## Tuesday, 22 May 2012

### How to install DayZ (with ArmA 2 Free, Operation Arrowhead or Combined Ops)

Updated for 1.7.5.1 Article last updated 21st February 2013

21st February: DayZ now available on Steam
16th February: Updated everything for 1.7.5.1
27th December: General article tidy-up
30th November: Steam sale over
23rd November: Updated article for 1.7.4.4
15th September: Updated article for 1.7.2.6 and added note about beta patch mirrors

If the comments go above 200, then things get a little messy, so I regularly remove older comments. I won't delete any with outstanding questions and I try to preserve any that I think are helpful to other players. I'm sorry if I remove your comment, but I only do so to make this more manageable.

Okay so you want to play DayZ. Good for you. But it's not easy to get set up.

 Once you've read this article, there's also: How to get on a server How to play How to stay alive for more than five minutes DayZ offline single player / practice / training / (not really) cheating

Breaking news: DayZ is now available on Steam

DayZ is suddenly available on Steam. This makes installation much easier. You must have ArmA 2 and Operation Arrowhead (or Combined Ops which consists of both) already installed and you must have run both of them at least once. I have not had time to properly test this, so cannot answer questions about it at this time. This is the Steam page for DayZ:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/224580/

The first thing you need is a copy of the base game. Here are your options:
1. ArmA 2 Combined Operations
2. ArmA 2 + ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead (full version)
3. ArmA 2 Free + ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead (full version)
DayZ uses the game map (Chernarus) from ArmA 2 and the game engine from Operation Arrowhead, so you need both. Combined Operations comprises ArmA 2 and Operation Arrowhead in one package.

It doesn't matter if you're using a retail boxed copy, a Steam version, or a version downloaded from Gamestop or anywhere else. You can even combine different versions form different sources.

Buying Operation Arrowhead and using ArmA 2 Free is the cheapest way of running the game, but it is not possible to play DayZ for free. Although DayZ costs nothing and you can get ArmA 2 Free, for uh... free, you will at least have to pay for Operation Arrowhead. A lot of people have asked if you can get it running with the demo or lite versions of Operation Arrowhead. I'm afraid this is not possible and you will get errors about corrupted files if you try.

If you're British, you can buy Operation Arrowhead for only £12.99 from Get Games. That's better than the £14.99 Steam are charging (yes, other countries, we are largely charged the same number of pounds as you are dollars, despite the disparity in the value of the currencies).

Quite a few people ask about the difference between ArmA 2 Free and the full version of ArmA 2. The simple truth is that the graphics textures and the audio are slightly better in the full version and there's a single player campaign. The difference in graphics is not a big deal and, unless you have a £3,000 PC, you probably won't be able to tell the difference. Add to that the fact that DayZ gets most of its stuff from Operation Arrowhead anyway. Here's a video:

Well apparently that video isn't enough to satisfy people (I keep getting "I wantz the HD gruphicz" comments), so I've written an article showing you the visual differences between using ArmA 2 Free and ArmA 2 (full). It was a pain in the arse to do, so you'd better appreciate it.

http://kodabar.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/dayz-graphics-comparison-arma-2-free.html

You cannot run DayZ with the Operation Arrowhead demo!
(Nice big letters for the people who keep trying to use the demo version of OA and then complaining about corrupted files when they try to install the beta patch.)

You cannot run DayZ with a pirate version of  Operation Arrowhead or Combined Ops!
(Nice big colourful letters for the people who keep trying to use the pirate version and then asking for my help when they get a "Wrong CD Key" error. You will never, I repeat, never be able to play on the official servers with a pirated version.)

Step 1: Install ArmA 2 and Operation Arrowhead or Combined Operations

This is the easy bit. Install whatever you've got.

If you're using Steam it'll update to the latest version automatically. If you've got a boxed version, you'll need to update to the latest version yourself. Note: The game updates do not include the beta patch. More on this later.

You can use ArmA 2 Free instead of ArmA 2 and it will work just as well. It'll save you a few bucks and about 8GB of your hard drive too.

If you can't get ArmA 2 Free from Steam, try this alternative:

http://www.arma2.com/free/

Step 2: If you're not using Steam, fully update everything

Boxed retail copies and versions downloaded from anywhere other than Steam (Gamestop included) may not be fully updated. I really do recommend you use Steam as it does all this for you.

ArmA 2

ArmA 2 Free
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=15833

BattlEye

BattlEye is an especial pain to install as it only supplies you with a DLL file. You then have to manually paste it into your ArmA 2 (including ArmA 2 Free) and Operation Arrowhead folders. This is what it says on the official site:

ArmA 2: Put these files into a folder called "BattlEye" in your ArmA 2 install directory
OA: Put these files into a folder called "BattlEye" in the "Expansion" folder of your OA install directory

Step 3: Run both games once

I can't emphasise this enough and a lot of people get messed up by this step. You need to run both ArmA 2 and Operation Arrowhead before going any further. Even if you bought Combined Operations, you need to run each game separately (just running the Combined Operations option will not do the job).

All you need to do is load each game and get to the main menu. Then you can quit. At run-time, each game will create a few extra files that won't be created otherwise, so that's why you need to do this.

Step 4: If you're using ArmA 2 Free...

Go and find your ArmA 2 Free folder inside your Steam folder. Select the folder marked Addons and copy it.

Go to your ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead folder. There shouldn't be an Addons folder here. Paste the one you've copied from ArmA 2 Free, so it looks like this:

Note: Although the image above shows an @Dayz folder, you won't have one until you run the updater.

Step 5: Install the beta patch

This point is worth repeating: the beta patch and the game updates are different things. Even if you've installed every update for the game, you'll still need to install the beta patch too. If in doubt, install the beta.

You are now required to install the beta patch in order for you to play. Go to the link below and download the latest beta patch - updates come out regularly so you'll probably have to repeat this process from time to time. In step 6, I detail how to create a shortcut with which you can run the game. The one in the Operation Arrowhead folder will get over-written every time you update the beta.

Take note of the version number of your beta patch. There's no easy way to check this later, so you'll want to know which version you've downloaded when you come to check if there's a newer one. I very much recommend in general to install the second-most recent beta patch as servers rarely have the latest one as a requirement and it can take a while for them to catch up.

You'll download a zip file which contains a few text files and an exe called something like
ARMA2_OA_Build_XXXXX.exe

Run the exe. It takes a little time for it to unpack but it will then run an installer. It will automatically detect the  folder in which you have Operation Arrowhead installed even if you're using the Steam version.

Step 6: Install the mod

We're getting there. It's been a bit of a slog, but we're onto the home straight. You'll soon be getting murdered by strangers just for the delicious tins of beans in your bag.

There are several ways of downloading the mod and you'll need to repeat this step often as various updates to the mod are released.

Option A: Use DayZ Commander
DayZ Commander is an excellent utility that really simplifies the process of installing the mod and keeping it up to date. I can't recommend it enough.
http://www.dayzcommander.com/

Option B: Six Updater / Play with Six
I don't personally like the Six Updater, but it's got a good many. It was originally written to support pretty much every ArmA mod (and it does a jolly good job of it) but it also supports DayZ. Note that Six stores the DayZ files in a different location to everyone else. Bohemia recommends that mods are installed in a folder called @whatever, inside your Operation Arrowhead folder, Six stores everything in a folder called ArmA 2 inside your My Documents folder. The download link and an explanation of how to use it is here:

Option C: Do it yourself
Although it seems pretty daunting to download the files and install them yourself, it's actually not so bad. Just download each file and uncompress them to a folder. Put all the files in this folder and call it "addons" - without the quotation marks and with a lower case 'a'. Now put that folder inside another folder called "@DayZ" - again without the quotation marks.

Now paste the @DayZ folder into your Operation Arrowhead folder. Done. The mod is installed. Now you just need a shortcut.

Step 7: Make a shortcut

If you installed the mod manually, then you'll need to make your own shortcut. If you use DayZ Commander or Six Launcher, then you don't need a shortcut, you can just launch through either of those.

Inside your Operation Arrowhead folder is a new icon marked Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch

Right click on this icon and select Properties.

There are two lines that matter. The Target line should read something like:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\Expansion\beta\arma2oa.exe" -beta=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion -nosplash
This is presuming that you're using Steam and that Steam is installed in the default location on your C drive and you're using Windows 7 64 bit. It will have a different path if you have it installed elsewhere. You need to modify the target line to say something like this:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\Expansion\beta\arma2oa.exe" -beta=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion -nosplash -skipIntro -mod=@DayZ
If you're not using Steam or you have Steam installed in a different location just change the end of the line to include:
-beta=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion -nosplash -skipIntro -mod=@DayZ
This sounds like way more hassle than it actually is. All you're doing is modifying a shortcut by copying and pasting the line above.

For the "Start in" line, make sure it says:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\
Or again, wherever your Steam folder or game folder actually is. Make sure that it points to the main Operation Arrowhead folder and not to the beta folder. Yeah, it's running the exe from the beta folder, but it's running it in the main folder as that's where all the rest of the files are.

You don't need to care about this bit, but here's an explanation of what all that means (skip this bit if you're not interested in a technical explanation).

-beta=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion tells the game to run the beta executable and points to where all the beta bits are
-nosplash tells it not to display the crappy splash screen, making the game load faster
-skipIntro tells it not to display the animated main menu screen or any of the Bohemia loading screens making the game load much faster and show just an odd bit of animated water on the main menu
-mod=@DayZ tells the game to specifically load the DayZ mod

Phew.

