Well, I have finally bout a new laptop to replace my aging desktop PC. Why a laptop? I frequently support friends and family, so I wanted a system that I could take with me so I had all my tools handy.
I bought (from Costco) a HP DV6253CL (6200 series) laptop. It has the following configuration:
2 Gb RAM nVidia Video Card AMD Turion 64x2 Processor
I'm starting with a Debian (Etch) install. Unfortunately, it hasn't been formally released. On my first boot, the screen came up, but I couldn't see anything. I discovered by changing my kernel line from:
root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinux-2.6.18-3-amd64 root=/dev/sda5 ro initrd /initrd.img-2.6.18-3-amd64 savedefault
root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinux-2.6.18-3-amd64 root=/dev/sda5 ro noapic nolapic pci=routineirq initrd /initrd.img-2.6.18-3-amd64 savedefault
In fact, I added this as a new option (my first one so it booted automatically) to my grub menu
After I compiled a new kernel, the lines became:
root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinux-126.96.36.199-amd64 root=/dev/sda5 ro noapic nolapic pci=routineirq initrd /initrd.img-2.6.18-3-amd64 savedefault
I finally moved to Kubuntu, as only Kubuntu and OpenSuSE 10.3 Alpha 3 recognized my wireless card.