|I just installed Zorin 6.4 LTS (Long Term Support) on my old laptop & am very happy with the performance. It performs much better than Win7 did & looks almost exactly like it. I had to connect via Ethernet to download the updates & to setup the wireless, but after that it worked like a charm. If you want to spend $200 on a laptop that's probably not worth 1/2 that much, that's your business, but there are other alternatives. I suggest you try the "no money" approach 1st. As for RAM, if specs are the same (i.e., PC2700, CL2.5), there should be no perceivable difference in performance between brands.|
In case you decide to take my advice about Zorin, here's what you'll most likely need to do to get the wireless working:
Terminal is similar to using Windows CMD to type in & run commands. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+T will bring it up. Once you open Terminal, enter the following command & press Enter:
lspci -vvnn | grep 14e4
Running the above will tell you exactly which Broadcom chip you have, mine was 14e4:4318. Once I had that info, I knew which commands to run to install the drivers. You'll have to check the list in the above link to know which commands you'll need to run but I'm guessing they'll be the same.
1st, key-in the following command & press Enter (you'll be prompted for a password - use the one you setup during installation). Then wait for the process to complete (it may take a few minutes):
sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source
After it's done it's business, it will stop at the command prompt again, then you can run this command:
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
Again, it will take a few minutes to finish. Once it stops at the command prompt, simply close Terminal, reboot, & wireless should be working. Click on the network icon on the task bar, find your wireless network, click on it, then enter your passphrase. Done!