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I know this has been asked but on slightly different terms. I would like to remove it so that I can see the code behind. Not one off but every time it is shutdown and started. Thaknk you in advance.

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I recommend just editing your /etc/default/grub.





Remember to update grub afterward with sudo update-grub at the command line.

Comment: Originally, I put GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text". Note this will end your boot process at the command line. After (possibly) having to login with username and password, startx at the prompt will start up your usual GUI.

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Thank you so much. Just what i wanted. –  Luke Apr 11 '12 at 6:10
This made my Ubuntu loose all the x GUI not the splash. –  Hilmi Erdem KEREN Apr 11 '12 at 19:53
@Luke I'm glad it helped. I hope you didn't run into a problem like the others. See my revised answer. –  Chan-Ho Suh Apr 11 '12 at 23:24
@erdemkeren See my edited answer if you need to get back into the GUI. Alternatively, you can edit your grub again using the nano editor, which is a friendly console-based editor. –  Chan-Ho Suh Apr 11 '12 at 23:37
No problem about recovering. Just wanted to inform others. Thanks for reply. –  Hilmi Erdem KEREN Apr 12 '12 at 21:58

For a single boot process, you can interrupt Grub e (edit), move the cursor to the kernel you want to start, e edit the line with the kernel and remove the

splash quiet

or change them to

nosplash noquiet

A persistent solution would be to modify your /boot/grub/menu.lst file from:

kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-39-generic root=UUID=01-cafe ro quiet splash locale=de_DE


kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-39-generic root=UUID=01-cafe ro locale=de_DE

(your locale might vary). After installing a new kernel, the new one will again have the default settings. Modify in /etc/default/grub




if you have such a file. See

info grub 

on how to change your grub settings in general. There is a graphical customize for grub: https://launchpad.net/grub-customizer but I haven't tested it.

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menu.lst is gone a very long time ago... –  enzotib Apr 11 '12 at 5:41
Thank you for your replies.. –  Luke Apr 11 '12 at 6:21
@enzotib: menu.lst is present in 10.04, the current LTS version of (X/K)ubuntu. It isn't gone, and it isn't gone long ago. –  user unknown Apr 11 '12 at 9:50
@userunknown: from Grub2: "GRUB 2 is the default boot loader and manager for Ubuntu since version 9.10 (Karmic Koala)". Maybe you have chosen to stay with grub legacy. –  enzotib Apr 11 '12 at 12:56
@enzotib: Afaik, with Grub2 the way the menu.lst file is modified has changed, but the file is still in use. I'm always updating my Linux installation and my /etc/grub.d dir is from 4.2010. The 20_memtest86+ file therein contains the note: older versions of grub2 do not have this yet (LP: #459080) so my impression is, that I'm using a kind of grub2. /etc/grub.d wasn't there with the former grub. –  user unknown Apr 11 '12 at 16:44

Me too: I wanted to see the running text instead of the splash. But changing in grub "quiet splash" to "text" went bad: the system bootet till it stopped as terminal. The whole graphic desktop didn't show up anymore. Also gedit was not possible to start as it has a graphic ui. I had to boot again and choose in the grub menu "recovery mode". Then it was possible to start in a low resolution at least. I could change grub into "quiet splash" again and now I have my former situation again It is almost a panic situation for me if the graphic does't apear anymore. Even via terminal you cannot start programs anymore with have graphic user interfaces. So be carefull changing your grub!!!

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I'm sorry about this. I fixed my comment..."text" puts you into the command line, just "" (empty option) works, and yes, I tested that myself :-). Hopefully two helpful comments: 1) Use nano (console-based editor) if you ever get stuck without the GUI 2) if you get put into a console login, try the command startx and see if it starts up X windows (in this case, it would have done that). –  Chan-Ho Suh Apr 11 '12 at 23:19

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