Here is what you need to fly:
- Windows 95 (with Winsock 2.0 upgrade), Win98/2000/ME OR Windows XP
You must have Winsock v2.0 (comes installed in Windows 98 and newer) and DirectX 8.1 installed on your computer. Both of those files are available directly from http://www.microsoft.com.
It is also recommended to use a 3-axis joystick with throttle suitable for simulators, such as MS Sidewinder, Thrustmaster, Saitek, or one of the many CH Products. You may play with the keyboard if you wish, but a joystick will give you much better control.
The ATI Rage / Rage Fury / Rage Pro chipset is now deprecated for Jumpgate use. ATI 7500 or better is acceptable, but ATI cards use a zbuffer "optimization" excellent for other games but poor for the deep view fields in Jumpgate. This problem with ATI cards may be addressed by attempting to disable the "HyperZ" feature, but general performance is liable to suffer.