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  1. Hi, This site looks more promising seeing lots of ETO posts despite being told use SOH instead so I will also post here ! Still pondering on which forum to use for my ETO questions. I have just ran ETO after many months away from it, having got it to work with CSF3 on win7 64bit pro. I want it for the night bomber missions as well as day, for Stirlings, Wellingtons etc. Hopefully in hi res. The Whitley for example looks very 1990's sims, lacking details. Firstly my questions:- Q1. Can the keyboard commands be modified so external view is F2 and not F4 ? Ctrl ; to take a still image is also awkward, prefer one key to use. Q2. I fly Cliffs of Dover and F2 goes external and I can pan around and look at aircraft in a CAD type of way with mouse. Can I do that in ETO and how ? I can move around in jumps with numpad arrow keys and zoom in out with [ ] keys but its awkward and limiting. Q3. before mission, can I pan around the airfield ? Q4. I selected Sunderland and wanted daylight trip but it was at night, crashed then saw now a daylight scene floating on water, selected b25 mitchel and it appeared in water and sank. How to get to a dry land scene ? Q5. I want to fly ETO so as to take stills, I hate the wide angle lens view, tail bigger than wings etc effect when viewed from rear, massive port wing when viewed from port, what lens choices are there and where ? In CoD the default lens is also this fisheye effect, but hitting delete key gives a better natural eye view. Q6. How to end a flight as crashing seems the only way. If I select an aircraft then fly and discover its at night when want daytime, how do I exit the flight ? Q7. Can I make higher resolution skins and fly them, the Halifax cowlings are so blurred on detail. Q8. Where do stills go ? Ctrl ; makes them but where are they to be found ? Q9. Where are the ETO development team to be found on the internet ? BOBC
  2. Ok, Wishing to be seen by ETO team I thought this was the place, it is awkward to have two sites, guess I shall focus on SOH. It is best there is one site for a forum. We then know where to post and where to look and even assist others. BOBC
  3. Hi, Looking through the pages of this forum there are many 0 replies to threads by folk, despite many views to some, is it better to use Sim Outhouse for ETO ? Having two forums somewhat divides the chances perhaps of folk receiving advice or help, or giving same. BOBC
  4. Turns out the instructions are missing a bunch of steps for 64 bit Operating Systems, as discovered over at Sim Outhouse,. can the instructions be added to a.s.a.p PLEASE. either say follow video for win7 64bit install , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaeCYsrLI2k and the part users will need starts at 7:09 so as to copy to clipboard for multiple use and accuracy, the special x86 address of Program Files for 64bit , or run it from 4:25 though I found the MASTERETOSTARTUP.bat address was ok and had the x86 address. No harm in checking though . Or add the following to the instructions (my wording as follows, edit it to suit !) :- If after install of ETO 1.5, if the game wont run from the ETO Start desktop icon, 64bit users should check the following:- Go to your Games Folder that you browsed to for the 1.5 install, most likely the Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\CFS3 ETO Expansion folder. Find the MASTERETOSTARTUP.bat file and single click it and in your preview pane see if it shows the Program Files (x86) address, if so all is good there, If you have no preview pane then right click it, select properties and untick read only, ok that then right click it again and select edit , cancel out if all is ok address wise for Program Files (x86) if not see video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaeCYsrLI2k for install ETO 1.0 at 4:25 into the footage. Then scroll up to Global Layer folder and open it, single click the ETOGLSwapper.bat and the chances are it does not have the Program Files (x86) address Follow instructions in either the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaeCYsrLI2k from 4:25 onwards, the part that deals with this file is at 7:53 or follow the instructions in the readme for ETO 1.0 It may be that the author of the instructions can word this better and add the appropriate steps at the appropriate time during the install, as this no doubt needs doing before the sim is run ! BOBC
  5. Turns out the instructions are missing a bunch of steps for 64 bit Operating Systems, as discovered over at Sim Outhouse,. can the instructions be added to a.s.a.p PLEASE. either say follow video for win7 64bit install , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaeCYsrLI2k and the part users will need starts at 7:09 so as to copy to clipboard for multiple use and accuracy, the special x86 address of Program Files for 64bit , or run it from 4:25 though I found the MASTERETOSTARTUP.bat address was ok and had the x86 address. No harm in checking though . Or add the following to the instructions (my wording as follows, edit it to suit !) :- If after install of ETO 1.5, if the game wont run from the ETO Start desktop icon, 64bit users should check the following:- Go to your Games Folder that you browsed to for the 1.5 install, most likely the Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\CFS3 ETO Expansion folder. Find the MASTERETOSTARTUP.bat file and single click it and in your preview pane see if it shows the Program Files (x86) address, if so all is good there, If you have no preview pane then right click it, select