Ok, launched the GUI and here is what I saw:
the screen tab shows: model plug n play
resolution choices are: 800x600 @ 61hz
Default screen is checked, everything below that is grayed out
then I selected the graphics card tab:
driver shown is vesa-generic vesa compliant video card
I went into envy and selected auto on graphic card install
when I reboot I always get Lo Graphics Mode
I don't understand why my other desktop with hardy heron runs like a top using 1024x768 and my compaq pesario F700 is set up the same way.
I do believe I am jinxed on this particular setup. Oh, and I changed MB to a PC Chips A13G+ with an Nvidia MCP61S Chipset thinking that might help. then I reinstalled Linux Mint Elyssa. Then I did all of the above. Going to bed and start off fresh tomorrow.