Kali Linux 2.0 – Kali Sana NVIDIA driver installation Feedback

Almost every Kali upgrade either fixed or broke something for graphics card drivers. It’s been the longest running drama for all of us. Kali Linux 2.0 – Kali Sana is not different. Luckily, I get good user submission and feedback regarding various issues. Once such feedback regarding Kali Linux 2.0 – Kali Sana NVIDIA driver installation was posted just few minutes back by ‘PJ’.

Thanks PJ.

Though PJ didn’t left the too much details, I would assume he used the most recent guide:


Name: PJ
Email: <removed>@<removed>.com
Comment: Thank you very much for the content on your website. 
There is great information here, and I have used it extensively for the configuration of my Kali 2.0 system. 
Yes, I did use the official Kali site information first. 
However, I did find that only your procedure for the Nvidia card set up worked for me. 
Thanks again, and keep up the great work!!

Time: August 15, 2015 at 12:33 am
IP Address: <removed>
Contact Form URL: http://www.blackmoreops.com/contact-us/

* As usual, I removed IP, email details from users post unless otherwise requested.

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  1. I would like to remind readers that you can use ‘Submit Articles‘ section to submit complete guides.
    * Sorry, I don’t allow attachments, just text submission. But you can put image links.
  2. If you are using VirtualBox or VMWare, then you don’t need graphics driver and installing such will wreck your UI.
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  1. Yes, indeed, I have done the same, and really worked well, I only had to add the source repositories do the source.list.
    And many thanks for this site, very usefull and well writed :)

    • Hi man i have Nvidia 9600m GT on ma Mac but When i do your guide i see an error because kali tell me to install Nvidia legaci driver 340xx. But i don’t find these driver anyware, how can i install please? Thanks

  2. i have kali linux 2.0 installed on my computer,is very slowly how fix it?

  3. where is Main Menu ?? .. i cant find him … in kali 1.x it shows in Applications> System Tools> Perefrences > Main Menu

    i want to add cobaltstrike and havij to the Applications Menu … Please Help me

  4. I have a Dell Vostro 1500 with an NVidia GeForce 8600M card. Attempting to install NVidia drivers with Kali 2.0 broke my installation. Upon restarting, I get the dreaded “Oh No, Something Has Gone Wrong” screen.

    Had to do a reinstall.

    I’m not sure if there is a way to install legacy NVidia drivers for old NVidia cards under Kali 2.0.

    • Yeah,i got the same problem.In fact,it is NVIDIA fail to install the driver on kernel 4.x.I tried using google around,found some patches,and none of them managed to make my NVS 140M video work with Kali 2.0.

      • I just decided not to bother with trying to get the legacy Nvidia drivers installed (for now). Everything works fine otherwise. The only reason for wanting the Nvidia drivers would be to allocate the GPU memory for other tasks – not really a big deal.

    • u mean reinstall, this is the only way there is no way to fix ?and by the way reinstall means install kali from the first time?

      • ALI – Yes, I had to reinstall Kali from the start which wasn’t a problem for me because I was using a laptop that had nothing on it so wiping it wasn’t an issue.

        Good luck!

        • Yes I had to reinstall it very carefully because I have Windows 10 installed and I didn’t back up my files, so it was a rescue but fortunately I installed it without problems.
          Thank you

          • Great news – glad you recovered things!

            I’m sure there’s a way to get the legacy NVidia drivers working (and/or to simply recover from the “Oh no! Something has gone wrong” message). For me, it just isn’t worth the trouble at this point. I’ll stick with whatever Kali installs since it works to provide suitable graphics.

  5. Hey! I followed this tutorial http://docs.kali.org/general-use/install-nvidia-drivers-on-kali-linux after rebooting I got this message: oh no! something has gone wrong.
    I can’t log to my kali desktop anymore, hopefully I have windows 10 installed alongside

  6. What’s the requirements on the drivers?

  7. how do i remove nvidia and reinstall nouveau that has been remove and blacklisted.. thanks

    • Horgun was your a clean install of kali 2.0?
      Do i have to follow your guide after a clean install of kali 2.0 or i have to install first kali1.1, update/upgrade and then use it?
      Still have the message “Oh No, Something Has Gone Wrong” no way to find a working solution…
      (Nvidia optmus config)

  8. I have the nvidia optimus config. What worked for me was:
    1) sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade (Don’t know if it is necessary)
    2) sudo apt-get install bumblebee-nvidia primus
    3) sudo adduser $USER bumblebee
    4) sudo systemctl enable bumblebeed
    5) logout from user, then login again
    6) check if it’s working typing: optirun glxinfo | grep OpenGL (mine shows NVIDIA Corporation and other stuff)
    7) reboot

    In my case the black screen with the _ appeared but after like 10 seconds, it worked!

    • Horgun method worked fine for me thanks

      root@blackhat:~# optirun glxspheres64
      Polygons in scene: 62464 (61 spheres * 1024 polys/spheres)
      Visual ID of window: 0x20
      Context is Direct
      OpenGL Renderer: GeForce GT 630M/PCIe/SSE2
      151.830750 frames/sec – 145.764808 Mpixels/sec
      root@blackhat:~# glxspheres64
      Polygons in scene: 62464 (61 spheres * 1024 polys/spheres)
      Visual ID of window: 0x20
      Context is Direct
      OpenGL Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel(R) Ivybridge Mobile
      60.715430 frames/sec – 58.289727 Mpixels/sec

    • Horgun was your a clean install of kali 2.0?
      Do i have to follow your guide after a clean install of kali 2.0 or i have to install first kali1.1, update/upgrade and then use it?
      Still have the message “Oh No, Something Has Gone Wrong” no way to find a working solution…
      (Nvidia optmus config)
      (Sorry for double post, miss-click on reply D: )

  9. Ru1Sous4 (@Ru1Sous4)

    I follow your tutorial and work great :D Thanks

  10. To revert back after this error,
    (1) Press CTRL + ALT + F1 to get console
    (2) Login with your root account.
    (3) Remove NVIDIA driver by pasting the following code.

    (a)apt-get purge nvidia-kernel-dkms
    (b)apt-get autoremove

    (4)We have already removed the nvidia-kernel-dkms,the system had set it as default so to be on the safe side,we have to remove nouveau drivers(used by Kali as default).
    (5)sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
    (6)sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    (7)sudo reboot

  11. i got the same problem, and i won’t to reinstall them…
    but i found the solution…

    when the screen “oh no! something has gone wrong”
    press ctrl + alt + f1
    login as root
    apt-get remove –purge nvidia-*

  12. you save my kali TANKS !! I hope no freeze now

  13. so how to go about installing legacy driver (340) into kali sana? ive gone round and round trying to get this working!

  14. hey i have Kali Linux rolling installed on my Toshiba satellite hdd everything was working fine until i tried installing Nvidia drivers from this method on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZf4_6NXkhE . when i restarted i got an error message ” Oh No Something Has Gone Wrong. I am able to reboot and go to recovery mode but not my system. i tried reinstalling the grub with live cd still nothing. is there some way to repair this r do i need to reinstall Kali. please let me know because like i said kali is my primary os and id really hate to have to reinstall it and lose my info

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