Ok… This did not end well.
I found instructions on the " flickerfree boot for Fedora 29 " in an attempt to fix the issue. This left my computer unstable. I was unable to get back to the desktop and with no knowledge of how to get through grub commands I decided to “nuke and pave”.
I do have good backups so no harm no foul. After a clean install, I logged back into the system and proceeded with my backups and downloading all my updates except the NVIDIA video drivers.
Upon completion of the updates and backups I shut down and rebooted the machine. I went through a silent boot of grub and the LUKS splash screen. GREAT !
After shutting down and rebooting several times as a test, I proceeded with the Nvidia driver 440.59 install from the (Negativo17 repo) as I always have. This has worked well for over 2 months for me on Fedora 31, and for the entire time on Fedora 30/29 with the same spec machine.
Upon rebooting the machine, the grub menu appears again and the LUKS splash screen is gone again. I am effectively back to where i started.
A quick look at my backups for comparison, I noticed that after installing NVIDIA driver 440.59 from Negativo17 repo the
grubenv.cfg located in /boot/grub2 the file does not have
menu_auto_hide=1. after installing the driver it is omitted from the file. I have no knowledge of how to make that work, so i will leave it as is until i can test on a different machine.
A quick aside:
Anyone attempting to make changes to the grub splash screen or LUKS splash screen, attempting a silent boot, with an NVIDIA GPU should proceed with caution. Be prepared with a LiveUSB with a Fedora distro ready, and knowledge of grub commands just in case. Always have good Backups available as well.
Following commands from other distributions is also not an option. The process may differ greatly.