Thanks for your input guys,
Yes, at one point when i was running Vista, I kept the device manager up and when i would switch over to the monitor it would be detected for a second, but appeared with the yellow explamation point, meaning the it was unable to install the monitor. Another notable point is that I can see the monitor in the windows manager for extending the monitor to multiple displays, but its viewed as a non plug and play monitor(which is odd). When i was able to see the monitor in the device manager with the driver error, that was only visible for few seconds because the device manager would refresh as soon as the signal didnt go through on the monitor.
What puzzles me is the the svideo output would display fine, but not the vga output. They all run on the same video board, so the only thing that sort of comes to mind here is that the video card could be failing. Im reluctant to accept that, being the laptops lcds (at the least the left visible portion of it) displays completely normal. Sometimes the blank portion of the screen shows a duplicate picture of the left half, it is garbled, but i can actually open the start menu and see the same picture over to the far right. http://i45.tinypic.com/24oxdao.jpg
I did visually inspect the ribbon cable behind the lcd, while i was doing a little cleaning, but i could go ahead and completly disconnect and reseat it. Or go all the way into the main video board and check connections there.
I am just about ready to go out on a limb here and just purchase the new lcd, install it, and see what happens...