installation http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/19322/ en How to Install SteamOS http://www.maximumpc.com/how_install_steamos_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154280/step_5_run_the_automated_installer_1.jpg" alt="SteamOS" title="SteamOS" width="300" height="142" style="float: right;" />Everything you need to know before installing Steam OS</h3> <p>Valve recently released its Beta version of <strong><a title="SteamOS" href="http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/" target="_blank">SteamOS</a></strong>, based on the <a title="debian" href="http://www.debian.org/" target="_blank">Debian</a> distro of <a title="linux" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/Linux" target="_blank">Linux</a>. Naturally, we were intrigued by its release and wanted to take the new OS for a test run. We’ve put together a guide on how to install the operating system, and also provide you with our hands-on impressions of Valve's software.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>NOTE: Before beginning, we highly recommend that you back up everything on your system before attempting to install SteamOS, as the installer in this guide will erase your entire drive.</em></p> <p><strong>System Requirements:</strong></p> <p>To get started, you’ll need to make sure that your rig meets the minimum hardware requirements: Intel or AMD processor, 4GB of RAM or more, a 500GB hard drive or larger, Nvidia video card (Valve states AMD and Intel graphics support are coming soon), UEFI boot support, a USB port for installation, and a 4GB flash drive or larger.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How to Install SteamOS instructions:</strong></p> <p><strong>Step 1:</strong> Format your flash drive to FAT32</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u154280/step_1_format_your_flash_drive_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/step_1_format_your_flash_drive.png" alt="Step 1" title="Step 1" width="600" height="338" /></a></p> <p>Plug in your flash drive and format it to FAT32. To do this, right click on the USB drive in My Computer and select format. Then change the file system from NTFS to FAT32 (if it isn’t already FAT32). Then click format to freshly wipe your flash drive.</p> <p><strong>Step 2:</strong> Download the zip installer</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 2" href="/files/u154280/step_2_download_the_zip_installer_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/step_2_download_the_zip_installer.png" alt="Step 2" title="Step 2" width="600" height="337" /></a></p> <p>Download the SteamOSInstaller.zip from <a title="SteamOS_Download_Page" href="http://repo.steampowered.com/download" target="_blank">repo.steampowered.com/download</a>.</p> <p><strong>Step 3:</strong> Extract the files from the zip file</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 3" href="/files/u154280/step_3_extract_the_zip_files_to_your_flash_drive_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/step_3_extract_the_zip_files_to_your_flash_drive.png" alt="Step 3" title="Step 3" width="600" height="338" /></a></p> <p>Right click on the SteamOSInstaller.zip you just downloaded and extract it to your flash drive. We used the free <a title="7-zip" href="http://www.7-zip.org/" target="_blank">7-Zip</a> software to do this. Do not click on or open the flash drive to view its contents after the unzipping is complete, as this will mess up your extraction, and you won’t be able to boot from the key after that.</p> <p><strong>Step 4:</strong> Reboot your system and boot from your flash drive</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 4" href="/files/u154280/step_4_boot_from_your_flash_drive_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/step_4_boot_from_your_flash_drive.jpg" alt="Step 4" title="Step 4" width="600" height="450" /></a></p> <p>Reboot your system and press F8, F10, or F12 to get to your Boot Menu and select your flash drive as your Boot Device. Make sure the Boot Option says UEFI and then the name of your flash drive, for example, UEFI SanDisk Cruzer.</p> <p><strong>Step 5:</strong> Run the automated installer</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 5" href="/files/u154280/step_5_run_the_automated_installer_0.jpg" target="_self"><img src="/files/u154280/step_5_run_the_automated_installer.jpg" alt="Step 5" title="Step 5" width="600" height="283" /></a></p> <p>You will then boot into a black screen with a purple Steam logo. This screen will have a list of three options, which include Automated Install WILL ERASE DISK!!!, Expert Install, and Rescue Mode. Select Automated Install WILL ERASE DISK!!! by pressing enter and the OS will start installing onto your hard disk. You will then see a white and purple installation screen for about 10-15 minutes, as it installs a fresh copy of SteamOS onto your machine.</p> <p><strong>Step 6:</strong> Remove your installation device</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 6" href="/files/u154280/step_6_remove_your_flash_drive_and_reboot_your_system_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/step_6_remove_your_flash_drive_and_reboot_your_system.png" alt="Step 6" title="Step 6" width="600" height="337" /></a></p> <p>After the OS finishes installing you’ll be prompted to reboot your system and to remove your installation device.</p> <p><strong>Step 7:</strong> Select SteamOS Linux GNU/I</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 7" href="/files/u154280/steam_os_pic_2_1.png" target="_self"><img src="/files/u154280/steam_os_pic_2_0.png" alt="Step 7" title="Step 7" width="600" height="332" /></a></p> <p>The OS will boot up and have you choose between two options:&nbsp;<strong>SteamOS GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.10-3-amd64</strong> and <strong>SteamOS GNU Linux, with Linux 3.10-3-amd64 (recovery mode).</strong> Make sure the first option is selected and then hit enter to start the boot up process.</p> <p><strong>Step 8:</strong> Log into SteamOS</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 8" href="/files/u154280/steam_login_0.png" target="_self"><img src="/files/u154280/steam_login.png" alt="step 8" title="step 8" width="600" height="311" /></a></p> <p>You’ll then see a login screen. To login use "steam" as both your password and username.