How to fix Ubuntu Splash Screen 9.04?

Posted on 2009-05-01
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
Hello everybody!

I recently installed Ubuntu Jaunty.  Things are running fine but when I first installed it there were some graphic card issues that I later fixed.

Now when it is booting up and showing the splash screen, it only shows it until about 30% loaded, then it shows the actual prompt commands while the operating system loads.  Anybody know what caused it to stop showing the splash screen the whole way through the OS load process?
Question by:parlays
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    Expert Comment

    Open from root the file /boot/grub/menu.lst and remove all occurencies of the word "quiet". Then reboot and look at the last message before screen switches to terminal, so that you can investigate on which process is causing the problem.
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    Expert Comment

    what is the lowest messange showing up on the bottom of the screen when the splash screen screws?

    Author Comment

    Sweet, thanks I'll try that on tuesday when I get back to my desktop.... maybe I'll drive there today to see what's going on, I'll let you know as soon as I find out.  Appreciate the help fellas!!
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    I had the exact same problem after my Ubuntu (and other Linux distros) had become unbootable and I had to repair Grub.
    In my case it was clear that the drive identifiers (UUIDs) had been messed up somehow, and it turned out that a missing UUID of my swap partition had caused this behaviour. The repair was easy enough.

    Just to make sure that a similar issue may be the cause of your problem, run the following commands in a terminal:
    sudo blkid
    cat /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/resume
    cat /etc/fstab

    Comparing the results of the first command and the two other ones, do you get different number codes for the Swap partition? Or even none at all?

    In that case, here's the easy way to solve this:
    -- sudo fdisk -l (that is a small "L")
    -- write down the device name of your swap partition (sdxx)
    -- sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/
    -- gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    -- browse down to your main Ubuntu start menu entry (it will most likely be the first one in the list; in any case, it's the one with the highest kernel number)
    -- in the "kernel" line, behind "root=/dev/....." insert "resume=/dev/sdxx", replacing sdxx by the device name of your swap partition
    -- save, exit and reboot.

    There is also a more complicated solution which recreates the swap UUID described here:
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    Expert Comment

    Hi parlays,

    so what happened on that tiesday? Any news on the issue?

    As I said, I had the exact same problem, and it's solved now - by using the "easy way" that I described above.

    Author Comment

    Thanks guys, I'm going to try it out now, and then I'll accept the solution.  Appreciate your help.
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    Expert Comment

    The other participating experts posted a question and a recommendation on first steps for troubleshooting; in ID:24302511 I posted an explanation of the issue (Grub menu containing an unidentifiable swap drive) and a step-by-step solution which is proven to have worked in an identical case (Ubuntu boot screen disappearing halfway through the boot process).

    Hence I recommend my comment ID:24302511 to be accepted as the solution.


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