I am pretty much new to the Linux community. The only prior experience I have is in the high school English lab; the computers were using UNIX with bright orange text on black. When I first heard about LiveCDs I was blown away. And I had heard such great things about the MINT. My question is:
When I booted the LiveCD, everything worked fine until I started the Beryl Manager (Red gem icon) and it went to the system tray area. Prior to doing that, my mpeg, wmv, and avi's were playing perfectly in the supplied associated media player. That was the first thing that I wanted to test, and all of my video formats worked perfectly...with thumbnails! I thought, "Awesome, I am totally gonna install this OS". Then I started to play around with the cool effects in Beryl and it sold me even more! But when I went to play my favorite Family Guy mpeg, I noticed that the quality of the vid diminished. I opened a different file and different format, same problem. Almost a grid-like pattern appeared on them. Is this merely because I am running it from the Live CD, or is this a problem I will encounter once I actually install on my computer? I don't want to install an OS that won't do what I need it to do. I am using a Dell Dimension 2400 with a 2.8GHz Intel chip, 512MB RAM, and Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV graphics card (garage sale: $50!) Any help is greatly appreciated, THANKS!