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  1. Current Version: 2.30 Total Air War 2.0 is a total conversion of F-22 Total Air War (TAW), and also includes the campaigns from F-22 Air Dominance Fighter (ADF) and the Red Sea Operations (RSO) expansion disc. The goal of TAW 2.0 is to provide a simulation experience that equals or surpasses your fond memories with the original ADF and TAW. TAW 2.30 provides compatibility with newer operating systems without requiring Windows XP Compatibility Mode. Barring bugs or major breakthroughs, this is expected to the the last release for a while. However, if anybody has something they would like to contribute (such as checklists, documents, campaigns, or additional mirrors) I can very easily create an installer for it and add it to the links below. Total Air War 2.0 Features Incorporated Head-Tracking (TrackIR and Freetrack) Full Red Sea Operations (RSO) campaigns, 36 missions (also available in multiplayer) 30 custom missions 3 custom campaigns, 28 missions Additional multiplayer missions, including three new head to head scenarios Improved terrain and new color palettes completely redefine the look of TAW Numerous improved selectable F-22 skins, to include the YF-22, the Nightstalker, and Woodland, Urban, and Desert camouflage patterns Added Desert Flightsuit textures and improved in-cockpit textures Improved, more realistic, and selectable default MFDs and HUD Additional USAF tail flashes and custom tail logos Formation lighting for low light F-22 skins Improved MIDI support for Windows XP and more recent operating systems Mod Management, Configuration, References, and the Mission Editor (TAWBC) are all accessible from a single integrated menu Configuration now allows you to choose your renderer, resolution, and Glide wrapper (if applicable) from the menu Fullscreen and Widescreen versions now selectable. Full integration with TAW Battle Commander (TAWBC) provides slots with dynamic mission titles for your generated missions within the TAW mission menus TAWBC Mission Enhancement Utility (TME) allows you to automatically enhance your TAWBC missions Cloud enhancement and Weather Editor, including Overcast weather for Glide users Ability to change between NVGs and natural light while zoomed into an MFD (Windows XP and later) Enhanced Avionics functionality Improved Level of Detail Improved realistic Moon and Sun sizes East/West palettes with Glide renderer allow for more natural light transitions during morning and twilight hours Custom playlists available for in-game playback (includes EF2000 Soundtrack) "Nostalgia Mod" brings the graphics, sounds, and HUD/Cockpit back to 1998 standards Miscellaneous minor fixes and improvements Downloads TAW 2.30 Full Installer (Choose a mirror) GameFront Google Drive Optional Soundtracks (available for use with the Playlist Function) TFX Soundtrack (Roland MT32) GameFront Box.com MediaFire Google Drive TFX Soundtrack (Soundblaster 16) GameFront Box.com MediaFire Google Drive Known Issues Antivirus False Positives: The NVGTool by Eagle_Flight (that allows you to look at the MFDs while NVGs are enabled) was created by a game cheat tool, and because it performs "virus like behavior" (it intercepts and replaces values in RAM registers) it may get quarantined by your antivirus. This is a false positive, and you should create an exception for nvgtool.exe (located in your main TAW 2.0 folder). Likewise, if you choose not to use NVGTool, you can uncheck the appropriate checkbox on the Configuration menu in the TAW 2.0 Launcher. Additionally, antivirus programs that use heuristic analysis (e.g. reputation by volume, certification, et al) are likely to flag or quarantine this download, at least until we can get a healthy dose of downloads to settle the heuristic algorithms.. Just please be aware of this if you see the download flagged by your antivirus. Legacy Windows XP Compatibility Mode: If you had a previously installed version of TAW 2.0, you likely had registry entries that set the TAW 2.0 Launcher to run in Windows XP Compatibility mode. This requirement has been removed with TAW 2.30 in order to ensure compatibility with Windows 8 and (hopefully) Windows 10. While the installer has instructions to remove any legacy registry entries, please check to see that the registry entries were removed. To do this, right click on your TAW 2.0 icon, select Properties, then select the "Compatibility" tab. If the installer did its job properly you should see the following dialog with no boxes checked. If XP Compatiblity mode is still checked, be sure to uncheck it. If it is checked and greyed out, you will need to click the "Change Settings for all users" button and uncheck it from within administrator mode.
