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Thursday, 6 September 2012

DayZ: A simple way to install Lingor Island

The first thing to say is that this is not as comprehensive as my article about the installation of the main DayZ mod. This is just documenting one simple method of installing the Lingor Island variant without much hassle.

You will need:

  • A working installation of DayZ
  • DayZ Commander
  • Patience

If you don't have it installed already, go and get yourself a copy of DayZ Commander. It's a really handy utility that makes running and updating DayZ a lot easier, as well as easing the experience of getting onto a server.

Once you have DayZ Commander installed, go to the top and click the yellow text that says install/update and it'll open a new panel as in the window above. There are three things to check here: ArmA 2 (the beta patch), DayZ and DayZ Lingor.

Make sure that your ArmA 2 and DayZ versions are up to date and then choose to install Lingor. This will take a while as it has to download 500+ megabytes of data.

That's it. You're ready to play. Use the server browser to find a Lingor server by dropping down the mod list on the middle of the left-hand-side and choosing DayZ Lingor only and then double-click one from the list. There aren't too many Lingor servers at the moment, so you won't have too many to choose from.

Note that it generally takes a long time to connect to a Lingor server. You may have to wait at the loading screen for several minutes.

Just chillin'
When you do get on, you're in for a bit of a shock. Lingor Island is quite different from Chernarus. It's a tropical island for a start and the next biggest difference is that you can enter almost every building. This means you can gear up pretty quickly, but so can everyone else. This gives Lingor a lot more of a PvP flavour and you're going to have to be ready for some rather energetic player encounters.

It's an odd experience when you realise that you're a beginner again. Sure, you know how all the kit works, but you're lost and you have no idea how to find your way around. Most of your gameplay techniques are still going to work, but it'll take a while before you get used to the types of buildings you'll encounter and the kind of loot they're likely to contain.

The official Lingor Island website can be found at the link below. Note that the site is mostly in Russian. You can switch to the English language section by clicking the language option at the bottom left of the page.

Creating a shortcut

If you want to run Lingor Island without using a launcher, you'll need to make a new shortcut.

Inside your Operation Arrowhead folder is an 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=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion;ca;@dayz_lingor_island;@dayz_lingor -mod=@DayZ
If you're not using Steam or you have Steam installed in a different location the line will reflect where you have the game installed.

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.

Making 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=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion;ca;@dayz_lingor_island;@dayz_lingor -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 Lingor instead (or whatever you like).


  1. I think you can help me.
    I try to launch Lingor (or Takistan, it's the same) how you explain in a past post, with adding a non-steam game to steam ( -step 8-). It works in the normal dayz , yes, but Lingor and Takistan needs to launch combined operations, not the OA.
    So, I do this (in target):

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\_runA2CO_beta.cmd" "-beta=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion" "-mod=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion;ca;@dayz;@dayz_lingor_island;@dayz_lingor" -nosplash -skipIntro

    It works, but the steam overlay doesnt. It's the only problem I have, but I want to solve it.

    I hope you can help me. Thanks.

    1. I created a Steam shortcut using exactly the target line you used (changed only to reflect my installation location) and the Steam overlay worked.

      I normally would create a Steam shortcut that pointed to the beta exe file directly rather than pointing to the batch file that runs it, but it worked either way.

    2. Then, I don't know why... A friend has also this problem, but he did exactly the same as me.

      Do you run Lingor/Takistan with the beta exe file? It doesn't works to me, and I read you should open it with the CO, not the OA, and this 'cmd' is the only who opens it.


    3. I'll take a look and see about writing full instructions for making shortcuts that work.

      My installation guide for the normal version of DayZ is quite popular, so I probably should make an effort to write a more comprehensive Lingor installation guide. This was just supposed to be a quick article showing an easy way to get it running.

    4. I'll be waiting it. Thanks a lot.

  2. I'm afraid its me again! I think everything would work smoothly only i dont have a lingor island file in my missions folder. Any idea where to get one of those?

    1. I'll be on at some point tomorrow to update this article. I've got a lot of work on at the moment and it's hard to find the time to add stuff. I have to check and double check everything before I post anything (bad information is worse than none at all), prepare screenshots and stuff like that. But I will make a point of doing this tomorrow.

    2. Thanks very much! I appreciate any help you can give and i understand how busy you must be!

  3. I start the Arma 2 Beta OA and go to singleplayer, scenarios, and then to Lingor. Whenever I try to play it though it shows me this: You cannot play/edit this mission. It is dependent on content that has been deleted. ibr_lingor.
    Please help. I'm running SP v1337, and the scenario says: DayZ_V040.Lingor
    Thanks in advance

    1. When you get errors about deleted content it means one of two things: either you don't have the files installed in the correct place or you don't have a correct shortcut with which to launch the game.

      Have you downloaded the Lingor Island files? Not just the small mission file, but the 500MB+ of Lingor Island files - they aren't included with ArmA 2 or OA. Does your game shortcut include links to the Lingor content?

      Note: The main Lingor Island files were updated recently (from 0.34 to 1.0) so you may find that using 1.0 files may not work with the old version of the single player files you're trying to use. Try again with the 043 single player version for Lingor if you're using the newer map data - the structure of the files has changed, not just the content.

    2. It must be the shortcut. I've installed the .34 from DayZ Commander. I figured it'd work with the V1337. It could be the shortcut. I'm not sure how to do that part..

    3. Well I do explain in some detail, giving examples, up above just how to create a shortcut. If you're not up to making a shortcut, you can always just use DayZ Commander to launch it - try to join a server, abort, then go to the main menu and choose single player.

      Or head over to the actual single player article and forum where there are a ton of people that can help.

    4. So I updated it to 1.0, created the shortcut, started it and I got the same exact same error. I'll go to the other site, but I don't know what to do here.. I've done everything exactly how you've told me to.