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#1 Skyrayfox

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:16 PM

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WHAT DO I NEED TO PLAY THIS MOD ?

- Arma 2: Combined Operations (Arma II + Operation Arrowhead) http://www.arma2.com...ex_en.html#a2co
- DayZ Mod Files http://armafiles.info/dayz/
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DAYZ INSTALL TOOL

This program will automatically download and install the latest version of DayZ Mod for you. You don't have to copy or extract anything.

1) Download the Updater from http://www.worrom.com/
2) Point at at your Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead folder.
3) Go to Steam and right click Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, go to 'Properties', 'Set Launch Options', add "-mod=@dayz -nosplash" without quotes in the target line. If you are using retail go to the Arma2:OA main directory and right-click on "Arma2OA.exe" and add "-mod=@dayz -nosplash" without quotes to the target line.

DayZ Install Tool thread: http://dayzmod.com/f...ad.php?tid=2001


STEAM INSTALLATION

1) Download both ARMA 2 and ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead through Steam.
2) Run the game once before proceeding.
3) Download DayZ Mod files. http://armafiles.info/dayz/
4) Make a folder named "@DayZ" in your Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead directory.
5) Inside "@DayZ" folder create another folder named "Addons". It should look like this: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\@DayZ\Addons
6) Unpack all DayZ Mod files in the "Addons" folder.
7) Go to Steam and right click Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, go to 'Properties', 'Set Launch Options', add "-mod=@dayz -nosplash" without quotes in the target line and click OK. You can find other launch options, like windowed mode here: http://community.bis...rtup_Parameters
8) Run Operation Arrowhead and select "Launch ARMA 2: Combined Operations" to play the game.

If everything is installed correctly you should see "@dayz" line under "ArmA 2" on the right side of the menu screen.
Use the filter to find DayZ servers.


RETAIL INSTALLATION
1) Download both ARMA 2 and ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead
2) Make sure you install the latest patch for the retail version from http://www.arma2.com...ly/game-updates
3) Run the game once before proceeding.
3) Download DayZ Mod files. http://armafiles.info/dayz/
4) Make a folder named "@DayZ" in your Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead directory.
5) Inside "@DayZ" folder create another folder named "Addons". It should look like this: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\@DayZ\Addons
6) Unpack all DayZ Mod files in the "Addons" folder.
7) Right click on ArmA2:OA.exe - create shortcut.
8) Right click on the new shortcut - properties.
9) Add "-mod=@dayz" without the quotes to the target line. You can find other launch options, like windowed mode here: http://community.bis...rtup_Parameters
10) Run the shortcut.

If everything is installed correctly you should see "@dayz" line under "ArmA 2" on the right side of the menu screen.
Use the filter to find DayZ servers.


SIX-UPDATER INSTALLATION

1) Download and install Six-Updater from http://www.six-updater.net/
2) Go to options and make sure the target path for Operation Arrowhead main folder and mod folder is correct.
3) It should say at the bottom that you have A2 Operation Arrowhead (Combined Operations) installed.
4) Create a 'New Preset' from the 'Preset' tab in the top menu. You can name it 'DayZ'
5) Click the 'Mods' tab in the main window. In the searchbox type in '@DayZ'.
6) Right click the DayZ mod in the browser window and 'add to preset'.
7) Click on 'Home' tab and 'Install or Update mods'. It will automacitally download the latest version of the mod for you.
8) To run the game click on 'Launch the game' through Six-Updater.


MIXED COPY (RETAIL + STEAM)
1) Make sure you install the latest patch for the retail version from http://www.arma2.com...ly/game-updates Then follow the STEAM/RETAIL INSTALLATION guide.


ARMA2 BETA PATCH (OPTIONAL):

Beta patch is backwards compatible, so you can still play on non-beta servers. If you have previous beta patches it's suggested to unistall them before installing a newer version. You can also try deleting beta subdirectory inside ARMA 2 folder manually.

1) Download and install beta patch from http://www.arma2.com/beta-patch.php
2) Go to the Arma2:OA main directory and right-click on shortcut "Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch". Add "-mod=@dayz" without quotes to the target line.
3) Run "Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch" and enjoy playing on beta servers!


