if you got it to work (almost completely) on mandriva, then it will be able to work on any distro (with the proper drivers loaded and settings)
first things first.. post all of the (Detailed) hardware information on your laptop.. ie network card, sound card, mouse/keyboard, monitor refresh rates (vertical and horizontal sync rates as well), etc.
when you have this information, go to the lq.org hcl
to see if you can find some of your hardware in there, and read what others have said about it. or go to some other site and look for the information about it's compatibility with linux, or go directly to the manufacturer's site and if possible download the drivers for it.
if you cant get it to work yourself, at least post all the hardware info as i mentioned, and maybe someone can help with that specific piece of hardware.
if you would have searched for your laptop here, you would have got these results
, check them out as well