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.– gdesilvaApr 26, 2014 at 6:48
Wonderful. It also works with Intel perfectly. Thanks– user284336May 22, 2014 at 20:04
possible duplicate of Enabling Nvidia driver messes up splash screen– Waldir LeoncioMay 27, 2014 at 8:47
Nope, in topics provied by you are outdated informations or missing/not needed to install packages.– NoltAug 25, 2014 at 15:47
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 sudo update-grub
It worked for me in all Ubuntu versions. Give it a try :)
Is this still valid for AMD graphic cards? Jan 28, 2014 at 0:27
Unfortunately I don't have AMD graphic so you need a test by yourself.– NoltJan 30, 2014 at 11:27
Already tested it, it works :) 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. May 3, 2015 at 18:39
1@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. 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– john9983Jul 17, 2016 at 9:12
For some reason, I can not use GPU rendering with Blender (CUDA) as soon as this driver is installed. Aug 3, 2016 at 18:37
Try a newer driver nvidia-367– john9983Sep 19, 2016 at 12:56
1@ByteHamster if I am not mistaken You need to install this package
nvidia-cuda-devto use CUDA. 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! Jul 8, 2017 at 5:40