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Everything posted by Schrullenhaft

  1. The 1.04 patch REQUIRES a license key to activate it and use it. eLicense was the copy-protection system for Battlefront at the time that the patch was released. A third party (who eventually would work for Battlefront as the '2nd Programmer') was responsible for creating the 1.04 patch (which is primarily just some updated DirectX calls to fix some graphics problems at the time of Windows Vista release - and have proven useful for other graphic problems seen later with some video drivers) and I believe the fee was to reimburse him and pay for the licensing of the copy-protection system at that time. Once the 1.04 patch is installed your version of CMBB or CMAK no longer needs the CD in the optical drive in order to run (the original copy-protection system for Battlefront). When you install the 1.04 patch it will replace the 1.03 executable (unless you move and or rename the 1.03 executable before patching). The 1.04 executable will not run until it has been activated with a license key, which is what you're seeing. All of the fixes for 1.04 are ONLY in the executable. There are no other art files, etc. in the 1.04 patch. Until Steve puts the 1.04 patches back into the Store you'll be unable to play with the 1.04 patch.
  2. The 1.04 patch REQUIRES a license key (eLicense). There is no 'CD-based version' of the 1.04 patch. The 1.04 patch works if you have either the eLicense or CD-based installation of the CM1 games (CMBB & CMAK). It basically converts your installation to a Battlefront eLicense based one (including CDV disc versions). The games need to be patched up to the latest patch (1.03) BEFORE applying the 1.04 patch. I believe the patches cost US$5.00 each in the past. Over a month ago Steve said that he was going to add the CM1 series content back to the Store, but apparently he hasn't had time to do that lately. I'm not sure when he'll get around to it and unfortunately, as you know, Support is unable to generate license keys.
  3. Were you able to install the 4.0 Upgrade/full-installer ? The error that you originally got is something that EVERYONE who attempts to run CMBN 1.x will get with Windows 10 (irrespective of what anti-virus/security software they are running). For the 4.0 Upgrade you will need the 3.0 Upgrade and 4.0 Upgrade license keys and then the keys to any modules/packs that you have purchased. When it comes to anti-virus/security software adding an 'exception' for the game executables and/or directory is a good idea. Sometimes a signature update could cause a sudden quarantine of your CM executables and adding an exception or whitelist entry should prevent that.
  4. I believe if you select, within the 'Delivery' dropdown, "Download + Disk" or "Download + Manual + Disk" that you should get a DVD for each game. In the case of CMBN this will likely be a single DVD with a single installer on it that installs the base game and all of the modules/packs. CMRT should be a separate disk, if you again make the selections mentioned earlier in the 'Delivery' dropdown during purchase. For CMBO/CMBB it sounds like you were having a problem with your security/anti-virus software (Vipre ?). Possibly shutting it down temporarily, then installing and licensing CMBO and CMBB and then reactivating it MAY work. Shutting down Vipre temporarily (from 2015) Once Vipre is re-enabled, you will want to add exceptions for CMBO/CMBB: Adding exceptions within Vipre Home (from 2016)
  5. If CMSF + Marines was never activated/licensed on this particular computer (new motherboard, etc.), then you would be unable to unlicense it. With the drive being plugged into a new computer or motherboard (with a copy of Windows booting from a different drive), the licensing system is not going recognize the new computer to perform an unlicensing. I don't know where in particular the licensing data is stored/recorded, but since this isn't the copy of Windows where the game was activated it isn't going to allow for an unlicensing. Also if you have reinstalled or upgraded Windows (to a newer version, etc.) on this computer (without unlicensing CMSF and its modules), then it is possible that the activation can be lost/invalidated. At this point you will probably need to contact the Helpdesk and submit a ticket for them to 'reset' your license key, allowing for another activation (you'll need to provide the requisite license key).
  6. If the file is disappearing after you attempt to run it, then I would guess you may have a problem with your security software. You may want to temporarily disable your anti-virus/security software and then run the installer or add an 'exception' within your security software for the installer and its directory that it is in. You may need to especially do this with the final game directory and its executables. The Commonwealth module executable is well known to get quarantined by a number of security programs, though i don't know how much bearing that would have on the installer executable.
