Well NTSC is lower quality at around 240 or 480 if you want to count for all the frames for a cost of faster frame per second at about 29.97. Pal is 288 or 576 to get all the frames at 24.95 frames per second.
You can use MPlayer to optimize the movie during playback.
Im using a Packard Bell EAsyNote laptop
I feel sorry for you. They are know as Packard Hell because they are well know to have a lot problems with serveral programs..