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Old 04-28-2020, 07:57 PM   #1
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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ sections:

FAQ #1: GENERAL
FAQ #2: NEWS AND UPDATES
FAQ #3: KNOWN ISSUES AND WORKAROUNDS
FAQ #4: INSTALL AND TROUBLESHOOTING

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User Manual

VAICOM PRO 2.5 User Manual


Tutorial videos (YouTube)
Intro Tutorial
Tutorial Update

Website FAQ page
https://www.vaicompro.com/faq.html
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Old 04-28-2020, 08:38 PM   #2
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Lightbulb FAQ #1 - GENERAL

FAQ #1 - GENERAL

Q: Why VAICOM?
A: VAICOM PRO is a specialist DCS plugin for AI radio communications.
Using deep lua integration with DCS, the app unlocks levels of realism and immersion that cannot be reached with just VoiceAttack.
Advanced speech processing is used for fast and true-to-life radio interaction with all air- and ground-based AI units in the mission.
VAICOM PRO can be used with compatible languages such as English (US/UK), French, German, and Spanish.

Q: Can I check this out for free?
A: Yes. The base plugin is fully functional and free to download from the website.
Complete functionality is unlocked by activating your PRO license, obtainable from the website.

Q: Do I need the licenced version of VoiceAttack?
A: Yes.

Q: Do I need to be experienced with VoiceAttack?
A: A basic understanding of VA functions is required first before you start working with the plugin.

Q: I made my own VoiceAttack profile, can I use it together with VAICOM?
A: Yes. VAICOM has just a single VA profile and users can simply daisy-chain their own existing profiles to it.
Using this method, these can be used at the same time.

Q: That User Manual looks intimidating. Do I really need to read it?
A: Yes. This is an advanced tool. To get the most of its potential, you will need to get acquainted with some background.
Also, you avoid most common pitfalls of beginning users by reading the install instructions and the User Manual carefully before you start using the plugin.

Q: Can I also use it with Multiplayer?
A: Yes. MP is supported, usage is the same as in SP mode.
As a recent addition, the plugin has VoIP integrations with VoiceChat and SRS Simple Radio Standalone to interweave human and AI communications.

Q: Where is my speech training data stored?
A: This is stored as a 'recognition profile' deep in Windows by the speech recognition engine.
Unless you do a complete re-install of MS Windows your training data is not lost, even if you would uninstall VoiceAttack and/or VAICOM.

Q: Do a need to use a PTT / TX6 key for cockpit control commands in my daisy chained profile?
A: If you enable Release Hot on the PTT page you can use non-VAICOM commands with hotmic i.e. without PTT.

Q: I would like to get this for my squad mates, can we get a group discount?
A: Good plan! Squadron discounts are possible: contact info@vaicompro.com
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Lightbulb FAQ #2 - NEWS AND UPDATES

FAQ #2 - NEWS AND UPDATES

This FAQ section will be updated regularly.

Q: Does VAICOM PRO support Supercarrier comms?
A: Plugin 2.5.20 supports SC comms. SC comms requires the Realistic ATC extension license.

Q: What's the latest build versions?
A: VAICOMPRO.dll 2.5.22.1, AIRIO.dll 2.5.9.0, CHATTER.dll 2.5.2.0
The files are automatically kept up-to-date by the plugin auto-updater.
If needed, you can check your version numbers under DCS Options/Special/VAICOMPRO.
For manual download get the files from the website:
https://www.vaicompro.com/downloads.html
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Lightbulb FAQ #3 KNOWN ISSUES AND WORKAROUNDS

FAQ #3 KNOWN ISSUES AND WORKAROUNDS

This FAQ section will be updated regularly.

Q: Bf109 seems to act funny.
A: This module currently has an ED API compatibility issue which is for the module developers to solve. Easy Comms ON may work in some cases.
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Lightbulb FAQ #4 INSTALL AND TROUBLESHOOTING

FAQ #4 INSTALL AND TROUBLESHOOTING

This FAQ section will be updated regularly.

Notes on install troubleshooting

Before troubleshooting, always close all apps and run a DCS Repair first.
Uninstalling and re-installing VA/VAICOM is generally counterproductive, a waste of time at best.
Be methodical and follow the steps as described in the user manual carefully.

