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.
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
1920x1200-24, but not
Save file and type in terminal
echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
sudo update-initramfs -u
It worked for me in all Ubuntu versions. Give it a try :)
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