Step 8: Make a Steam shortcut (optional)

You can't run DayZ from Steam by default which is a bit annoying. Skip this step if you don't care about Steam. If you've installed the Steam version, you'll already have a shortcut or two in there, but they're not good to you any more. You need to manually make a new Steam shortcut. This will work even if you're using a boxed copy of the game. You'll then be able to access Steam chat and even open the Steam web browser in game (handy if you want to display a game map). It'll even show you on your Friends list as playing DayZ.

Open up Steam and go to the game library. At the top of the screen, select Games and then Add a Non-Steam game to My Library...

In the window that appears, click the Browse button, then navigate to the Operation Arrowhead folder and click on the Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch shortcut. Then choose the Add selected programs button at the bottom.

Steam will create a new shortcut in your games library marked arma2oa

Go to this new icon and right click it and select Properties. We're now going to modify it in exactly the same  way as we did the shortcut above.

Make sure the Target line reads like so (your folder path may be different):
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\Expansion\beta\arma2oa.exe" -beta=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion -nosplash -skipIntro -mod=@DayZ
And also change the Start in line to read like this (again, your folder path may be different):
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\"
Finally, you can change the line under the icon that reads arma2oa to be DayZ instead. Or change it to Hello Kitty Magic Piano if you like.

Step 9: Run the game

This is the main menu. Note that in the top right corner that it should say:
@DayZ
Expansion
beta
This shows that the shortcut is correctly formatted and that everything loaded in. If you don't see this, then something has gone wrong somewhere and you'll need to go back over and check everything.

It's also worth clicking on the Expansions entry on the menu to make sure that there's a green box next to each entry. Otherwise, click them to tick them.

Step 10: Improving the graphics

A common complaint when people launch the game is that the graphics are a bit blurry. This is down to the settings used.

 Default graphics settings
 Graphics you can actually see
For some reason only know to the chaps at Bohemia, they decided to include two separate resolutions at the same time. On the main menu, click Options and then Video Options  (you can do this from within the game too, so you can see instant results).

You'll get a panel like this. Click the Advanced button to see more options. You'll notice that the Interface resolution and the 3D Resolution are set to different values by default. Set them to be the same - ideally at your monitor's native resolution. That's a massive improvement. I also recommend setting Postprocess effects to disabled as this removes motion blur, light bloom and all kinds of effects that look lovely but rather interfere with your ability to actually see what you're doing.

Muck around with the other settings if you'd like to adjust your framerate. I can't suggest what settings will work best for you, but just experiment until you find some that you're happy with. One of the nice things about this game is that any changes you make are immediate and don't require you to restart the game, so you can see immediately the effect that any setting has.

Step 11: Making the server list readable

Once you click through into the server list, you'll see hundreds of servers and many of them are running Operation Arrowhead, not DayZ. Just click the Filter button at the bottom and a window will pop up. Enter "DayZ" into the mission box and now you'll only see DayZ servers.

There are many ore things you can do with the Filter box, such as hiding full servers or specifying the maximum amount of people on a server. Have a play around with them sometime.

For more details on joining servers successfully, have a look at my article on that:
http://kodabar.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/dayz-how-to-get-on-server.html

Step 12: Updating DayZ

You've got the game running and all is well. Good stuff. But that won't last forever. As DayZ is still in the alpha testing stage, it gets regular updates. As well as that, the beta patch also gets regular updates. So once you've got the game installed, how do you keep it up-to-date?

The beta patch is updated quite often. Although servers don't tend to start using the newest versions as soon as they come out, you will have to update from time to time. You'll find that some servers specify the beta patch version in their name. All you do is download the rar file, open it and run the exe inside. It will only take a minute or so. The only problem is if you launch the game using the Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch icon inside the Operation Arrowhead folder as it over-write this every time. I recommend copying that shortcut to the desktop so that it will keep working otherwise, you'll have to edit it every time (as in Step 7)

Get the latest beta patch from here:

When the beta patch server is unavailable (as it has been recently), I will attempt to upload a copy elsewhere. As of 9th July 2012 the most recent version is 94444 and is available from here:

And now on to updating the mod files themselves. This seems pretty daunting, but

Option A: DayZ Commander
DayZ Commander is the single easiest way of keeping DayZ up to date. From inside it, you can update both the beta patch and the DayZ mod files. It's also makes it really easy to download and run other level files.
http://www.dayzcommander.com/

Option B: Six Updater/Launcher
I like the Six Updater, but it does a good job of keeping you up to date and it's now got simple, dedicated DayZ options. When there's an update, it will take care of it for you.
Option C: Do it yourself
This means having to read the DayZ forums in order to keep informed about new releases. You don't have to have an account in order to be able to read the forums.
http://dayzmod.com/forum/

Go here and download the files - either manually or through BitTorrent (better as you don't then have to unzip the files and it takes the load off the DayZ file hosts):

Unzip the new files into the folder that already contains your DayZ files, over-writing the old ones. And that's all you need to do. It isn't so bad, is it?

Step 13: Don't kill kodabar

Some of you have figured out that my DayZ name is also kodabar and so's my Steam name. It's flattering (and just a little weird) that so many of you have requested to be my friend on Steam, so don't be too upset if I ignore that - I have over 800 outstanding friend requests at the moment. Blimey. I suppose I could accept them all, form an army and go around taking over dozens of servers. Hmm, that's a thought.

 Hard as nails... but just as easily hammered
If you do see me in-game, try not to kill me, huh? I will have a nice gun or two and a lot of bullets. And I don't play alone...

This blog is supported by advertising. I don't stick them all over the place, just right down at the bottom of the page - I don't like intrusive advertising either. When people say "If I had a penny for every time I've..." then it's almost literally true in my case, except it's more like a hundredth of a penny for each of the 800,000 people who've read this article. I don't mind if you use ad-blockers (heck, I do), but maybe there might be an ad or two that catches your eye.

If you have any problems with installing the game, just leave me a comment and I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can. I respond to everyone and I won't leave you without getting your copy working.

Also, if you have any comments on this article, let me know. I do try to keep it as clear as possible, but it is getting a bit long and I've re-written it so many times that it's hard for me to see which bits need more explanation.

Note: If you really must play with a pirate version

It is possible to play DayZ with a pirate version, it's just really complicated, you're reliant on cracked servers and you can never . Before you start, you'll need to do a calculation:

1. How much RAM (in gigabytes) does you computer contain?
2. Take that number and multiply it by 2. So it I have 8Gb, it's 8 x 2 = 16
3. Now multiply that by your original number. 16 x 8 = 128
4. Divide it by two. 128 / 2 = 64
5. Work out the square root of that number (8 in my case)
6. Subtract your starting number from that.

Now keep that number in mind. That's how many fucks I give about your ability to run a pirate version. So stop asking!

Troubleshooting

So you've followed all these steps and things just aren't working still? Okay, have a look below and try some of these.

If you get the error about You Cannot Play/Edit this mission; it is Dependent on Downloadable Content it has been deleted.chernarus then that's because it's not picking up on the ArmA 2 content. The game depends on the map (Chernarus) from ArmA 2 and the game engine from Operation Arrowhead. If you're running Combined Operations or have the full (not Free) version of ArmA 2, it should work out where everything is itself, but it sometimes doesn't. Go and copy over the Addons folder like in Step 4 above.

If you get an error about how certain files are not signed by a key accepted by this server then it's because you haven't updated all the game files. If you obtain the files from a download service like Gamestop or Saturn, you'd expect them to distribute fully-updated files, but they don't. Go to Step 2 and work your way through.

If you get the Wrong CD Key error and you're not using a pirate version:
If you're using Steam, close it and and restart it as an administrator (right click and select "Run as administrator"). Then run both ArmA 2 and Operation Arrowhead again (just up to the main menu and out again) and continue from Step 4 above.
If you're not using Steam, run each game as an administrator by right clicking them and selecting "Run as administrator" and then continue from Step 4 above.

If everything was working fine and you installed the latest version of the beta patch and you can no longer connect to servers, then try installing the second-newest version. It takes a few days for the servers to move to the newest version of the beta patch and sometimes a newer version introduces subtle incompatibilities. You don't need to uninstall the version you have (and you can't anyway), but just install the other version over the top.

If you cannot get to the list of servers, it's probably because GameSpy is down. Twice in the last few days, Gamespy's systems have failed leaving players unable to get to the server browser. In both cases it's been fixed within a few hours.

If you need my help...

I'm only too happy to help you out if you need assistance getting the thing installed. I've left anonymous comments enabled (I hate having to sign up for stuff too), but try to include a name or a word with your post that identifies you if you do leave an anonymous comment. When there's ten people at once all called Anonymous, it gets a little confusing.

Also tell me where you got your version of the game, which versions they are, all the steps you've taken so far and what your computer consists of (if you know). And most importantly, tell me what error messages you get (if any). The more detail you leave for me, the easier it is for me to answer you're question and they quicker you'll get an answer. If I have to write back to ask an obvious question, you've just doubled the amount of time it'll take me to help you out.

I won't leave you without an answer. Every single person who has asked for my help has now got a working version of DayZ. Heck, I have been known to use Teamviewer to install it for you if you're just having too many problems with it.

