Well, I'm now running Puppy Linux and the videos are working fine. The only problems I am experiencing (at the moment ; sure to be others coming down the line) re the screen has gone very dim even though the monitor is showing 100% brilliance. Also it is a bit 'clunky', but I can live with that.
My main gripe with windows is the fact that you know they are going to bring out a new version every couple of years and that many of your programs will not work correctly on it. The best example I can think of was when they moved from FAT to NTFS.
Anyhow, Linux, when used in Command Line mode is very similar to DOS. And i was brought up on DOS (and CP/M).
Time to scrape the rust off my remaining brain cells and get up to speed on Linux.
Yeah, I know...Real techies use Unix.. But hey, give me a break here; I'm trying.