Wow, great. I'm happy I could help ya.
I'm actually a diehard KDE guy myself, but I have an older Dell at work that LXDE runs
really great on. It really is quite good DE in its own right.
The only issue I've run into with it is every once in a blue moon, lxpanel peeks 100% cpu
usage and locks up the panel. So I have to <Ctrl>, <Alt>, <Del> "Kill lxpanel" and then
rerun lxpanel (I created a desktop icon to lxpanel). Not very graceful solution but better
than rebooting with open apps.
If anyone knows a better solution please post it...