After installing NVIDIA’s or ATI’s video card proprietary driver the graphical boot, managed by Plymouth, reverts to an ugly text-only version. Here’s a script to get the graphical boot back.
You just have to download the script, make it executable and run it; you can do this by issuing the following commands at the terminal prompt:
$ cd $ wget http://www.webalice.it/bernardi82/software/fixplymouth-natty $ chmod +x fixplymouth-natty $ ./fixplymouth-natty
HINT: the script will ask you to select a video resolution. I think you’re better off with 1024×768-24, higher resolutions might not work.
NOTE: The script that I’ve described on a previous post works only for Ubuntu 10.04 and Ubuntu 10.10. For the new Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) there’s an additional configuration to change, so I’ve modified the script in order to do that.
Here’s what happens under the hood: the script installs uvesafb and configures Grub and some parameters for the uvesafb kernel module; finally it rebuilds the initramfs image and updates Grub2. This updated version of the script also removes the vt.handoff=7 parameter from Grub’s configuration, here’s an explanation of what it is.