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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

MajorH TacOps Developer

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  1. Few questions before buying The Game

    I don't know what currencies are accepted by Battlefront.com. I am not a part of the business side. I suggest that you ask at the link below. http://www.battlefront.com/index.php?option=com_contact&task=view&contact_id=3&Itemid=3
  2. Few questions before buying The Game

    > 1. Is it possible to play co-op versus the AI? Note that this only works for factory provided scenarios that include an AI opponent. Do the following if you want to umpire/host a Multiplayer game session where the humans go against the AI instead of against each other. The hidden feature mentioned below is a quick hack that I did some years ago for development and testing. It was never exhaustively tested by myself but has been used a lot by military users without complaint. Note that the umpire is the only participant in a multiplayer game who does what is below. Everyone else starts up normally. Run TacOps as the host/umpire. Skip through the splash screen. When the game start up window appears click in the lower left corner (just inboard of the decorative window border) of the game startup window while holding down the Shift key and the Alt key. If you hit the correct place you will see an alert window that says "g_umpireUsingAI is TRUE". If you get an alert that says "g_umpireUsingAI is FALSE" then repeat the click until you get the correct alert. There is another place in the program where you can also turn this feature on and off. Select the "Network/More Network Tools" menu item. In the window which will then appear, click in the lower left corner (just inboard of the decorative window border) while holding down the Shift key and the Alt key. If you hit the correct place you will see an alert window that says either "g_umpireUsingAI is TRUE" or "g_umpireUsingAI is FALSE".
  3. Few questions before buying The Game

    Download the free demo and see for yourself. > 1. How big is the battle? Some scenarios are company vs battalion, others are battalion vs regiment, a few are regiment/division. > 2. Can AI fight on every map? Most of the factory provided scenarios have an AI opponent. > 3. Do you have campaigns, like in combat mission? No. > 4. How accurate is the simulation? Good enough. It has been used by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. > 5. Wich countries are in-game? There are factory provided scenarios for U.S., Canada, and Australia/New Zealand vs an OPFOR that was modeled on the Soviet Army. > 6. How big maps can be? The largest possible TacOps maps is roughly 31 km x 31 km. > 7. Can I play co-op against AI? The official answer is no, however it can be done with an unsupported hack. > 8. Are translations of game avaiable? No, if you mean languages other than English. > 9. Is TacOps worth 50$? TacOps costs $25 from Battlefront.com.
  4. Random questions

    > 1. Is it possible to play co-op versus the AI? Note that this only works for factory provided scenarios that include an AI opponent. Do the following if you want to umpire/host a Multiplayer game session where the humans go against the AI instead of against each other. The hidden feature mentioned below is a quick hack that I did some years ago for development and testing. It was never exhaustively tested by myself but has been used a lot by military users without complaint. Note that the umpire is the only participant in a multiplayer game who does what is below. Everyone else starts up normally. Run TacOps as the host/umpire. Skip through the splash screen. When the game start up window appears click in the lower left corner (just inboard of the decorative window border) of the game startup window while holding down the Shift key and the Alt key. If you hit the correct place you will see an alert window that says "g_umpireUsingAI is TRUE". If you get an alert that says "g_umpireUsingAI is FALSE" then repeat the click until you get the correct alert. There is another place in the program where you can also turn this feature on and off. Select the "Network/More Network Tools" menu item. In the window which will then appear, click in the lower left corner (just inboard of the decorative window border) while holding down the Shift key and the Alt key. If you hit the correct place you will see an alert window that says either "g_umpireUsingAI is TRUE" or "g_umpireUsingAI is FALSE". > 2. Is it possible to play with more than 2 players without an umpire, or > for the umpire to function as a player? No, except for the hack explained above. > 3. I tried to connect to my own server with a 2nd copy of tacops > running, and the map was blank. Any suggestions on how to get 3 people > playing together without forcing one player to be an umpire? Were you running both iterations on the same computer? If so, that won't work reliably. You need to have a separate computer on your home network for each iteration of TacOps. This is not a copy protection thing, it is an issue with shared memory and resources on a single computer running two iterations of the program simultaneously. Best regards, Major H
  5. TacOps4 Is Not Copyprotected

    Thanks Sgt Ray. I'm still here. Every day is a holiday.
  6. TacOps for Mac OSX

    I was making progress with a carbon version some years ago but I couldn't keep up with the OS changes coming out of Apple nor with its OSX philosophy of apparently trying to make Mac coding as obtuse as possible. Or maybe I've just lost too many brain cells. However, I still pay the annual freight to be an Apple Developer and I still buy a new Mac Pro every three years - got the latest one just two months ago. Every Monday I think that this will be the week that I go back to work.
  7. Tacops Status

    > Will TacopsCav or MC ever be available? TacOpsCav is obsolete. Its features were blended into TacOps v4 years ago. TacOpsMC ... maybe.
  8. BMP's Not Firing