 Now you've read this article, there's also: How to get on a server How to play How to stay alive for more than five minutes DayZ offline single player / practice / training / (not really) cheating

1. Would a combo of Arma 2 free and a cracked operation arrowhead work with dayz

1. A cracked version won't work as it requires a CD key to bind to. Sorry.

There is a single player offline mission file available (I'll be writing about that tomorrow) so it might be possible to play offline on your own with a dodgy copy of AO and that. You'd be missing out on a large part of the gameplay, but it would give you some practice and help you decide if you want to pay for the game.

According to Bohemia, DayZ will be included in the next path for ArmA 2 (don't know when that will be though), so a cheap option might be to shop around for a retail version of ArmA 2 and wait for that.

2. cracked versions do work via private servers, i am playing it right now through tunngle =]

3. They do indeed. But you can never connect to a public online server with a cracked version, just private servers.

4. When you say you need the beta patch, how do you get that if you are using steam? Do you just install the arma2OA beta?

5. Yup, that's exactly what you do. Whilst Steam will keep the game up-to-date with the latest updates and official patches, it won't download the beta patches. DayZ and DaiZy rely on these beta patches for certain features so you have to install them yourself.

Just go to this link and download the latest one. When you run it, it will detect where your game is installed and place its files in the correct place.
http://www.arma2.com/beta-patch.php

2. Hello, Kodbar mate, could you tell me exac diffrences between arma2 and arma2:free? I heard free version has worse graphic, is it THAT drastic diffrence? could you say anything more specific? if so - thanks, also thanks for the whole guide, now - since its well explained i might buy this game with no worries such like '' damn, i wont make it - too complicated''. Soo... yeah, im waiting for a reply. have a nice day m8
/neal

1. Compared with ArmA2 Free, ArmA 2 has a single player campaign, higher resolution textures and higher resolution sound.

I'm using Free and I can't tell the difference when it comes to sound. The lower quality textures only really come into play on the player characters. Really, you can't really notice the difference much anyway. All the screenshots in my DayZ articles are taken using Free, so you can see for yourself. To ensure a constant framerate and a clear screen, I turned down a lot of settings anyway, so it's not like the texture differences matter.

The most obvious time you'll notice is if you find a camo outfit to clothe your character and it looks a bit blurry. But it's camo, so who cares?

Have a look through the screenshots on my various DayZ articles (links at the top of the page) and see if they look okay to you. I've got a 3GHz Core2Duo with 16GB of memory and an Nvidia 9800GT graphics card, so it's not an amazingly powerful machine. The lower res textures are pretty much only on characters and even then only certain ones. So I've never felt like my graphics look shit.

2. Yay you sir, just impressed me once again with that fast respond :D thanks alot, I really appreciate how much effort and time you offer to newbies like me :) with all that: seems like im getting Dayz tommorow! I just have to download arma2:free and buy the DLC. What else can I say? Have a nice day, and stay away from zombies my friend :)

I hope that the whole Dayz community is just like you :D if so - even better!
take care!
/neal

3. Would it be possible to snag the assets of the ArmA 2 (nonfree) into the ArmA 2 free version?
Sure getting a hold of the assets might be a pain but would it technically work?

4. It seems like it will. A chap was asking the other day if ArmA 2 can be uninstalled if the Addons folder is copied across (to the OA folder). I said that I didn't know, but that I'd be interested to hear what happened if he tried it. He did and it worked. So it does seem like you could just copy over the Addons folder from any ArmA 2 and have it work.

I must stress that I haven't properly tested this myself. I have uninstalled ArmA 2 Free and had DayZ continue to work, but I will need to get a copy of ArmA 2 (full) to try it out properly. Perhaps that's what I can spend my Google Ad megabucks on (actually only £80).

So I suppose the answer to your question is that it's technically possible and it will probably work. I won't say that it definitely will work on the grounds that I haven't done enough testing. So go ahead and try. Let me know how it goes. I should mention that the Addons folder from ArmA 2 free is only 1.5GB, but the one from ArmA 2 (full) is around 8.3GB, so it's a heck of a lot more data for very little improvement to the graphics and sound.

3. Ok, every thing runs smooth until I join a game. The problem is that the world dosent load when I am in a game, its just load a world up whit no grass, no trees no cites, nothing. Any idea what i did wrong?

1. Ah, you're in the debug wilderness/forest/landscape. There's an area off the edge of the map which has no features. There are some gentle hills, but no grass, no trees or anything else.

This happens when your location data gets corrupted. As you load in to a server, it invisibly puts you into this location (when you're still loading in so you can't see this) and then the server gets your location data from the central database and puts you back in the right location. If your location data is corrupted, the server fails to load it from the database and you get stuck in this debug landscape.

It's theoretically possible to run out of it, but you'll be running a long way and you won't know in which direction to go. So your only real option is to die and restart the game. Hit escape to bring up the game menu and select "respawn" which will kill you and spawn you at a starting location.

This is just bad luck and it's happened to most of us at one time or another. It's very frustrating as you won't get your items back.

If you really, really want to keep your kit and you have a compass or can work out direction from the position of the sun, it is possible to run out of there, but it takes about half an hour.

Here's a video of a guy who made it out. I don't recommend doing this unless you have an amazing gun or night-vision goggles or some other terrific reason to want to keep your character alive. It may be that your character's location data is permanently fucked, so you might get out just to find that you're back there again the next time you log in.

If it's any consolation, the next update to the game will fix this problem, so this should be the last time it happens to you.

4. Can dayz be played on a linux machine?

1. Well... maybe. I haven't tried it myself but I have had ArmA 2 mostly working under Wine on Ubuntu Linux. If you're willing to have a go (I'd recommend trying ArmA 2 Free before buying anything) there's an article by a chap who did get ArmA 2 working here:

5. You logged onto the world I was on earlier! :D Anyway, I wanted to say that because of you, I'm able to play the game. So thank you very much.

1. Ha ha. That's the first time I've been spotted by a reader online and heard about it. Thanks for letting me know. And thank you for not killing me!

6. I keep getting the Error Creating Direct3D 9 Graphical Engine when I launch DayZ from Six Launcher. I can however play the game just fine going through Steam. I have the Amra 2 Free version and bought the OA expansion. I thought I followed this reference to a t, but I aint sure where I may have messed up at. The version through steam is 1.6 and I would just like to run through six launcher for the later versions. The beta patch installed fine as well.

Also when I launch Six Launcher it says " Please note: the beta is enabled, either automatically or in the Options, but you also have the Steam Launcher enabled. This requires manual intervention, please see https://dev-heaven.net/issues/32058#note-2 "

I went to that website and I was lost so any simplicit help would be great

1. That website could definitely do with being a bit more clear - I already knew what the answer was and yet I had trouble understanding just what the hell they were on about. What it's trying to tell you is that you need to swap a couple of files over.

Steam will launch the game based only on what Steam expects. Steam expects the Operation Arrowhead exe file to be in a certain location, but when you install the beta, it creates a new exe file which is in a different place and Steam doesn't like that.

The Six Launcher will do pretty much whatever you like but, if you want to be able to access the Steam overlay and other Steam features in the game (whilst still using Six Launcher to start it), then there's a problem because the Six Launcher actually uses Steam to launch the game. Still following me?

You've got two choices:

1. Untick the option in Six Launcher to have the Steam overlay active. It will run just fine, but Steam features will not be available.

2. If you tell Six Launcher to make the Steam overlay active, then you need to replace the original Operation Arrowhead exe with the beta exe. This means doing this:
a. Go into your Operation Arrowhead folder and find arma2oa.exe and rename it to something like arma2oa.exe.old
b. Go into the Expansion\beta folder (within the Operation Arrowhead folder) and copy the arma2oa.exe file from there into the main Operation Arrowhead folder; effectively replacing the original file.

If you choose the second option then, every time you update the beta, you will have to repeat the steps above to copy the file over.

Hopefully that's clear enough, but give me a shout if it's not.

7. Hey Koda, I recently installed Arma 2 and OA onto my girlfriend's computer using my own steam account untill I had gotten it for her later that day on hers. I had accidently started up the Six launcher with Day Z while on my own account. I've tried reinstalling both versions, deleteing the Day Z mod from the OA folder, and a million other things, but regardless of what I try it loads up my character data, instead of a new set for her. Anny help would be awesome regarding how to fix that :D

-Nightreaver

1. Ah, now this is a fun situation. It can be fixed, but it's slightly complicated and annoying. What's happened is that Steam has saved your CD key to her registry. It needs to be deleted from her registry so that the new one can go in there. this is a bit of a pest to do if you're not used to mucking around in the registry.

Luckily a chap called sacriel42 has made a guide that covers this. He's actually talking about having two keys (and thus two characters on the same computer), but it will show you exactly how to access the registry and find where the CD key is stored. You'll be able to follow it and then delete the key.

8. Sorry to bug you again but before I buy Arma 2 combined operations I want to know If that i turn the blood option to disabled will it affect DayZ?

1. Well that was quite weird. I just went out and deliberately got myself hurt in order to test this out. I can tell you that turning off blood does stop it from appearing when you shoot zombies. But it does not turn off the blood effect when you get hurt. I wasn't able to test out if I could see if you can see other players bleeding as no one would oblige me.

So turning blood off half-works. You won't see any when you shoot zombies, but you will still see blood pour out when you get hit and are bleeding.

9. Instead of Step 4 for Arma II Free users, you can just include the full path to the Arma II Free installation in your shortcut as a mod.

"-mod=C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2 Free;@DayZ"

1. Yep, that's good advice. I haven't included it as modifying the command line is confusing enough for novice users. But I may well include it in my next version of the guide as an option for advanced users. Thanks!

