I updated to 10.10 from 10.04 -however not with a clean install but with online update. Since then at shutdown some console texts appear (next to the red spot representing the shutdown steps). Im using the nvidia driver from nvidia.com. Can you suggest something?
This is not normal and looks like to be related to an issue with the proprietary Nvidia/ATI drivers.
Normally, during boot and shutdown Ubuntu is supposed to display a high-res Ubuntu logo and not show any text at all.
However, with Lucid Lynx and the recent Maverick Meerkat something changed that this does not work anymore for certain configurations.
For me, using the free open source driver this works as expected. However, using the proprietary AMD fglrx driver, both, the boot screen and the shutdown screen are replaced by ugly, low-res text.
This does not impact any functionality, but is just a cosmetic thing, which is hopefully attended to and fixed soon.
It seems like I have found a solution for this problem when using the ATI driver fglrx.
Install the package
apt-get install startupmanager.
Run it with
gksudo startupmanager or by selecting
Boot Options tab select the desired (high) resolution and color depth (24 bits). Check the box
Show Boot Splash, uncheck the box
Show text during boot.
Close and reboot. Now you should see the boot splash screen instead of the text during boot up and shut down.
This solved the problem for me.
NOTE: This might not solve the problem for people using the Nvidia graphics driver.
i've also noticed that when using the proprietary graphics drivers on my system, it seems to interfere with the boot/shutdown splash page. it's not really a functionality problem, but if it bothers you you could file a bug or remove the nvidia driver (my system works quite well without it, as good support is provided by the kernel).