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I purchased a HP dv6 3122TX recently and after installing Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit I ran into multiple issues like,

  • The wireless driver is not supported by Uubntu. (1) [The driver is RaLink RT3090 ]

  • The ethernet stopped working sometimes for no reason [The driver is Realtek RTL8111/8168B ]

  • "Corrupted low memory at ..." issue which is described as a kernel bug in Ubuntu support forums. (It started to take me to a terminal instead of the GUI and couldn't start x server after that)

As I'm not an expert Ubuntu user I got fed up of all these issue and got back to Windows 7. But I need an Ubuntu installation up and running for my development work.

What are your suggestions about a reasonable Ubuntu version that I should try? Or a different Linux variation? Should I stick to a 32-bit version?

It'd be great anyone can give some advice on this issue.

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Have you considered running ubuntu in a VM instead? I have unbuntu happily running in virtualbox. –  Nifle Dec 1 '10 at 17:55
    
I hardly use Windows usually. So in my case it's going to be ideal if I could install Ubuntu. That's why I'm trying hard to get an installation running without any issues. –  sanjayav Dec 1 '10 at 18:03
    
This isn't really a great question for the site :/ –  Rob Oct 27 '11 at 15:19
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The wireless driver is not supported by Uubntu. (1) [The driver is RaLink RT3090 ]

It is supported - you can load any windows driver via option called NDIS if system update does not get drivers right

The ethernet stopped working sometimes for no reason [The driver is Realtek RTL8111/8168B ]

Cable unplugged?

"Corrupted low memory at ..." issue which is described as a kernel bug

It is a BIOS bug and such message says BIOS is buggy and your day is saved

 As I'm not an expert Ubuntu user I got fed up of all these issue and got back to Windows 7. But I need an Ubuntu installation up and running for my development work.

Install Virtualbox or vmware player and install 32 or 64bit ubuntu from ISO image. Your CPU supports Virtualisation well.

What are your suggestions about a reasonable Ubuntu version that I should try?

No idea - Ubuntu is a graphic shell over debian, just like Mint.

Or a different Linux variation?

Yes yes

Should I stick to a 32-bit version?

64bit version implies better memory protection and may be a better test, it also supports systems with 3 or more GB of RAM better(32bit would waste a gigabyte or less under 4GB) . Virtualised you can have both.... 64bit ca run 32bit programms at good speed.

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I'd recommend Archlinux or if you can afford the time, Gentoo.

Also you can always try installing the zen-kernel on Ubuntu, might be better than the stock kernel.

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The page you linked for zen-kernel (on ubuntu wiki) is deprecated, and my quick glance over gave heaps of stuff that's just wrong in it. –  Eroen Mar 12 '12 at 3:57
    
I have since moved to Arch and started using ck instead of zen. wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Linux-ck –  OneOfOne Apr 12 '12 at 0:45
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