How to Fix Ubuntu Boot Splash Screen after GRUB updates

1. The mystery of the missing boot splash screen

For many years now - on almost all computers that I have installed Ubuntu on - Plymouth, the graphical boot splash screen in Ubuntu stops working after the first install or update of GRUB.

It is all due to a little variable called $vt_handoff in the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file that blacklists my graphic cards and decides wrongly that I am not allowed to see a graphical boot screen. 

Simply edit the grub.cfg file and remove all $vt_handoff references in the code.

sudo gedit /etc/grub/grub.cfg

2. The BASH script to fix the issue again and again

  • Here is also a short bash script to do the job.
  • Below is the contents of the attached file. You can download the script and use every time after a update / upgrade.
  • After saving the file be sure to make the file executable by using chmod +x
#! /bin/bash
# Fix Ubuntu Plymouth Boot Splash 
# if entry exists for $vt_handoff use sed to search and replace
# write to tmp file - move to original 

checkVT=$(grep -c "\$vt_handoff" /boot/grub/grub.cfg)

if [ ! "$checkVT" -eq "0" ] 
     echo "> Found vt_handoff removing ..."
     sudo sed 's/$vt_handoff//g' /boot/grub/grub.cfg > /tmp/.grub.cfg
     sudo mv /boot/grub/grub.cfg /boot/grub/grub.cfg.backup
     sudo mv /tmp/.grub.cfg /boot/grub/grub.cfg

echo "> Done"


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