  2. UPDATE: Version 2.04 is available. It is now released as an installer that will update you to the latest version. Special thanks to Tercio Sampaio for developing the GUI. Thank you everybody for funding my Warthog purchase so that I could create this profile. Since my funding goal has been achieved, please send any future donations to Fisher House, a charity that supports disabled veterans and their families. Exception: if you want me to program for a module I don't have, or add programming for the TFRP, please PM me and we can discuss it. DCS World TARGET Script for Thrustmaster Cougar or Warthog and MFDs is now available. Download it from: Eagle Dynamics User Files Box.com This file is an installer which will install and launch the updater, which will then download the latest version of the script. You can also periodically run the updater to keep your script up to date. This script for the HOTAS Cougar/Warthog and Cougar MFDs includes dedicated profiles for the A-10C Warthog, AV-8B Harrier, Ka-50 Black Shark, P-51D Mustang, UH-1H Huey, Mi-8 Hip, F-86 Sabre, Fw-190D9 Dora, Bf-109K-4 Kurfürst, MiG-21bis Fishbed, MiG-15bis, M-2000C, SA-342 Gazelle, L-39 Albatross, F-5E Tiger II, Spitfire LF Mk. IX, AJS-37 Viggen, Hawk T.1A, C-101, and Flaming Cliffs 3 profiles. The script is fully implemented with both code and custom keyboard and joystick LUA files. The included "Standard DirectX" profile can me used to create a versatile profile for anything else. This script uses TARGET, so you need to install it (though Cougar users can leave Foxy where it is). I also recommend the latest MFD Drivers, as I have found fewer profile crashes with these enabled. The script offers the following features: New! Graphical User Interface (GUI) to save your settings and auto-generate script files. Both HOTAS Cougar and Warthog Compatibility All documentation (except for the Setup Guide) is in HTML with context-sensitive help in the GUI. CommState routine allows for the selection of F1 through F12 keys with Hats 2-4 while the MIC switch is pressed Hot-selectable “TriggerZoom” allows you to zoom into your target or HUD when depressing the first trigger stage LED indications for airbrake, landing gear, TriggerZoom, CommState, and Teamspeak3 PTT Compatible with TouchControl (formerly TouchIR), VAC, DCS Simpleradio Standalone, and all major Teamspeak radio solutions Optimized for TrackIR, but compatible with Hat1 as POV Individual HOTAS profiles are mapped as closely to their real world counterparts as practical Flaming Cliffs 3 (FC3) HOTAS mappings correlate to the A-10C (attack aircraft) or F-16C (fighters) as closely as practical FC3 Context Sensitive Autopilot routine that reverts to last used mode on toggle A-10C Profile includes direct entry for CDU, CMSP, and UFC Ka-50 Profile allows direct entry for ABRIS (RMFD) and Rubicon Datapad Ability to automatically pause TrackIR while at the Door Gunner Station (UH-1) Context sensitive communications menus based on crew station (framework in place for DCS implementation) TARGET based Central Position Trimmer Mode that greatly improves upon the default trimmers when not using force feedback. Analog and digital differential braking routines, including paddle braking and nosewheel steering. Kneeboard mapping for all aircraft. NVGs for all capable aircraft, including "bonus mapping for the A-10A, Su-25, Su-25T, and F-86 (H/T Zaelu). Simplified hot-selection of aircraft allows for potentially thousands of aircraft and variants in this script, along with audible feedback of aircraft selected. Here are some screenshots of the GUI: Select the modules you have installed. This will help filter the values you see and possibly de-clutter the interface. Next, you can modify your settings as you see fit. Values are arranged by module and can be filtered by category. Each entry has a help summary at the bottom of the screen, along with a button that will take you to the right place in the HTML references. Then before you build the script you can assign module presets to each button on your MFDs. Just like having a radio with 40 presets, though you can still cycle through profiles manually via the rocker switches. Here are some example Warthog and MFD mappings. Now that everything is easily accessible via HTML, I will reduce the amount of images posted to a few examples: Note: the HOTAS Warthog images here are of comparatively low quality compared to the images in the download. A-10C Warthog: Note: the following functionality is in addition to the standard MFD functionality. Direct Entry mode for the CDU: AV-8B Harrier II: Direct Entry mode for the UFC: UH-1H Huey: Bf-109K-4 Kurfürst: M-2000C: M-2000C INS Direct Entry SA-342 Gazelle SA342 NADIR Mappings: I look forward to your feedback; any information that will help me improve this profile is greatly appreciated.
  3. EF2000 Reloaded

