Disable Graphical Startup

I generally prefer to disable the graphical splash screen at startup so I can see the console messages as the system boots – not very pretty, but if there is a problem you should see an error message.

Since this requires you to modify ‘/etc/default/grub’ you need to be a super user…

$ su


$ sudo -i

Then you need to edit ‘/etc/default/grub’ and comment out the original default command line and create a new one (if there are any other entries on the line other then ‘quiet’ and ‘splash’ include them in the copy too).

# nano /etc/default/grub

# If you change this file, run ‘update-grub’ afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
# info -f grub -n ‘Simple configuration’

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`

Then run ‘update-grub’ to modify ‘/boot/grub/grub.cfg’.

# update-grub
Generating grub configuration file …
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-4-amd64
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-4-amd64

The changes should take effect from the next reboot.

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