3-year hp desktops to 6-month asus notebooks.
NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM has all the drivers required for normal operation... And they don't accept vista drivers either... Amazingly, on several of those machines, as a joke we tested mac os x hackintosh, just to see how it goes. And the hackintosh performed better out-of-box than windows 7. No need to say that ubuntu recognized everything from the start.
I call B.S. First, where and how did you buy an Asus laptop that recently with Windows 7 on it? Second, Ubuntu is not going to load proprietary drivers from the start, anyway. I've used it. I've used all of the above. Worst case scenario, Windows Update will grab the drivers from the Internet. Sound and video has been standardized for years. There are plenty of pros for Linux. Don't get me wrong. But HARDWARE SUPPORT, especially support of WEBCAMS is NOT one of them.
Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.