Editing kernel parameters and removing 'quiet' and 'splash' doesn't bring loading text - I continue seeing black screen with no text. Pressing ESC doesn't magically show anything either. The first thing which is displayed so far - SDDM login screen (Kubuntu here).

/etc/default/grub contents:

$ cat /etc/default/grub
# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
#   info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`

# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries

# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"

I'm not sure which version of GRUB should I report, so instead I'll just list all the GRUB packages that are installed:
  • grub-common 2.02-2ubuntu8.7
  • grub-efi-amd64 2.02-2ubuntu8.7
  • grub-efi-amd64-bin 2.02-2ubuntu8.7
  • grub-efi-amd64-signed 1.93.8+2.02-2ubuntu8.7
  • grub2-common 2.02-2ubuntu8.7

Also if it matters:

  • Video card: nVidia GeForce 980 GTX Ti
  • Video driver: proprietary version 410
  • Kernel: 4.15.0-39
  • 2
    It might help seeing /etc/default/grub contents. Also mention if you ran sudo update-grub after changing the file. Nov 17, 2018 at 16:56
  • @WinEunuuchs2Unix sorry, I should have shared it (updated). I didn't change this file yet - I only edited kernel parameters online when booting.
    – Onkeltem
    Nov 18, 2018 at 9:17
  • You could try: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nosplash" which is subtly different but it might not help. It's could be an issue with video driver on boot and you might need to use: GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480 or some derivative of it. Nov 18, 2018 at 15:44

2 Answers 2


In addition to removing quiet splash from GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT
Uncomment (remove #) from the line: #GRUB_TERMINAL=console.

sudo update-grub

and reboot.


Make sure you don't have plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text package installed. Check if you have it using dpkg -s plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text|grep Status. If exists remove it by apt-get remove plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text.

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