I saw X-Plane on a friends system and fell in love with it. I have downloaded demo 6.05. The install instructions say Direct X version 8 is needed to run it. I have version 7 on my system. I downloaded Direct-x version 8 from Microsoft's web site and noticed a caveat to the effect that it may not be able to be uninstalled once it is installed...that it makes a lot of registry changes, among others. I'm concerned that if I install it and have problems with other programs on my system, I'll be up the proverbial creek sans paddle. Any advice?
My second question has to do with my graphics card. The install instructions for X-Plane imply that Open GL drivers must accompany your video card. I have a Hercules Prophet with 64 megs of ram but I can't find any documentation either on the CD or in my system info suggesting I have Open GL drivers.
I would appreciate any helpful advice on how I can get X-Plane running on my system.