All you dedicated X-Plane fans prove I must be missing something. I loaded it for the first time (demo version) the other day, and I was totally underwhelmed. What I saw when it finally loaded (took waaay too long) was a very blue-tinged runway with a jet on it. It took me a while to figure out how to configure my controls, but I got some action going there. However, my frame rates were about .5 - 1 fps. It was kinda like watching a slideshow, if you know what I mean.
Here are my specs:
Athlon 900Mhz (classic slot-a, not thunderbird)
ATI Rage Fury Pro 32Mb video
Windows 2000 Pro (I know, but I need this computer for programming, too)
My guess is that although the X-Plane site says it'll work with this ATI card, it's really holding me back. Everything else about my system should perform great as far as I can tell. FS2000 works like a dream, if you can believe that, using this setup. I know that the OpenGL vs. DX8 issues mean that the two require different hardware, too. But 1 fps? Anyone know what gives with this? I'd really like to add this to my list of sims, but it's been a depressing experience so far.