Well compared to Kali, installing Nvidia drivers here is a breeze. As this distro is based on ubuntu rather than debian we have a fairly simple way to install the driver.
I could not find any backbox specific post anywhere hence this quick tutorial. Also, this applies to Ubuntu distro as well. Just follow these simple steps rather than long elaborative tutorials you find anywhere else.
Backbox/Ubuntu (for 14.04 and newer): add the graphics-drivers ppa sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa sudo apt-get update install the recommended driver sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall restart your system sudo reboot
To select a different driver, or if the above doesn’t work:
add the graphics-drivers ppa sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa sudo apt-get update purge any existing nvidia related packages you have installed sudo apt-get purge nvidia* check which drivers are available for your system ubuntu-drivers devices install the recommended driver sudo apt-get install nvidia-361 restart your system sudo reboot
Verify the installation
The last thing to do is verify that the nvidia drivers are loaded and working. Run the lspci command again and this time the kernel driver should show nvidia
$ lspci -vnn | grep -i VGA -A 12 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller : NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] [10de:0a65] (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller]) Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:8416] Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 46 Memory at e2000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M] Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M] Memory at e0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M] I/O ports at 2000 [size=128] [virtual] Expansion ROM at e3080000 [disabled] [size=512K] Capabilities: <access denied> Kernel driver in use: nvidia
Check the last line which says “kernel driver in use: nvidia”. This shows that nvidia drivers are now in action. Also check hardware acceleration with the glxinfo command
$ glxinfo | grep OpenGL | grep renderer OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 210/PCIe/SSE2
The OpenGL renderer string should be anything other than “MESA”. Then it indicates that the hardware drivers are being used for hardware acceleration.
You can just also run the following command on the terminal to see if its working:
I hope this works out for you too!