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I am on 11.04.My Ubuntu splash screen was replaced by Kubuntu after I installed Kubuntu-desktop.I followed the answer of daniel kullmann by mistake in this askubuntu link and I lost splash screen.Now it shows only a blank screen after boot menu until login screen.I entered the other commands from the same post but changed nothing.How can I get back the splash screen back?

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Open the terminal and type:

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

Select the original default and then

sudo update-initramfs -u


If it still doesn't appear then open a terminal and type the following command:

sudo gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash

or this command by Alt+F2

gksu gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash

This file may not exist, so you may be creating it from scratch now. Enter the following content on the file you opened on the previous step:


Close and save the file. Now, run the following command to commit the change:

sudo update-initramfs -u

Reboot and enjoy your Plymouth splash screen.

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I know this is an old post, but for others who need help, here's another way, which worked for me in Ubuntu 12.04 (after I got stuck with the Lubuntu splash):

1) Open a terminal and type gksu gedit

2) Enter your password and press enter

3) Click "File" --> "Open"

4) Click on "File System" and go to /lib/plymouth/themes. Open the file "default.plymouth"

5) Make it so that the file says this:

[Plymouth Theme]
Name=Ubuntu Logo
Description=A theme that features a blank background with a logo.


6) Save the file and exit.

All done!

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Here's an one liner command of the abybaddi009's good answer:

sudo touch /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash && printf "FRAMEBUFFER=y" > /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
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This one liner wont work if /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash is writable only for root, it's better to run: printf "FRAMEBUFFER=y" | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash –  chilicuil Apr 21 '14 at 19:47

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