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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:


      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. macnn/electronista.com reviews Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy electronista.com - gadgets for geeks, and macnn.com, one of the leading review sites for all things Apple, have conducted a hands on review of Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy. Read for yourself what they have to say: [ Click here to jump to the electronista.com review page ]
  2. Licenses with purchase?

    Yes, the same licensing/EULA rules apply. The incentive to pre-order is that you get the download and the disc without the additional $10 price tag, and you'll get the Limited Edition Tin Case.
  3. No, you don't need to do anything. All it would do is replace the exact same files. But, if, in the future, you find that you want to re-install, or install on a new PC, then the one-step installer is all you'll need.
  4. Yes, it's a large download (about 4 GB zipped, I think), but you only have to do it once. Should you choose to purchase the Vehicle Pack now, for example, then you don't need to download anything.
  5. You shouldn't need one. If you purchased a download and it included the 3.0 Upgrade or the VPack, then you have what you need. Just redownload the Upgrade. If you didn't, then you need to purchase the Upgrade now, and you'll have what you need. We switched the mail discs over to this new installer system more than two weeks ago already. Martin
  6. Yes, the CMBS did will be a master installer. But, for a 1.0 release on a DVD there is not going to be any difference to a "normal" installer. Yes. Yes, you don't need to do anything. If CMBS is released before CMFI is converted, then yes. If CMFI is converted by then, you'll get a master disc for CMFI which you won't need to patch. You won't need to patch CMBS in any case. Martin
  7. If you purchase CW now, you will have to download the new master installer that comes with it, and install it. It will install over your current game, and it will give you all you need, updated to v3.11. You won't have to re-activate anything you already have (base game or MG), only CW. Should you decide to buy the VPack later, you won't need to download anything at all. You'll just need the key from that purchase to unlock the pack. Martin
  8. Updating from 2.12 to 3.0

    It was perfect. Although, as for 3.0 specifically, it doesn't matter when you bought the Engine Upgrade, to be honest, since everybody's download was changed today, no matter when you purchased it.
  9. CMFI is not yet updated. This only pertains to CMBN at the moment. If you have C!BN 3.11 running already at the moment, you don't need to do anything at all. Should you ever need to reinstall, then you can simply redownload the 3.0 Upgrade. It will have all you need. CMBS will be released with the new system already, yes. This doesn't mean much for DVDs, of course. Martin
  10. Updating from 2.12 to 3.0

    No, you don't need to remove anything. This will install smoothly over what you got. The Vpack instructions are what you need, yes: http://battlefront.mojohelpdesk.com/help/article/132344(or the 3.11 patch instructions). You won't need to download anything else (i.e. no need to download the Vpack or patch). The announcement just went live, too: http://community.battlefront.com/topic/117168-new-cmbn-master-installers/
  11. Combat Mission Battle for Normandy - News Saturday, 20 December 2014 As previously rumored, we have now updated all CM:BN packages available for purchase to Game Engine Version 3.0, meaning that all of the packages available in the www.battlefront.com/store now are fully up to date v3.11. This also marks the end of life of CM:BN v2.x, which has now been discontinued. As part of this update, we have also implemented our new master installer system for CM:BN. Here are some of the highlights: 1- every full version download will always be up to date from now on and always include the latest updates. No need to patch after purchase. And if you need to re-install at some later point, simply re-download your purchase and you will always have the latest version without the need to apply individual patches. 2- every full version download including a base game purchase, or the 3.0 Upgrade, now contains the full master installer for the entire family including all modules and packs. This means if you purchase just the base game, and later decide to purchase a module, you will not have to download anything at all! All you'll need is the license key from your purchase to unlock the module content which you'll already have! 3- we implemented this system retroactively for all 3.0 Engine Upgrade purchases! Your store download for that purchase now points to a full master installer, including all of the content for Normandy, updated to v3.11. If you ever need to reinstall, that's the only thing you need. And, as per 1- above, this download will always remain up to date in the future. 4- future patches or modules or packs not containing a base game purchase will come with smaller installers with more or less just the content you'll need, to avoid excessive downloads. So if you're up to date already except for the latest release, you won't have to re-download the whole master again. 5- this system will enable us to, in the future, allow h2h play between players who do not own the same content. In other words, you'll be able to play against someone with Commonwealth Forces, even if you haven't purchased that module. You won't, of course, be able to use content in solo play if you haven't purchased it yourself. Note that this is planned for future releases, not a new feature available now! 6- this system will make reinstalls much easier, as well as relicensing on a new PC, and will reduce the risk for installation errors. Moreover, this new system is not using individual module.exe files any more, making it much less prone to anti-virus software false positives. 7- Older purchases of CM:BN - 1.x and 2.x - have not been updated and remain accessible to those who purchased them. We strongly recommend these users to purchase the 3.0 Upgrade, however, which will replace their game with a 3.0 engine and the simple one-stop full master installer. 8- if you purchase a Mail Delivery (Download & Mail or Mail only), you will automatically receive a disc with the latest version available at the time of shipping. If, in the future, you would like to receive an updated disc, you will be able to request one by submitting a ticket at battlefront.mojohelpdesk.com. You will need to pay $5 plus the usual S&H. Combat Mission: Fortress Italy and Combat Mission: Red Thunder will be updated to this new system next year. Combat Mission: Black Sea will already be available using this same system. Happy Holidays! The Battlefront.com Team
  12. Updating from 2.12 to 3.0

    Yeah, you don't need to patch. What you need to do after downloading is pretty much follow the instructions for the 3.11 patch to get your game relicensed. Your keys are saved in your online account at www.battlefront.com/store. After logging in, click on My Account. If you forgot your login, go to www.battlefront.com/lostpw. More details about this and the 3.11 patch / VPack relicensing instructions are on our battlefront.mojohelpdesk.com.
  13. Updating from 2.12 to 3.0

    Yes, it is right. What you are downloading is the entire Normandy family. It replaces your existing installation completely. Once you have this, you have the entire Normandy game up to date (v3.11) including all content. You can then unlock the content that you purchased (modules) with the keys you have. An official announcement about this is coming shortly. Martin
  14. What do you mean with "it doesn't update the Commonwealth module"? Since 3.10, there are no more module.exe files, so the patch updates everything. Or nothing (if installed wrong). Sounds like installation issues to me. My suggestion - redownload the 3.0 Upgrade. This has now been switched to a huge download which includes the entire game, updated to 3.11. More about this switch later this weekend. This is the only download you'll need, it includes the entire family. Then use your keys to activate what isn't (chances are, everything already is). No need to futz around with different installers any more.
  15. Zero Warning Points

    Warnings are the IP.board equivalent of vBulletin's Infractions. Zero is good