  7. So once you move the downloaded .zip file to its own directory (perhaps something off the root, such as 'c:\cmbn\demo') and extracted it, you still get a similar error message as you did initially ? If so, have you tried launching the installer by right-clicking and selecting 'Run as administrator' from the popup menu ? You are fulling extracting the file and not attempting to launch it within WinRAR, is that correct ?
  8. What program are you using to extract the files ? I suggest copying the .zip file to its own directory and then extract the files there. Hopefully this should get rid of the error that you're seeing.
  9. The vertical component of the 1600 x 1200 resolution (1200) is larger than your monitor's vertical resolution of 1080, so CM doesn't offer this resolution and instead starts at 1280 x 1024. Interesting that with the scaling option turned off via the Nvidia control panel that the resolution shrinks to 1084 x 1020.
  10. The CM1 series does NOT support the mouse-wheel. Unless you map it to some sort of hotkey (outside of CM), which would simply be pressing it as if it was a third mouse button (not the actual wheel function).
  11. I can't upgrade to OS X Mojave myself, so I'm not sure what you're running into (my references here will be on OS X 10.13 - so they may not exactly match). Do you hear sound for everything else ? If you go to your Sound control panel (Apple menu > System Preferences > Sound) what is listed for your 'Play sound effects through' ? Typically I would expect 'Internal Speakers' for most users. If you select 'Output' along the top, with 'Internal Speakers' selected is your 'Output volume' at the bottom at a sufficient level and does NOT have the 'Mute' checkbox selected ? Within the CM games themselves I assume that the Options > Sound is set to 'On', correct ? I couldn't imagine all of them being off at the same time. Possibly cycle through this setting and exit the game after each change (i.e. - turn off > OK > exit game and then relaunch game and change and exit again). If you're not getting any sound at all on the Mac and the above settings haven't changed anything you can possibly reset the audio system with the following command run from the 'Terminal': sudo killall coreaudiod This should prompt for the system password, which is likely the password you use at boot time. This article discusses problems with audio and previous OS X versions, but should still be applicable to Mojave: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/sound-advice-fixing-common-mac-audio-problems-os-x/
  12. You should ONLY install the 4.0 Upgrade bundle (the 'all-in-one' installer: 'Windows FULL CM Fortress Italy' at 5GB). This should only need the 3.0 Upgrade, 4.0 Upgrade and Gustav Line license keys to activate all of the content. Delete your current installation and reinstall the 4.0 Upgrade bundle full installer. Hopefully this will NOT require the original license key (CMFI came out with the engine at version 2.0, so it didn't have a '2.0 Upgrade').
  13. In this case, he would probably WANT a video card that has a PCIe power connection. The motherboard in this particular Dell supports a lower-than-normal amount of wattage for a PCIe slot. Video cards that rely on the PCIe slot as the sole source of power are quite possibly looking at the entire 75W a normal slot would support. Such video cards in this particular Dell would be unstable and result in crashing and/or unexpected power shut downs. I agree that an Nvidia GTX 1050ti would be a good video card too, but most likely he would want one with a PCIe power connector on it.
  14. The Dell OptiPlex 790 Mid-Tower is a bit problematic for higher performing video cards. I assume your spec of 'w/400 PS' is a 400W power supply (the default listed in most specs is 265W). The other part of this problem is that the motherboard has a 35W limitation on PCIe slots per some documentation I've read, rather than the standard 75W. You may want to check your motherboard since Dell sometimes prints this limitation near the slot. Does your power supply have a PCIe 6 or 8-pin connector for a video card ? I'm guessing that your video driver listing in the Device Manager is mentioning the 'Radeon HD 7700 series', which is a very generic listing. Typically it would actually be a 7730, 7750, 7770 or 7790, quite possibly with it being the 7730 or 7750. Your AMD control software (Catalyst or whatever it may be called now) may give a more accurate reporting as to the exact GPU. Generally I would have recommended a Radeon RX560 (here's one Newegg listing) in your situation, but I'm under the impression that it may draw far more than the 35W your PCIe slot may be limited to. This will cause instability and crashing while playing a 3D game, so it probably will NOT work for you. If your power supply has a 6 or 8-pin PCIe power connector, then you may want to look into this particular Sapphire Radeon RX 560. Radeon RX 570's & RX 580's are pretty much out for your current configuration since they seem to need an 8-pin PCIe power connector and typically require 450W or more on the power supply. Here's some benchmarks of sorts that compares a generic Radeon HD 7770 vs a Radeon RX 560. I'm not sure how well the comparison would be in real-world terms for CM and other games you're interested in playing. One other thing to be aware of, these newer cards do NOT support VGA displays. Typically it is either DVI-D (digital - so no VGA adapter will work), DisplayPort or HDMI. Basically if you have a 6-pin PCIe connector on your 400W power supply, then you can probably upgrade to the Radeon RX 560 with the PCIe power connector. If your power supply does NOT have a PCIe power connector, then you probably can't upgrade to anything more significant without upgrading your power supply (which is NOT a standard ATX type)
  15. Within CMBB there is no setting that could change this (scaling). Your monitor or videocard MAY have settings to allow it to map the pixels one-to-one (so that a 1280 x 1024 sized image would be centered on the monitor and not stretched). I know in the past that the Nvidia control panel was capable of this (though it may have taken a lot of experimentation to get it to work). I'm not sure about the current Nvidia drivers (and specific OS versions) or if AMD Radeons have this functionality. The most convenient method would be for the monitor to have a setting that disables the scaling (mapping one-to-one on the pixels). Some monitors have such functionality, while many don't. The feature can go by a number of names/descriptions, so you may want to look through your monitor menus to see if there is anything that may support such a function.
