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I have an older HP Pavillion g7-1303sa laptop (spec link here) which may have an intermittently faulty Radeon GPU.

Can I setup Linux to work on this system by selectively disabling GPU and graphics acceleration features? Can this be achieved by adjusting kernel boot options alone? Are some distros better than others for this kind of troubleshooting? Linux Mint is the most recent distro I've used and Ubuntu before that.

Would this result in a badly performing Linux system that's unable to do video playback or external HDMI video output (which seems to be the case for the current Windows workaround described below)?

Currently the laptop will only run Windows 10 reliably if the display driver is set to Microsoft Basic Display Adapter. With Radeon drivers installed there are frequent BSOD crashes in the drivers themselves (which also happened in the factory installed Windows 7 before upgrading to Windows 10). I've tried various troubleshooting steps and driver reinstalls. With the basic display adapter the laptop is unable to play videos or use external HDMI output and has very laggy graphics in some situations but is generally stable.

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