Get a bigger monitor, make sure you have a decent mouse, and practice. I've only ever used a mouse to play FPSs, so when I play on console I suck. I also have a hard time moving on consoles because I can never really go forward in a straight line. On PC it's simple - I hold down W and I go forward in a straight line. If I hit A or D at the same time, a certain amount of force is added left or right - I can almost calculate it in my head. On a console, it's just really hard for me to go straight in any direction, so I usually end up in some sort of weave pattern or something.
If you're not used to a mouse, all I can say is practice. Figure out if you're a high sensitivity gamer or a low sensitivity gamer (with relation to the mouse) and tweak your setup accordingly.
Also, I've just always had problems with BC2 (haven't bought Nam, and I might not). It takes a while to get used to the aiming vs other FPSs. The main thing you'll want to focus on is movement and completing objectives. Also, staying with squad mates, or at least staying with a team mate will help you out a LOT. It'll give you back up, and it'll give the enemy someone else to shoot at.
My biggest problem with almost every FPS I've ever played is target acquisition. So I bought a nice 22" monitor and run games in HD - 1920x1080. It's hardly a problem anymore (unless the graphics are bottomed out for performance reasons). Distant enemies are supposed to be hard to see, but eventually you'll get the hang of picking out a human silhouette on the horizon or even spotting when part of the map looks out of place. I still miss a lot of enemies that I mutter to myself "I should've seen that guy," but that's just how it goes.
So to recap - to see enemies better get a bigger monitor with a higher resolution, and eventually you'll also learn how to spot a human shape and tell when part of the map looks out of place. As for aiming, you'll just have to practice with the mouse, but also make sure you have a decent mouse and mousing surface - doesn't matter how good your aim is if your mouse either a) doesn't track smoothly or b) doesn't physically move at a consistent rate over the mousing surface.
I personally use a Razer Abyssus with an Xtrac Ripper XL. I sometimes swap to my MX518, though, but I used a claw grip for 8 years, and a habit like that is kind of hard to shake.
The aiming is pretty different from those games. It seems to me to be slightly more laggy or whatever... you're most likely going to just have to get used to BC2 aiming vs CS:S aiming.
God knows I had a massive problem switching from CoD, but then BC2 is a game where if you don't already have him lined up in your sights, you probably won't get the kill anyway. The main strength is having enough teamwork to allow yourself the time to line up the shot.
So again, practice is probably going to be the only cure here.
Man I didn't think there was anything cooler than a PC vs console argument but boy was I wrong!
Oh yeah. Desktop fans will always bash laptops because they are fundamentally flawed, and laptop fans will bash desktops because a laptop can "technically" do anything a desktop can. What they fail to realize is that the only thing a laptop will always do "better" is portability.
But that's not the point of this thread. The point is to find constructive ideas for a solution to his problem of a) not seeing enemies and b) not being able to aim at enemies.
I've already submitted my ideas - bigger monitor (external, since it's a laptop), check mouse stuff, and practice.
naw man its a just a random slum. i have those all the time in all kinds of games, especially cod. just keep playing and youll get over it. take a break if you really need to. after a couple of days, get a good night's sleep,m take a shower, change up your classes, and try again.
Yeah general loss of form is a problem for me. If I start a day badly it tends not to improve. Clearly I am weak mentally. And, when I'm doing well, I want to finish while doing well or go out on a high, feel pressure over failure and often stop playing pretty early. Used to be more of a cod problem for me but now I'm pretty consistent in that, but this week my battlefielding has been piss poor, not only did my stats not continue their upward climb. Some even went down (my precious engineer K/D ;( )
But I think this chap's only problem is more to do with changing input controls completely. I can't use mouse/keyboard for toss anymore either so I guess I'm no use. I guess I'd suggest playing something loose and easy as general practice for the method. I'd get stressed out playing BF and being on a losing team and not being able to make my guy do what I want. But play some other game where you literally don't have the ability to give a Foxtrot
I got problem adapting from CoD to BC2. Mainly because the mouse settings in BC2 feels so... unresponsive.
I went through that a while back. All I could do is get a better gaming mouse (or start using one of the gaming mice I already had), turn the sensitivity down and the DPI up. There are some tweaks that are supposed to remove acceleration/negative acceleration and give the mouse a "smoother" feel, but all it did for me was make the mouse feel very clicky - like, the crosshair could "click" between pixels after I'd moved my mouse for 4-5 counts, and the pixel-click-grid was rather large, so it was not uncommon that I couldn't even aim at a guy while sniping.
So I'd say don't try the "tweaks" (unless you really want to), and use a high DPI while playing. It tends to negate some of the "non-smooth" feeling.
Other than that, again my main advice is practice and get used to it. I remember someone said once, "BFBC2 isn't so much about aim as CoD - you can have piss poor aim and still come out on top if your teamwork is good." About the only thing you really need good "aim" for is sniping, considering the weapons have relatively little recoil compared to CoD.
Also, turn off vsync. Vsync is the devil when it comes to mouse input.
The "unresponsive" thing goes away after you spend a few days or a week away from COD. I hated the controls of BC2 at first on Xbox, but after a week of kickin' ass in good squads my aiming has improved a lot. There is just more "slack" in the controls with BC2, if that makes any sense. I'm staying away from COD for a while anyway, having too much fun on Battlefield.