Quickzi: Get rid of the Ubuntu splash screen during boot

Ubuntu Boot Screen

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the Ubuntu splash screen during the boot process? You know, the screen that has the orange progress bar and the Ubuntu logo. You may want to see if anything is failing during the boot process, or you may just want to see exactly what takes place behind the scenes. If you’re curious, theres a quick and easy way to get rid of it.

Get rid of the Ubuntu Splash screen temporarily:

  1. Reboot your computer
  2. Hit “Esc” when prompted in order to enter the GRUB menu.
  3. Select the proper kernel and hit the letter “e” to edit.
    Ubuntu Grub Menu
  4. Arrow down to the Kernel line, and hit the letter “e” again.
    Ubuntu Grub Menu
  5. You should see the last few words in the line. Remove the words “quiet splash” and hit enter.
    Ubuntu Grub Menu
  6. Hit the letter “b” to boot the kernel without the Ubuntu splash screen. Below is what it will look like.
    Ubuntu Grub Menu

Get rid of the Ubuntu Splash screen permanently:

  1. From the command line, edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst file. Near the bottom of the file, you will find some lines similar to this:

    title Ubuntu 7.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=xxxx ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic

  2. Change the above to look like this:

    title Ubuntu 7.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=xxxx ro
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic

  3. Save the file and exit.


14 thoughts on “Quickzi: Get rid of the Ubuntu splash screen during boot

  1. I’ve got an easier way, install Ubuntu 7.10 released last week on a laptop or computer with a monitor that doesn’t support 1280×1024 and watch as it has absolutely no boot splash ;) It’s a nasty bug and I’m wondering if it’s been solved yet! Good instructions otherwise.

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  3. Quick Question. I’m a proud newbie. Is the command line referenced before in the boot screen or are we talking about the text editor?

  4. Brian,

    The command line referenced in the section under “Get rid of the Ubuntu Splash screen permanently” is after booting, via a text editor.

    The stuff prior is from hitting “Esc” during boot up.

    Hope that helps.

  5. Totally Helps. Actually led me to dig deeper into how to run commands. I changed myself to an administrator by logging in as root. The rest is history. Boot time is now about a minute, and I’ll see if I can improve on it. Thanks for the help Adam. I’m loving Linux. Smooth and Sweet

  6. I am using a custom grub splash screen and would like to remove the grub instructions, “use arrow keys to select…etc” that appears near the bottom of the boot menu. Where does this message come from (don’t see it in menu.lst) and how do I get rid of it but not the grub boot list?

  7. Hi Fred,

    The instructions you are referring to are contained in the binary file /boot/grub/stage2. You could try grabbing the source of Grub and rebuilding by removing those lines, or perhaps removing them directly from the binary file may work. I haven’t tested this, so use caution.

    Hope this helps!


  8. Adam,

    Thanks for the info – that puts me on the right track…I’ve looked at stage2 and can see the text I want to get rid of. Too bad this is a binary file. It would be nice to have a text file for easy configuration.


  9. Ah thanks, much better now (call me crazy, but I like to see what I’m waiting for instead of staring at some logo)

  10. Beautiful – had been trying to track down why Squid was taking so long to start and needed to get back to the old skool and monitor startup scripts. This sorted it perfectly for me. Thanks chief.

  11. Just had (a week’s worth) of problems booting a new install of 10.4. Found the file /boot/grub/grub.cfg with the “quiet splash” option (in several places), removed them all and it now boots properly. Thanks for the ‘lead’ for the fix.

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