first things first yah need to know where yah arma2 game folder is located
retail should be in the standard location *:program files/bohimia/arma2 etc etc
and steam version is in yah steam folder
the next thing you want to do is download some stuff i'll start off with 3 things
1. an Arma2 mod launcher (start this instead of the normal arma2 launcher icon)
2. CBA mod (community based addons, its basically a mod that runs nearly all other mods and is needed for many mods to work)
3. the the mod we guna install (in this case CSM chammys sound mod)
http://www.armaholic.com is THE place to get many addons for arma here are the links
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6649 the download link is on the bottom left or right
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6231 (link same place as the others)
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=9049 (same again)
chammys sound mod is 69mb quite small for a sound mod, HIFI is aboot 300mb
ok so once you download these you can unpack em, alot of armaholics downloads all packed ready to be installed, so the best place to unpack / unzip em is directly into you arma2 intsall folder. once you do that you'll see it unpacks as a @CSM or @CBA folder.
armaholics use a compression format called 7-zip? alot (some are rar or zip) i think not sure if winzip unpacks it or the standard windows based zip either, but i know winrar does , but you can get 7-zip here http://www.7-zip.org/
ok so you unpacked the CBA and CSM mods into the arma2 folder now unpack the arma2 launcher into the same arma2 folder, this unpacks as an application and this is what you run to start arma2 so make a shortcut to the desktop for this
now start the arma2 launcher, when it first starts it detects that its the first time its run and it'll either find the arma directory itself, or if it cant you might have to point it to the right place.
then once its done that it detects any @mod folders you've installed and selects them and will show up in yah main launcher window like so
this launcher is really easy to to use and figure out
you just tick the mods you want to run when you start the game and click on start arma2 button
i wont go into much detail aboot all the options on the launcher but i've taken screenshots of mine and will show em here
ok the paramatres page is fairly straight forward you dont NEEED to touch any of the options, ive got the disable splash screen (for obvious reasons) and win XP mode (it seems to make arma2 run much faster for me , try it if you runnin vista/ win 7 32/ 64 it might help yah fps
and the mods page lists yah mods in priority of enabling. with this list it doesnt really matter what order you have them in,
SO LONG AS CBA IS FIRST as it controls all other mods, if it doesnt start first then it might miss something
profiles page...easy to figure out
make diff profiles if you play on different servers that require diff mods
in my case i have ace profile GoN profile and default clean profile you can make the profies on this page, then go throo and change all the settings on every other page (mainly the first page ticking what mods you want) then hit the save disk button on the bottom on the front page next to the profile you want it saved to. and the settings page... well you can see what it does
so thats pretty much it fairly easy, tho a long post
im sure i've missed somethings, you can let me know and me or some one else can answer.
oh if you download a mod that isnt all ready set out the @mod folder way, you can just look at yah other mods and copy it, its fairly easy to see how its laid out.
Goshawk wrote:Just a helpful bit of advice regarding extracting and folder naming for mods.
Mod folders all need to have the following file path.
The folder name cannot have spaces or .'s in them or the game will not recognise them. Some mods will not come in a proper file setup so you might have to do it yourself.
edit: fail at trying to make the launcher pics side by side