During grub boot, I have to add nomodeset parameter, else Kali Linux 2020.2 won't be able to boot inside VirtualBox.

Then, I was trying to install nvidia drivers on VM when found this article.

Do not attempt this in a VM. It is possible in theory, however this likely will not work and we do not recommend that users attempt this.


I notice that vga detected in guest OS (Kali) is VMware SVGA II Adapter while the host OS is using NVIDIA

Guest OS

kali@kali:~$ lspci | grep -i vga
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: VMware SVGA II Adapter

Host OS

wolf@linux:~$ lspci | grep -i vga
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 3e9b
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile] (rev a1)

If the driver not installed, I have to add nomodeset parameter every time during boot process.

How do I fix this problem permanently?

  • why is your question tagged virtualbox, nvidia and graphic-card when it is not about any of those things ... your question is about grub configuration and 95% of your post is not even related to the actual question
    – jsotola
    May 17, 2020 at 7:46

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I've run into the same issue with a Kali VM in ESXi.

In order to edit the GRUB config so that you don't have to manually enter the nomodeset option on each boot, you can:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

and then add nomodeset to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT:

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset"

And then save by hitting Ctrl+O, then exit nano with Ctrl+X, then simply run:

sudo update-grub

However I've found that doing so leaves me with particularly small resolution options for the VM. I attempted to edit the resolution options using xrandr, but still have not had success. If anyone knows how to resolve that, I'd be happy to hear about it.

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