COMMON ERRORS:

I get 'You cannot play/edit this mission, it is dependent on downloadable content that has been deleted.dayz_code, dayz_weapons, dayz_equip etc.'upon joining any DayZ server.
- You installed the mod or the shortcut incorrectly. Make sure you add "-mod=@dayz" without quotes in the launch options and DayZ mod files are installed in the proper folder. By default: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\@DayZ\Addons"

I am stuck at "Waiting for server response" or "Waiting for character to create" or "Receiving Data".
- Servers are simply being overloaded, wait a litte or try another server. If nothing works try below.
- Launch Operation Arrowhead from steam and select the option to re-install BattlEye Anti-Cheat client. If you are using retail download the latest version form http://www.battleye.com/download.html and put it in a folder named "BattlEye" in the "Expansion" folder of your Arma2:OA main directory.
- Redownload DayZ mod files and make sure you have the latest version. http://armafiles.info/dayz/
- If nothing works try reinstalling both Arma2 and OA.

I get "You can not play/edit this mission; it is dependent on downloadable content that has been deleted.cherarus" when trying to join any server.
- Make sure you launch the game as 'Combined Operations' and NOT 'Operation Arrowhead' when launching from STEAM.

When I join the server I get kicked back to the lobby without any error messages.
- Launch Operation Arrowhead from steam and select the option to re-install BattlEye Anti-Cheat client. If you are using retail download the latest version form http://www.battleye.com/download.html and put it in a folder named "BattlEye" in the "Expansion" folder of your Arma2:OA main directory.

Invisible objects, missing textures etc.
- Right click ARMA 2 in STEAM - 'Properties' - 'Local Files' - 'Verify integrity of game cache'.
- Try changing your ingame video settings.

I get other weird graphic artifacts ingame that block my screen.
- Known bug, it occurs on the barbed wire fences that players can build and should be fixed in the next patch. You can try changing your ingame video settings as a temporary fix.

How do I change my FOV (Field of View)?
- See this thread: http://forums.bistud...ing-up-your-FOV

I get 'ARMA2 stopped working' error on launch.
- Right click ARMA 2 in STEAM - 'Properties' - 'Local Files' - 'Verify integrity of game cache'.
- Redownload and make sure you are using the latest version of DayZ mod files.
- Try launching the game without DayZ mod, see if it works. If it does reinstall DayZ mod files.
- Try installing the latest beta patch (see above).

I can't use Direct Chat ingame. Mic is stuttering.
- Known bug. You can install the latest beta patch for Arma2:OA (see above) or wait for the official fix.

I get "No entry 'bin\config.bin\CfgVehicles\'" or similar pop-up error message when launching the game or playing on a server.
- Ignore it. It won't affect your game.

I get 'missing CBA_Main' when joining a server.
- Ignore it. It won't affect your game.


USEFUL LINKS:

DayZ F.A.Q. http://www.dayzmod.c...read.php?tid=15
Arma 2 Tweak Guide http://dayzmod.com/f...ad.php?tid=1355
Bug Reports Forum: http://www.dayzmod.c...splay.php?fid=6
Maps, Tutorials, etc.: http://www.dayzmod.info/
Unofficial Wiki: http://dayzwiki.com
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#2 Oktyabr

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:20 AM

Very nice. We *needed* this in General so I moved it leaving a redirection link back in Troubleshooting so people can find it from either place. I hope you don't mind?

#3 Skyrayfox

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:25 AM

It's fine, I'm glad to help. :)

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:00 AM

Hey, so me and a couple of friends are getting this game just for DayZ, and according to this guide: http://postimage.org/image/3qjpivx9h you can get Arma2: Free and then buy Operations Arrowhead and save some money that way. However I've been unable to find any other source that says this is possible, do you know if it is? Or is there any downsides with doing it this way?

#5 Skyrayfox

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:13 PM

Arma2:Free is not supported as far as I know. Some people got it working with the free version but it doesn't mean it will continue to work in the future + you will get only low-res textures and may experience bugs.

Combined Operations doesn't cost much AND you are supporting the developers.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:26 PM

Your missing the Arma OA, arma 2 free install

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 04:01 PM

Hi there can you help me i have a problem with the Six updater when i put the target location to the Arma 2 folder this error message occurs:

Cannot find game exe: C:/Program Files/Bohemia Interactive/ArmA 2/TakeOnH.exe

I have no idea what the problem is and i really want to get this mod working thanks.

