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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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  1. Good analysis of NK dynamic?

    True. Unless and until NK makes an overtly aggressive military move, we can't go throwing bombs around. We can continue to apply economic sanctions, but there is no guarantee that that will bring about an end state that we can be satisfied with. Michael
  2. The Acquire Command

    To expand a wee bit on sburke's reply, at present there is no mechanism within the game to allow this. Suggestions have been made for ways to accomplish this, but so far BFC have not commented on the issue. I expect it is far down on their "to do" list. Michael
  3. Th future of armour

    Might be the same one, it sounds like it. I do wish that—along with several hundred other titles—I hadn't been forced to give it up a couple of years ago. Michael
  4. Th future of armour

    Well...there is the newer version of the Daisy Cutter. It's advertised as able to clear out several acres at a time. Michael
  5. Funny

    Too much cocaine. Turns your brain into something that washed up on the beach a month ago. So putrid, even the gulls won't touch it. Michael
  6. If it's what I am thinking of, I watched 35 or more years ago on PBS. I thought it was okay, but it didn't knock my socks off the way it apparently did some folks. I've never cared much for The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, either, neither the movie nor the book. I thought The Little Drummer Girl was brilliant. If it had been written thirty years earlier, I wonder if it wouldn't have been hailed as the existential masterpiece in the English language. The movie they made from it was a wretched travesty though that didn't come close to doing it justice. Same thing with The Russia House. Both movies suffered from being badly miscast. Diane Keaton (whom I usually like) and Michelle Pfeiffer? Gimme a break. And the star of The Russia House should have been John Cleese. He would have been perfect as the slightly zany character. Sean Connery couldn't pull off slightly zany if he stood on his head. It's the genes, you see. Michael
  7. Th future of armour

    That sounds like a book I read thirty some-odd years ago, except the point of the book and the map was to show how much of the country was in fact accessible to tanks. The same map showed that two-thirds of the country was accessible to the M113. The argument of the book was that we could and should have committed more armor to Vietnam. Michael
  8. Interesting you should bring this up just now. Just the other day I put the original BBC productions of Tinker Tailor... and Smiley's People up in my queue at Netflix. This will make it my third time around with this series. Michael
  9. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Funny, I missed that even though I was surveying his bangles, scars, and other adornments. Notice also the plastic factory-made sandals. Michael
  10. Lots of old warship pics (digitally colorized)

    Yeah, I forgot to mention the part that the captain pays to the admiral who is his boss, and only recalled that when I was getting ready for bed. Good thing you caught it. Since the admiral often had income coming in from many successful ships, he is the one who ended up filthy rich and was ennobled if not already so. Michael
  11. Lots of old warship pics (digitally colorized)

    Maybe, but I have this lingering ghost of a memory that it was half for the captain, a quarter for the officers, and a quarter for the crew. BTW, that may not be as inequitable as it sounds. There were some ship's expenses that might come out of the captain's share and the officers (including the captain) were normally expected to buy their own rations, uniforms, etc. Michael
  12. Ken Burns Vietnam

    I just finished the third installment. It seems pretty good. A good companion piece if you can find it is The Ten Thousand Day War in twenty-six parts that originally ran in 1980-81. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174323/episodes?season=1&ref_=tt_eps_sn_1 Michael
  13. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    And unless I miss my guess, with a throwing stick. Michael
  14. Th future of armour

    Frankly, I'm not at all sure that I get what you are trying to say. Are you saying that tanks are the more important members of the combined arms team? And are you saying that the infantry does things besides support the tanks? Michael
  15. What is going on?

    Which was my point. Thank you, Ken. Michael