Compatible third party apps

VAICOM PRO can be run alongside the following programs in export.lua:
  • SRS Simple Radio
  • TacView
  • SSA SimShaker for Aviators
  • HELIOS
Make sure to use latest versions of these apps only, using legacy versions can cause problems. Do not run incompatible apps while troubleshooting.
It is recommended to completely remove the export.lua file from Saved Games to ensure no faulty entries are causing issues (entries will be automatically restored by the apps).

Conflicting third party apps

The following apps have been known to cause issues, treat with suspicion:
  • Stunnel Proxifier
  • Asus Sonic Studio
  • Banana Voicemeeter
  • ATI Afterburner

Troubleshooting guide

Symptom General unexpected behavior
Cause VoiceAttack not running as administrator
Remedy VA shortcut -> properties -> compatibility -> all users -> run this program as an administrator
Cause Garmin NS340 incompatible
Remedy Disable Garmin NS340 module in DCS Module Manager

Symptom No subfolders are created
Cause Plugin support not enabled in VoiceAttack
Remedy Enable plugin support and restart VA

Symptom Not working with DCS STEAM edition after install
Cause DCSWorld not in default steamapps location
Remedy Use Custom Path to point to DCSWorld install location

Symptom DCS 2.5.6 openbeta hangs at 10% on load
Cause Incompatible plugin version
Remedy Update VAICOMPRO.dll to latest build 2.5.19
Cause Incorrect path set for lua install
Remedy After DCS Repair use Custom Path to point to DCS program files folder, first selecting the DCS version (standalone/steam, release/openbeta) with the sliders on the Config tab.

Symptom Incorrect TX radio mapping on PTT page
Cause Garmin NS340 incompatible
Remedy Disable Garmin NS340 module in DCS Module Manager

Symptom Configuration window not open/visible using LCtrl-LAlt-C
Cause VAICOM profile not loaded
Remedy Load profile VAICOM PRO for DCS World.vap
Cause VA keyboard shortcuts disabled
Remedy Enable VA shortcuts
Cause Windows multi-monitor problem
Remedy Delete Config subfolder and restart
Cause Background app stealing keybinds
Remedy Close background app

Symptom PTT page shows Easy Comms ON while set to OFF in DCS options or v.v.
Cause Easy Comms setting forced by mission design
Remedy Mission Editor
Cause Lua install problem
Remedy See below

Symptom Cannot find VAICOM PRO for DCS World.vap file
Cause Removed from Profiles subfolder
Remedy Use Config / Export to obtain fresh up-to-date profile file. Then import in VA

Symptom Blinking menu
Cause Faulty lua install
Remedy See below

Symptom Module name not shown on PTT page
Symptom Not functioning after DCS update
Cause Faulty lua install due to incorrect or missing DCS path in Windows registry
Remedy Set DCS program files path with Custom Path option (Config tab)
Remedy Fix DCS install path in Windows registry (use fix reg option on Options tab)
Cause Windows account has insuffficient access right
Remedy Check Windows UAC / antivirus allows R/W acccess to program files folders

Symptom AIRIO commands not recognized / executed
Cause AIRIO dll not installed
Remedy Download from website
Cause AIRIO not enabled
Remedy Enable AIRIO (EX tab), restart VA and DCS
Cause Keywords not updated in VA profile
Remedy Apply FINISH steps

Symptom Chatter not audible
Cause Plugin audio redirected
Remedy Inspect Audio tab, cycle REDIR
Cause Aircraft radios not powered on
Remedy Inspect setting Link to Radio Power

Symptom VA profile has very long list of separate commands
Cause Commands view not collapsed
Remedy Use button to consolidate commands

Symptom Not working with Multiplayer
Cause MP setting not enabled
Remedy Select Use With Multiplayer (MP tab)
Cause Server configuration
Remedy Player Export must be enabled by server admin

Symptom Poor recognition rates
Cause Incorrect phrasing
Remedy Use right keywords from reference tables (user manual)
Cause Insufficiently trained recognition engine
Remedy Follow Window speech training first several times, then plugin keywords training
Remedy In Windows control panel, create new recognition profile
Cause Poor mic quality/placement or interfering mic driver settings
Remedy Use the same mic device for speech training as in-sim, disable driver enhancements

Symptom Interpretation errors, nearest recipient auto-selected, individual wingman calls default to flight,..
Cause Speaking too fast
Remedy Leave short pause between recipient and command
Remedy Try VSPX processing option, optimized for fast speakers
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