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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. Upgrading Ports in Editor

    Hi It will need to be connected to a supply source, e.g. a Capital or Industrial Center, that itself has a supply value of higher than 5.
  2. Hi Dave Regarding the issue, it would be best to raise a ticket via the supportdesk at http://battlefront.com/ The most recent version of Strategic Command (available at Matrix Games) which is a WW2 game does have the AA upgrades on ships. Bill
  3. This formula can only be understood with reference to the unit properties screen and the other factors that might apply, e.g. terrain or resource bonuses that benefit the defender. Units also get a bonus if they attack without having moved first. I would suggest playing, trying things out and you'll soon get a good grasp of what matters.
  4. Hi Action Points = the number of hexes you can move Strength Losses = each point of strength lost from the default unit strength of 10
  5. PS You'll have to de-select the Full Screen button too if that is currently selected.
  6. Hi Mancspartan If you go to Settings in the game and change the Video/Mode to one that has a lower resolution than your monitor, then it should work. Bill
  7. Transition from SC2 Waw

    I think the problem with your email game might be something to do with Windows rather than the game itself. It might be that the folder where the PBEM games are saved is being hidden. It might be best to raise a ticket with the Helpdesk as they may have advice on what to do about that. In terms of Global Conflict, yes, it's an upgraded version of WAW with a new map and other features.
  8. Thanks for the update, this is great to see and congratulations to John Helm on winning!
  9. Hi I don't know of a maximum size, and suggest experimenting with different sizes to get the best result possible. A different approach would be to use it just to design a proportion of the map, e.g. leave out part of the map from the image, and draw that part by hand in the editor.
  10. Hi I've looked at the instructions and when you double click on MapGen.exe it should create a new file called map.txt Open it in notepad. The number on the first line is the number of columns. The second line is the number of rows. You will need this when you go to the editor to import it. Copy the map.txt file to the same folder as the game's editor. Start a new scenario in the editor and press F5. You should see a new tile map created from the data in map.txt. I hope this helps but if you do encounter any issues please let us know. Bill
  11. Hi pacifffick The best thing to do is to create a test campaign and use it to test out different ideas and also how things like MapGen.exe work. Do you have a specific question about the MapGen.exe that perhaps we can help with? Bill
  12. Carrier Flight Orders

    Hi It's not something that's come up before but I'll add it to my list of things to consider. PS The series continues, but we are now being published over at Matrix Games.
  13. Carrier Flight Orders

    Hi Ground means that won't fly as interceptors or escorts, which makes the Carrier more vulnerable. You can set them to intercept only. It does mean that they will intercept strikes against friendly units rather than just the Carrier, but even so, by doing so they will weaken the enemy's air units.
  14. Hi In your custom campaign, if you haven't already you'll need to open its campaign.ini file and change this line so that it shows as: #CUSTOM_BITMAPS= 1 Then open up the campaign and hopefully it will now display.