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  1. morron76

    When Do You Stop Shooting?

    Normally this: BUT if that target has landed a snap shot on me, I'll chase him "...on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out." It always drives me nuts to let an AI get away after it's landed a blow (can usually get away with it, but am sure multiplayer would require a change of temperament)
  2. Ah, my fault. Still new to the whole forum thing -- I see it now. Anyways, really really like the S. Pacific, and figured I'd chime in where I saw an opportunity. In any case I still need to catch up with what I have, not to mention Kuban (and I believe your Havoc campaign?) & BOBP too! Didn't mean to be beating a dead horse; I'll be happy to take whatever the developers decide to come up with, no doubt! --Cheers
  3. Well, I'm late to this party, and in any case have only had the game for several weeks now (although I've read quite a bit on the forum)….so just a thought for the Pacific: that I don't believe I've seen mentioned: Are there any advocates for New Georgia/Central Solomons? Seems to me that it could be a logical place to start. Plenty of famous plane types, but you don't necessarily need to have capital ships to still have the correct feel? You could have a pretty long stretch in the middle of 1943 without needing carriers right out of the gate. Begin with staging from the Russells for Allies, Kahili/Ballale for Japanese. Opportunities for fighter sweeps, bomber intercept, CAP, CAS, barge-busting. F4Us, TBFs, SBDs, D3A, G4M, A6M3, surely some solid F4Faction still, and I would assume A6M2s but maybe not so much with B5N (am going off top of my head here, so apologies to those with eidetic memories if I'm in the wrong). And you have P-38, P-40, B-25, maybe P-39/400(?),too. But it could work with only destroyers, coastal steamers, landing craft, barges, PT boats, and the like. Smaller scale raids & good consistent air combat historically. Still a context for long range overwater navigation (with the right sort of missions) and certainly not as much landmass to model as New Guinea. Then it could go to Guadalcanal with basically just a new map, although it seems you would need at least BBs and CAs for that, if not CVs . Or at that point just go whole hog on carriers of course. Carrier functionality would obviously be awesome, and the Canal would be very cool too, but it seems like if the sticking point is the work needed on carriers & the AI struggling with capital ships AAA, then I think Central Solomons would be a good beachead for a Pacific expansion. Certainly Midway always gets a bit dull due to lack of variety in my prior sim experience; although I'm an inveterate SP person, so maybe that's the problem. Anyways, my bottom line is if the choice were between carrier ops and going to Pacific, I'd much rather fly something entirely new (anything USN/USMC or IJN/IJA would be great) off of crushed coral -- wherever it may be -- and wait a bit for carriers, than get carriers but have it be with some silly sissified Seafire or some such in the Med! Just my 2 cents. --Cheers (Also I bet a volcano would look pretty cool in Il-2. Just sayin'...Rabaul... someday, somehow)
  4. morron76

    Giveaway ENDED, thanks for participating

    Wow! Such a nice community; lots of folks helped me out a couple weeks ago & am still just getting into the game. Glad I did -- it's awesome!!! Was looking at the forum while taking a break from the stove (xmas cooking takes priority over playing my new game, unfortunately!). Just saw this thread and wanted to compliment you on your generosity, busdriver! I want 'em all, but don't (quite) qualify as a charity case. So I do hope that whoever gets some freebies will also be generous, and spread the BOS! Maybe get a few console kids onto the computer for a flight, if they have young relatives over at the house during the holidays.....? Anyways, here's a good one; not obscure by any means, but better than Taylor Swift at least ..…. my favorite driving song, also good for flying & shooting (and New Year's too!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJw_XqvsSIs&index=4&list=PLA2K7Uhu9TwC7kCswhhdit-x6kM2zU1FR Hopefully I inserted the link properly. Cheers & Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all!
  5. Yep, I'm a dummy! Sorry for wasting your time, guys. I had freesync off on the monitor; switched to "on" & computer recognizes it just fine now. D'oh. If you guys ever wind up in my neck of the woods, I owe you a steak I see...Well, I intend to get pedals and throttle quadrant sometime relatively soon; real estate business seems to be picking up so can hopefully I can get some new toys in a few months. I think I'll try the TM16000 and then if I don't care for it, can give it to my niece or the boys next door & buy a CH. As long as I have something with no slop in the middle, it's fine for me for now. Doubt I will use twisty rudder anyways. I'm ashamed to admit it, but have a (worn) Logitech stick defiling my new computer. Simply dreadful. Thanks again to all, and sorry for wasted effort on monitor issue!
