Well - did some more testing.
Set the native resolution to 1024x768 to match the benchmarking res.
On the GPU:
Core Clock: 299MHz
Memory Clock: 696MHz
(this is the first time AquaMark has run - before at a higher desktop resolution it would not start the test - would just go to the blank screen which requires a hard shutdown)
(I have had better luck with 3DMark03 than with 05 - it would run at a higher desktop resolution, but not always)
3DMark05: 3 out of 4 times I got the blank screen, and had to hard shut down - the other time I got this error:IDirect3DDevice9::PresentFailed : Device Lost (D3DERR_DEVICELOST)
So 3DMark05 would not run after 4 times trying - I don't want to keep trying this - A hard shutdown is not a good thing for my new laptop! Maybe someone with a test unit could work at this a bit more...
On the gaming front:
I have had NO problems with ANY games I have installed and played (EQ2, HL2, NWN, Sims2) - every game runs great - no blank screen problem. I will test more after I have had this a bit - and report any other issues.
(I really love this laptop!!!!!!!!!)