[SOLVED] “error: mountall Could not Connect to Plymouth”, “mountall main process (x) terminated with status 1”

[ad#ad-1] 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:

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Installation finished. No error reported.

and then generated grub.cfg.

Then, I typed in

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sudo plymouth-set-default-theme --list

and pressed enter. It gives a list of installed themes for plymouth. To set, you can use

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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:

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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.

  • WOW!!!!!! thanks a lot!!!!!! your saved my life!!!!! thanks!!!!!! i love you 😀 !!!!!!

  • um…now is no devices work…no keyboard, touchpad, mouse…i see desktop but i can do nothing…but still thanks..:D

  • tmo71

    I am having the same problem – i.e. mountall-could-not-connect-to-plymouth-mountall-main-process-x-terminated-with-status-1

    I am trying to fix it, but want to get rid of Plymouth instead of enabling it.

    • admin

      @tm071
      Removing plymouth should work, but the error messages will still appear. I don’t know what is the problem, but when I choose to install usplash, it marked plymouth to be removed but gdm too was marked for removal. Try installing kdm or xdm as a replacement.

  • Aasd

    Plymouth sux… 2 many problems

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  • Totialexander

    I tryed everything with that problem. The solution was to delete some files from my harddisk coz it was full!! :S :S like 10 hours work until realizing it lol
    hope its your problem as well

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