Suitable Linux Operating System for Nvida Geforce Go 7300

Hello dear community.

i have an old ACER 5680 laptop with Nvida Geforce Go 7300. I am interested in running Linux on the notebook.

Within the past two months i had tried install Ubutun 18, Ubutun 20 and RHEL on the Acer Notebook but they all had failed with crashes and display.

Recently i was thinking of installing MacOS x LION on it but don’t know if it will run

I want to run Linux on the laptop.

Could anyone suggest to me how to get this running please.


The proprietary driver 304 is out of support for over 3 years now, so running a recent distro would require using the nouveau driver. Since zero to no 3D performance can be expected, I’d try Linux Mint MATE edition. In case of screen corruption, set up an xorg.conf with option

Option "ShadowFB" "on"

Thanks for the response. I really appreciate, I do want to know :

(1) Can i install nouveau drive and get the system working?

(2) You hinted on "set up an xorg.conf with option

Option “ShadowFB” “on”, this option where where should i type in this option.


Nouveau is the standard driver, it gets enabled on Linux install. The quality of the driver on old nvidia gpus is sometimes ok, sometimes bad. In case you’re getting screen corruption or other issues, create a file /etc/X11/xorg.conf containing

Section "Device"
  Identifier "nvidia"
  Driver "nouveau"
  Option "ShadowFB" "on"