properties and untick read only, ok that then right click it again and select edit , cancel out if all is ok address wise for Program Files (x86) if not see video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaeCYsrLI2k for install ETO 1.0 at 4:25 into the footage. Then scroll up to Global Layer folder and open it, single click the ETOGLSwapper.bat and the chances are it does not have the Program Files (x86) address Follow instructions in either the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaeCYsrLI2k from 4:25 onwards, the part that deals with this file is at 7:53 or follow the instructions in the readme for ETO 1.0 It may be that the author of the instructions can word this better and add the appropriate steps at the appropriate time during the install, as this no doubt needs doing before the sim is run ! BOBC
  6. Hi, This is doing me in, SOMEONE PLEASE HELP, NO ONE SEEMS TO VISIT THE FORUM HERE ? Correct install 1.5 obsolete file remover bat file as per grizzly50 then sees existing ETO start icon fail to find target, "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\CFS3 ETO Expansion\MASTERETOSTARTUP.bat" It is in that folder wo shy ? If I double click it I see the era menu, but select1 and hit enter and enter and get cfs3.exe not found, yet that is also in that same folder, and if i double click it it runs CFS3. I cant run era 1 by bypassing that startup bat file and d/clicking cfs3.exe as how then does it know I want to run era1. THIS IS THE RESULT OF A WEEK REDOING TWICE NOW THE ETO INSTALL. all was ok up to eto1.4, mistakes were mine, this time I followed the bat removal then exe exactly. NOW WHAT ? BOBC
  7. Hi, What can somone as a newbie test or look for to be sure all updates are working as expected ? Being totally unfamiliar with what ETO 1 gave or even CFS3, and having put the updates on, whilst currently struggling to get the ETO Start to launch game after 1.5 installed, CFS3.exe not found....what is there I can look for to see if all is well if launching it from CFS3.exe in the win7 ProgFilesx86 address folder route to Expansion folder for ETO. I recall Spanish airfields being mentioned for some test, where are they etc ? BOBC
  8. Hi, Commands sheet with dvd box has B brakes, so how does one release brakes ? but B is brakes and hitting b sees in red brakes on, hitting it again also sees brakes on ! Whilst I cannot declare for sure what ETO version I am running (after 1.5 upgrade done) as I cannot now start it from the desktop icon after 1.5 install, (see thread on 1.5 update kills finding of CSF3.exe) I am double clicking the CFS3.exe in my games folder. Now not sure if thats enough or if some bat file is being missed by not using the now dead start icon, . How can I tell if everything is as it should be, if 1.5 has gone on correctly ? I have selected a wellington, I cant look below the middle of the inst panel, using trackir, is there anything to be seen below the middle ? BOBC
  9. Hi, clean install again. (uninstalled CFS3 and two pairs of folders as per instructions etc) ETO as far as 1.4 and hotfix and fully functional. Back up the PC ! run era 1 then spawn 1. then follow 1.5 install exactly as per instructions Grizzly50 :- step 1. unzip 1.5 then unzip the file remover zip file. Read the instructions within. Copy the remover.bat file to my address all the updates so far have gone into. C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Games\CFS3 ETO Expansion right click on the remover.bat file and choose properties>compatability Win XP sp3 if your pc is win7, I do this as my pc is win7 64bit pro. right click on the remover.bat file again and choose run as admin it says, (my normal method anyway)..it runs. Now delete the bat file it says, I do that. step 2. Now run the 1.5 updater.exe file, I do that (r/c run as admin), pointing it to my address C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Games\CFS3 ETO Expansion I note and honour that. I double click the zapper icon on my desktop as I read that part of the sentence, then read the part that says 'after you have sent the above-referenced icons to your desktop. Did I jump the gun, but that shortcut that has been there since 1.0 called ETO BDP Zapper and thankfully it points to the only BDP zapper.exe I now have, looking at its target, "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\CFS3 ETO Expansion\CFS3 ETO Expansion BDP Zapper.exe" and the fact that its the only zapper.exe I am ok, ?? so I was ok to do that ? I search on *zapper* on c drive and find the following.... the BDP Zapper.exe dated 9 july 2010 16:07 and the ZX Zapper.exe same date and time. Both in the Expansion folder in my x86 address. Are these the NEW zapper files, how are we to know ? There are no others on C drive with zapper in the name to make shortcuts from. Have I to go and locate these three new exe files and then make shortcuts for all three of them on my desktop ? alongside the existing shortcuts, Sure sounds like it. I am PC literate so know how to do such, might the names clash, if so I can alter the names adding the word 'new'. Others would flounder here. So we end up with two shortcuts on desktop both called ETO BD Zapper from what I read of what we have to do. Instruction though better to say..' firstly locate the three new exe files and make shortcuts to the desktop, then run the shortcut called ETO BDP Zapper you have just made, and not the old one by the same name.' ( I see chance of error here though by folk.) No instructions on how to find them and how to make shortcuts to desktop, but unlike some folk, I am PC literate and know how to do this. Moving on, I manually delete the viewui, as done before so know where that lives, via user/name/ etc etc then ditto for unlimited pilots, noting that we had to also do this in 1.4 but not required in hotfix. Run era 1 and get CFS3.exe cannot be found ! I am running from the the ETO Start icon on deskyop, created with 1.0 maybe its no longer valid if the other icons are replaced. I browse to the Expansion folder on Progs x86 and run it from there, I get the attack in the west, then it fails. Try again and it runs. The shortcut that ran it right up to 1.4 is that now defunct , along with talk of leave the old ones alone, but make new ones ? Its all a bit confusing this new exe and make shortcuts to them, but no mention is made of the exe start file though. BOBC
