cant find a mods section on the freespace 2 launcher, what exactly do you mean by that?
Ah, you are using retail I assume, which means you don't have FreeSpace Open. I suggest you download this as the graphic enhancements are astounding (Assuming your computer is upto it).
Turey's online installer can be found here
, (Beware, this can download upto 3gb of data, but as you have the retail disc's (<- assuming again) you half way there.)
And just for the hell of it....................
You beat me to it again Darth!!!! Strangely enough though I didn't get a warning that some else had posted this time!