedure again :(. I still believe it could be simply the graphics refresh time, but that is a lot of guessing.
    – Janos
    May 24 '20 at 18:08
  • You could flash a "grub rescue" image onto a USB beforehand, with it you could (if you messed grub up) easily boot into your os and do a reinstall of grub. Actually, doing a reinstall of grub might be what I will be trying if I have the time. It must be some hardware id/driver/interface related thingy.
    – Elias
    May 25 '20 at 7:11
  • It seems to be related to the resolution. /etc/default/grub has an entry GRUB_GFXMODE="1920x1080" (you mileage may vary with the resolution). Increasing it to my actual monitor size made it even slower. BTW this bug is probably about a decade old. ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2310219 bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/grub2/+bug/480159 bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=822123 unix.stackexchange.com/questions/285642/… All seem to be talking about this issue (and that's just the first few hits on google)
    – Elias
    May 25 '20 at 7:47
  • I googled for "grub slow render" enjoy reading through some old threads if you have time lol. And let me know if you figure anything out. (It may also be worth noting that my old PC used an Intel processor and my new one has an AMD one.)
    – Elias
    May 25 '20 at 7:48

Grub seems to have problems with high resolutions on certain systems. Setting grub to use a lower resolution fixed the input lag for me.

To do that edit the grub config file: /etc/default/grub

Look for the line GRUB_GFXMODE and change it to a suitable lower resolution for you system. E.g. in my case:


Finally run update-grub as root to write the config changes.

Note: the resolution you choose must be supported on your system. To check them boot into grub, hit 'c' to get to the grub command line and type videoinfo to list the supported modes.

Ideally change the GFXmode as above so that it includes fallback resolutions if something goes wrong and add 'auto' (the default) at the end of the list. E.g. something like my_preferred_resolution,low_fallback_resolution,auto where each resolution is width x height [x depth]

  • This worked perfectly for me, thank you!
    – Baggers
    Jun 19 at 23:28

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