THANKS SO MUCH!!! The files from Post #8 got my Gateway 855-based laptop working great. I dunno about OpenGL, but for 2-D stuff it's fine. I now get the natvive 1280x800 res for my screen, and that's really what matters.
I went from a 1.0 to a WE 1.9 score with the change in drivers
from stock VGA to this. Still a 1.0 for 3D, but that's fine. This is a Celeron-M 1.5 Ghz and it never did 3D.