    > further thoughts? Units that were recently suppressed by arty fire or direct fire might not take a shot. If an enemy unit has been shot at several times in a given fire pulse, there is a chance that your other units will choose to engage another target. A unit with a weapon that can penetrate but has a very low momentary probability of hit due to range, a moving target, the unit moving itself might not take a shot. Even when all is perfect, there is always a low probability per fire pulse that a unit will not fire. Murphey's law says that this will generally happen at the worst possible moment. Also, a few exasperated folks have sent me saved game files of situations where a unit wouldn't fire and it turned out that the unit was out of ammo or that weapon was damaged.
  9. BMP's Not Firing

    Units don't fire their weapons at targets that they can't harm. If the BMPs get a shot at the flank or rear of an M1 then they will likely light up. Or, if you want to even things up for human vs human play, you can use the options menu to give OPFOR "advanced ATGMs".
  10. Latest patch install?

    > The WWII units are not extensive and you'll notice some glaring omissions > (no Tigers, Panthers, newer T-34s, etc.). When I started the WWII mod experiment I only included items from the first year or two of the war. After several months of work there was still almost no interest in the WWII mod from my customer base at the time and the project moved to a back burner. Then I took up sailing.
  11. Problems on Win Vista 32bit

    Sprocket62 - Thanks very much for that info. Nice to know the bug isn't in TacOps. I presume that a March 2010 hot fix has by now been incorporated into the regular OS updates. That might explain why this hasn't been reported before.
  12. damage and loss detection?

    Vehicle units. Effective direct fire, indirect fire, mine explosions, artillery strikes, and air strikes usually produce secondary explosions and or display symbols over the target to indicate the level of effect. If a symbol or a secondary explosion is not displayed over a visible target then there probably was no effect on the target. Effects include vehicle destruction, vehicle damage, weapon damage, personnel loss, and suppression. A secondary explosion will be shown if a vehicle in a unit is destroyed or severely damaged. If a vehicle is destroyed, a wreck marker will be drawn. Infantry units. Infantry units may sustain permanent casualties and or be suppressed. Permanent infantry casualties are indicated by the display of a skull symbol. Suppression is indicated by an S symbol. Suppression may also be assumed when the skull symbol is seen. Chapter 11, Combat Effects in the user guide shows the various casualty symbols that appear on the screen during the combat phase. Static information is reported by the Reports/Game Status menu item and the Reports/Order of Battle menu items. Game Status window. Provides detailed textual information on the current strength and cumulative losses of each force. If the "No Enemy OOB Reports" preferences item has been marked, enemy numbers will not be shown in this report until the end of the game. At the end of the game this report will also state which force has succeeded or failed in its mission. Order of Battle window. Displays the current strength of each force in a graphic format. If the "No Enemy OOB Reports" preferences item has been marked, enemy units will not be shown in this report.
  13. Problems on Win Vista 32bit

    Sorry that I took so long to notice and reply. I'm on a walkabout. I won't be back to my studio for a couple of weeks more. Yours is the first report of a problem with Win Vista 32bit. Try the OS compatibility experiments below first and let me know what happens. Two possible workarounds are mentioned later in this post. = = = = = = OS Compatibility Settings From the Windows desktop, navigate to and open the TacOps folder. It is likely to be at the root level of your primary hard drive rather than in the Programs folder. If Vista hid it somewhere else then do a file search for "TacOps4.exe". Right click on the file named TacOps4.exe and select Properties from the pop up menu. When the Properties window appears, click on the Compatibility tab. Check mark the OS Compatibility box, and then experiment with the various OS compatibility settings - starting with "Windows 98/Me". = = = = = = = I don't have a Vista machine with me so the instructions above are based on what I see when I right click on an exe file on an old Windows XP notebook. Hopefully Vista has a similar option. > Are there any command line options or hidden doohickeys > that will let me play without any sounds at all? Not that I recall. The "click sound" option is there but you said that didn't fix the problem. Try this as a workaround. Select the TacOps Options/Preferences menu item and un check the items named "Startup Screens" and "Bugle Alert". That will stop the playing of the one time startup music and a bugle sound that is played at the beginning of each orders phase. > I deleted all the wav files but I'm guessing the game sounds are either in the .exe > or some other resource file, right? The game sound effects (weapons, explosions, etc) are all compiled into the program file, the exe file. > plays several times consecutively and the system becomes unstable from memory usage and then locks up the sound system Try this as a workaround. Don't start a new game by using the TacOps "New Game" menu item. At the end of each game, quit TacOps and then restart the game for the next session. This should do a better job of clearing all memory that Windows may think is being used by the TacOps program.
  14. Should we still wait for TacOps 5?

    I am not working on anything at the moment.
  15. USMC Artillery

    Bad day. There is no difference in the arty combat res tables between U.S. Army and USMC arty.
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