The b43 wireless and nvidia graphics dont work on a standard install on this laptop. trying to boot the CD normal will result in distorted graphics / unuseable desktop.
how i got mint 13 installed on a hp dv6636nr laptop
make sure linux mint 13 dvd is in the drive; boot computer from cd/dvd
hit f6 when mint splash screen comes up
choose compatiblity mode
install linux mint 13
upon reboot hold shift to enter the GRUB menu
add b43.blacklist=yes nomodeset to the end of GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFUALT after quiet splash
boot into MATE go to additional drivers and install broadcom sta and nvidia drivers
reboot, x-server wont load thats okay
login at the full screen command line
drop to su
should have a working desktop! yay!