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  1. But, hey....... It is all part of the learning curve and I will NOT let such issues get in the way of my desire to do this right and enjoy the ride!! Anyway, I joined the "Official" Ubisoft Forum for IL2 at: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/49310655 and posted this query....let's see if I get any responses? Posted Fri July 10 2009 21:47 I had been playing this game with no issues until tonite when the small yellow triangular shaped game cursor became "stuck" right in the middle of the Main Menu Screen. This makes the game impossible to proceed to play, as no selections can be made without an active cursor. I tried everything I could think of....starting the game from the disc, from my C Drive, and using Control/Alt/Delete and Alt/Tab to try and free it up. My cursor works fine, as controlled by my wireless mouse, in all other applications and circumstances, including other games but NOT anymore on IL-2!! Please give me some suggestions or ideas as to how to fix this issue? Chuck PS: The one thing I didn't do is to delete the entire game and then reload it. I have ALOT of mods on it and it is a lot of work...if someone thinks that is what I need to do then let me know and I will do it anyway! Posts: 1 | Registered: Fri July 10 2009
  2. Stans My Vista OS is the 32bit version not the 64 so that isn't the cause of my problem? Perhaps someone who has had this same message appear and who is running the same OS as I am has a solution? With the amount of off line practice flying i need EAW seems ideal for me. Chuck PS I just got Battle of Britain II Wings of Victory in the mail today. That game IS set up to use with my TrackIR 5 so I will be going to great lengths to get that one to work for me. It looks like I am just going to have to give up on some of the 15 games I foolishly bought without first making sure that they were compatible with my system!
  3. I tried to set up EAW on my Vista OS PC to utter failure.... I might just forget about it as IL2 seems to have EVERYTHING I want and is TR supported as well. But, I still would like to run EAW after taking the time to load into onto my HD. When I start it up I just get a message that says: "....eaw.exe is not a valid Win32 application" What's the fix for that? Chuck
  4. Well I guess that answers my question that I asked in another thread. I bought a used copy of MIG ALLEY for only $5.00 on Amazon and was looking forward to playing it. Now that ain't going to happen with my Vista OS! Is are there no patches to enable Vista OS to play some of these older games? Chuck
  5. One of my favorite WWII Military Aviation Books is "THE GRIM REAPERS AT WORK IN THE PACIFIC THEATER"...this is the Bio of Major General John P. Henebry (RET) who was a B-25 Pilot in the 5th Airforce. He was one of the leaders of the 345th Bombardment Group in this famous raid of 11/2/43 against the Japanese at Simpson Harbor near Rabaul in New Britain. He and his crew were responsible for the sinking of two Japanese freigters during just this one raid....talk about a "COMMERCE DESTROYER"!!!!! The Dust Jacket has a GREAT painting of this raid that now hangs in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force....it is THAT good! Here it is and I highly recommend the book that it covers as well! Chuck PS: As I noted elsewhere...one of my dreams in Air Combat Sim play is to somehow duplicate this raid and fly Henebry's B-25, nicknamed "Notre Dame De Victoire, on this very mission. Do you think that dream could possibly come true one day???????????
  6. Here is a pix of my VERY OWN B-25! Chuck PS: Now if I could only wave a magic wand over it and have it go from 1/48 scale to FULL SIZE!!!
  7. OK I got an account at Village Photo (it wouldn't let me create a folder called "WWII AVIATION PIX"? So, I just called it "1"?) I uploaded 6 pix and I copied the URL of one of them and will now try and post that pix here so that it appears within the body of this post...if it doesn't work, I will try "PHOTOBUCKET"!! (Cuz I am an "idiot" and need to use things that are "idiot" proof!) Chuck EDIT: ALL RIGHTY NOW!!! GOT IT! More pix to come....
  8. I have a smiall collection of WWII Military Aviation Art that I would like to share with the members. I would like to have the pictures show up in the body of my posts instead of including a link to a site to download them, but I havn't figured out how to do that yet? I will give it a try and if I don't succeed, maybe someone can tip me off as to how to do it? I really like these two paintings as they show a P-38 and a Corsair blowing away Zeros with the Japanese pilots bailing out....GREAT ACTION SHOTS! Chuck http://www.box.net/shared/myq1phnz1g http://www.box.net/shared/jg0nm8ennu THE FOLLOWING ERROR(S) WERE FOUND You are not allowed to use that image extension on this board. A valid format is: http://www.domain.com/picture.gif, an invalid format is: http://www.domain.com/picture.one.gif ================================================ Well....that didn't work...HELP!!! Chuck PS: I took out the "img" prefixs and suffixes to the URL links above so I could post this.
