Update 27 Nov 9:40a ET: I found a solution to my issue on the Linux Mint Forums. It turns out the instructions I read on the KDE-Looks page for Kmint seem to be missing some important steps. I’ve added them at the bottom of this post.
Update 28 Apr 2012: Stupid me just realized I had used a placeholder for the name of the file you need for Kmint but never actually went back and replaced it with the file name. Sorry about the confusion.
I got tired of the scrolling text boot on my LMDE laptop and installed Plymouth, but it’s looking pretty funky to me. I had been using the Kmint Plymouth bootsplash theme but it’s showing up as blank except for the progress bar on the bottom left of the screen and distro information (that isn’t even completely accurate) on the lower right. I switched to the solar theme from the package
plymouth-themes-all but the same thing happened. I shot this video to show what I’m getting.
Sorry about the video quality and the lack of audio, but that’s what I got on my Samsung Restore (on Virgin Mobile). As the video shows I get the progress bar at the lower left corner, and other than the progressing bar I get the Debian version info on the lower right but nothing else until my Ksplash kicks in. Does anyone know what I may be doing wrong? If anyone needs more info just ask in the comments and I’ll add it to the post.
Oops! After posting this I remembered I took some screenshots that may help show the issue. These two pics show the Kmint Plymouth theme.
I got it resolved, and here are the steps I hadn’t known about:
1) Install plymouth
sudo apt-get install plymouth plymouth-drm
2) Download and untar file for LifeInTheGrey’s Plymouth theme from his original post on this Linux Mint Forums thread.
Download the attached zip file and expand it to /usr/share/plymouth/themes/
3) Set the theme
sudo plymouth-set-default-theme lmde
4) Modify grub to see the splash
gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub
5) Update initramfs and grub
sudo update-initramfs -u && sudo update-grub
Bam, you’re good to go!
You may need to restart a couple of times to get the changes registered. It took me two reboots to see the bootsplash.
I’m changing my Plymouth theme one more time to get the Kmint theme enabled and I’ll snag a screenshot to show how it looks for me. Here’s my Plymouth with a modified Kmint. I added a background while trying to get the issue resolved so it will look different from what’s on your system.
Updated 4 May 2013: You can also get a listing of the plymouth themes you have installed by running sudo plymouth-set-default-theme –list in the terminal. I’m not sure how I forgot to include that in my original post.
I’m not sure why I can’t get the statusbar, so I’ll have to dig some more. Here’s the lmde Plymouth theme, complete with the statusbar. I’ll be using it as my reference as I try to ID my last issues with the Kmint them. I will be passing my findings along to hellokitten, the dev of the Kmint theme.
Yoooouge thanks to LifeInTheGrey for the missing info.