10. hi kodabar, thanks for the tutorial! question real quick, if i own Arma 2 Free steam and Operation Arrowhead store bought, will i be able to play on official servers? or will i need cracked? because of the official dayz wiki it states that its not recommended that we use arma 2 free with full edition operation arrowhead?

1. The DayZ Wiki may state that, but it's wrong. In fact when it comes to using ArmA 2 Free, you'll find that the DayZ Wiki actually points here.

You can use ArmA 2 Free quite happily with Operation Arrowhead. There are no problems at all. The difference between ArmA 2 Free and the full ArmA 2 is that some (only some) of the graphics have slightly lower resolution textures (and I defy you to tell the difference) and the quality of some of the sounds is apparently lower (and I can't find anyone who can tell the difference there).

You can play on all official servers using ArmA 2 Free. I do. All you need to buy is Operation Arrowhead and that's it. Using the Combined Operations version or the Anniversary edition may allow you to skip one step during installation (the part where you copy over the Addons folder), but that's about it.

So go to EB and buy Operation Arrowhead and you'll be able to play DayZ on all official servers. I stand by what I say - I will personally install it on your machine if you can't get it working.

11. When using the free version of Arma2 should i buy the steam or non steam version of Operation Arrowhead? Is there any difference?

1. There's no real difference. The Steam version is a little easier to work with as it's already fully up-to-date so you don't need to install any updates. Other than that, there's no difference at all.

12. can you use it with the british armed forces DLC?

1. Very much so. In fact the BAF stuff is used by DayZ for several aspects of the graphics. For instance, the player outfits are all from the BAF DLC. Operation Arrowhead comes with 'Lite' version of these (lower resolution textures), so if you have the proper BAF installed, then these textures will look a lot better for you.

13. Hello again Kodabar! Good to see you still helping people out installing DayZ.
I just have one quick question...
I bought Arma 2 OA from gamesrocket, as I said. It gave me the installation files and a key for the game to enter upon install.
Now, I've been wondering whether I could play DayZ on my laptop using the same character. I doubt I can install OA again on my laptop as I only have the one key.
Is there any way to do this?
Thanks.

1. Now that's an interesting question. I would think that it is possible to do that. I'm not entirely certain, but your key will probably work in both, just not at the same time is all. Your key gets tied to a GUID and that GUID is tied to your character. So I reckon you should be able to use it on both.

2. You were absolutely right. Installed it on my laptop, joined a server and I was in the right place with all my stuff and statistics. Good to know I don't have to be on my desktop to play DayZ :)

14. Nikolai Beltov25 July 2012 13:35

Kodabar, hello!

Thanks for this great guide.

I have a problem. I hope you can help me, seeing as your knowledge in this area seems infinite.
I was playing DayZ, and then decided to play on a regular Arma II server. Well, sort of regular. One of those Takistan Life servers, where it's a mod without a mod.
Anyways, I was having fun playing both games, until a certain update came around.

Now the situation is this:
1. I can play Dayz using six launcher no problem.
2. When attempting to connect to the Taksitan server, I connect, but once attempting to spawn - CTD occurs. The only way to fix this that I ahve found after prolonged googling is the one here: http://dayzmod.com/forum/index.php?/topic/32290-arma-2-oa-has-stopped-working-crash-to-desktop-fixed/
3. This procedure allows me to play the Takistan Servers.
4. To Play Dayz Again I Just run six launcher and everything works fine.
5. Every time I want to play Takistan or venilla AO, I have to do this cilly procedure detaled in the link above.

Is there, to your understanding, a simpler and more elegant, and most importantly, less manual solution for this problem? It appears the battleEye is the problem?

1. Nikolai Beltov25 July 2012 13:46

"This is the complicated stupid way I take when I want to play Insurgency without getting the message "ArmA2: Reinforcements has stopped working."

-delete the beta folder in ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead/expansions
-install 94876 beta version
-replace it with old file in C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\ArmA 2 OA\BattlEye\
-run ArmA2:Combined operations through steam launcher

I'm sure there's an easier way, but next to smaching my fist through my monitor, this is the best I can do for now."

2. Well, my knowledge is hardly infinite. I've just installed DayZ probably more times than anyone else, so I've encountered most problems that can occur. There are still areas where I don't have an answer. Anyway, let's have a look at this:

Ah, right I think this is caused by the newly-updated BattlEye client. In order to combat some of the cheating that became widespread on DayZ servers, a new version of BattlEye was released. Sadly this version of BattlEye causes problems with other variations of the game.

Although those instructions are annoying and lengthy, I can think of no real way to reduce them to a more elegant solution. It might be possible to create a batch file to automate some of this, but there is still going to be a good deal of user interaction, so it barely seems worthwhile. About the most seamless process I can think of is to create another Windows installation on a separate partition and keep the older version of BattlEye installed on there so that every time you want to play the different versions, you reboot the computer the the relevant Windows partition. But installing a secondary version of Windows does seem to be going a bit far.

I'll have a further think about this. I suppose I ought to try it out for myself and see if I can come up with some kind of streamlined batch file. I'm just a bit busy at the moment, so I don't know if I'll have the time to do this.

3. Nikolai Beltov26 July 2012 09:34

It seems that 1.62 did something to help this.
However, it is hard to confirm as most non-dayz servers I play / know are linux based, and thus are not yet updated with 1.62

Thanks for your time and help.

15. I have six launcher, and downloaded the games through steam. I go to the arma 2 OA folder to launch the game, and I downloaded the most recent patches...I think. My problem is when I try and launch the game I get "Data file too short 'C:\Programs Files {x86}\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\expansions\addons\anims_e.pbo'.Expected 42294311 B, got 4587520 B"

1. Yikes. It seems like the files aren't installed properly.

Exit Steam completely.
Right click the Steam icon and select "Run as administrator"
When Steam starts up, go to your game library.
Right click on ArmA 2 Free and select Properties.
In the window that appears, click on the "Local Files" tab.
Click "Verify integrity of game cache"
Wait until it finishes.
Run ArmA 2 Free (if you can). When you get to the main menu, exit out.
Do the same with Operation Arrowhead.

16. Can I run dayZ with:

Arma 2 cracked full version + OA that I have cd-key to get better quallity as in both legal Arma 2 and OA?

1. Yes, it seems like you can. I don't encourage this as you're just denying Bohemia money that they deserve, but apparently you can do this. The improvement in graphics is almost imperceptible though. The game uses the Operation Arrowhead game engine anyway and the only difference is some slight improvement in SOME textures.

People seem obsessed with this issue and it's really not important at all. At some point, I'll take some screenshots to show the difference. ArmA 2 Free also has slightly lower quality audio, but no one has yet mentioned that, just the graphics.

17. Hi i did everything as you said, but when i enter to the multiplayer section to choose a server...i have no servers, I mean...there'a lot of servers, but inmidiately after i get to the server browser screen...all f thos servers dissapears, and i get a lot of rex crosses at the left side of the server info...and the few ones that stay there, when i enter...it gets to a loading screen like...forever :(

1. The red X's show servers that you can't join because of a difference between the version they're running and the version that you've got installed. I can see that most servers are on DayZ 1.7.2.5 right now but quite a few are still on 1.7.2.4.

What version do you have installed and which beta patch?

18. Just a quick tip for those suffering graphic artifacting / glitching in certain areas: The problem is caused by your video cards RAM (VRAM) being filled by texture memory leaking. Those with greater amounts of VRAM tend to see this glitching as being less severe than those with graphic cards with less VRAM.

The work around at the minute to remove these artifacts is to press and hold Left shift + numpad - (minus) releasing them and then typing in "flush" without the quotations. It's only a quick fix as when your VRAM over fills again the same artifacting will return, and sadly this means those with less VRAM will see the glitching return faster. Anyway, I hope this helps some of you!

1. Thanks. That's a good tip and I'll add it to the Troubleshooting section.

19. Distressed Possum13 August 2012 23:50

I've installed it using Six Updater and I got dayZcommander to play with friends easier. But everytime I try to join a server I get an error that says 'addon dayz_anim requires addon ca_dubbing_couterattack' and then the game starts after I click okay or whatever. A few seconds into the loading screen it says "no entry bin\config.bin/cfgvehicles/citizen1.scope". I really have no idea what to do and was hoping you could help me out. Thanks<3

1. You need to copy the Addons folder from ArmA 2 to the Operation Arrowhead folder. See Step 4.

2. Distressed Possum14 August 2012 00:30

How do I get to it? I think I found Arma 2 Free in my Bohemia Interactive folder but it's empty? Do I need to ruin it, I have to the menu but do I need to hop in game or re download it?

3. Well depending on from where you got ArmA 2 (you neglected to say), it should be in C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\arma 2 or C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2

You can always right click on the ArmA 2 icon (if you have one in your Start menu), select Properties and then "Open File Location"

4. Distressed Possum14 August 2012 00:58

Okay, I figured it out, thanks! But now that I have it working, everything's fine up until after I "wait for character to create" or whatever, the loading screen just freezes and I'm stuck on it.

20. Name: The Regurgitator
Is there any way I can start over with nothing about dayz installed? I have ArmA 2 Free and ArmA 2 OA on steam. I used Six Updater and the latest beta patch. It works, but it freezes up on the loading screen like Distressed Possum.

1. Try running it without using Six Updater. The only other thing I can suggest at the moment is updating BattlEye manually.