    The Air Dominance Project is proud to announce the release of EF2000 Reloaded Choose a Download Mirror (file size 64Mb): EF2000_Reloaded_104_Installer.exe (Box.com) EF2000_Reloaded_104_Installer.exe (MediaFire) EF2000_Reloaded_104_Installer.exe (Google Drive) The heart of EF2000 Reloaded is a special version of DOSBox written by our own mikew1, with 3DFX code optimized for EF2000 and a VFX1 emulation routine that allows the use of TrackIR in Enhanced Mode. For the first time, you can run EF2000 V2.0 for 3DFX/GFX+ in Windows XP or later, with no graphical artifacts or appreciable slowdown. Additionally, the resolution upscaling addresses the image at the 3DFX polygon level, and not at the output level, making for a much better upscaling experience. Mikew's DOSBox for EF2000 is truly the Holy Grail EF2000 fans have been waiting for! No Air Dominance Project release is complete without a front end, and EF2000 Reloaded is no exception. EF2000 Reloaded includes a front end/launcher to accompany mikew's DOSBox for EF2000. In addition to taking care of the required DOSBox parameters and providing a GUI to customize your DOSBox Conf file, the EF2000 Launcher adds the following features: Supports three separate installs of EF2000 (original DOS, TACTCOM, and GFX+2). Integrated multiplayer front end allows hassle free IPX emulation over TCP/IP, with a "phone book" for your friends' IPXNet servers. Option to manage separate single player and multiplayer campaigns for each EF2000 install. Custom Campaign Creator allows custom scenarios based on the scenarios from Strategic Command for EF2000. Basic Campaign Editor allows you to adjust difficulty level, player influence, and player score. Includes Super Revive by Brett Luck for in-depth campaign edits. Notes: EF2000 Reloaded neither includes nor installs EF2000. You are responsible for your own EF2000 procurement and installation. Instructions on installing EF2000 V2 on 64 bit Windows are available. Super EF2000 / EF2000 V2.0 for Windows 95 is not supported. EF2000 Reloaded requires at least Windows XP SP3. Known Issues: If you get the "DLL Location Key not Present" dialog box when running the TrackIR Enabler, select the EF2000 Reloaded shortcut, right click, and select "Run as Administrator". Likewise, you can set the shortcut to "Run as Administrator" in properties as well. 1 DOSBox 0.74 is an open source program written by Peter "Qbix" Veenstra, Harekiet Sjoerd, Tommy "Franskapet" Frossman, and Ulf "Finster" Wohlers. Mikew's 3DFX code was based on kekko's 3dfx Voodoo patch for DOSBox. 2 TACTCOM and GFX+ are also known as EF2000 V2.0 for DOS and EF2000 V2.0 for 3DFX respectively.
  4. AVG thinks NVG Tool is a virus

