After installing Kubuntu on a Notebook with GeForce Go 6100 graphics card, the tty's were working correctly, but the KDE desktop wouldn't display anything correctly. After installing the nVidia driver using apt-get install nvidia-current as root, the KDE desktop was displayed correctly. But now the TTY's have a very low resolution (the font is about 4x as big as it's supposed to be) and the flashing kubuntu Plymouth-animation was replaced by a text based animation looking like this:

Kubuntu 13.10
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Where the dot's were changing it's color like on Ubuntu (not Kubuntu) bootup.

What happened and how can I fix it?

  • Try changing the plymouth theme. There is a guide here on changing tty. – Wilf Dec 21 '13 at 19:24
  • Both don't have any effect. It's the used screen resolution, not the font size. – s3lph Dec 21 '13 at 19:49
  • I guessed that, but I found it useful on a 1024x600 notebook... You could reinstalling` plymouth`, even though the problem is how it displays it... You might just need to configure it to use nvidia card properly... – Wilf Dec 21 '13 at 19:54
  • And how would I do that if I might ask? – s3lph Dec 21 '13 at 20:03
  • I ran that before and it didn't show any effect – s3lph Dec 21 '13 at 20:06

two things


fix grub resolution:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

Now, locate the line


and change it to this:



add framebuffer:

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

finally, update grub and initramfs:

sudo update-initramfs -u
sudo update-grub

reboot for the changes to take effect

  • source: binarytides.com/ubuntu-fix-nvidia-graphics – mchid Mar 10 '15 at 8:06
  • I have this same issue but I can't get the fix it work. After reboot the resolution is still 640x480. Also when I run sudo update-initramfs-u to get this error: Warning: Not updating LILO; /etc/lilo.conf not found! – Michael Lindman Mar 10 '15 at 9:40
  • @MichaelLindman This is for if you are using the grub2 bootloader. If you are using lilo, you may have to do something else. If you are using grub2 and somehow installed lilo but are not using lilo then you should probably uninstall lilo and then try again. It appears you installed lilo but have not put it to use yet so that's what I would guess here. If you already uninstalled it, maybe try purging or re-installing, then purging lilo and then try to updtae the initramfs again. – mchid Apr 8 '15 at 5:26
  • I solved my issue with the TTY resolution by using the xorg-edgers ppa instead of the drivers downloaded from nvidia.com. Something in the driver configuration must not have been working properly to allow me to set a high resolution on the TTY, Thank you for the response though. – Michael Lindman Apr 8 '15 at 8:31

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