2. The Regurgitator
Do you mean "without Six Updater" as using the beta patch launcher? There is a context menu that comes up when I click on Arma 2: OA in steam that gives the options "Arma 2:OA", "launch in windowed mode", "Reinstall BattleEye", and "Play Arma 2:Combined Ops". Is it any of those? I will try a few of these and updating BattleEye manually.

3. Oh wow, I had the server browser filtered to 1.7.2.5, and I looked at my @DayZ folder and it said 1.7.2.4. It works now. I also installed the latest beta build and force-reinstalled BattleEye.

NOTE TO OTHERS:
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IF YOU ARE GETTING STUCK ON THE "LOADING" SCREEN AFTER THE "WAITING FOR CHARACTER TO CREATE" SCREEN, CHECK YOUR VERSION (i.e. 1.7.2.4) IN THE @DayZ FOLDER IN THE ArmA 2: OA FOLDER AND TYPE YOUR VERSION INTO THE "HOST" TEXT BOX IN THE SERVER FILTER MENU.

4. Whoops. Ha ha ha! I never even thought to suggest checking that. Just as well you did. I'm glad to hear you're back up and running though.

21. Hello, I just want to warn everyone. Patch on ArmA II Free didn't work on my Windows 7 Ultimate. But then, I found this one http://www.arma2.com/supply/game-updates/ and this seems to work normally.
Thank You

22. Ok, so I purchased and downloaded Arma2 combined operations from Steam. Arma2 runs fine. However, when I go to run OA I get the following messages: "No Entry 'bin\config.bin/CfgInGameUI/MPTtable.shadow'."

Followed by: Error Compiling Pixel Shader PSSpecular Alpha:0

Also when I try to run the patch installer I get this: Wrong CD key

and when I use SixUpdater and try to join a server I get the Bad Serial message.

Thanks in advance for any help

1. Exit Steam and start it again as an administrator (right click and "Run as administrator")
Right click, select "Properties", click the "Local files" tab and choose "Verify integrity of game cache"
Grow a beard.
Launch OA.

Hopefully that should do it. Let me know if it doesn't.

2. Tried it 3 times, each time it said: 1 files failed to validate and will be reaquired.

Still getting the same error messages when I boot OA, I emailed support but god only knows when/if I"ll get a response

3. Okay, there's another thing you can try. It's not exactly pretty and it may be a little mystifying if you're not used to how computer file systems work.

Go to where your Steam folder is located (probably C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam)
Right click on Steam folder
Select "Properties"
Click on the tab marked "Security"
Click "Advanced" - a button towards the bottom
Click "Change Permissions" - a button located towards the bottom

Is there a "Users (whatever-your-computer-name-is\Users)" with ""?

YES
Click to highlight that line and then click the "Edit" button below and then in the box that appears, tick the "allow" box under "Full control" and click OK.

NO
Click "Add..." then type "Users" (without the quotation marks, obviously) and click OK. Then in the box that appears, tick the "allow" box under "Full control" and click OK.

Regardless of whether you followed the YES or NO path, click OK on all the boxes until they all disappear.

Even if this doesn't work, it's perfectly harmless. What it does is to allow users (as opposed to administrators) to access the files in those folders. You're probably the only user on your system so it makes very little difference.

Give it a go and let me know what happens.

4. Oh I should also mention one last thing - I probably should have suggested it before mucking around with file permissions, but well... I've spent all day writing reports about media coverage of Olympic legacy projects (yawn).

Right-click OA in Steam, select "properties" then "set launch options" and paste this line INCLUDING the quotation marks:

"-mod=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\Common\ArmA 2;EXPANSION;ca"

5. damn that sounds like tons of fun haha.
well modifying the launch options got me passed the two error messages I was receiving, now I'm just getting a "bad serial number given in setup" message lol.

6. Ah, right - that's good progress then. Go back and run ArmA 2 again and then run OA again. And finally, just for luck, run Combined Operations. Then try to install the beta patch and it ought to work. If it doesn't, restart your computer and go through that again.

The serial number error is due to the registry key not being written properly. Oddly it doesn't get written to the registry when you install the games, but only when you actually run them. Sometimes it can't read back the registry key until the computer is restarted.

I have now read 2,879 newspaper articles about Olympic legacy projects. Tomorrow I get to read a bunch more... in German. I'm kind of hoping that I don't wake up tomorrow...

7. From the know how you possess of PC's and software it sounds like you're in the wrong line of business lol.

But on a much better note...I'm up and running finally. Simple reboot....go figure!
Thanks a ton for the article and the personal help. Keep up the good work and good luck with all that Olympic non-sense.

8. I'd shoot myself if I had to work in computers these days. Awful things designed by idiots who make decisions based on what's the most profitable rather than what's the best way of doing things.

Anyway I'm glad to hear you're up and running. It's amazing what a reboot can do sometimes. I can't actually think of any logical reason why it should help. After all, the data was written into the registry already so why the game couldn't read it out again is a mystery. Not enough ones? Too many zeroes?

Give me a shout if you need any other help.
PS I strongly advise reading some of the other DayZ articles on here, especially this one:
http://kodabar.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/dayz-how-to-stay-alive-for-more-than.html

DayZ is a frigging brutal game and can be very frustrating initially.

9. Yeah it definitely is, amazingly I haven't died yet after a couple of hours of playing, however I'm on the brink of starvation lol.

23. What I'm not getting is why you would put up a link to update the Arma II: Operation Arrowhead if I don't even have the expansion or whatever it is. How can I get it?

1. Operation Arrowhead isn't really an expansion. ArmA 2 is a game in its own right, Operation Arrowhead is a game in its own right. You can play either without the other. Although the both run off the same engine, OA uses a more recent version of it.

DayZ uses the game engine from Operation Arrowhead and the level map (Chernarus) from ArmA 2. So you need to have both. Whilst you can use ArmA 2 Free instead of paying for the full version, you have to at least buy Operation Arrowhead.

And then apply the updates, etc...

24. Kodabar,

First off excellent blog on DayZ...I would have never figured it out without your information...and wit :)!

Any chance you could give us some steps to load Lingor Island? Looks fun but I can not find and install guide for a nonsteam install.

Thanks/Cheers!

1. I've never tried Lingor Island. I've got some instructions that I'm told work, but I haven't tested them. Give them a try if you like (and be sure to let me know how you get on).

1. Before you start, you must have Arma 2 and Operation Arrowhead installed as well as the latest DayZ patch and the latest beta patch.

http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=10792

3. Open it up and put the @lingor folder in your Operation Arrowhead folder

Yes, the page is in Russian. Type the number shown at the bottom in the box below it - it's a Captcha thing

5. Open the file you get and put the contents (@dayz_lingor, @dayz_lingor_island) in your Operation Arrowhead folder. If it asks, choose to overwrite existing files.

6. Start your game with shortcut "Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch" in your OA folder by adding the following to the Target line (right-click, properties)
-mod=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion;ca;@dayz_lingor_island;@dayz_lingor

7. Launch the game.

8. From the in-game menu choose "Expansions" and "Enable" all three Lingor mods.

9. Choose "Yes" to restart game.

10. From the in-game menu, choose "Multiplayer" and then "Filter" - set mission to "dayz lingor" and apply.

25. hello kodabar i was trying to make a shortcut to steam but it wrote profilepathdefault when i tried to open it can u explain why?i followed the instruction on your guide

1. No name or identifying word, no indication of from where you got the games, what steps you've taken so far, what launcher (if any) that you're using - none of the things I ask for in order to help you.

The profilepath error can appear for a few different reasons. Often using Steam and Six Launcher together can do this. Not running both the games before installing DayZ can also cause this. And getting the shortcut wrong can also result in this error.

Often when making the steam shortcut, people get the first line right:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\Expansion\beta\arma2oa.exe" -beta=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion -nosplash -skipIntro -mod=@DayZ

But forget to adjust the second line - it must not include the beta path.

RIGHT
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\"

WRONG
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\Expansion\beta\

26. Hello, i have tried to install all the pieces, but with Sixupdater, when i try to join servers it says "It appears youre ARMA2 key is not endered into the registry. In case of Steam game, please run each ARMA game through Steam Launcher at least once, while the Steam launcher is started as administrator"

I have done this, but it keeps coming up with the same thing over and over again? It is killing me, please help?!

Many thanks,
Ben

Paddington (this is my Control+F word to find my post)

1. It seems that Steam has somehow run out of keys for ArmA 2 Free. I don't quite understand what's going on, but in the meantime I'm recommending that you uninstall the Steam version and instead download the version from arma2.com which will add the registry key during setup.

27. i just wanted to say that this is amazing and thank you so much for posting this

28. Man Can u Help Me When I start arma 2 and 1 window appear is said Warning:signatur of addon\dayZ.pbo is wrong Please help me !

1. Ow i Forgot This one When I am In Server and I gona Join Another Game Is Said Like This Your Cd Key Disable Please help me !

2. If it's complaining that your dayz.pbo has the wrong signature, either the mod files have become damaged (unlikely) or they're in the wrong place. Have you by any chance placed them in the ArmA 2 Free folder rather than the Operation Arrowhead folder?

If you're using Steam, Operation Arrowhead will be installed in a location like:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead
The mod files should be placed in:

If you're not using Steam, OA will probably be in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\arma 2 operation arrowhead
And the mod files should be placed in:

As for the "CD key is disabled", that's a weird one. Where did you get your games? The only time I've seen that come up before is when people have bought keys from one of those Russian online cd key stores and been given a code that doesn't work.

