Anyhow..mayham continues in the rank and file.
I found out that my graphics card supports setting additional shared memory aside from the system memory to add to the dedicated 128mb. For a total of 256. I tried it and turned the comp on..sure enough the graphics were 256, but my 512 system memory was down to like 380...so that was counter-productive. So now I am researching and waiting for the right price of a 1 gb chip to set things into higher gear.
Otherwise not much else happening here. I am seriously working towards getting away to Chicago soon. Details to follow. :-)