Figured it out! And boy do I feel dumb. Apparently it was my cpu base clock and/or multiplier settings. I had my cpu overclocked, but when I first attempted the "disable all overclock settings" solution, I must not have saved them correctly because they didn't stick, and sure enough my bios still had my cpu overclocked when I checked it again. Chock it up to user error an hubris. Anyway, Im not sure which setting is at fault for causing the super fast game speed, or if its both the settings combined.. (I use both the multiplier and the cpu clock when I overclock). Either way, the game is running flawlessly now. Exciting, as this game kicked ass back in 9th grade when I first played it. Will be fun to experience it again. Thanks for your help Themken. Im off to Hoffers Gap.