I tried lowering the settings, but the insanity stays put.
I also tried Text Spiral plug-in, and AE actually seems to handle it much better than its own text editor (beats me) - anyway, it's kinda bareable now, even though the controls are kinda awkward.
my specs are:
and a Intel C2D 6300
no editing card, but I think these specs should handle AE, though.
thanks a bunch.