  16. Interesting... CMSF1 and CMA use the eLicense copy-protection system. All of the other (newer) CM games utilize a different copy-protection system. I suspect it may be an issue with either security/anti-virus software or possibly a program/utility that is loaded up that interferes with the newer copy-protection system. How long ago were you able to play the now not-working games ? Do you know if you installed/updated anything since those games were last working ? If it is somehow security software, you may want to add an exception within the security software (especially within any 'active' protection systems of the security software) to ignore all of the CM game executables and/or directories.
  17. As 'Wicky' pointed out, it may be simpler to reinstall the games, especially with any "all-in-one" 4.0 installers. You will need to activate with the 3.0 & 4.0 license keys along with any modules and battle-packs (using the "Additional Products activation" shortcut). You can copy over your PBEMs, saved games, downloaded scenarios/campaigns and mods to the appropriate folders on your new installation.
  18. You will probably need to open up 'Terminal' and type the following (with variations as to exactly where you installed CMRT): cd /Applications/'CM Red Thunder' (press 'return') ./'Activate New Products - CMRT.sh' (press 'return' - the './' at the beginning is important) This should hopefully bring up the activation window.
  19. CMBN 1.x will NOT run on Windows 10. The copy-protection system in that version is incompatible with Windows 10. I'm not sure if it is CMBN 2.0 or 3.0 that is fully Windows 10 compatible when it came to the copy-protection system. Do you have the 4.0 Upgrade for CMBN ? If so, then download the 'full Windows installer' for it and install that. This will have just about everything for CMBN. Each module/pack/upgrade will need to be activated in order to access it. I believe the 3.0 Upgrade license key will also be needed (2.0 Upgrade license key should NOT be needed). If you don't have the 4.0 Upgrade, then you will want to install the 2.0 Upgrade (and the 3.0 Upgrade if you have that) and activate that instead.
  20. I have a copy of the file. How would you like it delivered ?
  21. I can only guess that something is uncompleted with the transaction. You can possibly contact the Helpdesk (click the blue, '+new ticket' button in the upper right), but they may not have an immediate solution for you until tomorrow (if it doesn't resolve automatically at some point).
  22. To expand on what DerKommissar said, there is a limit of 4 activations per license key. After that you will get a message that there are 'no remaining activations'. At that point you would need to open up a Helpdesk ticket to request another activation (providing the license keys that need additional activations). When you uninstall and reinstall a game the activation remains. In fact you could potentially uninstall and reinstall countless times and the activation would remain. If, however, you reinstall Windows (especially a 'clean' install), significantly upgrade the hardware or OS of your computer, then the activation could disappear. In fact you may get a message that would likely require an utility from the Helpdesk in order to delete the current activation in order to reactivate with your new configuration. In your current situation you should be fine reinstalling the games and I assume that they should remain activated. As for the disappearance of your files, have you created a new user account on your computer ? The files are typically associated with the user that installed the games. Logging in with another account would make the files (scenarios, campaigns, game saves, etc.) unavailable to the current user. Typically the newer game files are stored in a 'Battlefront' directory within your 'My Documents' directory (and then separated in directories for each game).
