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Old 03-04-2012, 01:26 AM   #1
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HP laptops that works with Ubuntu

I am not knowledgeable on hardwares. Is there a 2010-1011 HP (Compaq) model that works with Ubuntu 11.10?

Thank you in advance.
Old 03-04-2012, 02:13 PM   #2
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HP Pavilions seem to work with Ubuntu; have worked in the past, too. There is some hardware that may require post-installation driver configuration (most probably the wireless local area network hardware), but nothing impossible/too hard. I installed Ubuntu 11.10 (also 11.04) a few months ago onto a brand-new Pavilion, without notable problems. WLAN did not work right out of the box, but after downloading and installing the drivers (easily obtained from the web free of charge; also good instructions were easily found, and LQ helps you out here) the situation was solved. If you pay a little attention to the WLAN hardware onboard, you can probably get around this problem by choosing the model wisely in the shop.

If you can, take the Ubuntu version you'd like (live CD, the usual installation disc) to the shop and ask if you can try it out there. In my experience most shops have nothing against this, and it allows you to see instantly whether or not the machine boots and works with the operating system.
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Some hardware not on this list might work too; a Live CD is the best way to find out for sure.
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No, major problem is Linux doesn't get WIFI driver information from the maker. The programming community makes a driver for the wifi card not all wifi cards work either.

If you usually post it to Ubuntu forums they have an idea and will start to work on the problem.

Usual Good Idea is to download a copy of Ubuntu or Linux Mint 12 that has the codecs on ISO DvD version making ur job as painless as possible. So you dont find urself having to install the driver manually.

This is not always the case so it is a good idea to read and follow directions if you have to do a manual install.[COLOR="Silver"]

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