If I am using the proprietary driver, I don't get a good boot screen.

  • First open the software center

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  • Install v86d

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  • Now Press Alt + F2 and enter gksu gedit

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  • Now click on 'Open' and Press the pencil button .

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  • Now paste /etc/default/grub

  • Now Replace the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" (Line no 11 according to gedit) with

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1280x1024-32,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap (you can replace 1290x1024 with your own resolution .

-Also replace #GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480 (Line 25 according to gedit ) with GRUB_GFXMODE=1280x1024

-Now your grub file looks like this

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  • Save the file .

  • Now click open again and paste /etc/initramfs-tools/modules in the location .

  • Paste uvesafb mode_option=1280x1024-32 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap at the end of the file (again you can replace 1280x1024 with your own resolution) .

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  • Now create a new file and paste FRAMEBUFFER=y and then save the file with the name splash to /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d .

  • Now Open the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and paste this.

    sudo update-grub2 && sudo update-initramfs -u

  • You are done!!



There is also a workaround to make plymouth use framebuffer: http://news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-Fix-the-Big-and-Ugly-Plymouth-Logo-in-Ubuntu-10-04-140810.shtml

  • I wouldn't trust softpedia from my experience.
    – myusuf3
    Aug 5 '10 at 13:27
  • @garbagecollection: Than write some better information. There is enough space here or at the Ubuntu community help wiki (help.ubuntu.com/community)
    – txwikinger
    Aug 5 '10 at 13:52

This depends on your definition of "good".

There is a fallback: usplash and/or xsplash. These should load automatically. They do here on systems where Plymouth doesn't work.

Plymouth requires KMS which is only available on open source drivers (AFAIK). This means if you're running the closed ATI/Nvidia drivers, you'll have an ugly boot experience.

I personally just turn off quiet and splash from the kernel arguments and watch a load of text scroll up the screen. It's only there for a few seconds, lets me know what's going on and it doesn't waste time loading up images.

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