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Sporko
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posted 01-27-2000 10:37 PM     Profile for Sporko   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
In my great excitement at discovering this forum and all the great add-ons available, I went on a bit of a downloading frenzy. Apparently I DL'd some Russian skins but don't know how to remove them. I'd like my regular Spit IX back.

Can anyone recommend a skin managing program? I can see a huge mess once I start downloading those.

On a related topic, can I organize the files in my eaw folder into separate folders or will the program recognize them if I do this?
Thanks for any assistance chaps.


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Gen Savage
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posted 01-27-2000 11:15 PM     Profile for Gen Savage   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
You can either download another Spit and unzip it into the EAW directory and let it overwrite the Russian skin, or go into the directory via Windows Explorer or My Computer and remove the .tpc files that pertain to the Russian skin.
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Sporko
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posted 01-27-2000 11:50 PM     Profile for Sporko   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Thanks Gen., I unzipped a new spit skin from airbuddha's page but it's now all mottled with only bits and peices of the correct "paint job" showing. How many .tpc files should there be? The new skin file contained two which I copied into my eaw folder. It now looks like only part of the skin design is being drawn.
Any suggestions?

Oops. it looks like I may have deleted too many files. Other planes appear to use 4-5 .tpc files but all I have left for my spit are Psp09tra.tpc and Psp09tex.tpc.
Can anybody tell what files I should have and where to get them?
Thanks in advance chaps.

[This message has been edited by Sporko (edited 01-28-2000).]


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LLv34_BlauKreuz
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posted 01-28-2000 04:09 AM     Profile for LLv34_BlauKreuz   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Just delete all the TPC files and the unzip the ones you want to use. EAW shows the original skins if you dont have any TPCs in "EAW folder".

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JWC
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posted 01-28-2000 05:08 AM     Profile for JWC     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Hi Sporko!

[...skins but don't know how to remove them. I'd like my regular Spit IX back.]

The way the add-on skins work is like this: when EAW needs to draw a skin for a specific aircraft, it searches the EAW folder on your hard drive for files with certain names. In the case of the Spitfire MkIX, these files will all be called "Psp09***.tpc". The "***" stands for things like "tex", "tes", "tra", "v", etc. If EAW finds any files with names such as those, it will use those files when drawing the in-game skin. If EAW does NOT find any files with those names, then EAW will use its default "Psp09" files (from a ".CDF" file) to draw the in-game Spitfire MkIX skin.

So your solution is easy: To remove the add-on skin and return to the game default, delete ALL the ".tpc" files that begin with "Psp09". i.e. the ones like "Psp09tex.tpc". This is easy with Windows Explorer---------just go to the "View" menu and choose to "Arrange by"--"Type". Now all the ".tpc" files will be together, and all the "Psp09" .tpc files will be grouped together alphabetically. Just delete them and you will restore the default skins.


[can I organize the files in my eaw folder into separate folders or will the program recognize them if I do this]

NO! You cannot do this. Any add-on file MUST be located directly in the EAW folder in order for EAW to recognize it! Remember, EAW will search the EAW folder for specific file names. It cannot search a subfolder! If you put the add-on files in such a folder, the effect will be the same as not having any add-on files at all, since EAW will not find the appropriate filename when it searches the EAW folder. The only exceptions to this will be when using some of the batch file converter programs, like "EAW Stab" or "Scorpion's Enabler" (Stab is the Automatic Terrain Manager for EAW and the Enabler is one of the converters that lets you switch between "regular" EAW, ECA, ECAO, etc. all in only one installation of EAW). With programs such as these, however, you should just follow the instructions that come with them. For all other add-ons, you must not put them into a subfolder.

[This message has been edited by JWC (edited 01-28-2000).]


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Sporko
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posted 01-28-2000 10:20 AM     Profile for Sporko   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Thanks guys, but I still seem to have a problem. I just double-checked my eaw folder with windows explorer and I have removed all Psp09*.tpc files. My spit IX still looks like it just came out of a bodyshop without paint. From the cockpit, the prop is now three grey triangles slowly spinning.
I'm wondering why eaw hasn't re-created the default skin as noted in your posts.
Any ideas chaps?

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