Heh, the first time I said "Oh cool" in FS2 was after I installed my 16meg agp video card where I could see everything perfectly.
Before that I had a 4meg S3 Virge. I had to run with EVERYTHING turned to minimum or off.
And then there was problems with rendering engine glows and nebulas, simply didn't work.
Every light source was surrounded by a black box that you couldn't see through. Nebulas were the same way.
Then I installed the new card and boom! F*ing clarity. I could finally see further than 10 feet inside nebulas!
What's really, REALLY sad?
In the SOC missions where you had to defend the cruiser from the pegasus fighters? The hull never dropped below 80%.
After I upgraded I couldn't keep her higher than 15%.