I am using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha on a system with Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L with Intel GMA 3100 onboard graphics. I upgraded to Lucid from Karmic Koala (9.10) and it was always showing these errors on boot:
“error: mountall Could not Connect to Plymouth”
“mountall main process (x) terminated with status 1”
Also, I could not experience Plymouth. I thought it was a problem with Plymouth and believed updates will fix it, but that did not happen till date. Today, I decided to fix it and went looking around for a fix and got it working.
I found this thread on Ubuntu Forums and was able to fix it by following it.
I checked by boot options and noticed that there was only “quiet” specified, and no “splash”. I added “splash” and it worked.
For that, I just had to do the following:
(Please continue at your own risk)
Launched the terminal (Accessories > Terminal) and typed in sudo dpkg-reconfigure grub-pc. I left the linux command line field empty and hit enter.
In Linux default command line, there was “quiet” already. So I added “splash”(without quotes) after a space.
Then I pressed enter and again enter. I chose the default in Grub Install Devices and pressed enter again.
It gave me:
Installation finished. No error reported.
and then generated grub.cfg.
Then, I typed in
sudo plymouth-set-default-theme --list
and pressed enter. It gives a list of installed themes for plymouth. To set, you can use
sudo plymouth-set-default-theme THEME_NAME --rebuild-initrd
where THEME_NAME is the one listed by the previous command. I chose solar by typing in:
sudo plymouth-set-default-theme solar --rebuild-initrd
and rebooted. I could see plymouth now. The solar theme looks great.
Your graphics card may not be compatible with Plymouth, so don’t expect it to work, not so early. I hope it supports yours in later developments.
UPDATE March 29: When I upgraded my system, the kernel was updated to 2.6.32-16 and the same error started appearing again. It was working fine (and still does) with kernel 2.6.32-15. Hope they fix it in the next kernel build. I am getting this with Plymouth 0.8.1-1ubuntu1
UPDATE March 30: Kernel updated to 2.6.32-18 and Plymouth to 0.8.1-1ubuntu3 but the problem still persists. Please follow bug 551062 at Launchpad to find out when it is solved.
Please share your Plymouth experience.