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So I have a clean install of 14.04 lts, and I've installed my nvidia proprietary driver. The boot animation now is just white text on a pink screen and . . . . (4 dots), I don't know why this changed. I tried to remove and install ubuntu plymouth theme but didn't work. Also, I've changed my unity desktop for gnome shell 3.10, and the same happens, just a lot of fugly text over a grey screen.

How do I get a neat ubuntu gnome boot animation or ubuntu?

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I suggest reinstalling package called "plymouth-theme-ubuntu-logo". it's the default plymouth theme used in ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install --reinstall plymouth-theme-ubuntu-logo

Then make sure you are choosing it.

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

Then you will choose one of the installed themes (choose ubuntu-logo):

There are 4 choices for the alternative default.plymouth (providing /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth).

  Selection    Path                                                           Priority   Status
------------------------------------------------------------
  0            /lib/plymouth/themes/numix/numix.plymouth                       100       auto mode
  1            /lib/plymouth/themes/numix/numix.plymouth                       100       manual mode
* 2            /lib/plymouth/themes/solar/solar.plymouth                       10        manual mode
  3            /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu-logo-scale-2.plymouth   99        manual mode
  4            /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu-logo.plymouth           100       manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 

Then save changes

sudo update-initramfs -u

Reboot, and check if it was solved

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  • nope, didn't work :| Nov 28 '14 at 5:04
  • Make sure you don't have remnants of old kernels, as these can cause update-initramfs -u to fail while updating certain boot elements. If it gives you errors like "grep: /boot/3.18.0 no such file or directory" then this is likely the cause. Removing old kernel artifacts fixed the issue for me. May 1 '15 at 19:19

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