  9. Well men, I am in Military Aviation Gaming HEAVEN!!!! I am also in hot water with my SO for spending too much money cuz I am going into this BIG time....this is my New "LONG TERM" hobby and I want to enjoy it as much as possible. In order to do that, I ordered a TRACKIR 5 unit (this upgraded model is just out for a month now) with the TrackClip Pro accessory. I got it direct from the mfg, NaturalPoint, with a coupon for an "out the door, everything incl" price of $177. As they say :"IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY OF THAT AND MORE!" I just used it on a straffing mission in a P-51 on IL-2 and OH MY F-ing GOD!!!! This is the ONLY way to go.........the feeling of immersion in the game is SO much higher....being able to look around and see just what a real life fighter pilot would see is just AMAZING!!! Now, cuz I am a noobie and am such a poor flyer, I am sure I am not getting even 25% of what it can do out of it right now...but just that small amount of added thrills and spills makes for a simply superb experience! I have the TrackClip attached to the side of my best BOSE headphones and the sounds are also magnificant....... OOOOOOOOOOOOOpssssssssssssss...My SO just came in and said she has been calling me and I didn't come out of my room...cuz I couldn't hear her......this might be a problem....if I don't wear my headphones she complains of the high noise level and when I do, I shut myself off from her....I may have to use some "open" headphones even though they don't sound as good..... Anyway, although I am hardly in a position to recommend anything to anyone here.... I just have to say that IF you don't have a TRACKIR.....GET ONE NOW!!! You will never want to fly without it...It creates a quantum leap in the enjoyment level of our hobby!!!!!!!!!! I hope more games become TRACKIR usable......after this, going without it is going to seem pretty mundane and boring!!! I am practicing by myself and hope that within a few weeks I will be ready to join in the action in VMF-124. Is there a way that I could get access to the threads and attachments etc in that Section now? Chuck (And NO.....I did not get paid for this OVER THE TOP endorsement of TRACKIR 5!!!!)
  10. OK....I think I did it! Check out this Snip of some of the files now in my IL2 Folder in the Programs Folders: http://www.box.net/shared/9q0lecab7e There may be some files (RAR) that I can now delete but I didn't want to mess up anything. When I open IL2 the screen shows version 09 and the AAA Mods as a title at the top of the page... Let me know if I am now GOOD TO GO! Chuck PS: I did some quick Missions with the Missions builder..flew a P-51 and a B-25! Didn't hit anything and I sunk the B-25 in some So Pacific lagoon by getting too low straffing some palm trees......the main problem is that you don't know where to go to find the target...maybe I am missing something? BUT IT ALL LOOKS GREAT...crap it is 2:45AM and I am dead tired...this is WAY WAY too much fun
  11. The Dude and Stans: My goal is to, within the next 24 hours, successfully install IL2 Sturmovik 1946 and the "Unified Installer" from allaircraftarcade.com. Easier said than done! But, I will NOT EVER give up on this sort of thing...no matter how much it takes to get it right!!!! Here is the instruction set copied directly from AAA: =============================== DOWNLOAD & INSTALLATION 1. Download ALL of the below files to a folder on your hard drive Make sure ALL of the files stay together within the same folder Download > AAA_Community_Installer_ver_1_1_part01.exe Download > AAA_Community_Installer_ver_1_1_part02.rar Download > AAA_Community_Installer_ver_1_1_part03.rar Download > AAA_Community_Installer_ver_1_1_part04.rar Download > AAA_Community_Installer_ver_1_1_part05.rar Download > AAA_Community_Installer_ver_1_1_part06.rar Download > AAA_Community_Installer_ver_1_1_part07.rar Download > AAA_Community_Installer_ver_1_1_part08.rar 2. Once downloaded read the installation warnings below then read the installation instructions. Installation Warnings: 1. If you are installing this package over a fresh installation of the IL-2 1946 DVD, you must first patch the game to 4.08m. 2. If you have IL-2 installed, Copy your current IL-2 1946 game folder and rename the new folder. Next, Delete the FILES and MODS folders. The new install will copy 4.08 files allowing any Direct 2 Drive user to be compatible with the mod. 3. If you have the unified installer 1.0, move the folder named FILES and MODS folder from your modded game to another location for safe keeping. Installation Instructions: 1. Double left click the file 'AAA_Community_Installer_ver_1_1_part01.exe' NOTE: You only need to run/install the first part (part01) as long as you keep all the files together you can ignore all the other parts 2. Once opened Left-Click on the Browse button and Select your IL-2 1946 4.08m game folder. Selecting OK and Left-Click the Install button. 3. When prompted to overwrite files select Yes to all. =============================== As was the case with The Dude, (who asked Stans for help understanding this part) it is the "Installation Warning Instructions" that have my head spinning too! I havn't installed ANYTHING yet...I have the virgin IL2 etc DVD in front of me as I type this. As I understand it. I should do the following (and it is so helpfull to have all instructions (like you do) layed out in a numerical check list: 1. Install the IL2 files from the new DVD as is 2. Upgrade this install to 4.08 UNLESS the new DVD already IS upgraded to 4.08 (you have to watch for that info somewhere (?) as you install it.... 3. It is this sentence that I need clearly explained to me so I know what to do in MY particular circumstance: "If you have IL-2 installed, Copy your current IL-2 1946 game folder and rename the new folder (to what name?). Next, Delete the FILES and MODS folders (from where?). The new install will copy the 4.08 files allowing any Direct 2 Drive user to be compatible with the mod." So, what do I do and in what order do I do it? Of course you would "have IL-2 installed" Does he think you would D/L the patch without having the game already on your PC? I am ready to go and awaiting instructions from HQ (that be YOU troops!) Chuck PS: Not being familiar with all of the permutations of this game over the years...I have NO idea what a "Direct 2 Drive" is....maybe, I don't NEED to know!
