Before I enter a battle when the battle swirl is supposed to happen (I have it turned off) the FPS takes a HUGE plunge. I'm using Pete's Open GL 1.75 and I have it set to "Fast" near the bottom. I already have the special game fixes enabled and I have the FPS limited to 60. I'm running this on a 3.0 GHZ machine, so I don't think that this is the issue. Thanks for the help.
well with that you can use the Nice preset, even on OGL2 actually. also, try I-Chan's setting advice.
anyway, you're using a laptop. are you playing off the CD? it could be reading the CD and thus having to speed up, therefore producing a little stall...also, make sure all of your laptop's power saving features are turned off.