Any answers which I have read so far on how to disable the boot splash work by enabling text messages.

However I'd like to have a completely black screen until the login screen. Is it possible to disable both the boot splash and messages during boot?

  • Uncomment this line #GRUB_TERMINAL=console then run sudo update-grub Sep 27, 2014 at 18:14
  • @KasiyA Thanks, but this does not seem to alter the boot. I still see either the boot splash or the messages. Sep 28, 2014 at 7:18

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Edit /etc/default/grub using your favourite editor (sudo nano or gksudo gedit) and change




Then run:

sudo update-grub

If GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX is set, you might have to remove splash there as well.

  • Thanks. I have set the following: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" and I did run sudo update-grub. But the text messages are still there. Sep 27, 2014 at 16:50
  • @king_julien quiet suppresses a lot of output, but not all. You can try redirecting the output to another TTY: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="console=tty12".
    – muru
    Sep 27, 2014 at 16:52
  • Sorry to disappoint again, but this doesn't work for me :( Sep 27, 2014 at 17:44
  • Can you show some example of what output you do get?
    – muru
    Sep 27, 2014 at 17:50
  • I made a video of the boot sequence: dropbox.com/s/iq4009pu6zuiy5j/… And here's a copy of /etc/default/grub pastebin.com/r6A3TTG3 Sep 28, 2014 at 7:26

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