  10. Hi, I have started over and spent last few hoursinstalling CFS3 then ETO 1 then 1.2 then 1.4 then 1.4 hotfix, ensuring I run era 1 then spawn#1 just before each update, having errored on that first time. There is no video to follow after 1.4, so I am follwoign the written instructions literally and all is well, its the same process anyway for each install running exe then browsing to the x86 address. 1.4 when unzipped has something new, an obsolete file removal exe which we were told to run first, one right click run as admin and points it to the Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\ CFS3 ETO Expansion folder , following the videos on installing to win7 64bit (my OS) and it removes unwanted files. then we ran the 1.4 exe. again aimed at that folder. 1.5 says :- Extract, install into your CFS3 ETO Expansion main game folder, and Run the CFS3 ETO Expansion Update Rev 1.50 File Remover.bat. This will remove obsolete files and folders from your CFS3 ETO Expansion main game folder. NOTE: PLEASE FOLLOW ANY AND ALL INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH THE CFS3 ETO Expansion Update Rev 1.50 File Remover.bat. NOTE: Do NOT run the CFS3 ETO Expansion 1.50 Obsolete File Remover.bat AFTER installation of CFS3 ETO Expansion Cumulative Update Rev 1.50.exe. You will remove necessary files if you do. So following the instructions I unzip the zip file to my download folder it sits in, as done with all the updates up to now, but there is no file remover.exe file to run as there was in 1.4. I know about exe. one right clicks and chooses run as admin, exe files run ! I need to then do the next part of the sentence ... I right click and run the exe file and point the process to the Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\ CFS3 ETO Expansion folder. No doubt it will do the bat file thing as its not an exe for me to run. It runs and then finishes, no option appears for user to remove files and indicate that address for such removal. I have a horrible gut feeling that its ignored the bat file, as I never got to tell it where the ETO folder was for win7 64bit. Dont tell me I have made it as far as 1.5 and its gone wrong . I have not run the sim after this, incase there is a way of undoing this, if its wrong, but where was the removal exe file as per 1.4 ? Everything was perfect up to and including the 1.4 hotfix, then these instructions were a bit unsettling and not as before, but surely the downlaod shouldnt get unzipped into the ETO Expansion folder, its supposed to put files there, not reside there itself ? BOBC
  11. Hi, ok done that, found the two folders in My Docs and in Appdata (within Microsoft folder), deleted and ready to redo CFS, and this time run era 1 then spawn 1 before updates. three questions. :-) 1....the video doesnt run era 1 before ETO 1.0 goes on. I presume the era's are created by ETO so it cant. Not familiar with what CFS makes though, so may as well ask and be sure, ETO 1.0 doesnt require us to run era1 and spawn#1 before installing it, is that correct ? 2. I didnt realise TrackIR could be used, having the latest one, I would like to test for functionality after CFS3 goes on, (is it best to install the MSoft 2 updates then test ? How is it chosen in settings or does it just work ? then I shall test after ETO 1.0 and how does it get selected or again does it just work ? etc. 3. With ETO up and running at 1.5, I then ponder on what to install next to get at the Stirling, Halifax etc, does install order matter ? I have :- ETO Bomber Command at War 1940 (open it and it says may-june) by Led Zeppelin, no version number so not sure if its current. Bombers to cologne no version number so again presume current Bombers to hamburg no version number so again presume current CFS3 Night Missions CFS3 Mission editing SDK CFS Mission builder SDK v1.0 CFS Aircraft Vehicle and Building SDK 1.5 Beaufort cheers BOBC
  12. Hi, I dont see any ETO videos on youtube showing what there is to be seen with ETO 1.5 ? or earlier versions ? BOBC
  13. Hi, have need to redo my CFS3 and ETO installs. What is the uninstall procedure as having installed ETO 1 then 1.2 then 1.4 then hotfix and created then navigated to the C:\Program Files9x86)\Microsoft games\CFS3 ETO Expansion folder for every install route, I found CombatFlightSim3 in Control panel >Progs and features and uninstall option, ran that, but see its folder and that of ETO still exist in ProgFiles x86 on C drive. Wishing to rid PC of all CFS3 and not have any bits remaining before redoing the installs, whats the correct way of removing all without messing up PC or chance of full functionality and problem free install ? BOBC
  14. Hi , I see ETO 1.5 is now out according to grizzly50, but I cant see a thread or link to the download source. Cheers BOBC