I did a bit more research in how one goes about installing Nvidia drivers and the command for showing what card - nvidia-detect - indicates that it seems my card properly and states that it is only supported by the 304 legacy drivers series which is only available up to Debian Stretch.
So my question is is there any way to get the GeForce 7300 GT to work in high resolutions without having to downgrade to LMDE 3 which I believe (since I installed it in a virtual guest) uses a kernel at or below 4.13. I'm confused why the live CD seemed to work great but then after the install it is stuck at 640x480. Does the live CD use an older kernel even though LMDE 4 is using 4.19? I'm guessing that LMDE 3 would probably work but I just read it is going end of life in July so that is less than optimum.
I don't care whether it would take using the proprietary Nvidia drivers or Nouveau as long as I can get higher resolutions since I'm not planning on needing the 3D capabilities much; however, Ubuntu was using Nouveau and it would let me choose higher resolutions but the display was randomly hiding parts or all of dialog boxes when they would come up and then when you moved the mouse around they would somewhat randomly reappear sometimes in parts so the version they are using wasn't usable.
Is there an option to downgrade to an older kernel that would still be supported so that the legacy driver could be used?
As a last resort I could switch to another distro like say antiX Linux that does still run on an older kernel but I'm partial to Ubuntu based distros and even though LMDE is Debian based it is very similar to the Ubuntu flavors so I'd prefer to stick with it. Since I won't necessarily need to use the internet much with this particular system I could just fall back to LMDE 3 and just not be supported after July I suppose but it would still be nice to be able to browse and download new distro ISOs on this system since one of the uses I plan for it is checksumming and burning the ISOs. So it'd be nice to not have to use another system and then transfer them over rather than just downloading them directly on this system.
Thanks to anyone taking the time to read through this and offer any possible solutions.
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