  6. Thanks! Link for memory saved & will be my stocking stuffer request; less pricey than I thought. Good point on cable; tried two different ones (other than one that came with monitor) but they're both probably three or four years older, so maybe "new standard" of HDMI cable would do the trick. Monitor works perfectly fine coming back from sleep/power saving mode; just no signal after fresh boot-up unless I connect something to the DVI rather than HDMI on video card & then switch over. Probably some simple, Radeon-specific issue that's common knowledge to everyone & I've just loused it up! Maybe I'll order an HDMI cable along with an adapter, and see what works. Mainly ticked off that monitor came without 15-pin cable, despite printed manual clearly showing it as included, and sales-kid at Best B today says "Well, my online item lookup doesn't mention it, so ya gotta buy one separately I guess..." (per your avatar -- just imagine 'Hank Hill Deals With Teenage Retail Customer Service'...……. but the kid was really nice so I couldn't bear to give her a hard time) Will post back with results after I get stuff in the mail. Thanks again!
  7. Hehehe no worries, I appreciate the help tremendously!!! As a wise man once said -- "You can call me dumb; just don't call me an ****ole" But yeah it's plugged in at the video card. On startup, just doesn't want to send signal through HDMI, I guess. Tried drivers that came on dvd with the equipment, LG website, windows update, etc. Seems like I should be able to tell video card "prefer HDMI output" somehow, but haven't seen anything in the video card or control panel settings. Guess I'll have to order a DVI to VGA adapter off Amazon; just drove to 4 stores & not gonna pay their extortionate prices (will get T-master joystick too, since you guys all say it's built solidly). Will look in my stocking for some new RAM on Christmas morning, too... For what it's worth, fired up the game last night real quick after a twelve hour day and flew in a 4-ship of LaGGs vs 4 Ju88 & 4 He111 over Stalingrad at 500m, with all settings on highest -- didn't notice any stutters.
  8. Hey there! Sorry to pester you guys again, but got my new computer & have couple more questions, if anyone is able to help: 1) monitor doesn't work with video card HDMI output on startup? LG monitor with two HDMI and one DSUB input. RX 580 card has HDMI, DVI, and 3 displayport outputs. The monitor came with an HDMI cable, so I used that. No signal every time, so I connected old monitor (DVI), worked fine. Long story short, new monitor only works if I connect it by HDMI after booting up with old monitor & then switching. Reboot gives same "no signal" message. But after some googling, it seems that DVI is preferable to use anyways unless one is connecting a t.v.? Since the only other option on the monitor is DSUB, should I get a DVI-to-DSUB cable? I thought DSUB was outdated. (I've checked for drivers & such, only thing that seems to work is doing the ol' switcheroo after booting up). 2) This is my RAM (pic attached)....too crappy or would it be ok to add another stick of the same? 3) I gave my old CH flightstick pro to a buddie's kid (dumb move) & have some garbage Logitech stick. Is the TM16000m actually that nice? Everybody says they're good for the money, but they look suspiciously "plastic-y" for lack of a better term...$40 versus $80 for a new CH, but the CH really felt solid. Yes, I'm left-handed. Cheers, --Dan
  9. Yeah that was a concern; I figured I would open it up & pull out memory before doing anything else (seemed to be no indication on what brand) to see what it will be that I might need to buy. Will post here & maybe you guys can tell me if it's a decent enough brand to just buy more of same, or if should be replaced. Trying not to think about it too much; the anticipation is getting to me!!
  10. Thanks, feels better hearing that. Supposed to pick it up Saturday, so will surely be back here with at least a couple dumb-guy questions by Sunday
  11. Thanks guys! Think I'm gonna go with option 1 (the R 5 2600 for $699). Might as well pull the trigger & get it done. If I'm under budget, I can justify getting new monitor with it right away, too.
  12. Cool, thanks Seb71! Will check it out. Thanks again to all who've helped in this thread; I'm EXCITED!!! Will be honored to act as cannon fodder for all you guys once I get things up & running. --Cheers, Dan
  13. Yes correct; all 3 are "second generation", none of them are "pro". If I am stuck with 4GB on the RX580 (I think I am for less than $1000 in pre-built) then I could probably upgrade in a year or so? If I get something that's like $40-50/month, that really makes it easier to justify spending a couple bucks later on for a better video card (or whatever). On another note -- is there anyone that makes a decent joystick for left-handers? Have searched and doesn't seem to exist other than CH (which I used to have & liked) Thanks again!
