So my HP laptop (bought 2nd hand from fleabay for £150) has a totally cr@p wireless card in it that broke my debian install. No problem ill buy a decent Intel.
Nope. As soon as I put it in and turned the thing on it came up saying it had detected an illegal wireless card and disabled it. Much research later, it appears to have an RSA encrypted BIOS that cant be modified to remove the whitelisting and when I tried to manually flip the disable bit in the PCIe configuration space it wouldnt stick.
HP can go die in a fire, I'm never buying another of their products.