I have a buddy who got ArmA2 off Steam & bought OA on disk. After he installed OA, it created a new directory for the game ("C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead\arma2OA.exe"), separate from A2 which is in the steam directory (C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 20). I read this thread and told him that if he would uninstall & reinstall into his A2 directory that it would allow him to play in Combined Operation mode. However when he reinstalled the game, it created a new directory (same as the first install) inside his A2 steam directory ("C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead\arma2OA.exe"), essentially changing nothing as for as Combined Operation mode. This actually gave him more problems he said, with more pop-ups about missing content.
I got both off Sprocket & had no problems at all. Mine installed OA as an expansion automatically, given me a icon that even says "ARMA 2 Combined Operations" & runs in CO mode, even thought I didn't purchase the CO version of the game, because I already had A2. My path reads, ("D:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2\arma2OA.exe"). I talked him through the installation again & there is no way to edit the path to remove those extra folders that get created (\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead\). The disk installer does it automatically, he can change the install directory, but not the final path.
It was giving him problems in the steam directory so I advised him to put it back to the normal path originally, which gave him no problems but he was not in CO mode.
Is there a target line edit to get it to play in CO mode with this type of install? Or any other type of tweak that can get someone in his position the ability to play in CO mode? Thanks for your response & help.
This post was edited by Foxhound (2010-08-10 10:42, ago)
I read most of the entire thread, got to hop off now. I haven't found any post with the same as the above, meaning that he got A2 from Steam & OA on DVD, the ones who posted on BIS have all be the other way around, had A2 on DVD & got OA on Steam. Now given the fact that the Steam version of A2 is slightly different than other version, I would assume it is all tied to Steam itself, but I will keep reading the rest of the thread at a later point & hopefully find a solution that works & post the info here so the ppl here don't have to go looking any farther than here. Thanks again guys for your help.
This was posted by CoolFire on the BI forums and could be usefull to Steam users with Yoma:
I have bought ArmA2 and Operation Arrowhead off Steam. BIS have kindly been trying to fix the issue with combining the 2 games into Combined Operations with batch files but for a player like me who likes to use mods and addons it can be a bit of hazzle to edit and create different batch files to fit my need for different mod strings.
In my gaming group we were used to run our custom modsets for ArmA2 through Yoma Addon Sync (thank you for this very nice tool, Yoma ;) ) and some of us were sad not being able to run Combined Operations with mods/addons as we were used to.
However, I think I've found a solution. This setup works for any server you wish to join through Yoma.
First make sure that you're running the latest version of Yoma Addon Sync and that it is pointing to your ArmA2OA.exe in the OA exe field under settings.
Now, in Yoma go to the Launch Game tab and select Advanced on the tab to right under the Server Info window. Put this into the Custom arguments field:
Adjust directory to point to where your ArmA2 folder is located
Remember to put a " at the beginning and at the end of the string.
For both setups, Combined Ops and Combined Ops+Beta build, you can tick "No splash", "World=empty" etc. on the basic launch options tab and create mod sets using the "Add modset" button as you see fit.
When downloading addons they should all be placed into your Operation Arrowhead folder.
Voila! Now you can create and load any modsets on the Launch Game tab as normal in Combined Ops mode through Yoma Addon Sync.
Also, for those who have a similar issues as the one I began the thread with, Got both games, but got 1 with Steam & got 1 on DVD or Digital download, the solution for my friend, which was mention on the BIS forum & confirmed by one of our AGW members, was to move all the OA content into the Arma 2.exe directory.
He didn't have to change target lines or edit anything, just took/copied all the files & folders in the end directory that was created by the OA installer ("C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead") & moved them into his (Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2) folder, deleted OA desktop shortcut because it was pointing at the old directory, made a new desktop shortcut that pointed to OA in the new A2 directory & it works fine.
Of course he knows now that any updates will have to be pointed manually to where OA is now located, but it was simple & easy fix for him, thanks to everyone here also for their help.
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