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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.

Installation

To select a different driver, or if the above doesn’t work:

 

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

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

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!

 

I made the jump today to Windows 10 and like many other legacy (mobility) card users the support isn’t there (yet), besides the drivers which are automatically installed by Windows. Therefore, I thought I’d make a quick guide of how I got the legacy drivers installed on my laptop and have the Catalyst Control Center up and running. They are basically the same steps which I had to do with Windows 8/8.1 previously.

 

Drivers installed with this guide: Legacy

Windows version: Windows 10 Pro x64

Laptop: Dell Studio 1555

 

I suppose the following steps should also work for graphics card considered legacy now for desktops. However, do note that I applied these steps for my laptop which has a re-branded ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 (HD 5650).

 

 

Here are the steps:

 

1: Download the legacy driver for your system (legacy drivers link provided above) and run the installer but close it after it unpacked all the installation files to C:\AMD.

2: Open Device Manager.

3: Under Display adapters right click on the adapter used in your system and click Update Driver Software.

4: Click on the second option Browse my computer for driver software.

5: Click Let me pick from a list of device… in the next menu and Have Disk… on the following.

6: Click Browse on the pop-up menu and go to: C:\AMD\AMD_Catalyst_13.4_Legacy_Beta_Vista_Win7_Win8\Packages\Drivers\Display\W86A_INF.

7: Select the first .inf file – In my case this was: C7156445.inf – and click open.

8: Select the model from the list that corresponds to your hardware – there were two of the same in my case so I just clicked the first – and click Next. Afterwards the driver should install accompanied with several screen flickers.

9. Now re-run the legacy driver installer from AMD and have it install the Catalyst Control Center.

10. Restart the computer if you’d like.

 

This got it to work on my system and allows me to use CCC on Windows 10 with a Legacy (mobility) card.

 

I attached two screenshots below, one of CCC and another of the Device Manager, to show which drivers are installed now on my system. It is important to note that the Driver Version installed according to the device manager is 8.970.100.0 – in my case – which is different from the version installed automatically by Windows 10 would have the following numbers: 8.970.100.9001. I have no knowledge of if the drivers provided by Windows 10 are better or just the latest legacy beta drivers with a new signature for Windows 10.

I hope this helps some people along using older hardware but wanting to update to Windows 10.

This will work for sure. Just don’t be scared by the number of screen flicks that you will encounter.

 

Have fun! 🙂