No grub menu or splash in 11.04 - how to get it back?

NoOp glgxg at
Sat Dec 17 01:28:03 UTC 2011

On 12/16/2011 01:13 PM, Chris Green wrote:
> I have an xubuntu 11.04 installation on an Intel chipset system and,
> between the BIOS splash screens and the GUI login screen there is just
> nothing, no splash screen, no text - nothing!
> This hadn't really troubled me until recently when I was trying to
> investigate what is taking such a long time at boot and I realised that
> I could no longer see the boot sequence.
> I have tried various changes to /etc/default/grub which should make
> *something* appear but there's always nothing.  
> During boot the display tells me that it is seeing a connection but
> that's all, nothing appears.  The Intel display chipset is an i915 I
> think and I'm using an HDMI connection to my monitor.
> Any/all ideas to fix this would be most welcome.


I did a combination of comment #45 and #48:

Solution — still using graphical GRUB menu and also graphical splash
(like #39 and #45) — preferred:
1. Add the following line in /etc/default/grub:
GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=1024x780 # or whatever resolution you want on your
2. Update grub:
sudo update-grub2
3. Create /etc/initramfs-tools/scripts/init-top/load-vesafb (like in
#39) — script attached.
4. echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
5. Then update ramdisk:
sudo update-initramfs -u

That should get you back to a normal boot splash. Then set for text by

$ gksu gedit /etc/default/grub



save the file. Then:

$ sudo update-grub

Note: make sure you have an earlier version of the kernal installed;
that way if the /etc/initramfs-tools/scripts/init-top/load-vesafb give
you issues, you can boot into the older kernel & remove the load-vesafb

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