</p> <p><strong>Step 9:</strong> Launch the terminal application to install Steam</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 9" href="/files/u154280/step_9_type_in_steam_and_hit_enter_to_run_the_installer_0.png" target="_self"><img src="/files/u154280/step_8_run_the_application_terminal.png" alt="Step 8" title="Step 8" width="600" height="337" /></a></p> <p>Now that you’re at the desktop the last step is to launch the terminal application to install <a title="steam" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/steam" target="_blank">Steam</a>. Go to the top left corner of the OS and click on Activities and then click on the Applications tab. Once the terminal is launched, type in steam and then hit enter to start the installation process. (You will need an internet connection for this installation setup to work)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 9" href="/files/u154280/step_9_type_in_steam_and_hit_enter_to_run_the_installer_1.png" target="_self"><img src="/files/u154280/step_9_type_in_steam_and_hit_enter_to_run_the_installer.png" alt="Step 9" title="Step 9" width="600" height="375" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 10:</strong> You can now start gaming</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 10" href="/files/u154280/step_10_let_the_gaming_begin_0.png" target="_self"><img src="/files/u154280/step_10_let_the_gaming_begin.png" alt="Step 10" title="Step 10" width="600" height="375" /></a></p> <p>After the installer is finished running, you can login into your Steam account and start playing games.</p> <p><em>Click the next page for our impressions of SteamOS.</em></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Impressions:</strong></p> <p>With our GeForce GTX 680, our performance was great and we had no trouble hitting 60+ FPS in every title that we played using SteamOS. However, we didn’t like how there was an immense amount of screen tearing, even when V-Sync was enabled. We saw less tearing in 2D games like Bastion and Shattered, but we experienced a heavy amount of tearing in Portal. Our current assessment is that games with complex polygons will experience a lot of screen tearing while 2D games will have very little to no screen tearing.</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154280/step_5_run_the_automated_installer_1.jpg" alt="SteamOS" title="SteamOS" width="620" height="292" /></h3> <p>We encountered audio problems on the OS, as it only supports audio via HDMI, so your onboard motherboard audio will not work. We did get external headphones to work when we used an audio pass through on our monitor, in combination with HDMI as our video output. Valve probably assumes people will use SteamOS in their living room, so we think they guess most people will be using an HDMI audio setup too, or this could simply be patched up when SteamOS officially launches to the masses.</p> <p>We like the idea of SteamOS and feel it could give Microsoft a run at being the go-to gaming OS, but right now it’s very stripped-down. There aren’t many third party applications you can run on SteamOS because not much supports it. We tried installing Chrome on the OS, and it didn’t work because the browser doesn’t support SteamOS. We were able to use the Internet by using <a title="iceweasel" href="https://wiki.debian.org/Iceweasel" target="_blank">Iceweasel</a>, which is a rebranded version of Mozilla’s Firefox for Debian distros of Linux, however.</p> <p>SteamOS isn’t a free gaming OS that can replace Windows at the moment. We’d much rather take Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, as a Windows alternative at this point because there’s much more you can do with this Linux distro. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS also has more third party applications than SteamOS, and it performs similarly in gaming too. Ubuntu also supports legacy hardware, so you won’t need to mess around modifying an installer to get it to work properly on your coveted rig. Lastly, unlike SteamOS, which doesn’t support Intel and AMD graphics as of print time, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will install easily to Intel, AMD, or Nvidia graphics hardware.</p> <p>If Valve wants to move people away from Windows and onto SteamOS, they’ll need a more versatile OS to bring people on board. When it comes to gaming, currently, there are over eight thousand titles on Steam that support Windows, while SteamOS has just 440 games. For an OS devoted to living room gaming, it’s a cool idea, but Windows can do so much more than the free OS at the moment, both in gaming and productivity. Still, if you've got some time to spare, SteamOS is free so feel free to give it a try and let us know what you think of it in the comments below!</p> <p>Follow Chris on&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117154316323139826718" target="_blank">Google</a>+&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/chriszele" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/how_install_steamos_2013#comments How To Install SteamOS installation linux operating system steam os Valve Windows Linux Gaming News Features How-Tos Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:57:47 +0000 Chris Zele 26929 at http://www.maximumpc.com How to Build a NUC http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/how_build_nuc_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3>How to build Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC)</h3> <p>This month’s <em>Build It</em> is a bit of a reach for us here at Maximum PC, simply because we’re used to building PCs that are powerful enough to require an intervention from the local overclocking support group. However, we can’t ignore the rise of the small PC, or the living room PC, or whatever you want to call these Lilliputian rigs that are suddenly as popular as raging against the OS hate crime named Windows 8. This little machine in particular, the <a title="intel nuc" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/intels_next_unit_computing_htpc_and_raspberry_pi_compared_video321" target="_blank">Intel NUC</a>, which stands for Next Unit of Computing, seemingly came about as a reaction to the surprisingly popular <a title="raspberry pi" href="http://www.raspberrypi.org/" target="_blank">Raspberry Pi</a>, which is a tiny bare-bones PC that originated in the UK early last year and sells for just $25. Though the Raspberry Pi was designed to be an affordable gateway drug into the world of command-line hacking, the Intel NUC is a much more complete solution that Intel says is perfect for home entertainment, commercial kiosks, or just quiet, affordable computing. Since the NUC (pronounced Nuck, though we like to call it the Nuke) doesn’t include all the bits that you need to make it run, we figured it was a prime candidate for a Build It article.