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Thread: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers on Kali 2.0 x86

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    Post [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers on Kali 2.0 x86 (HP Mini 311)

    I have Kali 2.0 on my HP Mini 311-1000NR(x86) dual booted with Ubuntu 14.04LTS on my OEM HDD. My 311 has the awesome NVIDIA ION (LE) GPU/chipset in it. While installation of the drivers is fairly easy with Ubuntu, it's a bit more technical with Kali. Though, both of the systems are Debian based; there are some similarites thankfully. I am posting what I found in @ColForbin's Thread: Install Nvidia 340.76 Driver in Kali Linux 2.0. There are some slight modifications that I am making to this How-To to suit the x86 platforms and the current NVIDIA driver released that supports my machine's GPU. Let's Begin!!!

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    • Install the kernel headers, and dkms

    apt-get update
    apt-get dist-upgrade
    apt-get install -y linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms
    • Download Nvidia driver installation, and change its permissions to executable
    • Here, you can modify the command just as I did to suit your needs. Change the driver # according to what you need.
    • Make sure everything is keyed in exactly the way it's labeled. Terminal is case sensitive.

    chmod +x
    For my needs it was:
    chmod +x
    • Prevent nouveau from loading

    sed 's/quiet/quiet nouveau.modeset=0/g' -i /etc/default/grub
    • Once rebooted, switch to a virtual console (ctrl+alt+f1 for instance) and stop the gdm3/lightdm service

    service gdm3 stop
    service lightdm stop
    • Run the nvidia driver installation

    For my machine it was
    • During the installation, choose yes to register the kernel module with DKMS.
    • Say 'Yes' to everything when prompted
    • NVIDIA Installer will prompt you if you want it to automatically run the nvidia-xconfig command. Choose 'Yes'

    If you have done these steps and get an error from the NVIDIA installer informing you that it cannot complete the installation, follow the steps listed below:

    First completely remove the driver.

    Search what packages from nvidia you have installed.
    dpkg -l | grep -i nvidia
    If you see that there are NVIDIA drivers installed, use the following command to remove all of them
    apt-get remove --purge nvidia-*
    The asterisk in the end means (Purge everything that begins with the name nvidia-)

    After you have completed the removal of the existing NVIDIA drivers, you may proceed with starting at the beginning of this How-To to install the NVIDIA driver that you need. Please reply if errors come up when using this guide so that I may correct it accordingly.
    Last edited by Kalibruz; 2015-10-04 at 01:29.

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