Oops, sorry for having the post in the wrong place MouseMonkey.
Thanks for your input hafijur.
I did manage to get all my data off so that is not a problem. Its just seems such a shame to let the laptop sit there as the screen was really good and it played all the games I needed it to (Civ, Company of Heroes etc).
Is there no other card I can get for this laptop that is reasonably priced? Can I install a 9800m? Anyone know what cards I can put into this laptop to get it to rise again?