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/beauty_shot_page_1_small_2.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/beauty_shot_page_1_small_1.jpg" title="Intel’s NUC" width="620" height="439" /></a></p> <h4 style="text-align: left;">Nuctural Selection</h4> <p style="text-align: left;">The first stage of NUC acquisition involves deciding which NUC to purchase—there are two different SKUs available as of press time. Both have the same basic specs for storage, RAM, and wireless, in that they have none, so you’ll have to BYO. They both feature the same 1.8GHz Core i3-3217U Ivy Bridge dual-core Hyper-Threaded CPU soldered to the motherboard, which won’t accept a skyscraper heatsink for overclocking, sadly; and both also have three USB 2.0 ports. They then diverge, with one featuring dual HDMI ports for multi-display action, Wi-Fi, and Gigabit Ethernet, and the other sporting one HDMI port, Wi-Fi, and a Thunderbolt port. The dual-HDMI unit features an all-black chassis and will set you back $290, while the T-bolt version goes for $310 and sports a Corvette-like cherry-red roof. There are also two more NUCs coming soon: a high-end NUC with a Core i5 processor and USB 3.0, and a low-end NUC with a Celeron/Atom processor. For this build, we chose the dual-HDMI NUC (model DC32171YE) because we wanted to use it as a quiet, out-of-the-way PC instead of a typical streaming-media-center box. Its core components include two SO-DIMM slots, an mSATA slot for an SSD, a wireless PCI Express port, three USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and two HDMI ports. Audio is provided by the HDMI or Thunderbolt ports, but you can't connect your speakers to the NUC. There’s also a power brick (but oddly no cable that plugs into the wall) and a VESA mounting bracket included. The NUC includes a 3-year warranty and a box that plays the Intel commercial jingle when you open it.</p> <div class="module orange-module article-module"><strong><span class="module-name">INGREDIENTS</span></strong></div> <div class="spec-table orange"> <table style="width: 627px; height: 270px;" border="0"> <thead> <tr> <th class="head-empty"> </th> <th class="head-light">PART</th> <th>URL</th> <th>Price</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Case</strong></td> <td>Intel NUC</td> <td><a class="thickbox" href="http://www.intel.pk/content/www/pk/en/homepage.html">www.intel.com</a></td> <td><span style="font-weight: bold;">$290</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>SSD</strong></td> <td>Intel 525 Series 240GB</td> <td><a class="thickbox" href="http://www.intel.pk/content/www/pk/en/homepage.html">www.intel.com</a></td> <td><strong>$300</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="item"><strong>CPU</strong></td> <td class="item-dark">Intel Core i3-3217u</td> <td><a class="thickbox" href="http://www.intel.pk/content/www/pk/en/homepage.html">www.intel.com</a></td> <td><strong>N/A</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>GPU</strong></td> <td>Intel HD4000</td> <td><a class="thickbox" href="http://www.intel.pk/content/www/pk/en/homepage.html">www.intel.com</a></td> <td><strong>N/A</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="item"><strong>RAM</strong></td> <td class="item-dark">2x 8GB Patriot DDR3/ 1,333 SO-DIMMs</td> <td><a href="http://www.patriotmemory.com/"><span class="thickbox">www.patriotmemory.com</span></a></td> <td><strong>$82</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="item"><strong>Wireless</strong></td> <td class="item-dark">Intel Centrino 6235 80211.n Mini PCIe</td> <td><a class="thickbox" href="http://www.intel.pk/content/www/pk/en/homepage.html">www.intel.com</a></td> <td><strong>$32</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Power</strong></td> <td>AC Power Cord</td> <td><a href="http://www.amazon.com/"><span class="thickbox">www.amazon.com</span></a></td> <td><strong>$1</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>OS</strong></td> <td>Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit</td> <td><a class="thickbox" href="http://www.microsoft.com">www.microsoft.com</a></td> <td><strong>$100</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Total</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><strong>$805</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p><span style="font-style: italic; font-weight: normal;">Click the next page to see each installation step.</span></p> <h4>1. Open the Case</h4> <p>In order to gain access to the NUC’s innards, you’ll need to remove the bottom panel from the device, which thankfully is quite easy. Since Intel figures you probably won’t be popping&nbsp; open the chassis very often to swap out parts, it’s gone ahead and secured it with four easy-to-remove Phillips head screws <strong>(image A)</strong>. The screws are all captured, too, so you don’t have to worry about losing them once you pop off the NUC's ventilated door. With the door removed, we see there’s also a way to remove the motherboard from the chassis by removing three more small screws. Though putting a door on the little bugger isn’t a big deal, it’s appreciated since Intel could have theoretically made the NUC a closed system in an attempt to reduce support calls.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/a_small_6.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/a_small_5.jpg" title="A" width="620" height="512" /></a></p> <h4>2. Let’s Have a Look Around</h4> <p>With its dome removed we can finally have a look around the NUC to see where everything goes. As you can probably tell, this is the belly of the little beast, or the underside of the mainboard <strong>(image B)</strong>, as the Core i3 processor and heatsink/fan assembly are on the other side of the board where active cooling is required to keep things chilly. Down here in passive-cooling land we have a half-length mini PCI Express slot for the wireless card, the full-length mini PCI Express slot for the mSATA drive, two SO-DIMM RAM slots, and one empty header labeled Front Panel. You can’t see them but there are Wi-Fi antennae encircling the enclosure; you can see where they attach to the Wireless card. The tiny little mobo rests inside what looks like a crude metal soap dish, though the Intel Desktop Board logo is proudly displayed. We have heard that despite Intel’s plans to get out of the motherboard game after <a title="haswell" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/haswell_review_2013" target="_blank">Haswell</a>, it does have a roadmap for the NUC, so plan on seeing several more iterations of this bambino rig in the months to come.