Fixing Plymouth (boot splash) in Ubuntu 10.10 aka. Maverick Meerkat

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If you’ve recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 and have installed Nvidia and/or ATI drivers — or installed ubuntu under emulation — you’ll end up with a (butt) ugly splash screen. In my case under parallel 6.0 I ended up with a text boot screen that just read “Ubuntu 10.10″……Ughhh. Here is a quick tutorial on how to get a nice splash restored. This procedure also works in 10.04. Keep in mind that I’m doing everything with 1280×1024 screen size. your mileage might vary (ie: you might want 1024×768). You’ll need to get a terminal session opened for this:

  • Get the nice splash screen installed
    sudo apt-get install v86d
  • Edit your grub config file and add the following
    sudo vi /etc/default/grub
  • Look for this line:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
  • and replace it with this (note: 1280×1024 screen res…..your mileage might vary):
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1280x1024-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap"
  • Still in the same file look for this line:
    #GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480
  • and replace it with this (note: 1280×1024 screen res…..your mileage might vary):
    GRUB_GFXMODE=1280x1024

Your /etc/default/grub file should look like this once you’re done (partial screenshot):

  • Save the file and issue the following command to start editing /etc/initramfs-tools/modules file:
    sudo vi /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
  • The file should be mostly commented out. At the end of the file insert the following line (note: 1280×1024 screen res…..your mileage might vary):
    uvesafb mode_option=1280x1024-24 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap

Your /etc/initramfs-tools/modules file should look like this once you’re done:

  • Save the file and issue the following command:
    echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
  • Finally issue the following two command to update grub:
    sudo update-grub2
    sudo update-initramfs -u

Reboot and Enjoy :-)

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