How old is your computer?
What processor do you have?
How much RAM do you have?
The new versions of Ubuntu require 512 MB of RAM and recommend 1GB. If Ubuntu 9.04 ran on it, it probably is not a graphics card problem. You may need to go with a different distribution or one with a lighter Desktop than Unity or Gnome3. Post some hardware info on your laptop.
I would try another distribution if I could find one. All I have found they want me to send money for
There are numerous Linux distributions available for free download. On the upper right of this page under Main Menu there is a Download Linux link. You can also google distrowatch and go to their web site and get information on different distributions of Linux with links to their sites to download.