The GUI loads to input the decryption password, but when I type, the characters appear in the top-left of my screen, as though I was typing at a console without a command prompt.

Forcing power-off and rebooting allows access to the grub menu, from recovery mode I can type my decryption password without the GUI, and from recovery, I can resume booting.

  • Same problem on 15.10, kernel 4.2.0-26 – jaywink Jan 21 '16 at 18:37

So you don't have to use recovery mode every time:

  1. Open a console and type the command

    sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
  2. Look for the line with

  3. and change it to

  4. Then update the grub bootloader with the command

    sudo update-grub

tested using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

I have caused the same problem on my own system by using this guide: Fix low resolution grub and splash screen with Nvidia drivers on Ubuntu 14.04, which says:

  1. Edit grub:

  2. and update the bootloader

    sudo update-grub
  3. Then, create a file (named splash)

    sudo nano /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
  4. Fill it with the following line

    echo FRAMEBUFFER=y
  5. and run the command

    sudo update-initramfs -u

I had the same problem with a fresh install of ubuntu 16.04.1

For those who have the same version of ubuntu I can say that you can fix it by doing:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

After the next reboot the password field is focussed an you are able to type your password.

Just performing an usual "sudo apt-get upgrade" will not work!

Hint: For those who are not familiar with "dist-upgrade": It does not upgrade to the next distribution (i.e. ubuntu 16.10). The difference between these two commands is explained here.


While @mat's answer technically worked for my (Kubuntu 17.10) system, it resulted in very poor graphic performance.

The solution that worked better for me was to uncomment the


line of /etc/default/grub, as it kept the boot splash almost as nice as the plymouth one, and more importantly didn't trash my graphic performance.

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