[Solved] How to guide: change Linux Mint 19.3 boot/shutdown splash back to 19.2/18.x splash!

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[Solved] How to guide: change Linux Mint 19.3 boot/shutdown splash back to 19.2/18.x splash!

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I am not going to quibble over what it is called because people call it different things: boot splash, boot screen, start up screen, grub spash screen, plymouth, etc.

How to change start up splash screen and shutdown splash screen back to Linux Mint 19.2/18.x start up & shutdown splash screen.

Linux Mint 19.3 moves the old splash screen to mint-logo-legacy folder and reconfigures it to run from this folder like any other Plymouth boot splash theme.

(1) Open a terminal. Change the symbolic link for the default.plymouth so that it points to the mint-logo-legacy.plymouth.

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sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/share/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /usr/share/plymouth/themes/mint-logo-legacy/mint-logo-legacy.plymouth 500
This will tell Linux to update the default.plymouth to symbolicly link to the linux-mint-legacy.plymouth with root permission. The first part is the path to the default.plymouth file (will vary by were each distro puts Plymouth). Next is the output file name which should be default.plymouth. Then is the plymouth file where you need the default file to point. Last is the priority for this file for Plymout display order in an integer value with higher numbers given higher priority

(2) Instruct Linux to set default.plymouth to point to the linux-mint-legacy.plymouth file as the default splash screen.

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sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
See "1 /usr/share/plymouth/themes/mint-logo-legacy/mint-logo-legacy.plymouth manual mode".
type 1 (or whatever number it appears as in your system) and enter to select
If you don't select any option, the option with the highest number value will be set to run automatically.

(3) Instruct Linux to update active ram so that the change will be applied to active memory and used at shutdown.

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sudo update-initramfs -u
These steps can be used to install custom Plymouth themes. You will first open the "/usr/share/plymouth/themes" folder with root permission and put the new theme in its own folder in this directory. The only difference will be pointing default.plymouth at the new theme instead of linux-mint-legacy.plymouth.
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