29. Hello, me again (Paddington) it has sorted that problem out, but now i have the problem, of "Deleted.Dayz_code. Dayz_weapons Dayz_vehicles" oh lordy?!help meh

1. Okay. There's only two reasons why that comes up. Either you haven't installed the mod files in the right place or you haven't loaded the mod correctly with the game shortcut.

If you're using Steam, Operation Arrowhead will be installed in a location like:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead
The mod files should be placed in:

If you're not using Steam, OA will probably be in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\arma 2 operation arrowhead
And the mod files should be placed in:

Check your shortcut to make sure it looks like this:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\Expansion\beta\arma2oa.exe" -beta=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion -nosplash -skipIntro -mod=@DayZ

And finally, when you start OA, check to see if it displays @DayZ, beta and Expansion on the title screen (in the top right). If not, click on "Expansions" and see if the boxes for those three are checked.

30. Hi there,

I have a problem with installing Arma II free version. He keeps asking for a CD key but i cant get one anywhere. Steam doesnt work either. He keep telling me cant log in main server.

Can i use a Key of a friend. And do you have a website where there are still keys available. .

1. I don't know what Steam's doing with this. They seem to have removed the ArmA 2 Free page and there's conflicting accounts about what is happening with the ArmA 2 "Demo" version they offer instead.

In the meantime, I'm suggesting that people obtain ArmA 2 Free directly from Bohemia on the site below:
http://www.arma2.com/free

The Bohemia version adds the CD Key to the registry during installation.

To be honest, all you need from ArmA 2 Free is the Addons folder (if you just want to play DayZ) so you could just take a copy of that from your friend.

31. Hi Kodabar.

I have done everything on your guide. And when i start arma its starts up with Dayz screen and says "loading" and all that. I come into main menu. pick mulitplayer and alot of Dayz servers comes up. But all of the servers have a red cross on left side. I tested to join some but all of them says "Joining server" and after about 5 seconds its jumping back to server browser and says "Connection failed".

I have check so the servers i tried on is on the same patch.

I Have patch 1.62 and 1.7.2.5 Dayz. What´s wrong? (Not using steam) I have sixlauncher.

Regards
Soddan

1. It sound to me like you don't have the latest beta patch installed. Servers normally have a red X icon next to them when you don't have the beta patch that they want. Go to Step 5 and download the latest beta patch. It's just a zip file and inside it is an exe - run the exe and follow the instructions.

Note: Installing the beta patch will overwrite the "Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch" shortcut in the Operation Arrowhead folder. So if you're using this to launch the game, you may like to make a copy of it before installing the beta patch so that you don't have to modify it again afterwards.

The latest beta patch (at the time I write this) is 96465:
http://www.mediafire.com/?e6pqj2axnh8l536

32. please help,everytime i start the game it always gives me an error saying "Data file too short 'common\characters.pbo'........"

1. Are the ArmA games installed properly and have you installed all the updates? Also, from where did you get the games, what have you done so far, etc...

If you got the gamea via Steam, try the following:
1. exit STEAM client
3. start STEAM client via 'run as Administrator'
4. select A2: OA in games list by left mouse button
5. right mouse button > menu > choose 'Properties'
6. chooce 'Local Files' tab
7. choose 'Verify Integrity File Cache'
8. wait till it's done
9. Do the same with ArmA 2

2. sorry for late reply,i got mine from a Retail store it comes in a DVD/CD form,my problem is everytime i click campaign the BAF and PMC campaigns are not shown,only HR,OA and EW. i have Combined Operations and installed BAF and PMC from a different CD of Reinforcements (installed the DLC only).

3. Usually the "data file too short" error results from problems during installation; it's tried to install a file and messed up during the process of extracting it.

If I were you, the first thing I'd do is completely uninstall the game and reinstall it from scratch. I'd also consider copying the contents of the DVD to the hard disk and installing it from there (to eliminate any problems from reading the DVD disc).

4. Thanks even though its kinda out of topic,i will try that and if it still doesn't work then i will just leave it be.

33. Hey, In the right top corner of the screen of DayZ mean it only says @DayZ, it does not say expansion beta under it. What does this mean?

1. That either means you haven't installed the beta patch (Step 5) or modified the shortcut (Step 7).

Modifying the shortcut tells it to load the beta executable file. Go back and check those step again.

34. Hi Kodabar.

First I want to thanks for a great Guide.

Now to my problem. I followed you guide and everything worked great. Until today. All server got an red cross so i updated the client. After that i where able to play again.

But something happend. I can play for about 5 min and suddenly it says "No message received for 10 seconds" and keep doing that with more seconds. So I have to disconnect and rejoin but it just gives me 5 new min to play then it happends again.

I Tried diffrent servers with no succsess.

Please what have I done? or what´s wrong?

/John

1. When that error message comes up, it means that your game client hasn't received any message from the server for a while. There are a couple of causes.

To be getting it on all servers is a new one on me. Do you play with other people - and if so, do they get the same error, or is it just you?

Usually the error appears when a server is having problems, so to hear of it on all servers is worrying.

2. Hi Kodabar John here.

I´ve fixed the problem. It was my internet that was bad. So I restarted my internet and now working Great! Thanks for reply. :)

3. Glad to hear it. Thanks for letting me know. Too often people post saying that they have a problem, but then they fix it themselves and I don't hear back from them - leaving me wondering if there's something I should be investigating.

I'm cheered to hear you're back in the game and thanks again for letting me know what happened.

35. I have the deleted chernarus error and i have the addons folder in arma operation arrowhead folder and its still not working

1. If it's not picking up on the Addons folder, then there can only be a couple of things wrong. Either you put the addons folder in the wrong place or it's lacking the relevant files.

The Addons folder should go in
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\arma 2 operation arrowhead
or perhaps
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead
(It's a lot easier to help if you tell me all that information I ask you to)

If you got the Addons folder from ArmA 2 Free, it ought to be 1.54GB. If it came from ArmA 2 (full) then it ought to be 8.21GB

36. thx, great work man! however, after playing DayZ for a while i would like to try out the actual OA game. but when i try to launch it i automatically get to the DayZ screen without the single player option. is there a way of playing OA (maybe even without messing with the DayZ shortcut that i created)?

1. Don't launch OA through the link you use to launch DayZ. You should have a 'normal' OA shortcut as well. If you're using Steam, it'll be in your Steam library. If you're not using Steam, then it ought to be in a Start menu folder called Bohemia Interactive.

If you really can't find either of these (or they're missing for some reason), create a new shortcut for OA. Go into your OA folder
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\arma 2 operation arrowhead
or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead
(Yours may be different)
Now look for the ArmA2OA.exe file.
Right click on that and select "Create shortcut"
Place the shortcut anywhere you like (your desktop maybe?)
To run OA, just double-click on that shortcut

You may have to disable DayZ from within OA.
Run OA
At the main menu select "Expansions"
Look down the list until you find DayZ and select "disable" (there may be multiple DayZ entries - disable them all)
OA will say you need to restart it. Do so.
OA should play just fine now.

Note that disabling the DayZ expansions will not disable them when you're playing DayZ (as launched from your DayZ shortcut).

37. Excellent guide, best one around. Thanks very much.

38. Hi,

everything worked fine for me until they released the new DayZ version 1.7.2.6 . I downloaded that via DayZ Commander and installed a new beta patch as well (96061). But when I try to join a server, I am stuck at the loading screen. A friend who was playing on a server I was trying to join said that the "client not responding" error appeared. I redownloaded the DayZ Files and installed a new beta patch but that didnt help either. ´Have you any suggestions? Thx for ervery answer :)
(I am using arma 2 free retail + oa retail )

1. Try a later version of the beta patch. I'm using 96895 without any problems.

If your friend was on the server you were trying to join and it was coming up with the "client not responding error", then it sounds like there may be a problem with BattlEye. If a newer beta patch doesn't solve it, try the following:

1. Go to your Steam folder.
2. Go into steamapps/common
3. Go into arma 2 free/BEsetup
4. Run Setup_BattlEyeARMA2Free.exe
5. Copy CheckFilelist.lst
6. Paste it into your arma 2 operation arrowhead folder (also in steamapps/common)

Here's a video detailing the steps:

i already bought combined ops so its too late for me,but someone could try it out :D

1. Yes it is. I've tested it before and it works.

40. Hi, I downloaded the free version of Arma 2 but I dident recive any CD-key, from where do I get it? It says "the installation access code is located on the back page of you ARMA 2 Free feild manual"

1. Go here to activate it (ie get a serial number):
http://free.arma2.com/activation/

41. I have a really old piece of snap computer with 1gb RAM. If I turn down most of my settings to the lowest possible value, will it still be laggy as hell? (if you need more infos on my computer, I can write them down)

1. I think you'll be struggling. The best thing you can do is to try out ArmA 2 Free to see how well that runs. Bear in mind that DayZ is a bit more demanding, so it'll run a bit slower than ArmA 2 Free.

2. here is my example of arma 2 and dayz compaired : i can run arma 2 with everything on the highest settings. when i get on dayz, everything has to be around medium or low. (i would just say that dayz is a good deal more demanding than arma 2 in my experience. hope it helps and good luck :)

42. Thanks for all this - amazing work. Really appreciated

43. Hi, Kodabar! First off, excellent article! Straight-forward and user-friendly for us lacking certain knowledge. Thanks for writing it! I have a question to add though, before I decide to buy and play DayZ on the official servers. Would this combo work:

ArmA 2 Free (from free.arma2.com) + ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead (Steam-bought version) + ArmA 2 Reinforcements (BAF and PMC, pirate version)?

