I was going to try Mint 16 64-bit because I read if you use 64-bit Wine the problem doesn't exist, but then I realized that these games all require 32-bit virtual drives and PlayOnLinux is only 32-bit. So it probably won't change anything. I also downloaded Ubuntu 14.10 Beta, but I hesitate to try it out. I've never really been "into" betas because they can be buggy. I totally agree with you Allenskd, Cinnamon does use a lot of resources out-of-the-box. Not exactly sure why, but since I was originally a Windows guy, it was even worse! With today's fast hardware its not so bad, but with Wineserver running in the background I am wasting a lot of resources. I have even tried Openbox DM with these problems and of course the audio issues still exist. Right now I'm writing up everything I have done and will post on the LinuxMint forum to see if anyone else has dealt with this. I have done your Alsa underrun tutorial two or three times and am still having the problem. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. One thing that confuses me is that i have a default.pa in two places: /etc/pulse/default.pa /home/booman/.pulse/default.pa If I make a change to one, do I have to make changes to the other? Which takes precedence over the other? I also noticed that pulseaudio in the system monitor has a Priority of "Very High" while literally everything else has "Normal". Is this correct? Should I set it to Normal?