So, I screwed up big time. I JUST realized ive been using my integrated intel graphics for 4 YEARS. yea. i'm an idiot.
After realizing my mistake I tried installing the catalyst driver for the card (hd 7470m). The setup completed, but an error message came up saying the installation failed. Trying to open the settings panel gives me a notification that no driver is installed. I go into my device manager and delete the graphics card. Thought it deleted the driver only, but now it says "standard VGA graphics adapter". When I try to update the driver it says the driver is installed. So I have that problem too.