Ahoy. I have a HP 6715b with an ATI graphics card and would strongly advise you against going the custom kernel path! It’s really meant for very experienced users. What I did is go the ndiswrapper way for the wlan and now it works like a charm. You only need a working Windows driver for your wlan chipset, everything else is configured hassle-free via YAST. I then downloaded the original ATI graphics driver (simply by enabling the ATI repository), don’t know how it’s done with Intel chipsets though. The graphics card may very well be your biggest headache in linux, mind you. Especially if you plan on playing linux games and taking the OpenGL route. As far as I know, only Nvidia has decent linux drivers, all other manufacturers suck big time (the situation is slowly improving, though - the emphasis being on slowly). My ATI card still causes a crash from time to time (only while playing OpenGL games, to be true). As for your other problems: OpenSuSE actually issues updates from time to time which actually do improve things. My laptop wouldn’t suspend to disk or to RAM when I first installed OpenSuSE 11.0, but now, after reverting to the old KDE 3.x desktop, customizing it a bit, and several updates down the line, almost all the initial issues are gone, wireless works, suspend works, multimedia buttons work. I would strongly suggest going the mainstream way: the default kernel, no custom compiling, the windows wireless driver, the default linux graphics driver (although it’s not accelerated), maybe even leaving out the non-essential stuff like the fingerprint reader etc. - you can experiment with all the complicated, advanced stuff later, when you rise well beyond the newbie level. That’s if you want to have a working, reliable workhorse with which you plan to actually get any work done (as opposed to permanently troubleshooting and reinstalling the system).
I apologize if this is against the forum etiquette.
I am running Ubuntu Intrepid Beta 6 on the HP 6730b with no problems. I have only had to manually configure one setting (a flag for the soundcard driver to tell it to run in laptop mode).
Everything is working:
Suspend & Hibernate.
If one wishes to run the 2.6.27 kernel, and doesn’t mind beta software, then one can download and try openSUSE-11.1 beta1. … I note that beta software is likely to be buggy, so IMHO in December when the Gold Master released version of 11.1 is released, one should update and replace their beta version with the GM version:
[opensuse-announce] openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 now available](http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-announce/2008-09/msg00015.html)
I am relatively new to linux and I have been using ubuntu 8.10 most of the time now. I however still need to keep XP as I can’t get my 3G built in modem to work. I have an hp6730b as well. Everything works perfectly except my 3g and sound. Can you please assist me as I would like to get rid of Windows completely.