The. System. Still. Pauses. And. Stutters. As. I. Work. It's. Really. Quite. Irritating.
On the other hand, I played The Road to El Dorado on the DVD-ROM, and it was abso-friggin'-lutely gorgeous! What a terrific movie. :)
I also tinkered around with the settings on Neverwinter Nights, and discovered that the gameplay is still slow and choppy, but is a much more sophisticated slow and choppy. I will admit it: having your character's torch cast raytraced shadows is a very nice little effect -- but it's also just a little gimmick. The movie cutscenes were at least watchable this time. The sound is still choppy as heck and the video is jumpy, but that beats what I was getting before. It may be a related problem to Photoshop's goofiness.
Anyway, the core problem still remains, I just put a nice coat of glossy paint on it. I'll have to fiddle with it as I get time ... I've got a lot of other stuff to work on in the upcoming weeks, only some of which involves the computer.
At once pour unto the beach, deer friends! Or something like that. :)