OK--I'm experimenting a bit and hit "0" while holding the shift key down and it plays normally.
how do I get it to play normally without having to hold down the shift key? (I switched from Shift + RAM preview options to RAM Preview Options and either way, you still have to hold down the shift key for it to play normally--where it looks/sounds right and plays at 2s)
It seems like you've inadvertently changed something in your RAM preview options. Post a screenshot of your Preview panel if you aren't able to figure it out, and maybe we can help.
BTW, operating system, version number of After Effects, and kinds of footage are usually useful. Please post such details when asking a question.
thanks! I actually just figured it out--I really don't know what I did, but I when into the Compositions Menu, clicked on Preview, then Ram Preview and it automatically reset itself. Not sure why, but it works fine now.
that post above (from kisia) was from me--I logged on inadvertantly with an old email address.
But the problem is solved, nonetheless.