    It's not useless at all. It simply acts like a cheat program, except instead of cheating it allows you to see the MFDs using NVGs. It's this behavior, however legitimate, that trips the antivirus. The option to disable it is for people who would rather exercise extreme caution and not run anything the antivirus flags. However, having the antivirus bypass the file in its scans will allow you the functionality as intended.
  5. AVG thinks NVG Tool is a virus

    False positives for NVG Tool are a known issue because NVG Tool acts like a virus. It looks for a value in a register, intercepts it, and replaces it with another to allow you to see MFDs with NVGs enabled. NVG Tool was also built with a game cheat engine, so some antiviruses mark it as suspicious because of the libraries it uses. What the other guys said about bypassing NVG Tool is correct. However, if you don't want to deal with it at all you have another option: in the TAW Launcher, go to the Configuration menu, then at the bottom uncheck the box that says "Launch NVG Tool with Menu." This will prevent NVG Tool from automatically being launched, and therefore should prevent the CTDs you've experienced.
  6. F-22 Total Air War 2.30 (Final) Released

    RaptorLead74, As a software developer myself, I'll say that you're better off licensing existing technology like P3D or X-Plane than trying to tweak 20 year old code that was hex edited to do certain things. Most of the changes in TAW 2.x were graphics and datafiles, but the physics are hard-coded and the engine is still primarily based on Glide, and the former DID folks I was in touch with couldn't get the source code. You may also want to contact Eagle Dynamics; they have a commercial version of DCS for professional end-users. P3D and X-plane have architecture that allows you to insert the aircraft and terrain you desire, and even DCS has LUA hooks that allow for customization.
  7. EF2000 Reloaded

    That would be awesome! There are 2 ways to do this: 1) post some detailed instructions (preferably including links to the patches themselves, but without the abandonware links) to this article on the TAW Wiki (adding instructions for Windows 10 at the end of the article), or 2) post the detailed instructions here and I can put them on the TAW Wiki myself (giving you a byline, of course). Either way, that TAW Wiki article is linked on the help menu of the EF2000 Launcher, so your instructions would benefit all Reloaded users (and not just people who visit Combatsim).
  8. F-22 Total Air War 2.30 (Final) Released

    If you're interested in doing any modding, I have uploaded what I know to the TAW Wiki. You'll find plenty in the section on modding, and you can always ask for additional information in these forums. If you want to create some campaigns as well, I'll be happy to add them (giving you full credit, of course). Regarding the order of battle databases, I have attempted to change what certain countries have to make different sets of campaigns, but I could never get it to work. If you can figure that out, though, I have put the ability to link campaign sets with custom databases into the front end GUI. Oh, and @ACMDogfight1997, I did get permission from MarkG to upload his files. Now I just need to find them...
  9. F-22 Total Air War 2.30 (Final) Released

    On the launcher, click on the 3DFX icon on the lower left, and you'll be taken to the Graphics and Applications Configuration (i.e. Setup) screen. Then click on the Back up and Restore Pilots icon on the lower left, and it will open a program that will backup your pilots to a zipfile (and restore them later). Just make sure you save the zipfile outside of your TAW folder tree so any deletion of TAW folders doesn't inadvertently delete your backups.
  10. F-22 Total Air War 2.30 (Final) Released

    At this point, there's only so much we can do without source code. We can modify databases (most are ASCII text) and use hex-editing to update models, but the limitations mean that barring a major breakthrough, the gameplay has evolved about as far as it can go. With the exception of new campaigns (which really aren't that hard to do), there isn't much more to add at this point.
  11. DCS World TARGET profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

    2.02 is up. It updates the Harrier to allow fast slewing when holding S3.
  12. DCS World TARGET profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

    I've seen this with later versions of windows defender. Since the file was released today it doesn't have a history, and it's not signed either. The antivirus is likely doing a heuristic filter based on that criteria (or lack thereof). Along with myself, the guy who wrote the updater contained in the installer is an INFOSEC guy, so we're more diligent than most in terms of filtering malware on our systems (or even exposing ourselves in the first place). If Defender identifies a particular virus or virus-like activity, please let me know (can't be too careful), but I'm betting that it's entirely a "trust issue."
  13. EF2000 Reloaded

    Excellent question, K. The primary purpose of the GUI is to create a user.conf file for DosBox, so if you create your own conf you don't need the GUI, though it will mean that you need to update the conf file any time you change your multiplayer settings (i.e. client/host or changing IPs). From the TAW Wiki, here's what you need in the conf file: [sdl] fullscreen=false fulldouble=false output=opengl [dosbox] memsize=48 scaler=none [pci] voodoo=opengl [mixer] rate=22050 [sblaster] oplrate=22050 [speaker] pcrate=22050 tandyrate=22050 [joystick] joysticktype=ch timed=false swap34=true buttonwrap=false [ipx] ipx=true You can also set your resolution by putting the following entries into [sdl]: [sdl] windowresolution=1920x1080 fullresolution=1920x1080 Finally, put any launcher-specific stuff in [autoexec]. for example, I like to run the CD music in the background so I load a bin/cue of the EF2000 v2 CD. Then mount your desired EF2000 folder to C and DosBox should take you to the command prompt. [autoexec] imgmount d H:\DiD\EF2000\EF2000_V20.cue -t iso -fs iso mount c "h:\DiD\EF2000\EF2000_3DFX" I'm not sure if TrackIR_Enabler.exe is compatible with Linux (or if you can install the VS12 runtime files in the !ADP\Runtime folder), but if you can use that and have TrackIR it makes EF2000 a totally new experience!
  14. DCS World TARGET profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

