VANILLA-BASED SERVER connection troubleshooting originally based on info from VinylJunkie of Europa (non-vanilla based servers such as epoch have requirements and different connection methods)
- Make sure you always run STEAM as ADMINISTRATOR
- Do you have Arma2, Arma2 Operation Arrowhead and DayZ Mod?
- Check STEAM->LIBRARY. If not, Arma2 and Arma2 Operation Arrowhead are usually on sale for a few dollars. DayZ Mod is FREE!>> Optionally, you can install Arma2: Private Military Company and Arma2: Britsh Armed Forces to get some better looking textures.
- Do you have the right versions of Arma2, Arma2 Operation Arrowhead and DayZ Mod?
- Check STEAM->LIBRARY. Right lick on each one, select PROPERTIES, then the BETAS tab. They should all say “None – Opt out of all beta programs”
- The ONLY exception to this rule might be when DayZ Mod releases a new version and you need to select and old one TEMPORARILY until a server updates.
- Before playing DayZ Mod, you MUST launch Arma2 and Arma2 Operation Arrowhead at least once to the game lobby and then exit.
- This is neccesary to make sure both games initialize properly and write correctly to the registry. To make them load faster, add these launchparameters: -noSplash -skipIntro
- This is also necessary to setup BattlEye
- Always launch DayZ Mod by right clicking on Arma2: DayZ Mod->Play Game
- You will see the server browser and you can filter on various categories. You may need to wait a few seconds, maybe change the ping limit and refresh again.
- Alternatively, you can use DayZLauncher @ dzlauncher.eu. You need version 0.1.3.4 or higher (click “Update Launcher” if needed). Go into settings and make sure to check the box “Launch DayZMod as Steam App”.
ERRORS MESSAGES and OTHER ISSUES
- Are you getting the message “Session Lost”?
- Are you using DayZLauncher? Make sure to check the box “Launch DayZMod as Steam App”.
- Did you run STEAM as ADMIN?
- Are you getting the message “You were kicked off the game”?
- Do you have an AddOns folder in your Arma 2 OA folder? If so, remove it. Back in the day players were told to copy their Arma 2 Addons in to the Arma 2 OA folder. Your Arma 2 OA folder is probably located here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead There is suppose to be an Addons folder in the Expansion folder, don’t delete that. If you don’t have an AddOns folder located in your Arma 2 OA folder, don’t worry about it.
- Is your game hanging during load, possibly at “waiting for host” or “reading mission”? OR Are you getting an error message about missing files?
- Verify your local Arma2, Arma2OA and DayZ Mod files within STEAM
- STEAM LIBRARY->Arma2->Local Files tab->Verify Integrity of Game Files
- STEAM LIBRARY->Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead->Local Files tab->Verify Integrity of Game Files
- STEAM LIBRARY->Arma 2 DayZ Mod->Local Files tab->Verify Integrity of Game Files
- Are you getting kicked immediately after joining?
- Make sure you have the correct version of DayZ Mod installed.
- Make sure you do not have other mods loaded. Uncheck mods like epoch, overpoch, etc OR use dayzlauncher OR create a simple .BAT file
- Is your game still not working?
- Delete any locally cached mission files from here: C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Application Data\ArmA 2\MPMissionsCache
Those are all typical errors and resolutions, but Arma2 is finicky. Follow the suggestions listed above and then reboot the PC.
Finally, if none of those things help, then your should reinstall Arma 2 and Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead
- Remove and re-download Arma 2 and Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead from STEAM.
- STEAM LIBRARY->Arma2->Uninstall / STEAM LIBRARY->Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead->Uninstall
- STEAM LIBRARY->Arma2->Install Game / STEAM LIBRARY->Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead->Install Game
- Start Arma 2 and Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead once time each to the lobby then exit.
- This is necessary to make sure both games initialize properly and write correctly to the registry.
- To make them load faster, add these launchparameters: -noSplash -skipIntro
- Remove and re-download DayZ Mod.
- STEAM LIBRARY->Arma 2: DayZ Mod->Local Files tab->Uninstall / STEAM LIBRARY->Arma 2: DayZ Mod->Local Files tab->Install Game
- Launch Arma 2: DayZ Mod instead of Arma 2 OA in Steam.**Once Arma have started press Multiplayer and you should see all vanilla DayZ Mod servers.