Big Fat Clown - What's your monitor?
There are tons of links on this great forum that will help you.
As for me, I have light leakage (I have the Hitachi) and I have the 9700 - 128 RAM - clean XP SP1 with non-ATI drivers.
My 3d Mark was high 3,000s (like 3800 or 3900).
Read on the forums - everyone complained about the hitachi monitors at the 1600 resolution (wsxga+) - and the samsungs are better.
I have had my laptop for close to 2 weeks - getting no where with tech support on the phone (MANY calls) so I just decided for UPS to pick it up and order another one. It's a pain, but if you're spending $2k on a machine and some of them are 'perfect', why shouldn't mine?
Anyway, sorry for the digression!