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    I have had the game a few days now and am really loving it and am pretty addicted. I have a couple of questions though and was wondering if some so you veterans can help.

    BTW im playing at 38% realism.

    The first is technical, I have a small problem, it was a big problem but managed to sort it out mostly. When I first got the game after playing for a while I began it get a fusing noise really load, like a untuned TV with the volume up, it would suddenly cut in. I think it usually came in if certain noises of specific ships were played, or a certain event were to happen like a convoy in the same area as me. So I downloaded a driver update for my sound card and it worked mostly, it still get the same problems at the same times but now I just get crackling coming out of the speakers which is really annoying! But no where near as bad.

    Can anyone help me with this I would really appreciate it alot.

    Now on to the game, my main concern is aircraft. There becoming a treat the more I play into my career and I need an answer about my reaction to them.....

    If I am attacked do I dive or fight? I mean I have been instantly crash diving and suddenly changing course, this loses them quick but it risky they bomb the living **** out of me? Should I stay and engage on coming planes then dive im unsure.

    Also can anyone recommend some good patrol areas?

    Between Wales and Ireland and in the Bristol Channel area seems to be a great place. Also is there any good ports for me to attack, I haven't done that in career mode yet, looking for lots of tonnage.
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    I have had the game a few days now and am really loving it and am pretty addicted. I have a couple of questions though and was wondering if some so you veterans can help.

    BTW im playing at 38% realism.

    The first is technical, I have a small problem, it was a big problem but managed to sort it out mostly. When I first got the game after playing for a while I began it get a fusing noise really load, like a untuned TV with the volume up, it would suddenly cut in. I think it usually came in if certain noises of specific ships were played, or a certain event were to happen like a convoy in the same area as me. So I downloaded a driver update for my sound card and it worked mostly, it still get the same problems at the same times but now I just get crackling coming out of the speakers which is really annoying! But no where near as bad.

    Can anyone help me with this I would really appreciate it alot.

    Now on to the game, my main concern is aircraft. There becoming a treat the more I play into my career and I need an answer about my reaction to them.....

    If I am attacked do I dive or fight? I mean I have been instantly crash diving and suddenly changing course, this loses them quick but it risky they bomb the living **** out of me? Should I stay and engage on coming planes then dive im unsure.

    Also can anyone recommend some good patrol areas?

    Between Wales and Ireland and in the Bristol Channel area seems to be a great place. Also is there any good ports for me to attack, I haven't done that in career mode yet, looking for lots of tonnage.
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    O yea and can someone explain how to use the radio to track other ships?

    Thanks
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    I will answer a bit of your question after this, but first, where did you manage to get this game just a few days ago? As in what part of the world? I was using a friends, and he moved, so I'm looking for my own copy now...

    Can't help with the technical problem...

    AIRCRAFT

    You are wise to be concerned about aircraft. They can do a lot of damage. Tactically, for me reaction depends on specific situation.

    In a nutshell, if you want to live, dive. If you want kills, stay and fight.

    Crash dive and change course as you are doing unless you absolutely must stay surfaced. They bomb the last place they saw you, so if you dive fast enough, and change course once under, they will bomb the heck out of empty ocean. The in game weather is such that it seems you can't man the guns half the time anyway. Also, I've lost my Anti Aircraft guns to depth charges a number of times since they are fragile, but rather them than my U-boat and crew (sometimes they survive, while the guns get obliterated).

    If you want to play as the real men did it, play to survive, not to rack up kills. This means diving at the first hint of an aircraft, particularly after 1940, since it's most likely enemy. The only time you should stay on the surface is if you are caught in shallow water, making diving impractical or impossible.

    Should you do plan to stay on the surface and fight, I would recomend against doing so until you get the dual machine guns (C-30 Zwilling), at a minimum. The single just doesn't have the firepower to bring down much more than a Swordfish, and it's just plain too dangerous considering the amount of damage they can do to you. Once you get the Second Type VIIB or Type VIIC tower, however, you will have slightly better odds, due to larger numbers of Anti-Aircraft guns. Also, change course often to prevent becoming a predictable target. Remember, once a bomb leaves the aircraft, it can't be steared anymore.