  14. Wow, thanks for all the quick assistance you guys!!!! Yes, couldn't care less whether or not I get a "gaming computer" but seems like anything with a video card is included in that category on Best B. website. The only difference it makes to me is that I'd rather avoid all the lights and weird shaped cases (yeah, I'm not much fun!). Am really trying to keep it at less than 800 dollars. Basically, I want something that I won't have to open up at all. Then if something fails, I can honestly say I didn't mess with it at all. And if I purchase at Best B., then I can go physically return it (very important to me, I won't put up with call center baloney over the phone). Need to have a "backup" computer at all times for work, so I really should pull the trigger by tomorrow night. I see; thanks. They actually they have this setup for $699. CPU is supposedly 3.4 ghz CyberPowerPC - Gamer Master Desktop - AMD Ryzen 5-Series - 8GB Memory - AMD Radeon RX 580 - 2TB Hard Drive + 240GB Solid State Drive - Black Had been looking at this one for $769. CPU supposedly 3.2 ghz CyberPowerPC - Gamer Ultra VR Desktop - AMD Ryzen 7-Series - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 1TB Hard Drive - Black The first doesn't mention speed of the RAM, second one says 2400 mhz. so maybe first one has low(er) quality RAM? Or maybe is cheaper because of processor? I dunno. But second one does not come with SSD. Then there is other one I had bookmarked, offered for $779 and 3.2ghz CPU HP - Gaming Desktop - AMD Ryzen 7-Series - 16GB Memory - AMD Radeon RX 580 - 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive - Shadow Black With A Brushed Hairline Pattern So it has more RAM and has SSD, but lower ghz processor. Also it is HP brand, so maybe it is worse quality/more likely to have non-standard fitting components (like ShamrockOneFive pointed out above) than Cyberpower brand - not sure how I would tell. It DOES have the benefit of being in a plain black case....hehehe If any of these sound to you guys like they could run the game with at least decent graphics settings at 1920 x 1080, I'd be ecstatic! I need to spend a couple bucks on a stick too (hopefully CH still exists) and pedals in a couple months.
  15. Hello all! First & foremost, thanks to everyone here for helping to keep WWII flight sims alive! So: my secondary (i.e., can be used for games) computer died last week & I need to replace immediately but am on a tight budget. I hate doing it; but the big blue & gold box has a deal running & I can get a "gaming" computer and put it on monthly payments with no interest. Or, do you think it's possible to have a "computer guy" set something up for $800-ish? That's about what I can reasonably spend. Our family computer guy/shop has retired but the place that repaired a dvd player for me eons ago is still around & I trust him. All I would use it for is Win 10, internet, etc. and Il-2 Great Battles (well, also Silent Hunter III and Steel Fury: Kharkov 1942). No need for high-res or VR; 1080p will be a treat & surely will keep me occupied for a couple years -- as you can see I'm a good decade behind the times. I'd like to be able to have maximum settings in 1080p, at least for a one-on-one down in the weeds in single player. Purely for prettiness. Other than that, just run reasonably high settings with a good number of aircraft at once. Probably offline for the most part, if that makes a big difference. My old setup is/was dual core & GTS 450 (I think?) so......yeah......I'll probably be tickled pink just to have rounded hills and curvy roads to look at 😄 I have been trying to read up on it, but am completely lost on computer components (twelve years ago, or whatever it was, I just showed up at the shop with Il-2: Forgotten Battles box in hand and said "I wanna play this - here's a check, build me a computer"...but money is tight right now) I know they are probably the kind of "gaming" computers that some well-meaning grandma would buy for a teenager....but would one of those AMD Ryzen 2700/Radeon RX580 4GB deals at Best B. be feasible? I like the idea of being able to return it if something goes wrong, and on payments it's basically beer money so no big deal. On the other hand, I assume computer guy can do something with similar specs & much better build quality (and without a bunch of flashy lights/transparent case...do people actually prefer that?) but paying cash is hard to justify to the boss of the house 😓 Or maybe I am way off base and at this price level I shouldn't even try to run Il-2 Great Battles at all?? *** building it myself is not an option, sadly. would be sleeping on couch if I screw something up after money is spent on components, although I would like to try it in the future once business picks up for me *** Any input would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, & hope you all have a pleasant weekend! --Dan