Wombat1940

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Easy fix, they will have to scrap the A-10s and the F-35s and buy the A-10 "TAW Edition" :P

Dangerous agile dogfighter with a bite for sure :D

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Hi Wombat,

I'm a Warthog fan myself. These are photos of a 1/9th scale (78" wingspan) radio-controlled ducked-fan model I built a number of years ago. I build it from plans. It only flew once and had a bad landing. I'm finally getting around to rebuilding it. If possible, I hope to fly it again this summer.

After getting back into TAW and coming to this forum, I learned of the A-10 flight sim from DCS. I will be doing that sim some day for sure!

Paul

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I had my AC helicopter out for a spin today....WOW.....great fun, only get 20 mins flight out of it though before it needs an hour charge, the range it has is amazing for something so small.

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Since Combatsim.com does not yet have a forum for the Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) A-10C Warthog, this is as good a place as any to post a few comments. In spite of promising Wombat that I would not stray from TAW until I was an accomplished F-22 fighter jock, temptation overtook even my saintly soul--in the first moment of weakness I have ever experienced, I bought it.

I guess this post is a bit of a heads-up to anyone who might want to buy it, and also a bit of a whine on my part. I'm fairly certain that my system meets the minimum specs, but the sim is unusable as it currently runs. I'm getting 2-3 fps. I've been on the DCS forum and, even though I'm told my graphics card is not up to the task (which could very well be true), there are lots of posts with regard to "stuttering" that other people are getting even with higher-end PCs. Other people post about degrading performance with every release of the software. A lot of the hints to correct the issue have to do with getting into BIOS settings, etc. I think I'm just getting too old and lazy to dig into things to that level. Also, I'm not entirely sure that when one pays $40 for a commercial program that they should have to get into that (whine). Not only that, but HP (the manufacturer of my PC) has blocked the ability to change certain things in their PCs.

The folks on the forum were helpful enough, which I appreciated, but DCS themselves have been slow to respond. It took about 3 days to get a response to my initial request for help, and then I was asked for a dxdiag file, which I sent. It's been about a week with no follow-up as yet. I'm actually hopeful that the problem lies with the software and not my PC--that means I might eventually have a sim that I can use. I'm willing to accept sour eye candy if necessary, but not 2-3 fps.

This is not being posted to dis DCS, but more as a hope and a prayer that they'll fix what's wrong (if it's broke). It's also just a little warning to do some research before jumping in. If you're into tweeking your PC and have what would be considered a gaming machine, you'll most likely have no trouble. Lots of folks seem to be running it just fine.

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P.S. -- DCS A-10C happens to be on sale at the moment -- $27.99. Naturally, it went on sale ONE WEEK after I bought it (waa waa waa). :grrr:

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I'd be interested to see how Lock-On runs with your equipment. It features the A-10. That's not the add-on Lock-On:Flaming Cliffs. Both were for-runners of DSC. I would be disappointed if it didn't give you an acceptable frame rate.

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Hi Wombat,

After reading your post, I looked into Lock-On. At $14, it might be worth a try.

Wow, I'm back into flight sims less than a month and I'm already collecting them. I have at least three others from years ago that I never did (Falcon 4.0, Janes F-18 and Comanche or Longbow or something). Somebody stop me! :o

Thanks,

Paul

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Paul,

For running the DCS series (which for purposes of this discussion also includes Flaming Cliffs 2), you should have at least an nVidia 9800 or equivalent, and preferably a card that is within 2 years of state-of-the-art. They're gorgeous sims, but you pay through the nose with hardware requirements. I remember when LOMAC (the first one) originally came out, my P4-3.6 with a 6800 would choke on medium detail, as they had designed the engine with the next generation of hardware in mind (i.e. the generation that didn't exist at the time).

Out of curiosity, what are your system specs again?

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One more thing, Paul.

I could be thinking of somebody else, but I'm thinking you're running a GeForce 4Ti generation card. If this is the case, avoid LOMAC. You'll be able to run Flanker 2.5 (if you can find it; but talk about a classic).

For a sim running on circa-2002 hardware, check out the Strike Fighters 1 series, and in particular (since you like the hog) Wings Over Europe. You won't be able to max out the details, but you will still be fine (I ran this generation sim on my P4-1.5 with an ATI 9500 videocard). When you get a new system with Windows 7 and the latest hardware, you can upgrade to the Strike Fighters 2 series, as well as DCS.

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Hi HomeFries,

Thanks for responding. Here are my specs:

HP Pavilion

Windows 7 64-bit SP1

AMD Athlon II x 4 640 Processor 3.00 GHz

6 GB RAM

ATI Radeon 4200

I guess the real shortcoming is the graphics card. Also, as I noted, I found out that HP blocks lots of settings from being changed in BIOS. I'll check out the Strike Fighter series.

Thanks again,

Paul

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Ok, Paul. Thanks for your settings. I was definitely thinking about someone else, but I talk to so many people about hardware it all gets mixed up :blink: .

I'm not up to speed with the nuances of the ATI/AMD videocard line, so I'll take your word for it that it is the weak link in the chain. Your other bits of hardware look like they answer the mail. Since the 4200 series still supports DX10, you'll be OK with Strike Fighters 2, but you should also be able to run the DCS series (including Flaming Cliffs 2; skip LOMAC altogether and go with FC2 Platinum) on min-med detail. Even at min detail, it will still look sharp. Strike Fighters 2 should run nicely on your system as well. Many have (accurately, IMHO) called it the spiritual successor to Janes' Fighters Anthology.

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Hi HomeFries,

Thanks, and no problem. There are lots of folks on the forum to keep track of.

You're right, even at the lowest settings DCS A-10 still looks pretty good. Given the posts I've read on the DCS forum, I'm guessing, and hoping, that something is amiss in their own program. We'll see. However, it's been about two weeks since I gave them my dxdiag file and no follow-up.

Regarding Jane's, I really enjoyed F-15. That's the only one I really got into.

Paul

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Yeah the Radeon 4200 is piss weak, it is the lowest end of them all sadly.

I think its performance is around Radeon 9500 level from way back in the day, the overall speed progress of the cards down the price classes isn't as great as you would think sadly, but the feature sets on the GPU does get upgraded.

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