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  1. I can't recall exactly, but I believe the issue is usually having some sort of 'automatic' or 'suggested' pick for any of the forces. This has been corrected in 4.x, but recently resurfaced for some PBEMs with the current 4.01 patch.
  2. Regarding the 1.04 patch changes. Philip Culliton changed some of the DirectX calls to something that was better supported within video drivers that came out at the time of Windows Vista. The primary issue at the time was that as soon as you moved the camera (keyboard or mouse) the whole 3D window started to spin around endlessly (leaving 'window edge' artifacts that filled up the screen). Less than 6 months after the patch was released ATI/AMD and Nvidia both released updated drivers that made the patch unnecessary. However later driver releases (not just on Vista, but Windows 7 and later) caused some weird artifacting with AMD. If you had the 1.04 patch you didn't see these graphical artifacts. I can't remember off hand if some Nvidia drivers had issues that the 1.04 patch resolved (beyond the initial Vista issue).
  3. The file that you download is named what ? Typically these will be .zip compression files (which most Windows versions should be capable of opening). If you have a compression program such as WinZip, 7-zip, WinRar, etc., then try opening the file with that program and see if the file is recognized (and decompresses to show the contents). You will need to extract the .zip file to a directory and then run the setup program that gets extracted in order to install the game. Once the game is install and when you try to run it for the first time is the time that you should get dialog boxes to activate the game. If you have security software (anti-virus, etc.), then you may need to temporarily disable it or possibly add an exception since some of the Battlefront games/modules are identified as being infected (this is a 'false positive', none of the files should be infected with anything). Usually most security software will tell you when it has run into something (quarantining or potentially deleting the file).
  4. I would assume that there will be at least 4 modules, CMFI ('Rome to Victory'), CMRT, CMBS and CMFB before the CM2 family is finished. There's a possibility that Battlefront could release 'Battle Packs' (scenarios and campaigns), 'Vehicle Packs' (just vehicles and no scenarios/campaigns) and possibly even modules with a new force/country (and maybe minimal scenarios/campaigns) for CM2. These could be done while CM3 is initially available, but it may be dependent on demand and how well a particular game family has already sold.
  5. I'm not really an user of CM Helper, but I downloaded and installed a copy. I got version 1.75 from here (a 'tiny url' that points to a DropBox location for download): http://bit.ly/cm-helper I extracted this to its own folder as you have done. Double-click on the 'cmh.exe' file (which doesn't have an unique icon) and NOT the 'CMH.ico' file (which is an icon file that has an image that you may want to select as the icon for CM Helper) and that should launch CM Helper which will display two small windows the first time it is launched (image attached is the main CM Helper window). One is the actual application itself and the other is a small diagnostic window that shows what CM Helper has done to configure itself with the CM games that it finds on your computer. I'm not sure where the "Windows asks me if I want to allow the program to be added to the computer and I click "Yes"." originates from since I had nothing like that occur on my computer (Windows 7 Pro 64-bit). Is this a different version of Windows (Win 10?) or possibly some sort of security program checking to see if you were intentionally installing a program ? If this is a security program doing the checking, then you may want to look through that program's controls to see how to fully enable CM Helper (in case it is being 'blocked' in some manner). If you want to launch CM Helper from the desktop, then open up the Windows File Manager, right-click on the 'cmh.exe' file and select 'Create shortcut' from the popup menu. Copy this newly created 'cmh.exe - Shortcut' file to your desktop (it will be a 'generic' icon). Then right-click on this icon and select 'Properties' from the popup menu. In here click on the 'Change Icon' button at the bottom in the middle. In here click on the 'Browse' button and browse to the location for the 'CMH.ico' file and select that. Highlight the image that shows up below and click 'OK', the click 'Apply' and then 'OK' and your icon should now be the one if the icon file instead of something generic.
  6. So this appears to possibly be an issue with 'Human Player' unit selection. Does this happen if either or both are selected for Human Player selection or will just one side with this selection do it ? This sounds like a bug that had been quashed a couple of patches/updates back with CMBN or CMFI (can't remember which had it).
  7. Contact the Helpdesk and provide them with your license key(es) and request an additional activation. The activations DO NOT expire, but you can invalidate them with certain hardware and software changes. If you foresee making one of these changes, then UNLICENSE those modules/games, make the changes and then reactivate the modules/games. ELicense games come with two activations and with the unlicensing process you can maintain those two activations nearly indefinitely. With the current copy-protection system in place since CMBN you simply lose an activation with certain changes (which may also require an utility to completely get rid of the activation in order to reactivate).
