Hello, was referred here by a friend and hoping you can help me out.

I've been having issues with my laptop recently, first noticing when I attempted to install Windows 7 the updates that came with it caused lines on the screen, flashing of the screen, and locking the laptop up. It seems whenever the graphics card is updated to a new driver this happens. I was recommended to update my BIOS by someone, and when I looked into my laptop i began discovering this has been an ongoing issue for others. Im very knowledgeable when it comes to this kind of stuff, so I hope you guys can help me solve it. Im currently trying to run Star Wars: The Old Republic which my laptop passes the required/minimal stuff to run, yet its very choppy when I am running the following:

OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name TOM-PC
System Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
System Model M70Vn
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9400 @ 2.53GHz, 2534 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 202, 9/15/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6002.18005"
User Name Tom-PC\Tom
Time Zone Central Standard Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 4.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.12 GB
Total Virtual Memory 8.17 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.88 GB
Page File Space 4.29 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys