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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:

      -showui

      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. OK, I did a test. I setup 15 MkIV's against 5 Sherman 1"s, 5 Sherman V's and 5 Churchill IV's on a flat open large map. The armor of the Churchill's were able to withstand the MkIV's 75's causing several ricochets of the hull. Not so much the turret. Also, instead of being knocked out, the crew after receiving several casualties abandoned the Churchill's. The Sherman's were knocked out before the crew could abandon. The Churchill's 57mm seemed to be equal to the Sherman's 75. In the end there was a lone Churchill left. It may have been because he was out of LOS a lot. (He kept reversing out of trouble)
  2. Looking at a quick battle in CMFI, and while comparing tank battalions I see that the Churchill III and IV are valued at about 280 points each and the Sherman III & V's are only 190 points. (both set to equal parameters, Veteran etc...). Just wondering, do you feel two Churchill's are worth 3 Sherman's in an AT role?
  3. I see the discussion on playing CM on the TV and thought that computer monitors this season are becoming cheaper and cheaper. There is a sale at a local store on a Samsung 28" 4K HD monitor and I was wondering if CM would look any better on an HD monitor. Any thoughts?
  4. Downloaded Update - Ran Activation's - Opened Game - Reset Blind Command Keys and Launched Scenario in less than 15 minutes. I think I'm getting the hang of this upgrade stuff.
  5. ASL is a gateway drug to CM I played SL and ASL for years. I have many modules, many boards many nationalities and the special trays to put them all in. And all gathering dust in the attic. I have to admit that video was giving me the fever to dust it all off and break it our again. There is something, how to say it, rewarding perhaps, about being able to feel and see the counters and all their numerical attack and defense strengths and weaknesses. I liked the tank counters showing the strength of each of three machine guns,hull, coaxial and AA, You saw the speed and knew the distance it could travel and the speed of the rotation of the turret and the chances of breakdown using excessive movement. (My avatar at the Band of Brothers is the Sherman counter.) Then there was the anticipation from both sides as you heard the click of the dice as you shook them in your hand, And of course their was the agony of rolling a 12 and the ecstasy of rolling a snake eyes. Or how about the suspense of pulling out the thread and checking the LOS seeing if you really could see hex to hex or did you waist a first fire. It truly has a completely different feel to ASL from CM. Of course their was the bloody rule book. And you can't play by email. All that being said all I play now is CM
  6. Laser Warning in CMBN

    I too have this Laser Warning on my vehicles. I have Win10 and upgraded from the mutigame upgrade pack. What do you mean by the "Full Installer"? Do you think it is the V100E? I have that also.
  7. With help from John over at the Helpdesk we have found the reason for the black screen. There was an issue with running the Setup where the Data folder ended up being filled with a long list of file folders (something like 80) and did not have the .brz folders. All the extra folders were empty. All that should be in the data folder are 5.brz and a hotkeys file (maybe a .wmv). John said it may be an issue with the 4.0 bundling. A sample of the odd folders found in the Data folder after setup (there are about 60 more): What I wrote to John explaining how I finaly had the correct files in the data folder: "Now I know what to look for, a normal Data folder with only hotkeys and brz files, I then tried several attempts of uninstalling and re-installing CMRT. I tried Setup from the Downloads folder, from the battlefront folder and directly from the WinZip folder and had the same issue with all those exact same odd folders in the Data file. Instead of "extracting", I dragged and dropped from the WinZip window the Setup and .brz files to the Battlefront folder that was created by previous CMFI, CMFB setups. When I ran the setup it took a long time (about 15-20 Minutes) and when the green bar was at the end I noticed it was running files with "CMBN" (?) in the string so I stopped the setup. I decided to move the Setup and brz files out of the Battlefront folder and created a "Temp" folder in My Documents. I moved the CMRT Setup folder and the associated .brz files from the CMRT download to the new Temp folder and out of the Battlefront folder. When I ran setup from there it took about a minute or two and was done. The Data folder only had the hotkeys and the 5 brz files it and when I ran the game it was fine." .....
  8. Schrullenhaft, just an update. I created the exception for CMRT in Kaspersky. Didn’t work. Before doing a clean install and loading the drivers I contacted at the helpdesk. John said that since the other games are all working he doubts that it is the drivers. At this point all John wanted to know if it was a PC or laptop. I tried the V1.03 patch also but since the screen is black there was never anywhere from the beginning to add an activation code. I will keep this forum updated.
  9. This is a new Dell computer I just purchased. I did a fresh install of all the games (You just helped me fix an issue with CMBN V1.0) downloading each of the games using the activation codes I was sent when purchased.I loaded CMRT, entered the activation code, it said it was good to go and did I want to launch the game. I clicked "Launch" and nothing but a black screen. CMBN, CMFI and CMFB are all up and running. I have Kaspersky Security software. No I didn't do an exception for CMRT. I will look in to that. I see no error messages or popups when I launch the game. It seems to run but is just a black screen, Task manager shows it is running, I will contact the helpdesk and describe my problem and see what they have to say. And I will upgrade the driver to 376.33 with a clean install. Also, thanks for your prompt help with these issues. It can get very frustrating sitting idle.
  10. I have just bought a new machine with Win10 and I am having the exact same problem as Rayfer " Can't play CM:RT at all since the Windows 10 upgrade. Opens to a black screen, no error message of any sort arises. Can only close using cntrl-alt-delete". Task Manager show it is running. I also have the NVidia GeForce GTX745, 8GB's RAM and 64 bit system. I have updated the driver but still get the black screen. Driver Info: Driver Date 9/16/2016 Driver Version: 21.21.13.7290
  11. UI not found

