Install for beginner
Hello everyone, i would like to play Falcon but I am a beginner in this simulation.
Like any old simulator there is many versions and updates, so i am a bit lost. I would like to play online so I need the installation that the comunity is usualy using.
1st, if I understand well, I should start with the installation of FALCON 4.0. Am I right ?
I saw on steam different version of FALCON, just Falcon or 4.0 or AT or Gold or even a collection. So which one is the good one? And is it better to buy it on steam or on http://retroism.com?
2nd, about patches or mods, which one should I install and in which order ?
Thanks for your help, hope to see you soon in the sky.
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here are the manuals to start with
bms manual has a procedure for install, page 12 and following
Basically you indeed need a valid Falcon4 installed on your computer but you don’t patch that version, you leave it alone, it just makes a check for a valid licence. Any falcon 4.0 will do
GOG, steam gold whatever as long as a falcon 4.0 licence is included.
then you install 4.33 as per the manual instructions - it’s a stand alone install, different from the Falcon 4.0 yu just installed.
3.1 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
In order to install BMS 4.33 you must own a valid original Falcon 4.0 licence. Please note 4.33 Update 1 will check for the presence of an installed version of Falcon 4.0 on your hard drive. It can be either the original 1998 version (there is no need to patch your original version), or the latest GOG Falcon Collection by Tommo, available for purchase on the internet. This is a new requirement for BMS 4.33 Update 1. As a consequence, Update 1 is another stand-alone version and not a patch for the 4.33 initial release version.
Throughout its history, Falcon 4 has always demanded fast computer hardware. The same holds true today. With upgraded graphics options like shaders, post-processing, shader rendering effects like light, glass, shadow and weather and enhancements to the avionics sensors (TGP, WPN, TFR & FLIR displays) Falcon BMS continues to require (or at least prefer) the latest computer hardware on the market. The 64-bit executable does manage memory better, but there are more memory requests to manage. Hardware that ran previous Falcon versions comfortably may not be able to run BMS 4.33 to the same degree, especially with all the eye-candy turned on.
Flight controls are required to use any flight simulation. To enjoy BMS fully you will need a realistic HOTAS that will allow you to program the F-16 specific functions such as the TMS, DMS and CMS. A head tracking device is advisable as well, although not mandatory.
3.1.3 Operating System
To be able to run the 64-bit version of BMS 4.33 you obviously need a 64-bit operating system. BMS 4.33 will run on Windows XP (the 32-bit version) in 32-bit mode but the increased resources required by BMS 4.33 will greatly limit the usability of this option and you will only be able to fly 32-bit multiplayer. It‘s time to upgrade.
At the time of writing this manual Windows 7 x64 is still probably the best choice of operating system for BMS. Windows 8.1 x64 should offer a similar experience if you have it (with some driver issues with older hardware and USB devices being reassigned). Windows 10 x64 has currently (unsurprisingly) not been tested enough to be able to recommend it.
BMS 4.33 Update 1 is a stand-alone version and does not need to be installed on top of BMS 4.33.
Both BMS 4.33 and 4.32 can coexist on the same computer. You do not need to uninstall 4.32 to install 4.33.
3.2.1 4.33 Update 1 Base install
Download Falcon_BMS_4.33_U1_Setup.zip from your preferred mirror and extract the contents to a specific folder on your hard drive. Please note: the Falcon BMS 4.33 U1 Setup folder will still be needed after installation for further updates, so it needs to be located in a different place from the Falcon BMS 4.33 folder.
Many users have confused the two folders in the past, or even deleted the Setup folder after installation. The important thing is that there must be two different folders: one for Setup/Install content and one for the actual game. Launch Setup.exe from the Setup folder. The installation will start and may take a few minutes.
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