    2.0 is finally here! Changes are abundant and really can't be summarized. Oh, and there's a Harrier profile now! See the original post for details.
  15. F-22 Total Air War 2.30 (Final) Released

    You got me there. I was knee-deep in my Master's thesis at the time and totally forgot about it. I'm dropping him a line now.
  16. It's not so much a weed-out program as a "learn your place, follow orders, and suck it up and we'll give you more privileges when you complete your rite of passage" program. That's been part of the military tradition forever. It's not so much to treat the junior guys like garbage, but rather because 1) the job needs to be done, which means that 2) somebody has to do it, and 3) the more senior guys have already done it so it's the junior guys' turn. The net effect is when he's done with his mess cranking duties, he'll actually be grateful to be working in the ordinance shop! I was the first lieutenant in my squadron, so I had all the junior guys who fit that bill. I used to send them to their shops to learn their rate as a reward for a good job. It sounds kind of sick and twisted (you did so well, so go do more work), but the troops are grateful and it's a win-win.
  17. Unofficial DCS: World Week report

    should be this:
  18. DCS World TARGET profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

    The 1.72a patch is available. The patch fixes some Warthog assignment bugs with the M-2000C and updates the audio routine to directly use the EXE instead of a batch file. The patch can be downloaded from here.
  19. DCS World TARGET profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

    Version 1.72 is released. 1.72 adds a dedicated Su-33 profile in conjunction with the PFM/Standalone module release.
  20. DCS World TARGET profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

    Version 1.71 is released. This build brings the Mi-8 up to the latest command structure, applies the new Mi-8 throttle routines to the Ka-50 (Warthog only), and improves the M-2000C and AJS-37 Viggen.
  21. DCS World weekly fly-in

    With the cancellation of our weekly Total Air War fly-in, we are converting our DCS World fly-in to a semi-weekly basis. We meet on Teamspeak 3 at 20:00 Wednesday Eastern Time and 20:00 Saturday Eastern Time. We will be flying the Co-op missions, though we may go Head-to-Head if we get enough people to join. Teamspeak 3 Server real-time details: Server Login Details We meet in the temporary channel Black Veal Squadron. If the channel isn't there, somebody will be there shortly to create it. You can download Teamspeak 3 for free at http://www.teamspeak.com/. Please have the latest version of DCS World installed, and ensure that your microphone is working prior to joining the channel. We require people to use voice comms to participate in the fly-ins in order to promote coordination and to deter TKers and griefers. We're not A-10C/Ka-50 hardcore only types; we fly FC3 and the Su-25T as well as the hardcore modules (and often in the same mission!). All we ask is that you have basic competence in your chosen aircraft (i.e. able to cold start and get airborne, as well as basic weapons employment skills). If you have LotATC, you're also welcome to join (our hosts run LotATC Server). Please post if you are interested, so we know how many to expect, or just show up and surprise us. Likewise, please let us know what modules you have and what planes (and even what mission) you would like to fly. On the flip side, if a mission requires a specific skin or skin pack, then as long as we know you're coming we'll give you a heads-up of what you need to download and install prior to start time. See you in the not-so-friendly skies!
  22. DCS World weekly fly-in

    Effective immediately, or weekday fly-in has been moved back to Wednesdays at 8pm EST. See the OP for details.
  23. The Black Veal Squadron flies again

    In a tradition that dates back to IL-2 Forgotten Battles, those of us who enjoy eating baby cow pay tribute to the calf's requisite sacrifice by flying aircraft with skins inspired by the classic cow pattern. We are...the Black Veal Squadron, and in addition to IL-2 and TAW, we now have skins for the F-15C in FC3! Fortunately, the classic F-15 patten really lends itself to this, as you can see in the screenshots. Enjoy! Note the shoulder patch on the pilot. I opted for the high visibility markings and roundels because, lets face it: cows just aren't that tactical.
  24. The Black Veal Squadron flies again

    Nice. I didn't know that about Holsteins either. I just wish Gateway computers was still around. They used to ship their PCs in boxes with a Holstein pattern, and they could sponsor us if they were still around.