I already read somewhere that I can replace the 8.21GB addons folder from the pirate version of ArmA 2 with the one in Arma 2 Free, so that's clear to me. I just want to be sure I can have the textures from the DLCs as well.

1. That will work just fine. And yes you can use the Addons folder from a pirate version as well as the DLC - there's no problem there.

However, there's a special offer on Combined Operations on Steam right now.
50% off ARMA II: Combined Operations – £12.49
DAILY DEAL! Offer ends in 35:35:44
http://store.steampowered.com/sub/4639/

44. kodabar,i installed the arma 2 combined ops from steam and after about 10 hours of both of them getting installed i try to launch one. I launch and it gives me the option to install BattlEye, so I do,it then launches the game and after about 5 seconds it automatically takes me out and give me this error message:Bad serial number given in setup. I don't know what to do. Please help.

I'll just stay anonymous.

1. Ah, this is a nasty error. It happens when Steam fails to write the CD Key to the registry properly. If you're okay with registry editing, run Regedit and delete everything below the following node:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Bohemia Interactive Studio\

There should be a few different nodes within it, called things like:
ArmA 2
ArmA 2 OA
etc
Make sure all of these are gone.

When you've done that, do the following:
1. Reboot
2. Quit Steam and make sure it's closed (use the Task Manager if you have to)
3. Run Steam as an Administrator.
4. Validate the game files (right click on the game in your Steam library, select Properties, Local Files, Verify integrity of game cache)
5. Run ArmA 2 (not Combined Ops)
7. Run Combined Operations
8. Quit Steam
9. Reboot
10. Run Steam as an Administrator

Hopefully that should do it. Don't skip any steps.

1. DayZ disables the single player menu. There is no official single player option.

However there is an unofficial single player mode:
http://kodabar.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/dayz-offline-single-player-practice.html

46. Hey, I've installed dayz with arma2's free version and original arrowhead. But when I tried to join a server it said battleye initialization failed. Then I downloaded the "newest" battleye files from their official website and replaced the files. Now I keep getting this error

"Battleye Client: Initialized (v1.190)
Registration failed: SSL connect error (schannel: failed to setup extended errors)
Battleye Client: Server requiring version 1.190. Up-to-date."

No matter what server I join I keep getting that.
Any tips to help me solve this problem?

Thanks

1. Ah, that's a weird error. I've only seen it a few times before. The advice until recently has been to install a Microsoft hotfix, but apparently since beta patch 100423, it's not necessary. Which version of the beta patch are you using? If it's less than 100423, then install a later one.

2. Sorry please disregard this above post, I posted the same error but with a little more detail on your how to get on a server guide.

3. Oh Okay cool mahn I've been using an older one, will use a new one now and get back to you

47. Okay so I used the 101144 build and I get

"Battleye Client: Initialized (v1.190)
Registration failed: SSL connect error (schannel: failed to setup extended errors)
Battleye Client: Server requiring version 1.190. Up-to-date."

again.

1. Found my problem, got it working now..

2. I'm very glad to hear it. How did you fix it?

48. can you use Arma Free + operation arrowhead, to play on Wasteland Server?

49. Hey Kodbar i was just wondering if you gots any fix to this problem
Everytime i play dayz everything is working perfectly but after about 30 minutes sometime 40 minutes and genrally at different times the game just crashes :( havent played for longer then an hour yet everytime it crashes a message pops up which says " ArmA 2 OA has stopped workin " keep in mind i am playing on windows 8 pro with a high spec gaming pc thanks again ;)

1. Ouch. Random crashes of OA? That's not really something I can help with. It really could be anything. If you're using Steam, you could try validating the files (right click OA in your Steam library, select Properties > Local files > Validate integrity of game cache) but that's just a guess really.

I'm sorry, but I really have nothing to suggest short of reinstalling everything (including Windows) from scratch.

I have had some people report this after BattlEye has updated, so it might be worth trying to manually update that (link in Step 2 above).

50. Hi, I've got a big problem. I've bought a copy of op. arrowhead(and if you ask me I can send you photos of that).I've got new computer and I want to use it on that one, but I've lost my serial key, the manual is gone, I can't find it (that's the big problem)! Is there a way to get another one? Or some keygen? Or maybe the key is in some "magic" readme in the cd? I don't like craking games, but I think that it is right if I try to get back what's mine, so could you help me?

1. Nevermind, I found that! Behind the fucking bed! ahah now I'm following your guide, thanks!

2. Brilliant. I love it when problems get fixed before I even have a chance to reply. Hopefully the rest of the process will go smoothly.

51. Hallo again! Now I've a problem. I followed all the steps, I installed Arma2 free and CO, I installed Dayz using DayZ commander and I updated Arma2 patch and Dayz using it. Everithing has worked and DayZ starts correctly(well, apparently). When I try to enter a server from dayz it tells me about " how certain files are not signed by a key accepted by this server", but I've updated everithing! If I try to enter a server using dayz commander it tells me "addon 'Ca_CommunityConfiguratioProject' requires addon 'CA_BAF" then DAYz starts and says 'no entry bin\config.bin/Cfgveichles.soldier_crew_PMC.scope". And doesn't enter the server :'( I've tried to downgrade the patch but same error! Hope you can helpme!Have a nice day!

1. maybe the problem is dayz1.7.5..dk

2. That sounds like you haven't updated Operation Arrowhead. It's looking for the BAF (British Armed Forces) addon.

Once that's done, you'll have to install the beta patch again (the update will over-write it)

3. You were right! Now, thanks to you and your guides I can play Dayzy offline! You made a very good job dude, thank you very much :) you are the best!

52. When installing the beta patch (Step 5) - I run the exe and get the error message at the end 'Wrong CD Key'

Any help greatly appreciated

1. Not to worry (I think) I was trying the most recent update and when I tried the one older it was fine

2. Ugh, that's perhaps the most annoying error. Now before I go much further, there are a few questions:

1. Do you own legal copies of ArmA 2 and Operation Arrowhead? I don't mean to offend by asking, but several times now I've been quite far into trying to get this sorted only to discover that the guy is trying to use a pirate copy.

2. Have you ever changed your CD Key? It's quite an involved process, so you'd know for sure if you'd done it.

3. Have you ever attempted to install a hacking or scripting tool? Again, I don't mean to offend, but there are a number of fake hacks out there that will actually steal your CD Key.

Okay, now presuming your answers to all those are the right ones (and please do answer those questions), here's what I recommend doing.

a. If you're using Steam, close it. (d'you see why I have that section marked "If you need my help"? If people supply that information I have to do a lot less typing and I can give clear, definite answers instead of all these "if this then that" ones).

b. Restart Steam (if you're using it) as an Administrator. Right click the Steam shortcut and choose "Run as administrator".

c. If you're not using Steam, run ArmA 2 as an administrator (right click, run as admin). If you are using Steam, just run ArmA 2. When you get to the main menu, quit.

d. If you're not using Steam, run Operation Arrowhead as an admin. If you are using Steam, just run OA. Get to the main menu and quit.

e. Now try running the beta patch installer again.

What can happen sometimes is that the CD Key information doesn't get written to the registry properly. Running the game in admin mode should force it to write the registry information properly.

If none of this works, write back and try to give as much information from the "If you need my help" section as possible. Don't worry if you don't know the answer to a particular question, just give as much info as you can. I'm away out for the next eight hours, so it'll be a while before I can check back.

53. I have arma 2 co on a disc i have both dayz commander and play withsix but when i start it comes up with Addon 'dayz_anim' requires addon 'CA_dubbing_CounterAttack can someone help me!

1. Ah. I suspect that the version you have on disc is not up to date.

Apply the ArmA 2 patch:

And the OA patch:

Then install the OA beta patch again (you'll probably just have over-written it):
http://www.arma2.com/beta-patch.php

If that doesn't quite do the trick, I'd suggest that you also copy the Addons folder from the ArmA 2 program folder to the OA program folder. But only do that if the updating doesn't solve your problem.

2. i only have one file it is arma 2 no oa

3. i did that but it comes up with addon CAMisc_fix requires addon utes

4. I'm a bit confused here. You've got ArmA 2 Combined Operations on disc (which is ArmA to and Operation Arrowhead together), but you've only got ArmA 2 installed? You need OA installed as well and I'm surprised that your disc didn't install it.

DayZ uses OA for the game engine and just about everything else, but uses ArmA 2 for the Chernarus level files and a few objects.

I think you're going to have to go back to your disc and make sure it installs OA.

5. Both of the games are working but they are both in one file called ArmA 2

6. I rather suspect something is wrong here. The games should install to separate places.

You should have an ArmA 2 folder located in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2

And an Operation Arrowhead folder in
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead

I've installed Combined Operations many times (from download sources, discs, etc) and I've never seen it install everything into one folder.

I suspect you only have Operation Arrowhead installed and need to install ArmA 2. Are you absolutely sure you can launch ArmA 2? If so, you'll have a shortcut on the Start menu. Right click that, select Properties and copy the contents of the target line and paste it here.

7. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2\arma2.exe"

8. Okay. So do you have an Operation Arrowhead shortcut on your Start menu? And to where does the target line on that point?

9. I have not got a oa short cut

10. Then I don't think you have OA installed. I think you need to go back to your disc and reinstall everything. Sorry.

11. ok but thank you for your help but should i install both games in different folders?

