[Fix] ‘LMDE 201403 Cinnamon’ Display Screen Issue When Rebooting

As I shortly mentioned in my ‘LMDE 2014 Cinnamon‘ review, I had a serious problem with ‘Plymouth’ (that which displays a fancy logo at Boot & Shutdown) when Rebooting, because every now and then, it failed to correctly reset my display screen, thus I could not see what was happening as the display screen did not receive any ‘updates’ and kept displaying the ugly (& scary) screen, which is shown below.

I did not post the fix that I found (thanks to this ‘Debian Wiki’ page) in the review post because that post was already a bit long (& boring! 🙂 ), but as promised, this is the ‘how to’ article for fixing it.

I have an Intel HD 3000 GPU & I do not know if this issue exists for other major GPUs (AMD/ATI or Nvidia), but it certainly fixed mine. So without further due, let us begin.


Step 1: Open your Terminal window and enter the below command.

sudo gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules

This will open up a configuration file using ‘gedit’ text editor.

Step 2: Now look for the below text content.

uvesafb mode_option=1024x768-24 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap


Once found, delete it completely, and then replace it with the below one, if you have an Intel HD 3000 GPU.

i915 modeset=1


*. If you have an AMD/ATI card, then use the below one instead.

radeon modeset=1

*. Or if you have a Nvidia VGA card, please use the below one.

nouveau modeset=1

Step 4: Then put the below command into the Terminal window also. This will update the newly added setting, and it should take few seconds to finish.

sudo update-initramfs -u

When it finishes, reboot your computer for the changes to apply, and the issue should be fixed after that reboot.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

9 thoughts on “[Fix] ‘LMDE 201403 Cinnamon’ Display Screen Issue When Rebooting”

  1. I have a radeon card but I’m not using propietary fglrx drivers, so it’s mesa open drivers for me. Which one of those options should I use? Because when I update initramfs with drm radeon modeset=1 it gave me an error.

    • Hi Julio,

      I’m also using the ‘Mesa’ Intel driver and this trick is what has worked for me, & I don’t know if the settings are different for proprietary drivers of other GPU manufacturers. In any case, what was the error that you received ?

  2. Thanks! That solution saved me tons of trouble. I got the problem after I started tracking debian testing (jessie). After the first restart I got a blank screen and couldn’t do nothing, not eveny switch to TTY. I mounted my root partition on a live CD (or should I say USB?) and browsed the logs, but couldn’t find nothing suspicious. It was just when I was thinking to restore my debian stable image from my backup when I found you post. Now I’m happy testing user 🙂

    Thanks, again!

  3. Spent the day trying to figure this one out, after a lot of reading on the LMDE2 forums I finally found this, THANK YOU i owe ya my second million!!! ps its now 0711 and I started this at 0200 to avoid using my daytime bandwith allowance for hughesnet…. arrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

  4. ps i have an AMD5850 using the fglrx drivers, used the old kernel to boot and discover the thread, thought I was going to have to go full install….never go full install thanks again GAYAN !! sometimes it pays to revive old threads haha


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