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/b_small_6.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/b_small_5.jpg" title="B" width="620" height="427" /></a></p> <p><em>Click the next page to learn how to install the RAM, the OS, and more.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4>3. RAM THE RAM</h4> <p>The NUC includes two SO-DIMM slots, so you’ll need to acquire some laptop RAM, or as our Patriot Memory was labeled, “Ultrabook” RAM. We snagged two 8GB SO-DIMMs of Patriot DDR3 PC3-10600 memory, which run at 1,333MHz. We could have gone with 1,600MHz RAM, but we’ve had some weird experiences previously with overclocked RAM, so for now we’re playing it safe. The RAM sticks cost $40 apiece and are a little bit of a splurge for this system’s budget, but we threw caution to the wind and maxed out the NUC’s memory capacity. Installation is just like it is with a laptop, requiring you to push the DIMMs in at an angle <strong>(image C)</strong>, then slowly push them down until they snap into place.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/c_small_7.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/c_small_6.jpg" title="C" width="620" height="432" /></a></p> <h4>4. Wire Up the Wireless</h4> <p>The NUC sports a form factor known as uCFF, which stands for “ultra-compact form factor.” This means it’s tiny, so <a title="intel" href="maximumpc.com/tags/Intel_0" target="_blank">Intel</a> had to stack some components on top of one another like tenants in a high-rise, and two of these tenants are the wireless card and the mSATA card, which sit on top of one another with about a millimeter between them. Due to this arrangement, you must install the wireless card first, which is as easy as sliding the card into the slot <strong>(image D)</strong> and then attaching the antennae that Intel has prewired to the chassis and dropped down right where the card rests. We connected the black lead to the plug labeled Main and the white lead to Aux, but there’s no wrong way to do it. We chose a Wireless N card from Intel but any half-size mini PCI Express card will do. The Intel Wireless N card costs $30, and gave us a consistently strong signal in the office.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/d_small_7.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/d_small_6.jpg" title="D" width="620" height="360" /></a></p> <h4>5. SATA-L-Up</h4> <p>Choosing which mSATA SSD you will use in the NUC is arguably the most important decision you and your doctor will make, as it’s the only user-upgradeable component that will have a tangible effect on performance. Sadly, modern mSATA SSDs lag behind the blazing-fast 2.5-inch SSDs we all use today, so shopping for one is a bit disconcerting, as names like Samsung, Corsair, and OCZ are nowhere to be found. Instead the choices boil down to Intel, Crucial, Adata, and Mushkin. Since consumers don’t typically purchase mSATA SSDs, the pickings are slim. However, the new SandForce SF-2281-powered 525 Series from Intel are a glimmer of hope, as they ride the SATA 6Gb/s interface and are equivalent to the totally fast 520 Series 2.5-inch drives, so we went with the fat 240GB version. To install the drive we simply inserted it into the keyed slot and then secured it using the provided screw <strong>(image E)</strong>. And yes, we know this is an expensive SSD, so please don’t write us letters saying we spent too much on the drive. This is really just a way to get a good look at what the NUC can do, and a 120GB SSD should offer similar performance.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/e_small_7.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/e_small_6.jpg" title="E" width="620" height="447" /></a></p> <h4>6. Install the OS</h4> <p>We used a USB optical drive to install our OS. We then went to the Intel website and loaded the wireless and Intel QS77 chipset drivers onto a USB key in order to get them onto the NUC. Once that was accomplished, we were good to go. All in all, we had the OS installed to our Intel SSD in roughly 10 minutes, and after Windows Update ran a zillion times and rebooted even more, we were finally up and running within an hour (SP2 please, Microsoft). The first thing we did was to run the Windows Experience Index test, which showed us a score of 5.9—pretty dang good for a munchkin rig like this. To put it in context, the AMD Brazos–based <a title="Zbox Nano XS" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/zotac_zbox_nano_xs_ad11_plus_review1" target="_blank">Zotac Zbox Nano XS</a> scored just 3.9 in the same measurement.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/main_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/main_small.jpg" title="Main" width="620" height="454" /></a></p> <h3>The NUC in the Real World, Overheating, and Conclusions</h3> <p>We were pleasantly surprised by the NUC, mostly because we’ve always had a “size matters” mantra in our heads that subliminally controls our expectations about a PC’s performance. Given the NUC’s small size, and our experience with other pocket PCs like the Raspberry Pi and the Zotac Zbox, we expected the NUC to largely suck from a performance point of view. But it didn’t. For web browsing, watching movies, and running MS Office it felt just as fast and responsive as any other PC we've used lately. Though you’re probably inclined to think its speedy nature is partly due to the Intel 525 Series SSD, we also tried it with a garden-variety Intel 310 SSD, and that felt quite responsive, too.</p> <p>Since the NUC includes decent onboard graphics care of the Core i3 processor, we fired up Far Cry 3 and Portal 2 to see whether either was playable. Sure enough, the NUC had some major issues with Far Cry 3, but was able to just barely play Portal 2 at native 1080p resolution with all settings on Medium. For kicks, we ran 3DMark 11, and the NUC scored P581. So, gamers need lowered expectations. Media streaming, however, is great. Among the media files we tried on the NUC was a 10GB HD rip of Avatar, which ran on the NUC flawlessly. The same file brought the AMD Brazos–equipped Zotac to its knees. The playback stresses the CPU and GPU quite a bit, not to mention the SSD, so we were seriously impressed by its ability to smoothly play such a massive file.