If you are using VLC, have you tried fudging the settings a bit? Caching in particular.
XFCE is too toned down for my needs. I need KDE without the plasma desktop (visual effects).
I plan on switching to Mint 13 MATE but not sure that would suit my needs.
I am a BIG fan of GUI's and despise having to hunt for configuration files or do anything via command line.
And most home users are like this.
Thanks - I didn't think of fudging VLC for the built-in SIS Mirage 1 - but the horizontal line chaff occurs in the wide-screen mode whether running VLC or not. I have read that fooling around with parameters in something called xorg may help, but I can't figure out how to get into xorg. Command line suggestions from the internet seem to be no-ops.
I did try KDE in my desperate search to get rid of the line chaff and VLC image doubling, but KDE didn't help and the performance wasn't as good as xfce, so I went back to xfce. When you are trying to deal with a 1.2 Ghz Celeron 220, squeezing maximum performance out is top job. I know I am a novice at Linux, and it shows. That's why I am here.
I'm with you on GUI for home users (like me), but don't immediately see the GUI sacrifice going from KDE to xfce. Just what do I lose, GUI-wise, by going to xfce? What configuration files do you mean? My experience is limited with both KDE and xfce, but so far I have never had to resort to a command line (except typing failing suggestions to try fiddling xorg).