DayZ (mod)

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Key Points

Information DayZ is a modification for Arma 2 and its expansion Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead.
Information A standalone version has been announced, which is planned to be released between October and December 2012.[1]
Advantage DayZ Commander is highly recommended as the best one-stop program to install, update and browse DayZ servers - no other programs are required.
Disadvantage DayZ is in early open alpha stage, and is very unfriendly to install and run for new users, while many bugs, gameplay problems and rampant cheating persist.[2]

General Information

More information Original guide located on the DayZ Wiki.
More information DayZ Forum - official forum which the developer participates in and has the most active community.
More information Steam Forum for Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead - active DayZ discussion.

Availability

Requirements for DayZ
Arma 2: Free Arma 2 Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead
Arma 2: Combined Operations Tick.png Tick.png
Arma 2: Combined Operations Lite Tick.png Tick.png
@DayZ appearing means that the mod has loaded correctly.
Information DayZ requires Arma 2: Combined Operations, either in its full or Lite version.
Information Requirements can be fulfilled by any above combination of Steam, retail and digital distribution packs for Arma 2, Arma 2: Free and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead as long as each part has been run at least once before.

Arma 2: Combined Operations Lite

Information Arma 2: Free is downloadable via the Download Demo button on Steam or available via the Arma 2: Free site and must be activated on the Arma 2 website.
Advantage Recommended version if one solely wants to play DayZ for the cheapest price, as Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead is normally cheaper than Arma 2: Combined Operations.
Advantage 5-15% performance increase due to lower resolution textures and audio.[3]
Disadvantage No access to the main Arma 2 campaign content.

Installation

Information Manual installation of DayZ is relatively complex, with no official client or method of installing the mod easily.
Information Successful installations will show that when Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead is run, the @DayZ text will appear on the right of the menu screen.

DayZ Commander

DayZ Commander patching.
Information Launcher, mod updater, server browser, and friends listing.
Advantage Highly recommended as the most best way to patch and launch the game, as well as the only program which lists friends.
Advantage The only program that is required as long as your version of Arma 2: Combined Operations meets the requirements.
Advantage Support for installing any patch version including the beta patch.

Day Z Updater Tool (Worrom)

Screenshot of Day Z Updater Tool by Worrom.
Information This utility checks and downloads the latest version of the mod files, and is able to launch the game with the relevant parameters.
Disadvantage Latest version of Java is required.
Advantage This tool is a basic way to install, patch and launch the game.

Template:Fixbox/instructions 1) Install Arma 2 or Arma 2: Free and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead.

Information Note that Arma 2: Free must be activated on the Arma 2 website.

2) Download Day Z Updater Tool (Worrom) and install and run the program.

Information This program can be installed anywhere.

3) When prompted, refer the tool to your Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead folder. By default, this folder will be located at the following:

  • Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\
  • Retail / digital distribution: C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ARMA 2 Operation Arrowhead\
4) The game can be run by pressing the 'run' button on the utility.

Installer Unable To Detect Game Folder

Information This error is most likely caused by incorrectly inputting the location of your Operation Arrowhead folder.[4]

Template:Fixbox/instructions 1) Check the spelling and location of the file path you have inputted, and ensure you seperate folders using a backwards slash "\" rather than a forwards slash "/".

2) Remove any extra spaces left after the file path, and end the file path with a single backwards slash.

Six Updater

Information This program can install, patch and launch DayZ.
Advantage The officially supported method of installation listed on the DayZ website.[5]
Advantage Supports other Arma 2 mods.
Disadvantage Six Updater has unnecessary features for those who only want to play DayZ. In which case, the DayZ Commander or Day Z Updater Tool (Worrom) is recommended.

Template:Fixbox/instructions 1) Install Arma 2 or Arma 2: Free and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead.

Information Note that Arma 2: Free must be activated on the Arma 2 website.

2) Download and install Six Updater.

3) Run the program and navigate to the options menu, ensuring the target path for the Operation Arrowhead main folder is correct.

  • Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\
  • Retail / digital distribution: C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ARMA 2 Operation Arrowhead\

4) It should say at the bottom of the tab that you have installed Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead (Combined Operations). If not, check your installation is correct.

5) Navigate to the 'Preset' tab in the topmost menu, before creating a 'New Preset' called it 'DayZ'.

6) Next click the 'Mods' tab at the top and search for '@DayZ'.

7) Right click the DayZ mod in the search results and click 'Add to Preset'.

8) Finally click on the 'Home' tab before selecting 'Install or Update Mods'. This will automatically download and install the latest version of the DayZ mod.

9) To run the game with the mod, launch Six Updater and select 'Launch the Game' each time.

Manual Install

Disadvantage Manual installation does not support automatic updating.

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1) Download the DayZ mod files.

2) Navigate to Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead directory, located at the following:

  • Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\
  • Retail / digital distribution: C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ARMA 2 Operation Arrowhead\

3) Create the folders \@DayZ\Addons\ in your Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead folder.

4) Extract the DayZ mod files zip folder to:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\@DayZ\Addons\
  • Retail / digital distribution: C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ARMA 2 Operation Arrowhead\@DayZ\Addons\

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  • right click on Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead
  • select 'Properties'
  • 'Set Launch Options'
  • add:-mod=@dayz -nosplash to the target line and click 'OK'
  • load Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead via Steam and select "Launch ARMA 2: Combined Operations" in the pop-up to play DayZ.

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  • edit shortcut in the Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead folder.
  • add -mod=@dayz -nosplash without quotes to the target line.

