right Ive followed erics advice, i first made shore the chipset drivers were up2date which they were. so i uninstalled the display adapters drivers, then used driver sweep to get rid of any leftover settings (though after the reboot they still showed up in the driver sweep menu, but i ignored this at first) so i install the new drivers and rebooted. the resolution was set to high naw, but i thought all was good and tried lowering the resolution a bit. and disaster it rest itself to 480 x 600 and wouldn't change (exact problem i had to start with). so i uninstalled drivers ran driver sweep and rebooted. and everything went wrong. got the blue screen of death. tried system restore no joy, then booted up in safe mode the display drivers were back in DM, all very confusing, so uninstalled them again driversweep reboot, windows starts fine install new drivers reboot. so im runing on a good resolution naw though i bet if i try setting the res again it will lock me on 480x600. and am quit concerned about the blue screen.
so long story short am considering the problem temporarily fixed however would like some ideas about why the drivers were still in the driver sweep menu, why they reappear in DM after the blue screen, and Wat was the blue screen as it only flashed for a split sec so couldn't get any info of it
thanx for the help pep looking forward to sorting this out LOL