I found out what to problem was for what it's worth. Maybe someone else might have the same problem down the track.
While I was updating the graphics driver, I was told on another forum to check my power mode. Apparently in power saver mode, the cpu only runs at 800mhz, and I had changed it to power saver mode when taking the lappy out for a date
Easy fix and one I should have checked 1st, but it was still a good pc clean, learnt alot about vistas performance info and admin tools, plus I managed to get rid of another 6 services I didn't need running. PC is running faster and cooler.
I figured a 3dmark01 test would tell me how my card is going. My score is 9246 3DMarks
Now 21765 ;)