Thanks for the response. Of course I was going to take it back if it wasn't a simple fix. But after Googling the problem I figured it was probably inherent in Vista 32 or whatever and I might as well try and resolve it myself if I could.
You can close this board as I figured out the problem (I think)
I had read somewhere that a new driver was loaded at the factory over an old one, perhaps this is the case.....Intel, Compaq, HP, and Vista are clueless as to the problem or so they would have us think and their help was, as usual, not much.
However, there were two display drivers and they were obviously conflicting. They were both Mobil Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family, although they had differing dates. So for those with the same problem (seems to be alot of us out there) my fix was to boot into safe mode, delete both drivers and then upon restart, Vista reloaded the driver. Did this shortly after I posted here orginally and have not had the error message since.