Beta Patch

Information Many servers require the use of the beta patch.
Advantage The beta patch is backwards compatible, so one can play on beta and non-beta servers.

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Information If you have previous beta patches it's suggested to uninstall them before installing a newer version.
Information One can also try deleting beta subdirectory inside Arma 2 folder manually.

1) Download and install beta patch from the Arma 2 site - the latest patch is in the green field top of page).

2) Go to the Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead directory:

  • Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\arma 2 operation arrowhead\
  • Retail / digital distribution: C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ARMA 2 Operation Arrowhead\

3) Right-click on shortcut "Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch". Add -mod=@dayz without quotes to the target line.

4) Run "Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch".

Target Line Parameters

Information A list of acceptable parameters you can add to the target line is available on the Bohemia Interactive Community Wiki.

Issues Fixed

General Issues

Graphical Glitches And Artifacts

Information Several potential issues can cause large scale graphical glitches and missing textures.

Fix Verify Integrity Or Change Graphics Settings

Template:Fixbox/instructions If you are using the Steam version of the game, right click on it and select 'Properties' before selecting 'Verify Integrity of Game Cache'. This will result in Steam scanning the game folder for any missing files which could potentially result in graphical errors. Template:Fixbox/instructions

Alternatively, if this does not work or you are using the retail version of the game, attempt to lower or raise the in-game graphics settings.

Microphone Skipping Issues

Fix Install Beta

Installing the Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead beta may fix these problems.

Game Lags Or Stutters Every Few Seconds

Information This issue may be from having too many background programs running.

Fix Disable Services

1) Win+R and run msconfig.

2) On the General tab, click selective startup.

3) Under selective startup click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.

4) Click the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All. Then find the steam service and click its check box as you will need it.

5) Click OK.

6) When prompted, click restart computer.

7) After the computer restarts, open the program and see whether the problem is fixed.

Error Messages

'Arma 2 has stopped working'

Information Error message on startup.

Fix Verify Integrity of Game Cache

1) Right click on the game and select 'Properties' before selecting 'Verify Integrity of Game Cache'.

OR

2) Uninstall DayZ if the error persists. Try re-installing the most up-to-date version of DayZ.

'Downloadable content that has been deleted.chernarus'

Other error messages:

Disadvantage "Addon 'dayz_code' requires addon 'CABuildingParts'"
Disadvantage "No entry 'bin\Config.bin/cfgVehicles/Citizen1.scope'"
Disadvantage "You cannot play/edit this mission; it is dependent on downloadable content that has been deleted.chernarus"

Fix Move Addons Folder

  • Move \Addons\ folder from the Arma 2 folder to the Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead Folder.

Constant 'Waiting for Server Response' Or 'Receiving Data'

Information This issue is caused by large server load, and will resolve itself over time.

Template:Ff If it does not resolve itself, attempt these fixes:

Fix Reinstall

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  • Steam users, launch Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead via Steam and select 'Reinstall Battleye Anti-Cheat'.

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  • Retail users can find the latest version of the client here.
  • Then install the client to the folder \BattlEye\ at the following location:

C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead\Expansion\BattlEye

OR

  • If this produces no results, try redownloading all relevant DayZ files and re-installing them, ensuring the latest version is installed.

OR

  • If this again fails to solve the problem, attempt a fresh install of Arma 2, Operation Arrowhead and DayZ.

'You cannot play/edit this mission ... .cherarus'

Information Caused by attempting to connect to DayZ servers from within Operation Arrowhead, rather than launching the game as Combined Operations.

Fix Restart Game In Combined Operations

Restart the game as Combined Operations to fix this issue.

'You cannot play/edit this mission ... .dayz_code, ...'

Information This error will occur if the mod was installed incorrectly, or if the shortcut has the wrong appendage to the target line.

Fix Target Line

Ensure that the target line ends in -mod=@dayz and that the DayZ mod files are installed correctly.

'missing CBA_Main'

Information This error is generally harmless and should not impact the game itself. Simply click OK and play as normal.

'No Entry 'bin\config.bin\CfgVehicles\'

Information This error is generally harmless and should not impact the game itself. Simply click OK and play as normal.

'Arma 2 is not installed on your computer or installation is corrupted'

Information Caused by install folder being moved from original location, or exe file being renamed.

Fix Regedit

1) Open regedit.

2) Regedit filepath in main in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Bohemia Interactive Studio\ArmA 2\

'Bad serial number'

Information Common issue with base game Arma 2 on Steam.[6][7]

Fix Verify Integrity Of Cache

1) From the Library section, right-click on the game and select Properties from the menu.

2) Select the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game cache... button.

3) Steam will verify the game's files - this process may take several minutes.

4) If you are using 6 Launcher, Run and Exit ARMA 2 first.

5) Commence looting Northern Airfield!

Fix Windows Vista Fix

1) Exit from Steam.

2) Right click the Steam.exe from C:\Program Files\Steam\ or your default location and choose the "Run as Administrator" option to launch Steam. The option may not work with a Desktop shortcut to Steam so be sure to use the direct Steam.exe.

References

  1. http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/08/21/interview-the-standalone-future-of-dayz-and-what-it-means-for-players/
  2. http://www.gamereactor.eu/news/43091/GRTV%3A+Dean+Hall+on+DayZ/
  3. http://www.editgrid.com/user/kju/PvPscene_Benchmark_Suite
  4. http://www.worrom.com/
  5. http://dayzmod.com/?Download
  6. https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=4950-EKAM-2644
  7. https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=5688-IFHZ-2170