Here is the list of basic hints Final Fantasy Net is providing for Final Fantasy VIII. Please click on the link to view the hints. Towards the bottom of this page you’ll find some very basics tips that don’t really necessarily merit their own page.
Hold L1 + L2 + R1 + R2 + Select + Start during game play to reset the console. (Note this is for the PlayStation version of the game only)
Fleeing from battle:
You can run from a battle not involving a boss by holding the R2 and L2 buttons simultaneously. (Note this is for the PlayStation version of the game only)