How to quickly and thoroughly use a LiveCD to test for hardware incompatibility?

Often people wanting to know if Ubuntu will run on a potential hardware purchase are advised to use the LiveCD, perhaps in-store, to check hardware compatibility. For example, this answer suggests drivers will usually not be an issue if they work off the LiveCD, but it also says to test “extensively”.

Given that if you do this in-store, you’ll have a limited time period to do the testing, what is the most efficient way to test the computer? For example, after running a program like vlc to check video and audio…is it then necessary to try a music player too? What settings should be checked?

Let’s assume I am interested in all the usual laptop functions (suspend, hibernate, wireless), in addition to things like built-in webcam, microphone, etc.

Also, if the laptop doesn’t have an optical drive (like some of the newer thin laptops), then I would have to boot from USB. Is this just as reliable as testing from the CD? (I feel silly asking this, but I know some laptops behave differently booting from USB, e.g. Apple)

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

The best way would be to run through the Ubuntu Friendly Test Suite. Simply search for “Friendly” in the Apps lens, and run the “System Testing” app. This already has all hardware related cases, and is a quick, easy way to test through all hardware enablement test cases. More info can be found here:

Solution 2

You need Checkbox test suite in this case:

Also create a hw-probe of the computer to investigate system logs for hardware related errors.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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