Ok, just got the resolution issue on the laptop fixed and it looks great. I still have two problems.
1. I am using mint 7 on a Dell Mini 10 (1010). When I use the HDMI port to connect to my 42", 720p, TV, it recognizes it as a 7" monitor and only allows for a max resloution of 720x480 (lxrandr). How can I fix this issue. It gets better when I run only the TV and turn the laptop display off, but then it cuts off the edges of the screen so i have to move windows around to access controls.
2. When i use the HDMI port, the video quality is great (aside from fitting in the screen), but i get no sound. The sound still works from the laptop, but is not transferred to the TV. I had the same problem with XP, Dell reinstalled a driver for me and everything was perfect. Any ideas?