I installed Ubuntu 14.04 server on a box and then turned that box into a normal desktop installation with the installation of packages like ubuntu-desktop. Everything is working fine except the boot sequences: instead of the normal graphical loading animation I see the output of startup services in the text console before the graphical login manager is launched.

I suppose that the default Ubuntu installation writes somewhere "...and use the graphical boot animation", while the installer of the server version does not.

How can I manually set the boot sequence to avoid the text console and use the boot splash screen?


Open the file /etc/default/grub in an editor as root. Add the arguments quiet splash to the line

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="some other arguments"

so it will look like

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="some other arguments quiet splash"

Then save, exit and run sudo update-grub to include these changes into the bootloader.

  • tried this approach in 18.04 but didn't help. "quiet splash" options were present in 'grub' file by default. – Sneg Jan 31 '20 at 13:00

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