I have a HP Pavilion dv6 laptop (dv6-6b55er). Can I install the latest Ubuntu (13.04) without having any problems such as missing drivers, performance.. etc. Any advise is highly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
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As per Ubuntu, HP Pavilion dv6 is Ubuntu certified hardware.
Check out the list of HP hardware being certified here.
DV6 is certified by Ubuntu for
So most of the stuff should run out of the box for you. However as @Rinzwind has mentioned, please try using a live CD/USB before installing it on the laptop.
Ubuntu recommends Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 64-bit as recommended version. Keep in mind the certification notes
It seems the Proprietary drivers create problem, so please do the following as mentioned in the thread here.
Hope this solves his issues
For questions like this Ubuntu has the Live DVD. Download it, burn it, boot from the DVD and try Ubuntu. It runs totally in memory so it is a bit slow but it will not change anything on your hard disc.
You can try out if your wireless works. You can try printers, external discs and basically examine all your hardware before deciding to install Ubuntu.
But if you want to make sure upfront that all your hardware is supported you need to write down all the brand names, model numbers and if possible chip set and search for those on the web.