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Lately, booting Ubuntu on my desktop has become seriously slow. We're talking two minutes. It used to take 10-20 seconds. Because of plymouth, I can't see what's going on. I would like to deactivate it, but not really uninstall it. What's the quickest way to do that? I'm using Precise, but I suspect a solution for 11.10 would work just as well.

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Did you try: sudo update-initramfs – mgajda Jun 19 '12 at 0:54

Easiest quick fix is to edit the grub line as you boot.

Hold down the shift key so you see the menu. Hit the e key to edit

Edit the 'linux' line, remove the 'quiet' and 'splash'

To disable it in the long run

Edit /etc/default/grub

Change the line – GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash” to


And then update grub

sudo update-grub
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Removing quiet and splash removes the splash, but I still only have a purple screen with no text. What I want to do, is to see the actual boot messages. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Jan 25 '12 at 22:25
Interesting, it does not behave that way for me. At any rate, you can disable plymouth with sudo mv /etc/init/plymouth.conf /etc/init/plymouth.conf.disabled , move it back when you are done. – bodhi.zazen Jan 25 '12 at 22:32
It shows the boot process messages i want to see on a server, sweet!!! – Frederic Yesid Peña Sánchez Sep 15 '14 at 16:22

How about pressing CTRL+ALT+F2 for console allowing you to see whats going on.. You can go back to GUI/Plymouth by CTRL+ALT+F7.

Don't have my laptop here right now, but IIRC Plymouth has upstart job in /etc/init, named plymouth???.conf, renaming that probably achieves what you want too more permanent manner.

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No, there's nothing on the other consoles. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Jan 25 '12 at 22:22
[Ctrl]+[Alt]+[F2] gave me a black screen with a blinking cursor at the top left, that's all. – Janis Dec 3 '13 at 8:46
[Ctrl]+[Alt]+[F1] you mean – rilut Nov 30 '15 at 3:14

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