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I have got a ten-year old HP Pavilion dv6397ea running under Vista SP2, Intel Core2 CPU-t7200 2.00ghz with 2G RAM. My video adapter model is NVidia GEForce GO 7400. I have got many hardware problems such as my computer running ultra-slow, overheating (I have removed my battery ages ago). I have cleaned my laptop a year ago and replaced the cooling gel on the processor.
I'm considering reformatting my hard drive and installing Ubuntu v.12 to reduce usage of my slowly-dying machine. I haven't got much use for games or specialized software (I already use open-source software for most of my daily tasks), Ubuntu seems like a logical choice.
However I have talked to my entourage and they told me that there might a be a problem installing Ubuntu because my HP might be "tattooed" and some of my hardware might not be recognized under Ubuntu. I have tried finding documentation on this, it's like searching for a needle inside a haystack... Is there any guide available or links on the Ubuntu website that would help me decide? Thank you for any help in advance, Marylene