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LiLChris Gets credit for the idea here.

This thread will be for anyone to post themes they use, or have found, and for users to share tips and help troubleshoot.



Firstly, a description of BURG:

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BURG is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB. It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS, including Linux/Windows/OSX/FreeBSD, etc. It also has a highly configurable menu system which works in both text and graphic mode. Additional features like stream support and multiple input/output device are also planned.

How to install BURG
(from 'OMG!Ubuntu'):

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Add the BURG PPA:-

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bean123ch/burg 
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install burg burg-themes
Install BURG to your Master Boot Record

Install burg to your MBR using the command below. Substitute 'hd0' with an alternative drive if needed.

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sudo burg-install "(hd0)"
Update BURG entries

You MUST run this step or you may be left scratching your head upon reboot when nothing shows up

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sudo update-burg
List of commands - while in BURG

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F1/h - Help
F2/t - Change theme
F3/r - Change resolution
F5/ctrl-x Finish edit
F6 - Next window
F7 - Show folded items
F8 Toggle between text and graphic mode
F9 - Shutdown
F10 - Reboot
f - Toggle between folded and unfolded mode
c - Open Terminal
2 - Open two terminals
e - Edit current command
q - quit graphic mode
i - show theme information
n - Next item with the same class
w - next windows item
u - next ubuntu item
ESC - Exit from window or menu
Useful Links:

BURG on Launchpad
Burg-Manager: a GUI for configuring your BURG loader
List of default BURG themes
Official BURG wiki - Tons of info

Prebuilt packages are available for the following distributions:

-Ubuntu
-Arch (AUR)

Have fun
 

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Originally Posted by TheSubtleKnife
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do they have a way to implement this for a USB drive boot menu?

I used grub4dos to install it =P

BURG permits installation to external devices.

For instance, once BURG is installed on the machine, you write it to the MBR with:

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sudo burg-install "(hd0)"
Just replace 'hd0' with your USB drive identifier I would think. Run 'sudo update-burg' afterwards to check it got the right boot images though.

Another option would be install from Linux on the USB drive.

Back your data up if you try anything. I cant say its 100% accurate.
 

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Don't make your life more difficult. Let it be there. Things can go wrong with Windows and then you have no control, in contrast to linux.

I respect that train of thought, but I am a perfectionist. I wont stop till I get it looking right, and if it breaks, I'll start over.

However, it was quite simple in the end. I ended up revoking execution permissions from the 30_os-prober script in BURG, and used a custom chainloader instead, allowing me to just have the Windows 7 boot.

I also got around to creating a theme:

 

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Originally Posted by LiLChris
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Hmm BURG Manager isn't working for me.
When I open it, I type in my password then nothing happens.


I did get BURG installed properly.

For what its worth, I found it easier doing the work manually rather than relying on BURG-Manager. Swapping themes is as simple as pressing 'T' at the loader screen.
 

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Originally Posted by LiLChris
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Awesome, making my own theme now with custom background.


How did you take a screenshot of your current theme?

Once you have made your customizations, run 'burg-emu' from the terminal.

I used shutter to select only the main parts of the theme for the screenshot.
 

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Hmm doesn't let me change the resolution in the emulator, had to go reboot change it then go back. K everything working now.

List of commands - while in BURG

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F1/h - Help
F2/t - Change theme
F3/r - Change resolution
F5/ctrl-x Finish edit
F6 - Next window
F7 - Show folded items
F8 Toggle between text and graphic mode
F9 - Shutdown
F10 - Reboot
f - Toggle between folded and unfolded mode
c - Open Terminal
2 - Open two terminals
e - Edit current command
q - quit graphic mode
i - show theme information
n - Next item with the same class
w - next windows item
u - next ubuntu item
ESC - Exit from window or menu
 

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Originally Posted by LiLChris
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Hmm doesn't let me change the resolution in the emulator, had to go reboot change it then go back. K everything working now.

List of commands - while in BURG

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F1/h - Help
F2/t - Change theme
F3/r - Change resolution
F5/ctrl-x Finish edit
F6 - Next window
F7 - Show folded items
F8 Toggle between text and graphic mode
F9 - Shutdown
F10 - Reboot
f - Toggle between folded and unfolded mode
c - Open Terminal
2 - Open two terminals
e - Edit current command
q - quit graphic mode
i - show theme information
n - Next item with the same class
w - next windows item
u - next ubuntu item
ESC - Exit from window or menu
Yeah, might be worth adding those to original post
 
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