[PREFACE: I know there are other topics about this which would probably be a better place to lodge this query, but I don't want to upset anyone by "necroposting", so I'm making a new topic for this. If I need to ask this in another place, please let me know, as I'm still learning my way around the forums. Thank you.]
As I've stated in other posts, I am new to Elite. As such, I wanted to try and learn about how the game works in order to set up a "starting character", as it were, for me to practice with and get accustomed to the game. I decided to start by exploring the mining/salvage career, as one can easily make a lot of money by collecting leftover garbage and playing around rocks.
However, the mining tutorial left me confused and lost; at a certain point, it asked me to enter "analysis mode", and the objectives began registering as complete, even though I myself wasn't doing anything. I couldn't find the keybind to enter analysis mode, nor could I even get my mining tools to activate! I tried watching the Youtube video, but that left me more confused than anything.
I then decided to skip the tutorial, and try to learn on the fly. I began by leaving Trevithick station to head for Evarate, in hopes of finding some materials which could boost my funds and start me saving up for a transport of some kind. I discovered a shipwreck around a nearby planet, and decided to investigate; in short, I found a wreck which left me with some unusual raw materials, including crystals and toxic samples. With visions of scavenging wrecks in my head, I docked with the nearest station, Maine, in hopes of selling what I'd collected...and I couldn't find how to sell anything.
Thus is why I am writing this. My questions are as follows:
1. How exactly do I mine? Where is the keybind slot for Analysis mode in Options, and what do I have to do to move from that to mining for ore?
2. Where do I find limpets, and how much do they cost?
3. How do I sell the loot I have collected? Are there certain things which can't be sold or traded?
4. How do we obtain new paintjobs and decals? Must they be paid for, or can they be unlocked in game? Are they part of any Steam bundle packs?
Hopefully someone here can help me sort out these confusing problems, that I may upgrade to a new ship and start playing in earnest. Thanks for any advice you all can share with me.
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