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I have an approximately 10-year old HP Pavilion laptop. Originally it came with Win XP, then at some point, probably 8 years ago, I installed Linux (Ubunut/gOS) on it. This installation has never worked completely (e.g. never got wireless USB mouse to work) and also getting some other things to work to some effort. I was thinking of installing another Linux OS Is there any distribution that works completely out of the box?
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Only if you install it on the hardware they tested it on.  Newer versions have more drivers in them but they have to to work on newer hardware.  Since Windows has 100 times more users, it is more likely for there to be a Windows driver for devices that have lower sales volume.
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HP Pavilion dv5000
AMD64 processor
Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M 5955 (PCIE)

Just for the record, I looked it up, I installed gOS 4 years ago. In addition to wireless USB not working properly, I couldn't get the wireless card working either.
It looks as if most distributions will work fine on that. How much RAM do you have, and how much could you put into it?

Probably Linux Mint will work out of the box, that's the distro I would probably use (get the Ubuntu version, both the Mate or the Cinammon dekstops should do fine. You can try both from the LiveDVD. If you don't want to burn a DVD, you can also use unetbootin to put it on a USB stick. Another distro I like and that works fine is OS4 (I'm not sure if that is the new version of gOS):

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mint
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=os4

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
512mb RAM
The above mentioned distro's should work fine with that, but of course if you can increase that it would be better...