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Update: for a better way of fixing this, see: Script To Fix The Ubuntu Plymouth For Proprietary Nvidia And ATI Graphics Drivers.



Reading the Ubuntu Lucid development forum, I noticed most people can't get the new Plymouth to work with Nvidia proprietary drivers. Some get just some errors, some see just some blue progress bar, etc.

But here is a very easy solution for getting Plymouth working with proprietary Nvidia drivers (and it works in VirtualBox too). Being so easy, I don't understand why they haven't included this tweak in Ubuntu Lucid yet, but I suppose there is a reason behind this so be aware of this before proceeding.

WARNING: Only follow this how-to if you know what you are doing. If you make any mistakes, Ubuntu might not start!


Here is what you have to do to get Plymouth working with proprietary Nvidia drivers:

Step 1: we must edit the /etc/default/grub file.

Open a terminal and paste this:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub


On line #18, uncomment (uncomment = remove the "#" in front of the line( "#GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480" and change the resolution to whatever you want. Here is how it should look:
GRUB_GFXMODE=1024x768


Step 2: edit the /etc/grub.d/00_header file.

sudo gedit /etc/grub.d/00_header


And find the following line: "gfxmode=${GRUB_GFXMODE}" (it's line 103 on my computer) and under it, paste this:
set gfxpayload=keep

Step 3: update Grub 2:

To update the GRUB, simply run the following command:
sudo update-grub


Once you complete the above steps, restart the computer and you should see the nice Plymouth screen like in the screenshot in the beginning of the post.


Update: if this doesn't work for you or your TTYs stop working see the instructions in THIS comment.


Update 2: Softpedia also has a tutorial on fixing Plymouth so you can try that too.

Update: for a better way of fixing this, see: Script To Fix The Ubuntu Plymouth For Proprietary Nvidia And ATI Graphics Drivers.
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