Hi all, I thought I'd introduce myself, I've been into pc's for years, although switched to a less hardware based role about 3 years ago and thus am not as informed on the techie side of computing as I used to be.
I've just got myself a laptop through work, a athlon 64 3400+, 1gb ram and a ATI M200 GFX. Although it runs normal XP applications fine, its a bit sluggish in the most basic of games (Half-life 2, C&C Generals etc) and these are games that I run on my main PC which is much lower specced.
I have so far been unable to track down GFX drivers to update the current ones and have checked click here, and cannot track down the right one.
Not a very powerful graphics chipset - equivalent to the x300, bottom of the current ATI desktop range, although even that should be on a par your GF2. It's also true HL2 struggles even with a full 512mb, sharing 128mb of that would strangle it.
I think you mis understood me, my laptop has 1 gb of ram and only 128 of that is shared with the gfx. I didn't expect to play games on it alot, but expected it to run games like counter strike and generals on the low settings and not stutter and struggle.
Might be worth speaking to the manufacturer of the laptop, or e-mailing them. It certainly sounds a bit strange that your laptop should struggle so much - however, some games don't link any kind of intergrated sound or graphics - e.g. Black & White - and that might be part, or all, of the problem.