I've encountered the dreaded mid-dialogue lockup when playing SRW Alpha. The standard piece of advice for this situation is "try another emulator." So far I've tried ePSXe and PSXEven. Both failed. Does anybody know an emulator that DEFINITELY works?
I realize this is a really old thread, but I noticed that in ePSXe, when I used Pete's OpenGL Driver Version 1.75 plugin with "Use Frame Skipping" turned off, I got a mid-dialogue lockup, but when I have it turned on (which is my usual setting), I never got any such lockup.
OK, well... here's the story. ePSXe 1.60 worked for MOST of the game... but much later (Minmei singing, some of the EoE stuff) there were locks I couldn't get around. Eventually I had to cobble together a working version of VGS - with the help of a memory card converter - to play through those parts. ePSXe still works better, in addition to supporting savestates.