EDIT:

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Found what the problem was it was that i had the profile set to some helicopter thing i then changed it to A2 OA any and it worked.
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#8 Skyrayfox

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 04:06 PM

TakeOnH.exe is from 'Take On Helicopters' game made by Bohemia. Are you sure you are pointing it at the correct Arma2:OA folder ? You need to look for Arma2OA.exe

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 04:24 PM

The link http://www.dayzmod.com/downloads.php = 404 Not found

use: www.armafiles.info/dayz/ instead

Cheers

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 04:26 PM

I have a problem nobody ever encountered yet. Each time i find a server and try to join it,it says that the maximum number of players has been reached,even if it says there are 44 players out of 50 on the server. I tryed it 20 times in a row with different servers with free slots yet it still says it! WTF

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:52 PM

So, it works with just ArmA 2 and Operation Arrowhead? I don't need other stuff, like Reinforcements or British Armed Forces or Private Military Company? Just wanna make sure, because if I buy OA it going to be only for DayZ and I don't wanna spend my money on game that I won't play ;).

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:04 PM

I went to the website and grabbed the BattlEye.dll and put it in the Arma 2 Free BattlEye folder and the OA folder Expansions-> BattlEye

Now whenever I join a server I am able to join the mission and it gets almost to where my character data is requested and then it kicks me to the server lobby without an error message. Whats the deal? are there other places I need to put it? do I not have the right files?

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:26 AM

So i have ARMA 2 free, and OA on steam. When i launch it as combined operations, it still says launching OA and i get the CA parts error.
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#14 Skyrayfox

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:32 AM

Try this Dyboyl:

1) Go to your Arma 2 folder, copy the addons folder and paste it inside the OA folder.
2) Follow the instructions on how to set up @DayZ files
3) Start OA, go to expansions and enable @DayZ and Arma2

You will lack hi-res textures and may experience bugs if you are using the free version though.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:19 AM

I've got a problem, when I start the game as combined operations, I still get the deleted.chernarus error.

The thing is, I've run combined operations before, with a steam version of OA, and a free retail copy of ARMA 2. To try and get this working, I bought a copy of ARMA2 on steam, but it still won't function.

Any ideas?

Edit, it turns out that after looking closely at my OA expansions list, it listed the old retail copy of ArmA 2, and not the steam version, and I had deleted the old copy to try and remove unknown variables. Figures.

When OA finishes downloading in the morning, I'll post an update.


edit mk2,

Alright, so uninstalling the game, and reinstalling it didn't work, and it still won't let me edit the parameters. any ideas?

http://i.imgur.com/EMKgC.png

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:44 PM

Wait, so is it confirmed the mod works with ARMA2 free?
Edit: Edwin, if you have the Free version of ARMA 2, then I think we are having the same exact issue.
IMPORTANT EDIT: I got it working!
steps:
1.) Take ARMA 2 frees addons folder, copy it into the OA folder.
2.) Then put all the dayz files(in no folders.) into the addons.
3.)your set.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:52 PM

I've had a copy of ARMA 2: OA on disc for ages but no copy of just ARMA 2. I downloaded the ARMA: Free version and followed your steps so far but can't seem to 'enable' the mod on the expansions screen.
What would be my next step?
Cheers bro :)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:41 PM

At various points when I try and join a server I get a message stating that the dayz.pbo file has not been signed, it also mentions something about a key. What does this mean and how do I fix it.

I have the Steam version of Combined Ops

edit 1
Re-redownloading the files seem to have worked. However when I actually start a game my inventory is completely empty and there is no ingame sound (the menus work fine though).

edit 2

I have re-downloaded the all the mod files and re-extracted them yet I still have no sound and no equipment.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 05:08 PM

hi,

trying to install game but keep getting I get 'You cannot play/edit this mission, it is dependent on downloadable content that has been deleted.dayz_code, dayz_weapons, dayz_equip etc.'upon joining any DayZ server. when i try to join a server. I have tried multiple times to sort it out but it still wont work, the only thing that is different on mine is my program files isnt followed by X86. anyone have any advice

thanks

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:12 PM

I cant launch Arma 2: operation arrowhead when i click Launch ARMA 2: Combined Operations, a cmd window pops up and closes so fast that i cant even read what it says and then nothing happens but if i launch it with windowed mode it works but it says: No entry 'bin\config.bin/CfgVehicles/Ci­tizen1.scope'. When the games in the lobby, and when i click to play a DayZ server it says: You cannot play/edit this mission; it is dependent on downloadable content etc.. deleted.chernarus'