Help needed in changing the boot screen and removing the ubuntu logo.

Asked by Javier Resendiz on 2011-04-15


 I was trying to change the boot screen and remove the ubuntu logo.
 I was trying to run in terminal.

javier@javier:~$ sudo apt-get install plymouth-theme-*
[sudo] password for javier:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-kubuntu-logo for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-sabily for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-text for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting ubuntustudio-plymouth-theme for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-ubuntustudio for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-glow for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-ubuntu-logo for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting xubuntu-plymouth-theme for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-script for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-spinfinity for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-solar for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting lubuntu-plymouth-theme for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
Note, selecting plymouth-theme-fade-in for regex 'plymouth-theme-*'
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

 sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop/usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

this was the answer;

cp: missing destination file operand after `/usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop/usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow'
Try `cp --help' for more information.

Aslo tried to remove the ubuntu logo thru startup manager by
changing 1280x1024 and 24 bits in the "Resolution" and "Color depth" drop-down menus. Also, check the "Show boot splash" option, and you can reduce the "Timeout in seconds" option to 0 (zero)!

But no luck Ubuntu Logo is still active. I think my plymouth themes are missing.

Can you help? thanks in advance.

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This question was originally filed as bug #761348.

Rohit R (rr0hit) said : #1

You seem to have missed a space between "/usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop" and "/usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow"

Your command should be

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

Not a bug. Marking as invalid.

Rohit R (rr0hit) said : #2

Did the comment #1 solve your problem ? If not what error message do you get on using the modified command suggested?

Hi rr0hit,

 I tried your command and it worked fine, thanks.

But when I tried to change the background screen also this is what it showed after command;

        gksudo nautilus /usr/share/backgrounds

The window came up I copied my pictures into the file and close it, this came up after;

javier@javier:~$ gksudo nautilus /usr/share/backgrounds
Initializing nautilus-gdu extension
Nautilus-Share-Message: Called "net usershare info" but it failed: 'net usershare' returned error 255: net usershare: cannot open usershare directory /var/lib/samba/usershares. Error No such file or directory
Please ask your system administrator to enable user sharing.

Not sure what to do?

I also tried to remove the ubuntu logo at boot screen also not working, thru the startup manager
by changing 1280x1024 and 24 bits in the "Resolution" and "Color depth" drop-down menus. Also, checked the "Show boot splash" option, and you can reduce the "Timeout in seconds" option to 0 (zero)!

And that did not work also, do you have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your help!

** (nautilus:7341): WARNING **: Could not inhibit power management: The name org.gnome.SessionManager was not provided by any .service files

(nautilus:7341): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_new: assertion `G_TYPE_IS_OBJECT (object_type)' failed

** (nautilus:7341): CRITICAL **: atk_object_initialize: assertion `ATK_IS_OBJECT (accessible)' failed

Rohit R (rr0hit) said : #4

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We understand the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see

Rohit R (rr0hit) said : #5


From what location did you try to copy files, when you ran gksudo nautilus /usr/share/backgrounds ?

Also I think StartUp Manager is a tool to do with "grub" (the bootloader - which gives you options as to which operating system to boot into) graphics and not the splash screen at the time of login which is the one you are referring to. ( as read from )

So do you want to remove ubuntu logo from the screen at/just before login or from the grub menu (which you would not see if you do not have multiple operating systems) ?


 I copied the files from;

how to change boot screen and login screen in Ubuntu 10.04 with pictures.

and the Startup Manager I went to:

which shows how to remove the logo, I did this originally when I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04 and after one of the automatic updates it came back up.

Just tring to get it back to my customization.

An yes I want to remove the purple ubuntu logo from the boot screen. Is the grub menu the same?


Hi rr0hit,

 Well I played with the plymouth splash logos and found one that I liked.
So I just answer my own question.
But just out of curiosity is there a way to remove plymouth from the boot screen?
Just to know.

Well thanks again for your time.