I installed Xubuntu-desktop over Ubuntu 11.10 and now when I shutdown my system or start it up, I see Xubuntu's bootsplash screen. Is simply removing the plymouth theme for Xubuntu corrects the problem and brings back default Ubuntu's? I don't want to 'experiment' thereby breaking something during the process.

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Run the following commands

# Select your desired plymouth theme
sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

# Rebuild / update your initramfs with the new theme
sudo update-initramfs -u

If you prefer a graphical tool you can try plymouth manager, it is available via a ppa

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mefrio-g/plymouthmanager
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install plymouth-manager

There are several themes available in the same ppa


plymouth manager

  • OK, this resolved the problem during shutdown but now i don't see anything while the laptop is booting up. Jan 24, 2012 at 14:33

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