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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:

      -showui

      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them

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  1. 8 points
    Mord

    The Night Before CM-mas

    Twas the night before CM-mas and all through the bunker not a 'truppen was stirring they were all down and hunkered The frags were all hung by the rifles with care In hopes that Santa Steve soon would be there The 'truppen a snoring and dreaming away of the hookers they'd met, on leave last May When out in the minefield there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bunk, my skivvies all tattered. Away to the gun sites I flew like a plane, pulled back the bolt and steadied my aim. When from mod weary eyes I spied from afar, Some northern Maine dude with a brain in a jar, Santa Steve! I shouted with excitement and glee but in response, just some bitching about TO&E On Stragglers, on Sicherungs, Luftwaffe and Herr on Jagers and Gebirs, and others more rare He droned on and on as the brain kept a coding and I knew deep inside this was no normal foreboding For once in a while a reference to Syria and with that little gem I was sent to hysteria For amidst all that heavy WWII talking Toward Shock Force 2 I knew he was walking Patiently on the desert I'd waited and soon it'd be real and my lust would be sated Back to the sand! Nato, Uncons and pals but with 4.0 flare and friggin' hit decals! My head filled with war and the toys that it brings I was hoping I'd see it before G**D*** spring! Then brain in arm, he turned toward the west to continue ever onward the Combat Mission quest Teeth clenched and jaw set against the snowy wind he trudge into the night, a phantom again And as he passed by the bunker and out of our zone I chewed on the annual Christmas bone. Merry Christmas, fellas! Mord.
  2. 4 points
    gdbf17

    CM2 on iMac27?

    FYI, I have heard back from the Helpdesk and these guys are the BEST! When they aren't working on BF games, they should be giving courses to others on how to run a customer support service. They have given me as much help as they possibly can, and there might have been a way to get my info back, but there are too many missing pieces at my end (and that's all on me, not BF!). They are still trying to work something out, but in all fairness, I've decided I will will simply re-purchase the games. The bundle package is not expensive (especially considering how much work they've put into these games), and that encompasses most of the games I want. The others I'll pick up as well separately. So thanks to BF's support and for the help here. I'll be back once they games are on . Glenn
  3. 2 points
    IICptMillerII

    Know your enemy

    Wow! Really impressive that they were able to get the entire Belorussian military in one photo!
  4. 1 point
    IICptMillerII

    The Night Before CM-mas

    This was legitimately spectacular. @Mord thanks for supplying a hearty amount of laugh and cheer. Merry Christmas and happy holidays all!
  5. 1 point
    3j2m7

    The Night Before CM-mas

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Mord very nice text... Mord the guy who dont stop to astoned everybody.😎
  6. 1 point
    Heinrich505

    The Night Before CM-mas

    Merry Christmas Mord. This is great! Heinrich505
  7. 1 point
    Badger73

    The Night Before CM-mas

    Merry Christmas indeed, @Mord! Merry Christmas indeed!
  8. 1 point
    Yes, as impressive as his excellent mods.
  9. 1 point
  10. 1 point
    AtheistDane

    Russian army under equipped?

    The only part of what you wrote there that I agree with is that you put "NYT" and "propaganda" in the same line. All you have to do is to browse the NYT website and read the headlines and it will become obvious that the NYT has a clear political bias. We saw this during the presidential campaign as well. I'm not the one displaying a dogmatic belief in what a specific "news" outlet says, you are.
  11. 1 point
    Freyberg

    CM2 on iMac27?

    Hear hear - I've always found BF's helpdesk support to be excellent.
  12. 1 point
    Most mods that are out of date/not working are because of the newer naming conventions that were introduced around v2 or 3 (can't remember now) of the bmps (the biggest hit was to uniform mods). However, once renamed they will work. Best thing you can do is to explode your brz files (if you are not on a Mac) and examine the bmps for the mods you are having trouble with, and then rename your mod bmps to the same thing. You'll want to start looking in the V2 brzs and up. The only mods I can think of off hand that aren't working are MJKerner's uniforms, DC's Uniforms (which won't work at all if they are using Hex edits) and my face mods. Another way of doing would be to dl a mod that does work and look at the bmp names in that and apply them to the one that doesn't. But I suggest the above. Be proactive, explode all the brzs, save all the folders, and then you'll have every game file ready for future reference. There are instructions for exploding brz files in the manuals. The simplest thing would be to copy and paste the brz file when you go to do this, that way you don't have to worry about losing the original. I have every brz for every game and every update exploded and put into folders for reference. Here's an example of what my folder setup looks like: Now, whenever I have a problem/question/interest, all I have to do is pop into the folders and start looking. Once you do this a few times you'll get an idea of what bmps/wavs are stored in what sub-folders. Examples: faces would be under soldiers/skins. Once you know the naming conventions for a file dealing with CM graphics and sounds is very, very simple. It's probably one of the easiest games out there for a non-modder to manipulate by simply knowing what to type for the file name. And outside of nationalities most of the names remain the same across tiles. Mord.
  13. 1 point
    John Kettler

    Know your enemy

    SergeantSpook, Welcome aboard! It's a pinch bar, not even a straight crowbar, which has a pointy end. Might cause some grief, though, if used skillfully in the right place. The trick, of course, is surviving long enough to use it! Regards, John Kettler
  14. 1 point
  15. 1 point
    IanL

    Russian army under equipped?

    LOL - what. The NYT is a very credible new source. After all when they make a mistake they will correct it. Propaganda outlets don't do that. If your handle @AtheistDane is serious then you should value those that seek the truth and not just follow the party line by blind faith.
  16. 1 point
    IMHO

    Russian army under equipped?

    I wonder if NYT does list anyone as a source/proof... I guess someone sitting too many a mile away from both the Kremlin and Syria. May be sipping a cocktail and browsing Google News
  17. 1 point
    Erwin

    Know your enemy

    Well, maybe they are pointing out their friends? Or: "This is the one to surrender to. It has great AC and Central Heat."
  18. 1 point
    akd

    Know your enemy

    But if seriously concerned about their country's future autonomy, T-72B3, BMP-2 and BTR-82A might be better enemies to know.
  19. 1 point
    Combatintman

    Russian army under equipped?

    Executive Outcomes worked on the same basis a few years back.
  20. 1 point
    The result of the better half of a company getting caught in the open by a mortar barrage during a real time mulitplayer match: Hans was not thrilled witnessing the carnage of his sister company: A menacing German defensive position, somewhere in the Ardennes: American infantry overlooking said defense: Finally a personal favorite of mine, US Airborne defending their OP from attack, somewhere in Normandy:
  21. 1 point
    Rambler

    [Released] Night Vision Mode

    @SLIM It's already on cmmodsiii. Link: http://cmmodsiii.greenasjade.net/?p=2566
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