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I have been trying to completely shift to ubuntu or a linux distro for almost 2 years now. I have tried all the ubuntu distros starting from 10.04 through 11.10, but there has always been some bugs with the display drivers or the wireless cards not being recognised and the additional drivers suggested from the ubuntu community not doing the trick always.

I tried a lot to fix bugs, checked a lot of forums, launch pad, got some of them fixed, but could not really get a neat and complete ubuntu machine set up till now. Now I really like the whole open source community and the linux platform, my pc at home runs ubuntu 11.04 perfectly but there have been some glitches always with ubuntu on my laptop that has forced me to stick with windows only.

Now I am currently on an hp dv6 laptop that has the broadcom bcm4313 wireless driver and the nvidia 630gtm graphics(optimus) driver. Now I tried to do some research on the support of these drivers in linux machines but could not get anywhere. So I would really appreciate if you guys could suggest some linux distro that I could use that has full support of these drivers or has stable bug fixes for these kind of issues. I tried precise pangolin (LTS) through a live CD but i still see a problem with wifi networks which is a little frustrating. Please help me find the perfect match for my laptop :P I would gladly provide any other information necessary.

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I'm pretty sure the latest Ubuntu distribution (12.10) provides excellent support for numerous graphic drivers, and the b43 one.

If you have problems installing it open a terminal, write

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

and restart your pc.

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Thanks @Geckobear for your quick response, but have you used ubuntu 12.10 and do you think its better than the LTS version? I mean in terms of support for the drivers. I just want to be a 100% sure that its the best solution for my laptop. –  Vivek Pradhan Dec 18 '12 at 15:58
    
I'm currently writting this from a 12.10 laptop with the b43 driver. It works flawlessly. Though I don't know about the NVidia drivers 'cause I'm using the Radeon Open driver -- which also runs flawlessly!--. 12.10 is sure a bigger step forward from 12.04. You can always try for yourself and make the final descision. Also, if the driver works, you could contribute at linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43 as it is marked as "Not tested". –  Dialogos Dec 18 '12 at 16:00
    
Can anybody tell me how to get a broacom 4313 chip to work in 12.04 or 12.10? Which drivers to install? I am really confused! –  Vivek Pradhan Dec 22 '12 at 16:55
    
uhm..with the above command it will most likely work out of the box... did you try it? –  Dialogos Dec 22 '12 at 21:47
    
I've been using Ubuntu 12.10 on my HP Envy 6 (with BCM4313 14e4:4727). The wireless is significantly improved. Ping times are stable (< 1ms to my router). I'd say give it a shot. Note: I did not need to use the firmware-b43-installer suggested in the post above. The card worked out of the box with no issues. –  bkloppenborg Dec 22 '12 at 22:04

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