    . Right. I started loading all the modules I purchased in order: CMBN - 11 March 2011 CM Common Wealth - 04 February 2012 CMBN/Common Wealth Upgrade - CMBN/V2.0 Upgrade - 11 December 2012 CMBN/Market-Garden - 02 September 2013 CM Normandy/v3.0 Upgrade - 13 August 2014 CM Normandy - Vehicle Pack - 22 November 2014 CM Normandy Battle Pack 1 - 22 March 2016 The problem was fixed after the V2.0 upgrade. I am (literally) back in the game. Thank you for the help.
  12. I have a new Windows 10 machine and I have started the process of loading all the CM games to it. I started with CMBN. I load the disk. It gets to the end and asks to launch the game. I say Yes and the next window that pops up says " "UI not found. Please check that you have the proper UI resource files. The application will be terminated." Any ideas on how to find the UI or what to do to fix this error? Thanks in advance.
  13. With the goo-goo -googley eyes? Snuffy Smith may be envious though.
  14. Just wondering, if there are multiple targets what determines which target the AI will fire at? Is it the unit it will be the most effective against? Closest? Largest threat?
  15. The expression "Cold Turkey" first appeared in the Daily Colonist in British Columbia in 1921: "Perhaps the most pitiful figures who have appeared before Dr. Carleton Simon ... are those who voluntarily surrender themselves. When they go before him that are given what is called the 'cold turkey' treatment." But why turkey, and why cold? The most popular theory was repeated by the San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen in 1978: "It derives from the hideous combination of goosepimples [sic] and what William Burroughs calls 'the cold burn' that addicts suffer as they kick the habit." In Cop Speak: The Lingo of Law Enforcement and Crime, Tom Philbin recites a second theory, that "the term may derive from the cold, clammy feel of the skin during withdrawal, like a turkey that has been refrigerated." The problem with both of these theories is that they ignore the uses of cold turkey before its application to drug addiction. In a cartoon that appeared in newspapers on November 12, 1920, ace slangman Thomas "TAD" Dorgan used cold turkey this way – "Now tell me on the square – can I get by with this for the wedding – don't string me – tell me cold turkey." The editors of the Historical Dictionary of American Slang have found It may be that the original cold turkey was a combination of cold ("straightforward, matter-of-fact") and the earlier talk turkey, which dates back to the early 1800s and refers to speaking plainly. Regardless of its ultimate origins, the phrase manages to vividly capture the initial dread and discomfort that comes from immediately quitting something that's addictive, from drugs to dating - Merriam-Webster
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