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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. What will the next CM be?

    At the time I bought mine, it was probably going for somewhere in the neighborhood of $12. How times have changed, eh? Michael
  2. Then we will fight in the shade!

    There is a famous satirical syllogism that ends, "...boredom will ensue seldom more often than frequently." I always loved that one. Michael
  3. Next Korean war is coming close...

    No. Thats what they say in New England. They say it out here in the Pac Northwest too. But the weather is so changeable that the wait time is more like 5 minutes. Michael
  4. Then we will fight in the shade!

    Huh? How's that again? Michael
  5. What will the next CM be?

    Funny you should mention that. Monday I brought home several boxes of books and games from my storage locker where they have been residing for the last twelve years, and one of the games was Fulda Gap, a board game released during the '70s by SPI. It felt kind of nice to hold it in my hands again. Michael
  6. Armor Command Links

    You will only be able to develop a stronger command line than radio provides if both the command tank and the subordinate tank are unbuttoned*. It's up to you whether the increased danger due to increased exposure is worth it. *In some armies, especially early in the war, a commander might give signals using flags without exposing himself. Michael
  7. The patch?

    Read any good Tracts lately? Michael
  8. Is Squarehead running for office somewhere? If he is, let's out him! Michael
  9. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Like I said, "Get a bigger hammer..." Michael
  10. Still have the heart of ice, I see. Ah well, you're right, one must after all have priorities. Michael
  11. best CM game

    Exactly. I find myself playing BN the most, followed closely by BS, but they all have their fine points. Hard to go wrong with anything you choose. Michael
  12. The patch?

    I hope they don't mess them up. I always cringe a little when I hear that a book I love is being made into a movie or tv series. The producers always seem to feel that they know better how to present a story. George R. R. Martin was fortunate to be able to serve as a guiding hand on how his tale was to be moved into another medium. Sadly, Tolkien is not around to serve the same function as he was a true master of narrative. Michael
  13. Are you still alive? I should have thought it was long past time when we could be dividing your personal possessions meager though they may be. Michael
  14. The patch?

    That beats me; I've only read it twice in forty some-odd years. But I've been thinking that it's getting to be just about time for another go through. BTW, Netflix is currently streaming a version of The Fellowship of the Ring. I noticed that they cut several scenes from the running, including some that I regard as very important. But for all that, the running time is still nearly three hours. Bring a sandwich and a six-pack. Michael
  15. This guy is worth a watch

    I've noticed that much of what gets posted on YT shares that characteristic. The self-descriptions of the items consists almost entirely of superlatives; the item is the "most" this or the "fantastic" that. And then when you open it, it falls completely flat. It has gotten so that I simply avoid anything with "amazing" or "top ten" in the title. Michael