</p> <p>Now, for the bad news: We played around with the Thunderbolt version of the NUC and it overheated in testing. Initially, we suspected faulty RAM since RAM can cause random shutdowns, but when we took the top off the NUC we noticed that the SSD and wireless card were burning hot, so we threw a fan on it and all problems vanished. Obviously, that's not a good long-term solution, but Intel is aware of the problem and is working to rectify it. Whether that involves redesigning the mobo so there's more room between the PCI Express connectors or upping the fan speed remains unknown.</p> <p>All in all, the NUC is nifty, if not slightly defanged for its lack of USB 3.0. We love its small size, decent amount of horsepower, and silent operation. We would totally buy this for our moms if the overheating issue is rectified. We'd also wait for Gen 2 of the NUC, as the thought of a Core i5 processor and USB 3.0 sounds like a tasty recipe for a quiet, out-of-the-way PC.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/how_build_nuc_2013#comments April 2013 2013 Hardware how to build a nuc installation instructions intel NUC maximum pc Features Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:13:31 +0000 Josh Norem 25797 at http://www.maximumpc.com How to Install DayZ http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/how_install_dayz <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a title="DayZ official site" href="http://dayzmod.com/" target="_blank">DayZ</a></strong> is widely considered one of the best PC mods of all time. Who wouldn't want to be dropped off into a gigantic post-apocalyptic zombie world where death is permanent?&nbsp;<a title="over one million dayz" href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/08/07/dayz-has-more-than-a-million-players/" target="_blank">Over one million players</a> are having a blast just trying to survive in the game.</p> <p>While DayZ is amazingly tense and fun, the Arma 2 mod can also be a headache to install. Which version of Arma 2 should you get? Retail? Steam? What patches should you download? Maximum PC's DayZ installation guide will&nbsp;answer all of the questions and address some of the more common issues plaguing the mod.</p> <p style="text-align: center; "><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/A7Q8c8jnL3s" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <h3>Buy A Copy of Arma II: Combined Operations</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">If you own the base version of Arma II, you’ll need to purchase a copy of <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/33930/?snr=1_7_suggest__13" target="_blank">Operation Arrowhead</a>. If you’re starting from scratch however, we recommend picking up <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sub/4638/" target="_blank">Arma II: Combined Operations</a>. This includes both the base game, and the expansion which are required for the DayZ mod to work.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; "><img src="/files/u46173/arma2.png" alt="Arma II" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">While it’s possible to buy <a href="https://store.bistudio.com/arma2-combined-operations/" target="_blank">Combined Operations directly from the developer’s website</a>, we can’t really recommend this approach considering it currently costs a little more, and is significantly less convenient. If on the other hand you already bought a boxed copy of Arma II, buying <a href="https://store.bistudio.com/arma2-operation-arrowhead" target="_blank">Operation Arrowhead</a> from Bohemia will save you $10.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Update:&nbsp;It was pointed out to us by a reader that <a href="http://www.arma2.com/free" target="_blank">Arma II Free</a>&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.arma2.com/shops/buy-arma-2-operation-arrowhead_en.html" target="_blank">Operation Arrowhead</a> can be combined into a working platform for DayZ. While this is technically true, the mod creators note specifically that they <a href="http://www.dayzwiki.com/wiki/How_to_install_DayZ#ARMA2:FREE_.2B_ARMA2:OA" target="_blank">“do not recommend it”</a>. Going this route puts you at risk of running into issues with patches both now, and in the future.&nbsp;</em></p> <h3>Run Arma 2, and Arma 2: Combined Operations Before Modding</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">This is by far the most commonly skipped step, and is responsible for a myriad of problems, most of which occur while launching. If you didn’t take this advice and are having issues, check the troubleshooting section below for tips. Launching Arma II and Arma II Combined Operations for the first time updates your system’s registry, and also helps rule out problems with your base Arma II install. You would be surprised how many people we saw on DayZ forums trying to troubleshoot the mod, when in fact the problem was with the Arma II installation.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">**<strong>IMPORTANT NOTE FOR STEAM USERS**</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you purchased the Steam version of Arma II: Combined Operations, many users have reported issues with “Bad CD Key” when launching the game. In order to resolve the issue, simply close Steam, right click the icon on your start menu or desktop, and select <strong>Run As Administrator</strong>. &nbsp;</p> <h3>Install DayZ The Easy Way: Use the DayZ Commander</h3> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:256.55pt;height:60.75pt;z-index:251651584'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image002.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image002.png" o:title="1" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:256.55pt;height:60.75pt;z-index:251651584'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image002.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image002.png" o:title="1" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--></p> <p style="text-align: center; "><img src="/files/u46173/dayz2.png" alt="DayZ Commander" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Installing DayZ used to involve several downloads, manually locating and copying over the mod files, and even adding command lines to the Arma II launcher. For users without a basic understanding of file systems, this is usually where the adventure ends. Luckily,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CCEQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dayzcommander.com%2F&amp;ei=h89yUNTXDseB0QGjkIHAAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNGXerJrT4r5-Rc-m3Od4Xl-UIFy8A&amp;sig2=_Vc50VzDjAwgVaUhyoUIMA" target="_blank">DayZ Commander</a> has taken most of the guess work and frustration out of the process.