then try a long life distro like CentOS 6
RHEL/CentOS/SL normally do not work well on a laptop ?
without knowing just what it is ? i can not say
or if you want to "go to the dark side" and use a NON rpm distro
there is ubuntu 12.04LTS
The WLAN card on it, for example, has a driver that you manually compile that won't parse in newer GCC versions included with newer distros.
you KNOW that you can install the gcc34-compat on fedora 17
and you can install GCC 4.1,gcc4.2,gcc4.4,gcc4.6 and 4.7 and 4.8
all at the SAME TIME
I currently have Gcc 3.4 and 4.1 and 4.6 installed
fedora normally ships with a SO NEW version of GCC that not many programs will not build ( YET) "out of the box" on fedora
WITHOUT some hacking .
- that is "par for the coarse" with fedora ,and is one of the reasons you CHOSE to use fedora .