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I know there have been solutions for previous versions of Ubuntu, but what is the best way to go about it now?

As an aside, if I have it disabled the splash is fine, but before the login manager shows there is a weird torn up flicker of sorts.

Any help is appreciated.

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possible duplicate of Enabling Nvidia driver messes up splash screen –  Jorge Castro Dec 22 '11 at 23:29

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Instructions for modifying:

/etc/default/grub /etc/initramfs-tools/modules /etc/grub.d/10_linux

As found on: http://paolobernardi.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/fix-plymouth-on-ubuntu-after-installing-nvidia-or-ati-proprietary-drivers-for-ubuntu-11-04-natty/

This did the trick for me. Paolo even includes a script to make it easy.

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Unfortunately. Nvidia does not want to implement KMS in its drivers. For the open source drivers(nouveau): http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1458230

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. Imagine the linked site goes down for maintenance or forever - your answer would become worthless. –  htorque Oct 17 '11 at 8:13

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