  12. DAMN.....You are one smart DUDE!!! Yup....that was it! Once I copied and pasted it thru my Word Processor, the Confirmation code worked the first time! THANK YOU SIR!!! PS: Now I am going to post some installation questions re the IL Mods in my original thread....they will be a "piece of cake" for you to answer... I am sure! Chuck
  13. I don't have much I can give back to this group who have already given me so much! Perhaps some of you havn't seen this "Spitfire Music Video"....It is consists of some video shots from an Air Show featuring Spits with a background song performed by WWII singing star Vera Lynn. The song is "The White Cliffs of Dover". It is so nicely edited that it just flows and I have watched/listened to it many times....CRANK UP your speakers for this one boys! But, you will prolly hardly hear Vera singing cuz of the fabulous sounds coming from those 12 cylinder MERLIN engines as they buzz the camera positions.....OMG what a thrill to hear that! Anyway, I use a pay Video Uploading site called BOX.NET to host vids. All you have to do is go to this URL: http://www.box.net/shared/static/qyo125zbpe.mp4 No Password is needed...just click on this URL, then on "save" (you may want to play it again) to download the file (it takes a few mins depending upon your D/L Connection speed) and then click on it in the destination folder....it is only about 3 mins long... Let me know what you think of it? I have another couple of vids that I may upload later... Chuck
  14. Not having had the great benefit of the advise on what to buy from this group (as I made my purchases before joining) I read the reviews on-line and considered the costs/benefits etc and got these two units: MY GAME CONTROLLERS: Logitech Extreme 3D Pro USB Joystick Saitek Cyborg P3600 Force USB Rumble Pad Now, I read about the high end CH gear and the X45/52 HOTAS etc and think...."Oh crap" I bought the WRONG stuff...but, did I? I am a noobie after all and what might be out of date or not sophisticated technically enough for you seasoned pilots, might work just fine for me right now...or NOT? So....I know I will be using the Joystick, but what about the X-Box 360/PS3 style Game Pad? Will that ever be something I will need in the Aviation gaming genre? Or is it just for other kinds of games (the FPS shoot um ups etc...I actually do have a few of those... BTW, here is an updated list of all the games I own so far....I am SURE some will NEVER be played, but luckily they were SO cheap that even if I never learn to play some of them (or I shouldn't have even got them in the first place for some reason) it ain't no biggie: WWI, WWII & KOREA MILITARY VIDEO GAME COLLECTION 1. IL2-STURMOVIK 1946 2. BLAZING ANGELS 2-SECRET MISSIONS OF WWII 3. THE HISTORY CHANNEL-BATTLE OF BRITAIN 4. BATTLE OF BRITAIN II-WINGS OF VICTORY 5. HEROS OF THE PACIFIC 6. BATTLESTATIONS MIDWAY 7. BATTLESTATIONS PACIFIC 8. B-17 FLYING FORTRESS-THE MIGHTY 8TH 9. EUROPEAN AIR WAR 10. MIG ALLEY 11. RED BARON 3D 12. BATTLEFIELD 1942 13. MEDAL OF HONOR-ALLIED ASSAULT 14. SILENT HUNTER 3 15. SILENT HUNTER 4-GOLD EDITION The other unknown (at least to me) is which ones of these 15 games (more actually, as some are "packs" containing multiple games) either will play on Vista right out of the box or only if modded or not even then? That would be nice to know so I don't waste my time learning about a game I am never going to be able to play....can someone take my list and just note next to each one if it will play on Vista as is, if it needs to be modded or if even modding won't make it play or play correctly... I would appreciate that info very much! Back to the topic of this post: What about the Keyboard/Mouse combo....is that always used in flying Sims etc, cuz there aren't enough seperate buttons etc on the Joystick (although mine has a total of 15) to control everything you need to control. One of the games I got today has a fold out card showing a full computer keyboard with almost EVERY key assigned to do something....even tiny changes in somethings that don't seem to be to critical for flight have an assigned key to use to initiate/control whatever operation is mapped to it! Please try and give me a three part answer.....Part one being a critique of my two controllers and if (maybe) they will be "good enough for a noobie, but not for later in your flying career" The 2nd part regarding the Vista compatibility of my games and the 3rd part giving me an overview of what kind of controllers are used for what kinds of games and what kinds of actions? The only reason I decided to write this post, which is so FULL of a bunch of questions, is that you guys all seem so eager to go out of your way to help me.....Hope I am not pushing your generosity too far this time!!! Chuck
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