How to fix Plymouth splash?

Niles Rogoff nilesrogoff at
Thu Feb 19 21:48:43 UTC 2015

Try uninstalling plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text and installing

If that doesn't work, after booting for a while try pressing alt+F7,
alt+f6, alt+f1, etc... a few times until something happens. I usually only
have to do that on really old hardware

2015-02-19 15:01 GMT-05:00 John Hupp <ubuntu at>:

>  I'm working with a machine that only booted to a blank/black screen after
> the big batch of updates following installation.  Turns out it runs an
> Intel 815 video chipset, which is not supported by the updated version of
> the Intel driver (Bug 1389904
> <>
> ).
> My repair involved temporarily installing an ATI video card, then in
> Synaptic forcing a downgrade to the original version of
> xserver-xorg-video-intel, and finally locking that version of the package.
> So far the software updater seems to respect that.
> Then I removed the ATI card and successfully booted.
> But collateral damage included a broken plymouth splash screen.  It is now
> a white screen with full-height thin vertical black bars and some
> occasionally recognizable pieces of the expected splash.
> I tried "sudo dpkg-reconfigure plymouth" and that did not fix it.
> Also in /etc/default/grub I un-commented and set GRUB_GFXMODE=1024x768 and
> then "sudo update-grub" but that did not work either.
> Does anyone know how to fix this?
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