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This 2.4 MB download is not only a top notch server browser, but it also allows you to automate the DayZ installation process as well. Playing DayZ involves not only having the most recent version of the mod files, but also keeping the base Arma II game up to date. This app not only checks to make sure you are current on both fronts, but even allows you to install older versions should you decide you don’t like changes made in the most recent update. It’s also quite handy to have the ability to easily downgrade for troubleshooting purposes. Running previous versions will severely limit your server choices, but if you hate a new feature, chances are you’ll probably find at least a few likeminded folks to roam with who also aren’t fans of the change.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here is the step-by-step process:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">1.) Download the most recent version of <a href="http://www.dayzcommander.com/" target="_blank">DayZ Commander</a>, double click to install, then launch when ready.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">2.) Set your filters so only compatible servers show on the list. We recommend ticking off the boxes for: <strong>hide unresponsive, hide empty, hide full, DayZ only, hide locked, hide unofficial, hide wrong Arma2 version,</strong> and <strong>hide wrong DayZ version</strong>. Doing so will make sure that after we finish installing DayZ, you can double click any server shown on the right when you’re ready to play without issue.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">3.) Click <strong>Install/Update</strong> located along the top tool bar.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1027" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:467.95pt;height:312.15pt;z-index:251652608'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image003.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image003.png" o:title="dayz3" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1027" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:467.95pt;height:312.15pt;z-index:251652608'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image003.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image003.png" o:title="dayz3" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--></p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz3.png"></a></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--> <p style="text-align: center; "><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz3_1.png"><img src="/files/u46173/dayz3thumb.png" alt="Image" width="500" height="332" /></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">4.) The slide in menu will let you know if Arma II is up to date, and if the most current version of DayZ is installed. The drop down menu will allow you to pick from previous versions of both, but keep in mind the server needs to be running the same version of both Arma II and DayZ for you to be able to join properly. We recommend using only the most current version of both if you want the greatest number of server options. At press time more than 70% of the servers were running the most current version.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1028" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:467.85pt;height:313.5pt;z-index:251653632'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image005.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image005.png" o:title="dayz4" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1028" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:467.85pt;height:313.5pt;z-index:251653632'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image005.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image005.png" o:title="dayz4" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--></p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz4.png"></a></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--> <p style="text-align: center; "><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz4.png"><img src="/files/u46173/dayz4thumb.png" alt="Image" /></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here is what the installation should look like after clicking <strong>Install.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1030" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:149.25pt;height:64.5pt;z-index:251655680'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image007.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image007.png" o:title="dayz5b" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1030" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:149.25pt;height:64.5pt;z-index:251655680'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image007.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image007.png" o:title="dayz5b" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--></p><p><img src="/files/u46173/dayz5b.png" alt="Image" width="199" height="86" /></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal">Once the files are download it will decompress automatically.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1029" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:149.25pt;height:69.75pt;z-index:251654656'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image008.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image008.png" o:title="dayz6" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1029" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:149.25pt;height:69.75pt;z-index:251654656'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image008.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image008.png" o:title="dayz6" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--></p><p><img src="/files/u46173/dayz6.png" alt="Image" /></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal">Here is what you should see when all is said a done. The version numbers may change over time, but the green <strong>Reinstall</strong> button is an indication that DayZ commander has properly verified both requirements are up to date.