Hello, I'm a bit of a newbie at this so please bear with me. I have Windows XP with latest version of directx, 2 gigs of RAM, 3.4 Ghz processor, and raedon x800 pro 256 mb video card. When I run the game, it loads O.K. with normal fps (~60) but when I start playing I go down to 5 fps! What's going on here, there's obviously some sort of configuration problem on my end, because I'm trying to play a game made back in 2000, it shouldn't be that demanding for specs. Is there anything critical I should be doing? I tried default configurations and trying fooling around with different configurations and also using the speed hacks, nothing works. Is it really my pc?
Well as I said Pentium 4s are pretty low end for PCSX2. And it is NOT 2 cores,it is one core with hyperthreading,creating a virtual second core which is of course way slower than having 2 real cores.
Still,5 FPS is way too slow even for this system,so go ahead and post all plugins you're using,their settings and your PCSX2 settings (especially cpu and speed hacks)
Yep that was it. Not much you can do there I'm afraid your settings are not that bad. Unfortunately you not having a DX10 capable gfx card and vista/win 7 is preventing you from using the DX10 mode of GSdx which is that much faster. Try setting GSdx to pixel shader 3 and interlacing to none.
For a better speed boost,use the latest PCSX2 beta and take advantage of the new VU Cycle hack. That's all you can do except from buying a new PC....
Yeah,it looks like you picked some pretty demanding game. Some other games like Kingdom Hearts,Disagea,Phantom Brave (2D ones) will work quite better though