How to change settings for the bootloader and splash screen in Ubuntu

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StartUp Manager, or SUM, is a gui tool for changing settings in Grub, Grub2 and Usplash.SUM should work with recent versions of Debian and Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu.

StartUp Manager Features


Grub timeout
Default boot title
Number of kernels in bootloader menu
Enable/disable boot option for memtest86
Enable/disable boot option for "rescue mode"
If the default boot option should be automatically updated
Bootup resolution and color depth
Grub menu colors
Grub menu resolution(Grub2 only)
If Splashy should be loaded from initramfs


Rescue floppy

Change visibility of

Grub menu
Grub menu colors
Grub menu background image
Splash screen and boot text

Password protect

Grub menu from editing
"Alternate" boot options
Old boot options


Install/change/remove Grub backgrounds
Install/change/remove Usplash themes
Install/change/remove Splashy themes
Preview Splashy themes

Install StartUp Manager in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install startupmanager

This will complete the installtion

Using StartUp Manager

If you want to open StartUp Manager go to System--->Administration--->Startup-Manager

This will prompt for root password enter and click ok

Startup-manager is loading

Once it open you should see similar to the following screen here you can change boot options screen

If you want to change appearance change on this screen

Security screen

Advanced screen

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17 Responses

  1. nasrullah chinnarassen says:


  2. thien pham says:

    Thanks for your sharing. This site is best of Ubuntu tutorial….
    Best regards,
    thien pham from Viet Nam

  3. cadwmaster says:

    thanks, only one question, who can I add more resolutions to StartUp Manager, because I have a notebook with other resolucion and the manager doesn’t show the correct resolution.

  4. NukieNuggz says:

    Hi there,

    just curious if anyone knows of a good site for bootloader themes? I’ve downloaded several themes from, but for some apparent reason, i wasn’t able to get the themes to work ๐Ÿ™

  5. C. says:


  6. John.St says:


    It doesn’t actually work, but the colors are nice.

    I have 2 x 8.10 installed and the latest installed (a fix-the real thingy install, which ended up on /sda6) starts as default, no matter how I change it in StartUp Manager.

    SUM doesn’t even show my regular UB /sda8

    Setting ‘Last used’ as default doesn’t work either.

    Is SUM an 8.04 only thingy?

  7. dono says:

    hi there,

    could you tell me, why i cant find the Start-Up Manager?

    there is no option for it on my System > Administrator.

    any suggestion?

    thanks before for replying.


  8. admin says:

    Try to logout and login back

  9. John.St says:

    Try System > Preferences > Startup Applications

  10. Dono says:

    thanks before for the feed back of my question.

    i was acctually looked for to change the Boot queue list. because i wanted windows as the default choosen when first boot.

    but the problem already solved. i’ve just need to change the “boot.lst” in the boot folder.

    thanks agains! good day.

  11. truegod says:

    I’ve installed the program, but I have half the features showed above… I was looking for the number of kernels option, but in the advanced tab I’ve got only the bootloader resolution and the “create rescue floppy” button… I don’t have the security tab, nor the “show bootloader menu” field; in the appearance tab I can only choose an upsplash theme…

    I’m running an Ubuntu Karmic 64 bit, just installed and upgraded…

  12. John Stรฅhle says:

    My first try would be

    System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager

    1. Uninstall StartUp Manager
    2. Install StartUp Manager

  13. ryan says:

    Any way to change the boot splash screen on Ubuntu server 10.04 from the terminal?

  14. Smart says:

    Awesome article buddy ๐Ÿ™‚ I love Ubuntu ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. oem says:

    I have the latest start-up manager in Linux Mint 10 and like truegod, I only have two tabs; boot options, and advanced.

  16. mlnease says:

    I have the latest startu-up manager in Natty, and also have only two tabs; boot options, and advanced.

  17. mintdeb says:

    i only have the same option with oem and mineease

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