  23. You're system should generally be fine with CMBO and CMBB. Since you purchased both games from Battlefront about 7 or 8 years ago they will both be eLicense protected games (requiring a license key to run the game). With a physical shipment of the games you likely got the license key on a printed sticker attached to either the original disc case or the printed manual. If you got something that had a download, then the license key should have been emailed to you and existed in the 'Battlefront Store' account (which has been moved to the current website). If you have changed email addresses since you ordered the games, you may need to remember what that email address was in order to get into the proper store account. Currently the CM1 series suffers from some issues with some 2D info screens coming up without text or possibly completely black. Usually this can be resolved by minimizing the game (Alt-Tab and Esc or Alt-Esc, I can't exactly remember) and then re-maximizing it (clicking on the icon in the application bar at the bottom of the Windows desktop). This should usually 'refresh' the 2D contents and draw everything properly again. With eLicense you may need to set up DEP (Data Execution Prevention), which is mentioned in this Knowlegebase article. This isn't always needed, but sometimes it is. Also you may want to launch the games by right-clicking on the icons and selecting "Run as administrator" from the popup menu. Some security programs may decide that CMBO and CMBB with their eLicense copy-protection systems are some sort of malware. I'm not sure how common this is, but it is a possibility (and it could happen suddenly with certain 'signature' updates for the antivirus). Setting an 'exception' (or Vipre might term it 'Always Allow') within your Vipre antivirus would potentially tell it NOT to interfere with the game's operation or quarantine the files. There's a couple of different versions of the Vipre security software, do you know which one you have ? The Vipre Business edition has these instructions for setting an exception. You may need to temporarily disable the Vipre antivirus when you install, activate and initially run the games (if this is possible). I'm not aware of any particular video driver having an issue with CMBO and CMBB. With a Geforce GTX 970 I believe you should generally be fine. There are no particular 3D Settings that are needed to my knowledge either (set from the Nvidia Control Panel with the Control Panel). One other thing to watch out for is the initial resolution selection process (once you've activate the games). Typically this will start at the highest resolution supported by the video card. I think the maximum resolution supported by CMBO and CMBB is 2048 x 1536, then it comes down to 1600 x 1200. If your video card and monitor don't support the first resolution, then the maximum will typically be 1600 x 1200. At this resolution the games will try the highest vertical refresh rate supported by the video card (which the monitor may NOT support). This could be as high as 160 Hertz (Hz) or 120 Hz. If the monitor can work with that resolution and refresh rate, then it should appear in a box in the middle of the screen with buttons to 'select' or 'skip'. If the monitor can't support the resolution and/or refresh rate then the screen may either be black or possibly scrambled like a bad TV signal. If you wait 5 to 10 seconds the game will select the next lower vertical refresh rate and then the next one until it reaches 60Hz at a particular resolution. The the next attempted display will be a lower resolution, but at a high vertical refresh rate. The process repeats until you reach 800 x 600 at 60Hz (or so) on CMBB and possibly 640 x 480 'software rendered' on CMBO. If no resolution is selected, then the games will give a DirectX error and close. You can simply relaunch the games and go through the process again. Once you select a resolution it will be recorded into a Prefs file on a proper exit of the game. If you don't get to exit properly, then the setting doesn't get recorded in the Prefs file and you have to go through the resolution selection process again the next time you launch the games.
  24. When was the last time you were able to run CMBO and CMBB on this computer ? Do you know if anything changed on this computer (new hardware, new drivers, other new software, etc.) ? What security/anti-virus software do you use ? Do you have an 'exception' set for CMBO and CMBB within this security software ? What type of copy-protection do your copies of CMBO and CMBB use, disc-based (where the CD has to physically be in the drive) or eLicense, where a license key was entered in order to activate the game ? CMBO and CMBB originally used the disc-based copy protection system and then around 2006 move to eLicense. There is also the possibility of having a CDV distribution of the games (bought from other retail outlets) that typically uses a disc-based copy protection system, though I believe CMBO and CMBB are called 'Combat Mission' and 'Combat Mission II'. Do you know what video card/chip is in your PC ? Are you playing CMBO/CMBB on a laptop or desktop ?
  25. I would guess that map size may be another factor. Larger maps may involve more memory usage (LOS/LOF checks, etc.). Naturally most players would want a fairly large map when large forces are in play.
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