HP Pavillion 15 Dual Boot Ubuntu - Wifi Trouble
I just purchased a new HP Pavilion 15-au062 15.6" with an Intel Core i5-6200U Processor, 8 GB RAM, and 1 TB SATA Drive. It has a backlit keyboard and seems to be a pretty decent build. Not aluminum or titanium, but pretty solid for ~$500.
I wanted to make it dual boot Xubuntu 16.10 Installing Xubuntu went pretty smoothly once I figured out that you have to press esc as soon as you see the screen flash to intercept the bootloader. Too soon and it doesn't read the key press, too late and it's too late.
However, Once I got it installed and running the machine was real slow in connecting and using the wifi, and then after a bit the wifi would go completely unresponsive, even though it said it was still connected. It turns out to be a problem with the default driver for th rtl8723be wifi card. The solution described here resolved the issue immediately
When there is a kernel update, I do have to run the following:
make clean && make
sudo make install
followed by a restart.