You could try installing the latest NVIDIA drivers. Head to NVIDIA's driver download page
and get the NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run file. Follow the installation instructions on that page to install them (you'll probably have to chmod u+x
As for the BIOS thing, when you turn on your laptop, does it have a splash image before your boot manager comes up? If so, try pressing various combinations of <DEL>, <F1>, <F10>, <F12>, or <ESC> while it's displayed.