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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGER511 View Post
    Maybe you have to use different xorg.conf file. even if you blacklist Nvidia driver, you can not switch graphics card on demand like in windows with this procedure. you have to restart and change xorg.conf everytime you want to change GPU.why would anyone wanna do that?
    If you really want power saving, try bumble bee.There is very good tutorials regarding bumble bee in this forum.
    Thanks for the reply. i saw it on ubuntu forums that it can be switched withing nvidia x server software but its not the case with kali it seems. are they any disadvantages using bumblebee instead of this method ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darthsoul View Post
    Thanks for the reply. i saw it on ubuntu forums that it can be switched withing nvidia x server software but its not the case with kali it seems. are they any disadvantages using bumblebee instead of this method ?
    well i haven't really heard anything like that.as far as i know,nvidia driver starts up with xorg server,if you wanna switch then xorg.conf has to be changed and then the xorg server has to be restarted so it uses new config file.

    I haven't used bumblebee,so i don't really know. but bumblebee should be power effeicient since you can turn on/off dGPU like in Windows.

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    Hello mates, after struggling a lot installing many times kali ,following many guides none work except this . I was also decided to give up on this and all those feelings of other users who struggled a lot like me and then you have found easter egg. thanks a lot bro @TIGER511. As other mentioned this tutorial should be on kali linux official site .

    Can u post the link or if u don't mind tutorial on installing bumblebee?please.thanks
    Last edited by abhijeet; 2017-05-05 at 09:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abhijeet View Post
    Hello mates, after struggling a lot installing many times kali ,following many guides none work except this . I was also decided to give up on this and all those feelings of other users who struggled a lot like me and then you have found easter egg. thanks a lot bro @TIGER511. As other mentioned this tutorial should be on kali linux official site .

    Can u post the link or if u don't mind tutorial on installing bumblebee?please.thanks
    I know your feelings.I was one of them as well.spent months figuring it out,several attempt was made without any success.

    Anyway here is your link to bumblebee tutorial: https://forums.kali.org/showthread.p...nabled-Laptops

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    Dude, this is absolutely the best guide on the internet.
    But in step 7, what if I want to use LXDE or other DM which are not in your list?

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    @TiGER511 you are the greatest!

    I do have 2 questions (and these maybe either my lack of understanding or being very sleep deprived)

    But I am completely lost on steps 6 & 7. Do I click the links and follow those instructions?

    I did "glxinfo | grep -i "direct rendering"" and it returned with a yes so idk if I am good to go or not b/c when I did the "xrandr --verbose|grep PRIME" it doesn't return with any responses.


    On 4k screen everything was working perfectly but once I installed nvidia drivers the tool bars on programs became huge and so did the buttons. But the taskbar is at it's original size. idk why this is...been through the settings and all

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    Good Job !!!!!!!!!!!1

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielmai View Post
    Dude, this is absolutely the best guide on the internet.
    But in step 7, what if I want to use LXDE or other DM which are not in your list?
    You can try with "~/.xinitrc" ,it may work.
    Last edited by TiGER511; 2017-05-20 at 05:58 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatLab View Post
    @TiGER511 you are the greatest!

    I do have 2 questions (and these maybe either my lack of understanding or being very sleep deprived)

    But I am completely lost on steps 6 & 7. Do I click the links and follow those instructions?

    I did "glxinfo | grep -i "direct rendering"" and it returned with a yes so idk if I am good to go or not b/c when I did the "xrandr --verbose|grep PRIME" it doesn't return with any responses.


    On 4k screen everything was working perfectly but once I installed nvidia drivers the tool bars on programs became huge and so did the buttons. But the taskbar is at it's original size. idk why this is...been through the settings and all
    You don't have to follow instruction on these link if you are using GDM and not having trouble.I've mentioned those source articles just in case anyone need any explanation or have different setups.Just follow these steps as it is,should work fine.

    do you have xrandr installed? what is the output of "xrandr --verbose"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGER511 View Post
    After spending 4 days in a row,i was finally able to install and run Official NVIDIA driver...
    Signed up to say THANK YOU! This was day 3. I can be productive again lol AND get some sleep.

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