I'm a bit overwhelmed here. I ordered a new PC just to play Arma 2 and apart from playing a bit the other day, I've been spending most of my 'free' time in the last few days trying to figure out how to install mods, updates, and 3rd party software. The websites, YouTube install videos, that and installation instructions seem outdated or are not consistent with my system (Dell XPS 8300 W7 64 Ultimate) -or I'm just a noob and can understand all of this.... Probably the latter.
I am sorry if this information is in the forum here or in armaholic, but I have done searches only to get the same threads or a massive amount of threads in my search results.
I purchased Arma 2 CO. After installing, uninstalling, and installing again, I have that finally A2 and OA installed correctly and I am able to see all of the islands by launching Arma II CO. I have the latest patches installed as well.
The next task seems to be to install ACE (CBA?) and ACRE. I have Teamspeak installed but when I downloaded and "manually" installed (as their was no .exe installer in the ACRE zip) the plugins, I get the message in TS3 that "plugin failed to load, API version not compatible".
I've been looking into installing ACE, but now I see I need something called CBA as well. Is there a way to use one application to manage all of the mod installs? Is their a definitive video on YouTube that you can recommend to follow for these install procedures?
I would skip installing ACE and other mods entirely, but the YouTube videos that got me interested in Arma 2 in the first place seem to all be playing with these mods. Is ACE required to play with others online? Are most of the people using this mod?
Sorry for all the questions. I'm just eager to play and have put some cash towards this whole set up only to be stalled by this last bit of configuration that may not be necessary. I will gladly Paypal someone $30 to walk me through this installation over Skype Screen Sharing.
Thanks for you help.