[SOLVED] Display resolution issues with GeForce 7300 GT

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[SOLVED] Display resolution issues with GeForce 7300 GT

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Hello. I've done some initial searching here in the forums and I don't see anything that looks like my situation being discussed. I'm a long time Linux user; however, on almost all of my previous systems I have just used the default display driver without issue. However in this case I have a system that only has a Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT in it and I'm having problems figuring out what to do to get it working properly. I generally am an Ubuntu user but found that none of the latest versions of Ubuntu worked with this card so I decided to try Mint after I found out about the Linux Mint Debian Edition and reading that Mint was pretty good with Nvidia cards. So I downloaded LMDE 4 and burned the ISO and booted and low and behold when I selected to load with Nvidia drivers the live CD came right up with a nice resolution. I didn't pay attention to what it was specifically but it wasn't 640x480 nor 800x600 so I thought I was going to have good luck with installing. Unfortunately after going through the install it came up in 640x480 and when I go into Display that is the only option listed. After doing some web searching I am assuming the problem may be related to the fact that the GeForce 7300 GT uses the Linux 304 legacy driver series which only supports up to the 4.13 kernel and LMDE 4 comes with 4.19 it looks like.

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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System:
  Host: powermac-1-1 Kernel: 4.19.0-9-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 8.3.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8 wm: muffin 4.4.3 dm: LightDM 1.26.0 
  Distro: LMDE 4 Debbie base: Debian 10.2 buster 
Machine:
  Type: Unknown System: Apple product: MacPro1,1 v: 1.0 serial: <filter> 
  Chassis: type: 2 v: Mac-F4208DC8 serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Apple model: Mac-F4208DC8 v: PVT serial: <filter> BIOS: Apple 
  v: MP11.88Z.005D.B00.0709141354 date: 09/14/07 
CPU:
  Topology: 2x Dual Core model: Intel Xeon 5160 bits: 64 type: SMP 
  arch: Core Merom rev: B L2 cache: 8192 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 23940 
  Speed: 2132 MHz min/max: N/A Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2132 2: 2046 3: 2381 
  4: 2015 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA G73 [GeForce 7300 GT] driver: N/A bus ID: 08:00.0 
  chip ID: 10de:0393 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: nouveau,vesa 
  unloaded: fbdev,modesetting alternate: nv resolution: 640x480~N/A 
  OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 7.0 128 bits) v: 3.3 Mesa 18.3.6 
  compat-v: 3.1 direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel 631xESB/632xESB High Definition Audio 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:269a 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.19.0-9-amd64 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel 80003ES2LAN Gigabit Ethernet driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k 
  port: 2020 bus ID: 05:00.0 chip ID: 8086:1096 
  IF: enp5s0f0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Intel 80003ES2LAN Gigabit Ethernet driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k 
  port: 2000 bus ID: 05:00.1 chip ID: 8086:1096 
  IF: enp5s0f1 state: down mac: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 473.26 GiB used: 11.28 GiB (2.4%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD5000AAKS-41TMA0 
  size: 465.76 GiB speed: <unknown> serial: <filter> rev: 1C02 scheme: GPT 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Cruzer size: 7.50 GiB 
  serial: <filter> rev: 8.01 scheme: MBR 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 227.91 GiB used: 6.10 GiB (2.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 56.0 C mobo: N/A 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 499 
Repos:
  No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list 
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list 
  1: deb http://packages.linuxmint.com debbie main upstream import backport #id:linuxmint_main
  2: deb https://deb.debian.org/debian buster main contrib non-free
  3: deb https://deb.debian.org/debian buster-updates main contrib non-free
  4: deb http://security.debian.org buster/updates main contrib non-free
  5: deb https://deb.debian.org/debian buster-backports main contrib non-free
Info:
  Processes: 192 Uptime: 38m Memory: 7.79 GiB used: 856.6 MiB (10.7%) 
  Init: systemd v: 241 runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 8.3.0 alt: 8 
  Shell: bash v: 5.0.3 running in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.0.32 
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Re: Display resolution issues with GeForce 7300 GT

Post by t42 »

For GT 7300 you need 304.137 nvidia driver from the nVidia website or 304 driver from the distribution repository with synaptic. And hope that this driver will be compatible with the current kernel version, othervise you'd downgrade the kernel.
Download Drivers | NVIDIA
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Re: Display resolution issues with GeForce 7300 GT

Post by ssprun1 »

t42 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 1:25 pm
For GT 7300 you need 304.137 nvidia driver from the nVidia website or 304 driver from the distribution repository with synaptic. And hope that this driver will be compatible with the current kernel version, othervise you'd downgrade the kernel.
Download Drivers | NVIDIA
Thank you for your response. I just went ahead and tried a new install over the old one and it looks like what happened was that I must have selected to launch the live CD using the Nvidia drivers and I'm guessing that since I did that it went ahead and attempted to install the Nvidia driver because I noticed that the live CD was using the Nouveau driver while my install was using a Nvidia driver but I think the module wasn't loading (maybe because the 403 driver is no longer supported past 4.13). So after the new install it is now using the Nouveau driver and the expected resolutions are now available.

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