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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. Never heard of this before. I never recall the word -Schreck being used in the sense of "being scared of", but rather as "scaring somebody/-thing". Best regards, Thomm
  2. "After the battle ends you should be able to keep going." I also felt that way several times during playing CM. I think it is a valid suggestion. Best regards, Thomm
  3. Over-'engineering'

    My grandfather, who was a Stalingrad vet, helped me simulate a "tactical nuke attack" on a plaster diorama. I still remember the fireball rising three meters in the air ... He was not very fond of US artillery, though. Best regards, Thomm
  4. Six Engine Propeller Plane?

    Not sure if I understand the problem, but you can get the source webpage by right clicking on the image and choosing "copy image location" or something like that. http://fantastic-plastic.com/index.html Best regards Thomm
  5. Thanks for the information! Best regards, Thomm
  6. What is going on?

    I guess people visiting this thread should continue reading here: Link to Thread on New Forum Best regards, Thomm
  7. On the weekend I had the possibility to climb onto and into a Leopard 2A4. I was absolutely awed by the size of the tank, which I would not put on the order of "vehicle" but rather of "medium boat". I wonder if VR could give the size of this thing justice. It is also remarkable how crammed with equipment the inside is (even though this was expected). At the same time, one can stand upright easily inside the turret basket. It was also the first time I did not just see the tank standing on display, but moving into position, which is also very impressive. And intimidating. Best regards, Thomm
  8. AVLB

    My weak attempt at making a stupid joke just showed my ignorance! Thanks for putting things straight. I better go back to lurking now! Best regards, Thomm
  9. AVLB

    What happened to Cobra King I ??!? Best regards, Thomm
  10. Would the one-child policy affect China's readyness for a conflict? I just calculated how many men were there in my grandparents generation at the time of WW2: The number is 11 (my grandfathers plus all brothers combined). End even more women. This Youth Bulge provided a lot of manpower. Now China certainly has a lot of manpower herself, but with the majority of sons being single children (my guess) the readiness to sacrifice them must be comparatively low (in the spirit of Gunnar Heinsohn). Best regards, Thomm
  11. Video "Driving along Point Du Hoc" (first seen on GrogHeads Forum): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxd6O-c6gAM Best regards, Thomm
  12. Having seen more of this video I now fully understand why people objected to me linking to some excerpts with drone videos earlier. Best regards, Thomm
  13. Okay, looking at the Store, the following appears to be applicable: Final Blitzkrieg and Black Sea and Red Thunder can be upgraded to 4.0 directly. Battle for Normandy and Fortress Italy require Upgrade 3 also. I suppose the Upgrades also apply all available patches, automatically? Best regard, Thomm
  14. I am particularly curious whether or not it is possible to upgrade the base games directly to the 4.0 standard in one go with the Big Bundle Upgrade. That would be most beneficial. (I am sure this is described in detail somewhere, but I do not have the patience to search for it) Best regards, Thomm
  15. Interesting! It seems to work as one would expect it to. But what about exposure? Do the guys at the corners get some abstract bonus taking into account that they could just peek around the corner without fully exposing themselves? Best regards Thomm