|Please post laptop manufacturer and model number. Then we can go to the mfg website to see what the specs and drivers are.|
"To play anything..."
Although highly unlikely, it's possible that the video card card doesn't support support 256, only 16-bit, OR whatever it is you are trying to play only supports 256 colors. Again, however this is highly unlikely; I've never come across a computer that couldn't step video >down< a level.
iMac G5 1.8GHz "Hero" PowerPC
2 x 1GB DDR PC3200 SDRAM
160GB WDC WD1600JD-40GBB2
Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5.8