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1031" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:149.25pt;height:152.25pt;z-index:251656704'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image009.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image009.png" o:title="dayz7b" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1031" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:149.25pt;height:152.25pt;z-index:251656704'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image009.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image009.png" o:title="dayz7b" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--></p><p><img src="/files/u46173/dayz7b.png" alt="Image" /></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal">5.) The final step is to close and open DayZ Commander, and allow the server browser to refresh. You may want to initially start out on an empty server just to learn the ropes, but the categories along the top will allow you to sort by settings, time of day, number of players, and ping. From here, just double click your ideal server and prepare yourself for the zombie apocalypse.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Click page 2 to learn how to install DayZ the manual way.&nbsp;</em></p> <hr /> <h3>Install DayZ the Hard Way: Use Nothing But Your Bare Hands</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">You really should use the DayZ Commander because it makes the process so drop-dead simple, but incase you can't get it working for whatever reason or just like doing it the old-fashioned way, here is a quick step-by-step rundown of how to install the mod manually.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Steam Version of Arma II: Combined Operations</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">1.) Install the latest <a href="http://www.arma2.com/beta-patch.php" target="_blank">Arma II beta patch</a>. Going forward you’ll need to manually keep an eye out for new versions or expect to run into issues finding servers.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">2.) Download the <a href="http://www.armafiles.info/dayz/" target="_blank">DayZ Mod files</a>, and decompress the .zip file into your <strong>C:\Program Files (x86)\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\@DayZ\Addons . </strong>If you aren’t using the default directory for Steam you will need to modify the path accordingly.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">3.) Open your Steam games list, <strong>Right Click Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, </strong>and select<strong> Properties.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">4.) Under the <strong>General</strong> tab, click <strong>Set Launch Options, </strong>and paste the following string into the box without the quotes. “-mod=@dayz”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz8.png"></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz8.png"><img src="/files/u46173/dayz8thumb.png" alt="Image" /></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">5.) Open File Explorer and navigate to “<strong>C:\Program Files (x86)\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\”. </strong>Find the file named _runA2CO.cmd, <strong>Right Click</strong> and select <strong>Open With</strong> then <strong>Notepad</strong>. Depending on your version of Windows, you might also see an <strong>Edit </strong>option when you <strong>Right Click</strong> the file. This works just as well.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">6.) Click <strong>Edit</strong> along the top, followed by <strong>Find. </strong>Search for “:run” , and add “;@dayz” to the part of the line where you see “mod=%_ARMA2PATH%;EXPANSION;ca”. Remember to ignore the quotation marks above. Close and save the file.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">7.) <strong>Double click</strong> runA2CO_beta.cmd to run DayZ. You’ll only need to use this approach the first time. From now on you can launch via Steam by double clicking on Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead. Make sure you see the DayZ icon in the upper right.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1033" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:467.7pt;height:292.3pt;z-index:251658752'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image012.jpg" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image012.jpg" o:title="dayz9" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1033" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:467.7pt;height:292.3pt;z-index:251658752'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image012.jpg" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image012.jpg" o:title="dayz9" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--></p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz9.jpg"></a></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz9.jpg"><img src="/files/u46173/dayz9thumb.jpg" alt="Image" /></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">8.) Click <strong>Multiplayer</strong>, and find a server that matches your version number. The filter options are much weaker than those found in DayZ Commander, so you might need to hunt around a bit to find a compatible host.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1034" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:467.95pt;height:292.5pt;z-index:251659776'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image014.jpg" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image014.jpg" o:title="dayz10" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1034" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:467.95pt;height:292.5pt;z-index:251659776'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image014.jpg" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image014.jpg" o:title="dayz10" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--></p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz10.jpg"></a></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz10.jpg"><img src="/files/u46173/dayz10thumb_0.jpg" alt="Image" /></a></p> <h3>Non Steam Versions of Arma II: Combined Operations</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">1.) Download the <a href="http://www.arma2.com/beta-patch.php" target="_blank">latest beta patch</a> and double click to install.