So, uh … there seems to be some lingering wrongness with my laptop, even after the reformat and stuff … Mainly, stuff working slowly. The graphics drivers seem to work fine outside games, but, well, Firefox is taking even longer to load than it did before, first of all, and when I tried to play Guilty Gear X2 on it, the third video stuttered and the gameplay was practically in Bullet Time. Anyone got any thoughts as to what might be wrong?

There’s probably something wrong with the drive. They’re luckily fairly easy and not too expensive to replace, but in the interest of saving money, you could always try to defragment and (re)install the latest videocard drivers, and eventually try the Omega Drivers if it’s an ATI or nVidia, and see if it speeds things up any.