Thank you for the concern Ashley, I very much appreciate it. It's the little things that elude me sometimes. After searching for quite awhile I came across this link on google: scirra.com/blog/73/introducing-the-graphics-driver-updater-utility (Ashley, you seem to be everywhere)
Upgrading the graphics card had not occurred to me at the time because the laptop is more than powerful enough to run a simple web game - or so I thought. After running the Catalyst update(ATI 1025X or something like that) the game did run quicker but, still not full speed. I then stopped a bunch of services from running in hopes of squeezing out some extra power and made sure my browsers were up to date and even went to some other websites to play their html5 games for a comparison - the laptop just isn't robust enough for html5 gaming.
I tested my game on my pc, my sons gaming pc, the pcs at school and all worked without issue. Clearly, the problem is not Construct. However, it does raise the issue of "how fast does a pc need to be in order to run html5 games at full speed?" It seems that processor speed and RAM amount/speed are not the only mitigating factors, that a "decent" 3d graphics card is also needed, even if the html5 game is simple & 2d.
Has anyone performed any benchmarks, not on Construct2 but, on html5 gaming in general? Is there a minimum system requirement?
Thank you again for your time.