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">2.) Download the <a href="http://www.armafiles.info/dayz/" target="_blank">DayZ Mod files</a>, and decompress the .zip file into your <strong>C:\Program Files (x86)\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\@DayZ\Addons . </strong>If you aren’t using the default directory for Arma II you will need to modify the path accordingly.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">3.) Open File Explorer and navigate <strong>C:\Program Files (x86)\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead</strong>. <strong>\”. </strong>Find the file named _runA2CO_beta.cmd , <strong>Right Click</strong> and select <strong>Open With</strong> then <strong>Notepad</strong>. Depending on your version of Windows, you might also see an <strong>Edit </strong>option when you <strong>Right Click</strong> the file. This works just as well.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">4.) Click <strong>Edit</strong> along the top, followed by <strong>Find. </strong>Search for “:run” , and add “;@dayz” to the part of the line where you see “mod=%_ARMA2PATH%;EXPANSION;ca”. Remember to ignore the quotation marks above. Close and save the file.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">5.) <strong>Right Click</strong> runA2CO_beta.cmd , and select <strong>Create Shortcut</strong>. Move and rename your new shortcut to whatever works best for you, and go ahead and launch the game.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Click the next page for the troubleshooting section</em></p> <hr /> <h3>Troubleshooting</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Having non-Zombie related problems? Given that this free mod is still highly experimental, its possible you could run into countless issues even if you follow our step-by-step guide faithfully. Here is an assortment of common fixes to cover off the dozens of errors we’ve read about online.</p> <h3>Steam Version</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">- Under the games tab <strong>Right Click</strong> the Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead entry, then select <strong>Properties. </strong>Navigate using the top tabs to “<strong>Verify Integrity of Game Cache”</strong> and let steam check the integrity of the game files. In general this is a great way to fix problems with just about any game you own on steam, so keep this tip handy if you run into problems with other titles.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1035" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:457.55pt;height:297.05pt;z-index:251660800'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image016.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image016.png" o:title="dayz11" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1035" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:457.55pt;height:297.05pt;z-index:251660800'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image016.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image016.png" o:title="dayz11" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--></p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz11.png"></a></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u46173/dayz11.png"><img src="/files/u46173/dayz11thumb.png" alt="Image" /></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Find the Steam icon on your system tray and select <strong>Exit</strong>. Next find the launch icon on your <strong>Start Menu</strong>, <strong>Right Click, </strong>then select <strong>Run as Administrator. </strong>This fix has been known solve the pesky CD Key error that seems to be plaguing countless frustrated DayZ players, along with a myriad of other pop-up warnings.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Make sure you are launching Arma 2: Combined Operations, and not Arma II: Operation Arrowhead.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1036" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:278.2pt;height:174pt;z-index:251661824; mso-position-vertical-relative:line'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image017.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image017.png" o:title="" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shape id="_x0000_s1036" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0; width:278.2pt;height:174pt;z-index:251661824; mso-position-vertical-relative:line'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image017.png" mce_src="file:///C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image017.png" o:title="" /> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" /> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--><!--[if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif]--></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u46173/dayz12.png" alt="Image" /></p> <h3>Both Steam &amp; Retail Versions</h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Heading3Char"><span style="font-size: 13.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;">“'You cannot play/edit this mission, it is dependent on downloadable content that has been deleted.dayz_code, dayz_weapons, dayz_equip”. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">99% of the time it’s because you missed one of the steps we listed above. Go give it another try, I’ll hold off the zombies until you get here.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Heading3Char"><span style="font-size: 13.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;">“Waiting for Server Response” or “Waiting for Character To Create”. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most of the time this means the servers are overloaded, however from time to time the BattlEye anti-cheat engine is the source of your woes. <a href="http://www.battleye.com/download.html" target="_blank">Download the latest version</a> and reinstall. Keep in mind it also takes much longer to join servers with larger populations, so move to a smaller server if this continues to be an issue. Server administrators also need to regularly restart servers in order to help combat this issue, so it could be completely out of your control.</p> <h3>Looking For More Information on DayZ?</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">The <a href="http://www.dayzwiki.com/wiki/Main_Page" target="_blank">DayZ Wiki</a> is simply excellent, and will provide you with the answers to just about any question you might come up with on your journey. We included suggestions for the most common problems here, but it’s almost impossible to anticipate everything. 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