    Personally, if I plan to stay on the surface and fight, I like the VIIC/2 or /3 Tower. The /3 has the added advantage of the C/30 3.7cm (37mm) gun, but it has a slow rate of fire and is not very effective in the stock game. I prefer the C/38 Vierling, quad 20mm mount, since the 20mm weapons seem to be far more effective against aircraft.

    It also depends on the number and type of aircraft attacking. If you use external view to find out how many and what type of aircraft are on their way, that can influence your decision. One aircraft is usually easy prey, while more than one is difficult to survive. Also the smaller ones carry fewer bombs, and are less likely to kill you with a single pass.

    One more thing with aircraft: they can detect radar signals, as can Allied combat ships. Using radar gives away your position. Even if you have radar, I recomend against using it unless you must. Then again, 360 degree radar does give you very slightly more warning of an attack, giving you an extra 5-10 seconds or so to dive.

    PATROL AREAS

    Well, lets see...

    My favorites:

    The bay west of England and east of Ireland

    The channel between the islands on the Northwest coast of England, and the island itself.

    Not sure of the grid numbers or name, but an area in the eastern North Atlantic where it gets really shallow, several main convoy routes pass right by the area.

    Northern coast of South America.

    Others:

    Entire eastern seaboard of the U.S. Usually singles, and a few small convoys passing up and down the coast.

    I've heard that Freetown, South Africa has some good hunting, but have given up on the area myself.

    Outside any major port in the game (New York, Halifax, Liverpool...) (Sit and wait, and listen with hydrophones.)

    There is another set of convoy routes that resupplyed the USSR. They are to the north off the map grid. You'll need a chart to find them I suspect, although try staying near the north coast of Norway to pick up some of the arctic routes for convoy PQ-17 and the like.

    I'm sure there are other's I can't think of at the moment.

    PORT RAIDING

    Port raiding can be (is) dangerous, and I have found it to be hit or miss with only moderate gains. Many Small merchants, the occasional T-2, and a rare C-3 or T-3. Mostly not worth the risk. If you want the big fish (T-3s, T-2s, C-3s, etc) go after convoys in the open ocean.

    The above assumes Stock game with Patch 1.4.

    Hope it helps.
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    Im glad to see people are still buying the game.


    BTW: the hissing sound is a bug.
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    Welcome to the community, ricbar89!

    During the first six months of the war, Hartlepool on the Eastern side of England is reasonably good for port raiding, there is almost always a T2 tanker there at least; after that, the defenses get stronger.

    After you get used to the stock game (patch up to 1.4 as soon as possible), you might want to download one of the supermods .... then you'll really be amazed!
    (I'm running GWX 1.03, with the open hatch mod -- which with "pericorrect" moves the observation periscope to it's proper postion inside the controlroom -- and Racerboy's exhaust smoke mod and flag mod....among others).
    Even if you don't get one of the supermods, do download one of the music mods for the gramophone .... there's nothing like hearing period music, for real immersion!
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    Thanks for the reply, i live in Bratain and got the game from Play.com for £8. I dont know if that helps....

    last night something very strange happend. I was ordered to patrol an area in the north sea, right at the top but could not get anything so i thought i would have a go at a port raid. there a small port u an number of small channels on the west coast of Norway so i headed in land. When i finally got to the port there were no ships there, but i band playing, as if it was the port i had left? Then in the port it semded to glitch and i crashed sort of half outa the water and died!! It said abandon game! I thought "WHAT? Im the second best uboat capting in Germany for gods sake you gotta be jocking!" So i alt + F4 and its ok, but i have lost the days i was on patrol! i like the career system it used but i guess your screewed is something screws up. I knida feel like a cheat now.

    Im guessing that port becomes a German uboat base later on, kinda weird though wasnt expecting a welcoming party at an enemy port like that !

    BTI i have no mods and its fully patched.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz.:
    BTW: the hissing sound is a bug. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Which strangely also appears in SH4 at my pc...

    And more strange, it never happened on my old pc, though I use the same sound card (I just moved it to the new pc).
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by PhantomKira:
    I will answer a bit of your question after this, but first, where did you manage to get this game just a few days ago? As in what part of the world? I was using a friends, and he moved, so I'm looking for my own copy now...

    Can't help with the technical problem...

