thank you for the suggestions!!
I am sure that there was a driver issue with the vid card upon inspection it seems that the drivers that were installed VIA MS update were for the 5500 and not the 4400 (kinda makes me go hmmm.) and as to winstars statement, these machines are within 2 yrs of age and should have no issues running 7 and then why would MS sell its software as a upgrade from XP as well as vista if they didn't plan for some back compatability in hardware. granted neither systems I am using are duo core procs. but the both are 3 gig or better and hyperthread. so I think that my issues are more with the cards I am using then the MOB. Guess I have just found out what Plug and play really mean. lol.