I know this has been asked but on slightly different terms. I would like to remove it so that I can see the code behind. Not one off but every time it is shutdown and started. Thaknk you in advance.


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I recommend just editing your /etc/default/grub.





Remember to update grub afterward with sudo update-grub at the command line.

Comment: Originally, I put GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text". Note this will end your boot process at the command line. After (possibly) having to login with username and password, startx at the prompt will start up your usual GUI.

  • This made my Ubuntu loose all the x GUI not the splash. Apr 11, 2012 at 19:53
  • @Luke I'm glad it helped. I hope you didn't run into a problem like the others. See my revised answer. Apr 11, 2012 at 23:24
  • @erdemkeren See my edited answer if you need to get back into the GUI. Alternatively, you can edit your grub again using the nano editor, which is a friendly console-based editor. Apr 11, 2012 at 23:37
  • No problem about recovering. Just wanted to inform others. Thanks for reply. Apr 12, 2012 at 21:58

For a single boot process, you can interrupt Grub e (edit), move the cursor to the kernel you want to start, e edit the line with the kernel and remove the

splash quiet

or change them to

nosplash noquiet

A persistent solution would be to modify your /boot/grub/menu.lst file from:

kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-39-generic root=UUID=01-cafe ro quiet splash locale=de_DE


kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-39-generic root=UUID=01-cafe ro locale=de_DE

(your locale might vary). After installing a new kernel, the new one will again have the default settings. Modify in /etc/default/grub




if you have such a file. See

info grub 

on how to change your grub settings in general. There is a graphical customize for grub: https://launchpad.net/grub-customizer but I haven't tested it.

  • menu.lst is gone a very long time ago...
    – enzotib
    Apr 11, 2012 at 5:41
  • @enzotib: menu.lst is present in 10.04, the current LTS version of (X/K)ubuntu. It isn't gone, and it isn't gone long ago. Apr 11, 2012 at 9:50
  • @userunknown: from Grub2: "GRUB 2 is the default boot loader and manager for Ubuntu since version 9.10 (Karmic Koala)". Maybe you have chosen to stay with grub legacy.
    – enzotib
    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:56
  • @enzotib: Afaik, with Grub2 the way the menu.lst file is modified has changed, but the file is still in use. I'm always updating my Linux installation and my /etc/grub.d dir is from 4.2010. The 20_memtest86+ file therein contains the note: older versions of grub2 do not have this yet (LP: #459080) so my impression is, that I'm using a kind of grub2. /etc/grub.d wasn't there with the former grub. Apr 11, 2012 at 16:44

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