I am an old fart who missed this for real by about 10 years. I am new to sims and thought I'd like to try on the computer what my brother flew for real.
I recently purchased COD and installed it. Got it from steam and found to my dismay it was a 4+ hour download. Steam is totally unresponsive. Their forum says the ID, Email and password they approved and Emailed to me is nonexistant. So hear I am.
COD seems to load up normally. I can pick planes etc. When I try to start a training mission the audio comes on but no video.
Can anybody give me a clue?
I am running win7 on a Dell Inspiron. The Processor is an AMD Anthalon 2.8 GHz w/ 4 meg ram. My sound card is a Nvidia GeForce 5800. I am using an old Logitec Wingman Attack stick and a Star Tech 5.1 PCI card. I am not running a separate came card and if I get into this I would appreciate advice on whether I need one and if so an affordable choice.
I am a total newbie here so I did anything wrong just let me know and it won't happen again.
Thanks in advance,
Hiya John and a warm welcome to SimHQ.
Good advice from Vitesse, I agree that IL2 1946 is a good starting point for now most definitely. Cliffs of Dover is having some 'problems' right now anyway, but hopefully it will improve. The reason you are not getting any video looks like it because your graphics card (Nvidia Geforce 5800) does not meet the minimum requirement as Vitesse says. The 'official' minimum requirements are here http://il2sturmovik.ubi.com/cliffs-of-dover/en-GB/game-info/pc-configuration/index.aspx
As you can see, you need an 'Nvidia Geforce 8800' bare minimum to run it. Your 5800 card will run IL2 1946 fine. I'm not sure how familiar you are with computers, so I'm going to assume not so much to be on the safe side. Apologies if this is not so! In order for us to help you more, more information will help, so here is a quick tip. You can download this program for free
called "Iobit advanced system care".http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-System...&tag=button
It has over 100 million users, has lots of very good user friendly features and I use it myself, so trust me that it is kosher. There is a version you can pay for too which has more features, but you don't need that at all.....the free version is more than good enough.
Once downloaded and installed, in the options bar second from right you will see an icon called "Toolbox". Click on that and in the bottom far right box you will see a list headed 'control', under which 4th down you will see something called "system information", and click on that. This will tell you all about what your computer hardware is in a very easy, clear and user friendly way. You can also do this through windows by typing "system information" in your computer 'start' bar, but it is a lot less user friendly and more complicated if you are unfamiliar with it to find things out.
Once you have done this, you can then give us your definite "specs". Useful info is how much RAM (memory) your computer uses, your graphics card type (Nvidia 5800, cheers and it would be useful to know if it is the "Quadro FX" or plain "FX" model) and also the exact model type of processor you use (we know it is an AMD Athlon by the sounds of it) and also the type of "sound card" you use. We know you are using Windows 7 (good operating system).
Don't worry about asking questions, the vast majority of us will be glad to help you, as Vitesse says we have all been in the same boat and its no problem at all.
I'm not the sharpest tool in the box with computers but I will try to help you as best I can, as will many others.
Hope you stick around anyway mate, its a good little hobby and great fun once you get the hang of things (takes a bit time, but Rome wasn't built in a day). Don't be shy to ask questions, its what we are here for. Apart from the free cucumber sandwiches and soup kitchen, that is (hehehe).
EDIT: Sorry, regarding a graphics card upgrade that would depend on how much you are budgeting for.....could you give more detail please? IE 150-200 pounds, dollars etc.
Best of luck and I hope this helps John.