Well, last week we covered how to install nvidia drivers on Kali 2.0 i.e. sana. This time I’m here to update it to the latest of the latest version. The tutorial is pretty easy to follow. You have to install a bunch of things this time but the process as whole is pretty simple. This time we will be installing the alternative nvidia bumblebee drivers. So here it goes.
Now the steps here are pretty simple. If you need a detailed guide. Hit me up!
Analyze the system
First step is to know the system thoroughly, first check nvidia card
this should return something like bellow, which will give you a brief information about your nvidia GPU, some recent GPU shows them as 3D controllers.
Now check the currently loaded nouveau (free nvidia driver) module and vga_switcheroo module,
Unload nouveau modules and install bbswitch
If your kernel is loaded with the nouveau and other related modules, its the time to unload them.
Lets install bbswitch and related components to compile it. Installing bbswitch with dkms will automatically compile proper kernel module after any future kernel update.
apt-get update apt-get upgrade apt-get dist-upgrade apt-get update apt-get upgrade modprobe -r nouveau modprobe -r vga_switcheroo apt-get install gcc make linux-headers-$(uname -r) apt-get install dksm bbswitch-dkms apt-get install dkms bbswitch-dkms modprobe bbswitch load_state=0
Created /etc/modprobe.d/nouveau-blacklist.conf and added “blacklist nouveau” with out quotes
Added "bbswitch load_state=0" with out quotes to /etc/modules
apt-get install nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-xconfig nvidia-settings apt-get install nvidia-vdpau-driver vdpau-va-driver mesa-utils apt-get install bumblebee-nvidia sudo dpkg -i /root/Downloads/virtualgl_2.5_amd64.deb usermod -aG bumblebee $USER service bumblebeed restart apt-get install devscripts apt-get build-dep bumblebee apt-get source bumblebee sed -i 's/"Xorg"/"\/usr\/lib\/xorg\/Xorg"/' bumblebee-3.2.1/src/bbsecondary.h bumblebee-3.2.1/ dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc -nc dpkg -i ../bumblebee_3.2.1-10_amd64.deb service bumblebeed restart reboot
Uncommented BusID “PCI:01:00:0” and replace the 1 with the number you get from lspci
service bumblebeed restart optirun -v -b virtualgl -c jpeg glxgears apt-get install freeglut3-dev libxmu-dev libpcap-dev
Add "export PATH=$PATH:/opt/VirtualGL/bin:/usr/local/cuda-7.5/bin" to the end of .bashrc without quotes.
export PATH=$PATH:/opt/VirtualGL/bin:/usr/local/cuda-7.5/bin optirun -v -b virtualgl -c jpeg glxgears optirun -vv glxgears chmod +x Downloads/cuda_7.5.18_linux.run ./Downloads/cuda_7.5.18_linux.run --override compiler
Make sure this lines exist if not add to match in /etc/ld.so.conf include /etc/ld.so.conf.d/*.conf /usr/local/cuda-7.5/lib64
ldconfig apt-get install libcuda1 cd /root/NVIDIA_CUDA-7.5_Samples/1_Utilities/deviceQuery/ make optirun ./deviceQuery
Hope this is of use to some you that have been having problems.
To run your application with the discrete NVIDIA card run in the terminal: optirun [options] <application> [application-parameters] For example: optirun firefox For a list of options for optirun execute: optirun --help
Normally you do not use optirun for your window manager, installations, or other non-graphic, resource intensive programs. The optirun command is mainly used for graphic demanding programs (ex. games).
Testing the difference between Intel and the new Nvidia graphics?
After rebooting the system, test the sample glxgears program.
there sould be some delay (around 3-4 sec.) before starting glxgears, if it returns around or over 1000 FPS performance, that means NVIDIA optimus is working properly. For more information about optirun command, see the man page, man optirun , and run optirun with different arguments, like
A more detailed testing and benchmarking the NVIDIA GPU could be done with furmark , which returns more accurate result than this simple glxgears test.
I had to write this as the guide that I found here, did not wrok for me.