How to fix black or broken plymouth (splash screen) after installation of nvidia proprietary drivers in Ubuntu (it happens usually in all Ubuntu releases)? It's no matter what version of nvidia drivers I install bug is always present.

  • Works OK but in my case, GeForce 7300 LE, I had to drop down the colour depth to 16 - ie. 1280x1024x16 instead of 1280x1024x24 as the latter gave a poor resolution on the plymouth screen.
    – gdesilva
    Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 6:48
  • Wonderful. It also works with Intel perfectly. Thanks
    – user284336
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 20:04
  • possible duplicate of Enabling Nvidia driver messes up splash screen Commented May 27, 2014 at 8:47
  • Nope, in topics provied by you are outdated informations or missing/not needed to install packages.
    – Nolt
    Commented Aug 25, 2014 at 15:47

3 Answers 3


Here is a solution to address the problem of no plymouth (splash screen) in Ubuntu after an nVidia proprietary driver installation. It doesn't matter what Ubuntu version you use, it should work anyway.

Open your terminal and type

sudo apt-get install v86d


sudo -H gedit /etc/default/grub

Find this line


and change for this one (of course choose your resolution)


Note: You can try GRUB_GFXMODE=1440x900x24, but beware of specifying the color depth. You must specify a supported value. If does not work then rather delete it. More information in the manual.

Also note: older Nvidia graphics cards require the GRUB_GFXMODE property in the format <width>x<height>-<depth> (e.g. 1920x1200-24, but not 1920x1200x24).

Save file and type in terminal

echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
sudo update-initramfs -u
sudo update-grub

It worked for me in all Ubuntu versions. Give it a try :)

  • Is this still valid for AMD graphic cards? Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 0:27
  • Unfortunately I don't have AMD graphic so you need a test by yourself.
    – Nolt
    Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 11:27
  • Already tested it, it works :) Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 20:26
  • This solution only partially works for me on Ubuntu GNOME 15.04. I have a 1600x900 display, and an Nvidia Geforce GT 620. After following the steps here, the splash shows for a few seconds, then the screen goes black and only the animated dots show before the screen goes black again. Commented May 3, 2015 at 18:39
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    @janoChen The solution still only partially works but I'm fine with it. I've heard that it's an issue with my graphics card being low-end so not getting as much driver support. Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 4:21

If the above solution does not work, check that the $vt_handoff is used in the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file

In the file, search the line beginning with :

linux   /boot/vmlinuz ...

in the appropriate section of the boot menu (e.g. first occurrence of this line if you want to restore splash screen for the first grub menu boot option) and make sure that this line ends with

... quiet splash $vt_handoff

Here is the example in my case (commented line replaced by second line), replace the xxxx by the existing UUID of the boot partition :

#   linux   /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic root=UUID=xxxx ro   nmi_watchdog=0
    linux   /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic root=UUID=xxxx ro   quiet splash $vt_handoff

Nvidia proprietarty drivers doesn't support KMS, until recently. KMS is required for plymouth (splash screen) to work. It is a Nvidia problem (not ubuntu canonical). I would recommend leaving it like that (it doesn't affect your daily usage) and wait for nvidia 364.12 or newer in the Ubuntu repository. With nvidia 364.12 plymouth works.

If you are impatient, you can use this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-364
  • this answer is intended for new ubuntu users
    – john9983
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 9:12
  • For some reason, I can not use GPU rendering with Blender (CUDA) as soon as this driver is installed. Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 18:37
  • Try a newer driver nvidia-367
    – john9983
    Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 12:56
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    @ByteHamster if I am not mistaken You need to install this package nvidia-cuda-dev to use CUDA. Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 23:35
  • I don't know for sure, but I think the cuda package was installed. Anyway, I later switched to a completely different distro for other reasons (no Plymouth anymore). Thanks for your suggestion anyway! Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 5:40

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