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Puppy should work well with pretty much any laptop out there built in 2001 or later--the only concern would be the chipset used for the wireless card. Puppy is very good at setting up wireless, but the wireless card needs to use a chipset (Atheros, etc.) for which good quality Linux drivers are available.
Note: for a HDD install, you want the RAM to be ~256MB or better.
Can't speak to wireless cuz I don't use it, but everything else you mentioned works just fine on my Dell Latitude laptop with the following: 400 MHz P2; 128 MB RAM (with 256 MB swap partition); 6 GB HDD; NeoMagic graphics card
I've got 2.14 installed on the hard drive of a 765D Thinkpad (Pentium MMX 155 MHz 3GB HDD 64MB RAM 512MB swap partition). It works well, but I haven't been able to get the MWave sound and modem going, despite a rather complicated (for me) ritual involving the Smart Boot Manager, LILO, and autoexec.bat on a tiny DOS partition (supposedly) loading DOS MWave drivers. MWave seems to quite a hurdle for Linux, even with the (abandoned?) modules out there, but I continue to dink around with it.
Distribution: ubuntu-desktop 8.10 and ubuntu-server 8.10
Have used puppy for a year on a Compaq Armada with 400MHz P3, 256Mb RAM, dying harddisk(*), usb-stick as storage.
(*) Always booted puppy from CDROM, using an USB-Stick as storage, the harddrive reported "iminent failure, press F1 to ignore" every time the machine booted. To let the harddrive rest in it's last days, I added to the rc.local:
hdparm -S6 /dev/hda
So the drive went to sleep 30s after it's last use. It was in use as swapping device, but swapping doesn't happen often with 256Mb storage.