12. Yes. Install them into different folders. They're two separate games.

13. ive installed them in two different folders in c:\program files (x86)\bohemia interactive\ ArmA 2 and ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead but now the oa patch does not work

14. Right. Progress. I don't know what you mean by the OA patch not working - beta patch? the shortcut? the update? Please try to give a bit more information. I've guided 800,000 people through installing DayZ. You're not going to come up with some unique error or situation. So please give me enough information to be able to help you easily.

Well, you've installed the games, now you need to update them (step 2) as they won't be the latest versions.

Here's the update for ArmA 2:

And the one for OA:

Once that's done, run each game once.

The install the beta patch for OA (this is quite separate from the update and the beta patch does not include the update)
http://www.arma2.com/beta-patch.php

Then, for the sake of simplicity, install DayZ Commander and let it install DayZ for you.
http://www.dayzcommander.com/

54. Hi kodabar!, Call me Not.There.

I've had some trouble getting DayZ to work. I've been following your guide, twice, and Before that a couple of other guides and I still have the sae problem.

1: I bought and downloaded the full version of Arma 2 - I Think it was from their official homepage or something.

C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2

2: I bought Arma2 OA (Version 101480, this because most servers use this version. I've tried the newest to.) from gamestop

3: I first installed Arma 2 and then Arma OA - I ran the program in the same order.

4: Then I copied the addon folder from Arma 2 and pasted it in my Arma OA folder.

5: I then ran the Arma 2 OA again

6: Installed arma 2 OA beta patch (version - With Dayz Commander

7: Installed Dayz mod (version 1.7.5.1) - With dayz Commander

Now when I try to run the game I get: Addon dayz_anim Requires addon CASigns2 this is Before the game starts.

After that Before I reach the lobby I get No entry Bin\config.bin/CfgVehicles/house.scope

I've been trying to google this problem and it appears to be common, but when I follow the steps the others been taking I Always get 3478 new problems.

I'm not a computer whiz so I haven't tried something by my own and I need something I can read step by step.

I'm really frustrated because I only bought the game because of Dayz and now i've been trying to be able to play for Days.

Thanks

Not.There

1. Oh, it's like a dream come true. Someone actually supplied all the information! Thank you.

Your problem stems from the games not being up to date. You need to go back and install the latest updates for ArmA 2 and OA. Here's what you need to do:

1. Install this patch for ArmA 2:

2. Install this patch for OA:

3. Then copy the Addons folder from ArmA 2 to OA again.

4. Install the beta patch for OA again. Do it from DayZ Commander to save hassle.

That ought to do it. Oddly, even on Bohemia's official site, they don't supply a fully-updated version of ArmA 2. Goodness knows why. Gamestop are a bit variable. Sometimes the version of OA you get from them is fully-updated, sometimes not.

2. By: Not.There

Well, if you take your time to help me the least I could do is to provide you with the information.

If I could kiss you now I would!
I'm so happy I found this Guide, it actually worked - My copy of Arma 2 was actually a 1.01 so I had a lot of upgrading to do.

Thank you so much for the help!

Best Regards

-N.T-

1. Ah, it seems like the DayZ Commander folks have got a little greedy (as indeed have the 7-zip people) and they've hidden the real download button in tiny text down the bottom of the screen, whilst leaving a nice big advert for 7-zip which just looks like the real download button. Sneaky gits. I have when people do that.

Here's a link to the actual download so you don't have to bother with that tricky nonsense. To be fair, maybe the DayZ Commander people don't know that the ad is trying to trick people, but that's a shitty thing to do to people.
http://dayzcommander.blob.core.windows.net/releases/Dotjosh.DayZCommander.Installer.msi

56. Arma 2 free has been removed from the Steam store but it can still be installed by entering this into your web browser steam://install/107400

1. Good man. Thanks!

2. Thank you! Works great!

3. Awesome! It really works, ty for sharing with us! :D

57. Hi i have a problem. I ve bought Opperation Arrowhead from steam and now i m downloading it but last night i downloaded arma 2 free and i want to play a little while i wait the OA to finish downloading and every time i clikc join server i get a message saying CD key rejected.

1. Well that's a little odd. Have you activated your copy of ArmA 2 Free and got a CD key for it?
http://free.arma2.com/activation/

Here is the link for any1 who wants it.

58. Love your work, great job. This really helped me

59. Hi, i bought arma 2 combined ops on a disk (both arma 2 and arma 2 OA on disks) does using dayz commander work for these? i know that the files are merged into one file called arma 2 for the disk versions.

1. Yeah, DayZ Commander is fine with that. It picks up the locations from the registry entries, so it doesn't matter where they are.

60. Hi I have the following error:
Can not open object ca \ plants \ clutter_grass_general.p3d
I have installed the arma2 free+ arma ao complete.
install them according to your guide.
the error appears when I try to play a server or open arma2 free...
My name is Lucas Mulvi

1. I haven't seen that particular error in a long time. The best thing to do is this:
1. Go into your ArmA program folder
3. Right click on it and select "Copy"
5. Paste the Addon folder in there

I think what's happening is that it's not able to load the ArmA 2 content because it's not seeing it. If you copy over the Addons folder, it will force it to recognise it and it should fix the error.

2. thanks for responding so quickly. But we already had echo and good install the game follow the passes that you put in the guide.

3. Okay. Then I think your ArmA 2 is broken. Uninstall ArmA 2 and install it again.

61. Hi Kodabar
I'm having a littel issue it seems like i can't play for some reason when i start it it says "Addon 'dayz_anim' requires addon 'CA_Dubbing_Counterattack'", and so when i close that a message appers that says "No entry 'bin_config.bin/CfgVehicles/Citizen1.scope'.". I press continue, I go to singleplayer, scenarios, Daizy and anothe message appers which says "You cannot play/edit this mission; is dependent on downloadable content that has been deleted.chernarus", and so I basically can't play.
This is my problem I would love to play DayZ on singleplayer, because I don't know the map and would love to know all of it. Please help, and thanks.

1. The 'scope' and 'counterattack' errors are because the game isn't picking up on the ArmA 2 content. The easy way to fix that is to copy the "Addons" folder from your ArmA 2 program folder and paste it into your Operation Arrowhead folder.

The second error usually appears because your shortcut is incorrect or the files are in the wrong place. It's complaining about Chernarus which is included with ArmA 2, so it will probably be fixed by copying the Addons folder. If it isn't, check these steps:

1. Go into Operation Arrowhead\@DayZ\Addons and copy the files from in there
3. Take the files from the single player RAR and put them in the same place, over-writing some files as you do so
4. Make sure your shortcut includes -mod=@DaiZy (it should be the same as the folder name. If it doesn't match, you'll get that error)

62. My PC can run Arma: II Free perfectly. At almost medium settings.
Would I be able to run Arma OA just the same? I am planning to buy it for DayZ but I don't want to buy it and find out that it won't work good enough to play.

I don't care about graphics. I'd rather play with perfect FPS at lowest settings if I need to.

Just for info:
Core 2Duo 2.5Ghz, 2 gig ram, GT 220.

1. Yes, you'll be able to run it okay. Expect to lose a few frames per second compared to ArmA 2 Free, but you'll be able to run it just fine. Unlike most games, the server you play on does have an effect on FPS, so you'll find some badly set up servers will drop your framerate to unacceptable levels.

I'm using a Core 2 Duo 3GHz, 4 gig ram, GTX 260, so not very different from yours.

2. You Sir, are amazing. I did not expect a reply this fast.

This game has amazed me. I played similar DayZ mods on MTA San Andreas, and the idea of it and the addicting part is as awesome there as in the original.
Never in my life have I ever purchased a game. Except for a Club Penguin membership long time ago. :p.
I'll be purchasing it and hopefully run it good.

I just need one last clarification. Which one is more demanding in DayZ or just by the looks at my config? I might over clock either the CPU or the GPU, if I don't get good FPS.

3. Unlike many games, DayZ will push your CPU more than it will push your GPU. This is because a lot more of the game's activity takes place in your game client rather than on the server. Your CPU should be fine, but it'll probably take a bit of fiddling with the settings to find a level you're comfortable with. I heartily recommend that players turn off post-processing effects in the advanced video settings. It contributes little to the game and places unnecessary stress on your system.

I would recommend to begin with that you use DayZ Commander and play on official servers. Recently there has been quite a preponderance of unofficial servers and they now make up the majority. The unofficial servers tend to be modified to allow for different starting loadouts, greater numbers of vehicles and even AI players on some of them. It makes for a quicker and faster-paced game than on the official ones.

I find that the official server gameplay is longer, more drawn-out and more involving. I found a helicopter on an official server and it took me eight uninterrupted hours of collecting the parts necessary to fix it and get it flying. I was wracked with tension the whole time, constantly on the lookout for other players waiting to steal my prize. On an unofficial server where there's a dozen helicopters lying about, I just don't feel the same sense of accomplishment. And I find that when one becomes good at the slower play, it's quite easy to adapt to the modified servers, whereas the opposite is not true. But it's horses for courses and not everyone likes the same style of play.

Feel free to drop me a line with any questions you might have. I try to answer every question as it comes in. You can always email me directly via kodabatATgmailDOTcom

63. I try to get onto my favorite server and it gets stuck at the 'Waiting for character to create' part, and my other server, it doesnt even get there. it loads after i click 'ok' in server lobby, and it stays at 'recieving data'

1. That's a little odd. About the only things I can suggest are to check that your beta patch is up to date and to try a whole lot of different servers. If you can't get in to any of them, then there's indeed a problem.