StartUp Manager – change settings in Grub, Grub2 and Usplash

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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 apt-get 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

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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37 Responses

  1. hothot says:

    Damned, in Ubuntu 10.10, startupmanager 1.9.13-5 doesn’t shown half of the tabs & settings ???

  2. Jeffer says:

    AND using ESC to enter the boot menu doesn’t seem to work DO NOT SET timeout to 0-sec

  3. pablo_79 says:

    hola me servio para solucionar el problema de inicio de “Frecuencia fuera de margen” en el monitor que no me dejaba ver el grub para las opciones de los distintos sistemas operativos.

    sudo apt-get install startupmanager
    en terminal startupmanager
    pantalla 800 x 600 colores en 8bit por defecto
    avanzado/ 800 x 600


  4. Colin says:

    Using Ubuntu, When I do “sudo apt-get install startupmanager” I’m told:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    menu startupmanager
    0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
    Need to get 536kB of archives.
    After this operation, 3,084kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
    menu startupmanager
    Install these packages without verification [y/N]? y
    Err karmic/universe menu 2.1.41ubuntu1
    404 Not Found [IP: 80]
    Err karmic/universe startupmanager 1.9.12-1ubuntu1
    404 Not Found [IP: 80]
    Failed to fetch 404 Not Found [IP: 80]
    Failed to fetch 404 Not Found [IP: 80]
    E: Unable to fetch some archives.

  5. Anonymous says:

    When I typed:
    “sudo apt-get install startupmanager”
    The Terminal said the package did not exist.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am running Linux Mint which is meant to be based on Ubuntu.

  7. Chuck says:

    I only see “Boot Options” and “Advanced” tabs… Debian Wheezy.

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