Originally Posted by Daedalus
Yep, that sounds mostly like the hardware isn't supported. Age isn't so much of a factor here as finding compatible hardware - once you do, it will be far faster than anything else running on that same hardware. The single biggest difference is getting a supported graphics card, without which you're stuck with VESA display modes which are common to all cards, but are slow and offer limited resolutions and colours. This is most likely your issue...
Yes, that was my issue. That and the amazing amount of crashing. Tried AROS on an old core2duo laptop with ATI graphics - that one could run the screen at the right resolution and depth, but only got one frame every few seconds which made it kind of hard to use.
Gave up after that!