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How to fix black splash screen or broken splash screen after installation of nvidia proprietary drivers in Ubuntu (it happens usually in all Ubuntu releases)? It's no matter what version of nvidia drivers I install bug is always present.

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Works OK but in my case, GeForce 7300 LE, I had to drop down the colour depth to 16 - ie. 1280x1024x16 instead of 1280x1024x24 as the latter gave a poor resolution on the plymouth screen. –  gdesilva Apr 26 '14 at 6:48
Wonderful. It also works with Intel perfectly. Thanks –  user284336 May 22 '14 at 20:04
possible duplicate of Enabling Nvidia driver messes up splash screen –  Waldir Leoncio May 27 '14 at 8:47
Nope, in topics provied by you are outdated informations or missing/not needed to install packages. –  Nolt Aug 25 '14 at 15:47

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This is soultion how to fix no splash screen in Ubuntu after nvidia proprietary driver installation. It's no matter what Ubuntu version you use, it should work anyway.

Open your terminal and type

sudo apt-get install v86d


sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Find this line


and chagne for this one (of course choose your resolution)


Save file and type in terminal

echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
sudo update-initramfs -u
sudo update-grub2

It's worked for me in all Ubuntu versions.
Give it a try :)

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Is this still valid for AMD graphic cards? –  João André Jan 28 '14 at 0:27
Unfortunately I don't have AMD graphic so you need a test by yourself. –  Nolt Jan 30 '14 at 11:27
Already tested it, it works :) –  João André Jan 30 '14 at 20:26

If the above solution does not work, check that the $vt_handoff is used in the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file

In the file, search the line beginning with :

linux   /boot/vmlinuz ...

in the appropriate section of the boot menu (e.g. first occurrence of this line if you want to restore splash screen for the first grub menu boot option) and make sure that this line ends with

... quiet splash $vt_handoff

Here is the example in my case (commented line replaced by second line), replace the xxxx by the existing UUID of the boot partition :

#   linux   /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic root=UUID=xxxx ro   nmi_watchdog=0
    linux   /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic root=UUID=xxxx ro   quiet splash $vt_handoff
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