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I have also tried following these commands:

update-alternatives --display default.plymouth
sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
sudo update-initramfs -u

and these:

sudo rm /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth
sudo ln -s /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu-logo.plymouth /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth

I have also found a wonderful boot animation (Earth-sunrise link http://www.istitutomajorana.it/scarica2/Animazione-Plus8.tar.gz) with a script inside with these commands:

sudo cp -R ~/Animazione-Plus8/Earth-sunrise/ /lib/plymouth/themes/
sudo update-alternatives --install /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /lib/plymouth/themes/Earth-sunrise/Earth-sunrise.plymouth 100
sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
sudo update-initramfs -u

after all the default kubuntu logo didn't change, so I removed all alternatives with this:

sudo update-alternatives --remove-all default.plymouth
sudo update-initramfs -u

but I still have the same logo. I think it's a kde situation. So how can I change that boot animation with that one I got (Earth-sunrise.plymouth)?

edit: it doesn't work for real during ubuntu boot , only virtual boot animation works:/ I have followed all the steps but nothing has changed in boot animation.

I don't know maybe my problem is with ATI driver I have or with grub settings. What is the right configuration of grub I should have? I have also grub customizer installed in my distro maybe I have to change something. this is my /etc/default/grub if it helps: http://paste.ubuntu.com/1587147/

Right now I don't have now boot animation, there only a black screen with some text.

edit2: Ok I found my problem, it's about my gpu (msi 6870 Hawk) and the proprietary ati drivers: I unistalled old 12.8 (even with those the plymouth animation was not working) because I wanted to update my drivers and while I was with open drivers I finally saw the animation on boot, the problem is that I need ati driver and I had to install new 13.1 and infact now plymoth animation doesn't work any more. So is there a way to solve the problem, now that I found what it is about? Thanks

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About the problems with the ATI/AMD drivers: Have you tried the the solution from the /usr/share/doc/plymouth/README.Debian ? –  user26687 Jan 31 '13 at 18:47
    
thanks, it worked, I found the solution, I will post here as answer. –  Frank Feb 1 '13 at 11:36
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  1. Download the Earth-sunrise theme.

  2. Unpack it

  3. Copy the Earth-sunrise folder to /lib/plymouth/themes/Earth-sunrise

  4. Change the distro_logo.png and the distro_name.png

    enter image description here

  5. Add the Earth-sunrise theme to the Plymouth 'alternatives'.

    sudo update-alternatives --install /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth \
    default.plymouth /lib/plymouth/themes/Earth-sunrise/Earth-sunrise.plymouth 50
    
  6. Set the Earth-sunrise theme as the default

    sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
    
    There are 3 choices for the alternative default.plymouth
    (providing /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth).
    
      Selection    Path                                                       Priority   Status
    ------------------------------------------------------------
      0            /lib/plymouth/themes/kubuntu-logo/kubuntu-logo.plymouth     150       auto mode
      1            /lib/plymouth/themes/Earth-sunrise/Earth-sunrise.plymouth   50        manual mode
      2            /lib/plymouth/themes/kubuntu-logo/kubuntu-logo.plymouth     150       manual mode
    * 3            /lib/plymouth/themes/my-plymouth/my-plymouth.plymouth       50        manual mode
    
    Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 1
    update-alternatives: using /lib/plymouth/themes/Earth-sunrise/Earth-sunrise.plymouth to provide /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth (default.plymouth) in manual mode.
    
  7. Update the initramfs

    sudo update-initramfs -u
    
  8. Test the theme (install plymouth-x11 Install plymouth-x11)

    • Konsole #1

      sudo plymouthd --debug --tty=`tty` --no-daemon
      
    • Konsole #2

      sudo plymouth show-splash
      

    There are two (malformed) test konsoles.

    enter image description here

    Stopping the test with the command:

    sudo plymouth --quit
    
  9. Reboot

    enter image description here

Seems to work at here.

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Very good answer. Needs upvotes! :) –  gertvdijk Jan 28 '13 at 13:18
    
thanks it's very good, but when I type sudo plymouthd --debug --tty=tty --no-daemon I receive this paste.ubuntu.com/1581635 and nothing happens –  Frank Jan 28 '13 at 13:54
    
@Frank Did you run the sudo plymouth show-splash command in a second terminal? –  gertvdijk Jan 28 '13 at 14:13
    
no second terminal has opened after first command :/ –  Frank Jan 28 '13 at 14:19
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@Frank No of course not, you'll have to do that yourself. –  gertvdijk Jan 28 '13 at 14:22
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Solved the problem with ati drivers and plymouth by appending this line to /etc/default/grub

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

append this line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1280x1024-24, mtrr=3, scroll=ywrap"

for me the resolution "1280x1024-24" is ok, you could try others.

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