  8. Without having attempted to load the PBEM file in CMSF2, I would guess that it is corrupt. The file I downloaded from your link is only 530 bytes in size, which is incredibly small for a PBEM file and that alone suggests it is corrupt/truncated.
  9. What was the base version of your original install, 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0 ? The issue you describe suggests you have missed a patch somewhere and are missing some .BRZ data files. The patches are often 'incremental' (each one needs to be applied) rather than 'cumulative' (where ALL necessary files are in the latest/last patch).
  10. Disabling the Shaders in game (Alt + R) definitely addresses the problem for those that need to use the newer drivers. Since this is a significant graphical feature of the game Jock Tamson's advice is to replace/reproduce (in a slightly different manner) it by: I switch off shaders in game, which has stopped the crashing. I use the War Movie advanced mod, which enhances the in game Movie mode. I use SweetFX injector to inject SMAA to add anti aliasing (as anti aliasing is disabled by movie mode).
  11. I think the 'top' resolution offered may have been 2048 x 1536, though this isn't supported by your monitor. The next lower resolution is 1600 x 1200, which would seem to be the most appropriate resolution for your monitor, since widescreen resolutions aren't supported. It's possible that the 2048 x 1536 resolution was what was selected and once you reached the 3D battlefield the game 'spilled out of the edges'. This is due to the video driver supporting such a resolution in a 'expanded desktop' mode (where you scroll around the screen that is larger that your monitor's actual physical resolution). However I wouldn't think that it would change by simply changing the 'Size of Text' in the display settings. Deleting the prefs file allows you to go through the resolution selection process again. For the slow panning and scrolling, Alt-Tab to minimize the game and then remaximize it. This should help with performance and should be necessary only once during a game session (i.e. - until you exit the game and run it again). There are also threads within the CM1 section about 'setting affinity' within Windows for the game. While I believe this in and of itself does not fully affect the display speed (panning and scrolling), others believe that it does help with game performance.
  12. Do you know why the purchased failed (is it explained ?) ? If a 'hold' hasn't been placed on your credit/debit card, you may want to try again. If a 'hold' has been placed on your credit/debit card, then you may want to contact the Helpdesk and provide any info about the purchase failure and the 'hold' charge (which typically disappears within 3 weeks max.).
  13. Please open a ticket with the Helpdesk with the link in the post above (assuming that isn't blocked too) and provide details about where you live and your ISP (Internet Service Provider) in case there is some blocking based on country location or ISP. Did you receive an email after your purchase with the download links and (I believe) license key(es) ?
  14. I'm not sure why there would be a temporary block on your Battlefront Store account (to access your downloads and license keys). I don't know if there was any email confirmation about your account, but there is typically an email confirmation for the purchase, download and license key I believe. You may want to try any links that may appear in the purchase confirmation email. Otherwise you can contact the Helpdesk (click the blue, '+new ticket' button in the upper right) and hopefully they can sort you out if the block remains more than a day.
  15. So the game freezes up at the 5 minute mark ? So more than just the sound stopping, the game stops responding (mouse doesn't work, camera doesn't move, keyboard shortcuts aren't responded to) ? You will need to provide more details about your hardware. Are you using a Mac or a PC ? What MacOS or Windows version are you running ? What video card and driver version do you have installed ? Is this a laptop or a desktop ? What audio card/chip do you have and what drivers are installed ? Do you have any audio utilities installed and possibly running in the background ? What programs and utilities are running in the background ? Closing and exiting programs and utilities that are running in the background may help. Some audio utilities are known to cause problems with the copy-protection system or other issues that interfere with the game. As for the .brz data files I have the following with a Black Sea version 2.10 (Game Engine 4.0) installation on Windows: black sea v100a.brz 1,950,490,315 bytes black sea v100b.brz 1,869,933,913 bytes black sea v100c.brz 1,371,883,671 bytes black sea v101.brz 11,000,601 bytes black sea v103.brz 197,367,878 bytes black sea v104.brz 162,404,613 bytes black sea v200.brz 33,024,158 bytes black sea v210.brz 20,457,314 bytes
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