    AIRCRAFT

    You are wise to be concerned about aircraft. They can do a lot of damage. Tactically, for me reaction depends on specific situation.

    In a nutshell, if you want to live, dive. If you want kills, stay and fight.

    Crash dive and change course as you are doing unless you absolutely must stay surfaced. They bomb the last place they saw you, so if you dive fast enough, and change course once under, they will bomb the heck out of empty ocean. The in game weather is such that it seems you can't man the guns half the time anyway. Also, I've lost my Anti Aircraft guns to depth charges a number of times since they are fragile, but rather them than my U-boat and crew (sometimes they survive, while the guns get obliterated).

    If you want to play as the real men did it, play to survive, not to rack up kills. This means diving at the first hint of an aircraft, particularly after 1940, since it's most likely enemy. The only time you should stay on the surface is if you are caught in shallow water, making diving impractical or impossible.

    Should you do plan to stay on the surface and fight, I would recomend against doing so until you get the dual machine guns (C-30 Zwilling), at a minimum. The single just doesn't have the firepower to bring down much more than a Swordfish, and it's just plain too dangerous considering the amount of damage they can do to you. Once you get the Second Type VIIB or Type VIIC tower, however, you will have slightly better odds, due to larger numbers of Anti-Aircraft guns. Also, change course often to prevent becoming a predictable target. Remember, once a bomb leaves the aircraft, it can't be steared anymore.

    Personally, if I plan to stay on the surface and fight, I like the VIIC/2 or /3 Tower. The /3 has the added advantage of the C/30 3.7cm (37mm) gun, but it has a slow rate of fire and is not very effective in the stock game. I prefer the C/38 Vierling, quad 20mm mount, since the 20mm weapons seem to be far more effective against aircraft.

    It also depends on the number and type of aircraft attacking. If you use external view to find out how many and what type of aircraft are on their way, that can influence your decision. One aircraft is usually easy prey, while more than one is difficult to survive. Also the smaller ones carry fewer bombs, and are less likely to kill you with a single pass.

    One more thing with aircraft: they can detect radar signals, as can Allied combat ships. Using radar gives away your position. Even if you have radar, I recomend against using it unless you must. Then again, 360 degree radar does give you very slightly more warning of an attack, giving you an extra 5-10 seconds or so to dive.

    PATROL AREAS

    Well, lets see...

    My favorites:

    The bay west of England and east of Ireland

    The channel between the islands on the Northwest coast of England, and the island itself.

    Not sure of the grid numbers or name, but an area in the eastern North Atlantic where it gets really shallow, several main convoy routes pass right by the area.

    Northern coast of South America.

    Others:

    Entire eastern seaboard of the U.S. Usually singles, and a few small convoys passing up and down the coast.

    I've heard that Freetown, South Africa has some good hunting, but have given up on the area myself.

    Outside any major port in the game (New York, Halifax, Liverpool...) (Sit and wait, and listen with hydrophones.)

    There is another set of convoy routes that resupplyed the USSR. They are to the north off the map grid. You'll need a chart to find them I suspect, although try staying near the north coast of Norway to pick up some of the arctic routes for convoy PQ-17 and the like.

    I'm sure there are other's I can't think of at the moment.

    PORT RAIDING

    Port raiding can be (is) dangerous, and I have found it to be hit or miss with only moderate gains. Many Small merchants, the occasional T-2, and a rare C-3 or T-3. Mostly not worth the risk. If you want the big fish (T-3s, T-2s, C-3s, etc) go after convoys in the open ocean.

    The above assumes Stock game with Patch 1.4.

    Hope it helps. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Hi Phantom, I got SH3 on Ebay some months ago for U$S10 plus U$S10 shipping ( I m in buenos Aires)
    the best purchase I ever made
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Im guessing that port becomes a German uboat base later on </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    You guess it! Without knowing which port you are refering to I can't say 100%, but almost certainly Bergen, Norway? If it's Patch 1.4 I think that's the only U-boat base in Norway. It's been a while... I miss SH3

    Speaking of that, thanks, guys, for answering the "where did you come across it?" question. I figured I'd probably have to go internet hunting for it at this point. Grrr. Not my first choice, but then, I'm the one who didn't get it in person when I could have.

    Many a night gone to SH3, CaptainP, many a night!
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