Sadly you have found the cause. Now you need to ponder if you are willing to accepts the cause and head to a cure.
Since it is a new laptop you could try one thing and then begin asking for a free upgrade to XP or full refund. The one thing is to install Vista's SP1 in it's RC1 form.
I see it, have seen this issue before. I know the cure but won't write it since it may cause some to get a little hot.