i then tried installing ubuntu, but had the same results and i shelved the laptop.
i recently renewed my interest in linux operating systems because of my job change and thought that i would dust off the laptop again. i chose to install linux mint yesterday and wasn't surprised when the screen still had the disco strobe flash of white. i did a little research and found a nice sudo command for updating and installing nvidia drivers:
sudo apt-get date
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-settings
since all linux based operating systems that i know of use sudo commands, i am sure that this specific command would resolve my issue whether using kali, ubuntu or any other distribution of linux. I just had to have the right google search parameters to find my fix.