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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fix Plymouth Splash Screen In Ubuntu On GRUB and BURG

For those who have experienced an ugly Plymouth screen when booting into Ubuntu, there are plenty of fixes and scripts out there that are proven to fix the resolution but there are a few who still struggle with fixing it.

The following procedure will help you to fix the ugly resolution by editing GRUB and BURG, yes BURG affects the Plymouth as well.

First, open terminal then input:

sudo apt-get install v86d hwinfo

After the installation run in terminal:

sudo hwinfo --framebuffer

*take note of the highest resolution that your display can support when running Plymouth.

Still in terminal:

gksu gedit /etc/default/grub

*this will bring up the text editor for GRUB configuration.

On the text editor find the line:



GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1024x768-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap"

then find the line that says:


and change it into:


save and exit.

*replace the resolution with the highest resolution that your display supports as listed in hwinfo --framebuffer.

Still in terminal input:

gksu gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules

*this will again bring you a text editor.

Scroll to the end of the page and insert:

uvesafb mode_option=1024x768-24 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap

save and exit.

Type in terminal:

echo FRAMEBUFFER=y sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash

sudo update-grub

sudo update-initramfs -u

This will fix the resolution when you have GRUB.

To fix the resolution when you are using BURG, just do the above steps again but replacing grub with burg.  This will fix the Plymouth when you have BURG installed as your boot menu.


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Jani said...

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mikeymop said...

My card supported a lower resolution than my monitor, when I followed this even though I set 14k resolution my computer was stuck at 1280x800 when I rebooted. I opened terminal and removed everything but 'quiet splash' in burg.cfg and removed the entry in initramfs, ran the last three terminal commands to update everything and rebooted.

I now have my full 1600x1050 desktop resolution and Plymouth and Burg both went through fine at 1440x900. Thanks for the guide, it at least gave me the idea of what I had to do, if anyone else runs into this problem try doing that I did.

Thorsten said...

I'm using Kubuntu 13.10 which does not seem to know HWINFO:

sudo apt-get install v86d hwinfo

Paketlisten werden gelesen... Fertig
Abhängigkeitsbaum wird aufgebaut.
Statusinformationen werden eingelesen.... Fertig
Paket hwinfo ist nicht verfügbar, wird aber von einem anderen Paket
referenziert. Das kann heißen, dass das Paket fehlt, dass es abgelöst
wurde oder nur aus einer anderen Quelle verfügbar ist.

E: Für Paket »hwinfo« existiert kein Installationskandidat.

Anonymous said...

@Thorsten: (K/L/X)Ubuntu 13.10 doesnt have hwinfo anymore. In the grub menu, press "c" for the grub console and enter "vbeinfo". That lists the vesa modes like hwinfo did.

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