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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. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Who needs to make up stuff when real life provides such great fodder? I've heard of aggressive merchandising, but this is ridiculous! Regards, John Kettler
  2. Someone posted this on CoC, and I wanted to make sure it got posted over here pronto, It's a four part lecture series which I've NOT had the chance to watch. Can therefore say nothing omne way or the other about it. Regards, John Kettler
  3. This has a lot of pics showing live ones, broken down ones and quite dead ones, too. It's got a song I never heard before as the video soundtrack, and I like the melody, yet have no idea what's being said. All I can tell is that it's German. Judging from this, it would appear the creator of the vid knows the Axis History Forum well! The thread has a considerable amount of info in it. https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=153725 This clip from some British show has a brief piece of far footage of some in convoy, as well as some good stills and commentary. Regards, John Kettler
  4. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Many here will know of the Onion, a clearly labeled satire site people somehow believe is real news and get all worked up about anyway. Then there's Duffel Blog, which satirizes military news. Stumbled across a real doozy a few minutes ago. It's called The Babylon Bee, and it bills itself as "Your source for Christian satire." It's got some 425K FB fans and 99K+ Twitter Followers. Regards, John Kettler
  5. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    What's lower than NOE?! Regards, John Kettler
  6. PW Problem

    Had access issue to my BFC account and was sent a replacement. All good there. But try as I might, I couldn't locate the place where I can reset my PW. Could someone please tell me where that is? Thanks! Regards, John Kettler
  7. This is one scary and disturbing read, but it is also, methinks, a must read for those who would understand how our military really works. https://warontherocks.com/2018/05/a-call-for-senior-officer-reform-in-the-air-force-an-insiders-perspective/ Regards, John Kettler
  8. This was posted on FB, and should be of keen interest to many here, both for what CM games already are out and for the much wanted earlier period games. Regards, John Kettler
  9. Marvelous Malaprops

    Today's offering is a spectacular ecclesiastical gaffe. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154903063411428&set=p.10154903063411428&type=3
  10. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Andy, The Renwal stuff can be had, too, and I'm certain the M42 Duster (saw it 2 years ago in Tacoma, WA) and the T19 Tank Destroyer were the first AFV models I ever built/helped build. Am reasonably certain the 280 mm Atomic Annie isn't available, though. Years ago, some guy found the manuals in a surplus store and accurized the Renwal model to a fare thee well. https://boxartden.com/gallery/index.php/Boxart-Collection A tiny sample of its holdings. Regards, John Kettler
  11. Marvelous Malaprops

    Am starting to get the felling when that Star Destroyer passed overhead when I saw Star Wars in 1977. The point here is that Episode IV--A New Hope was the first Star Wars movie released, and it didn't have Episode IV--A New Hope in the title then, either. It was just Star Wars. Given this, the factoid writer is stating an impossibility, not an oddity--because there was NO Star Wars movie Mark Hamill could've seen before getting involved in Episode IV. Here's the original title segment. Regards, John Kettler
  12. Russian army under equipped?

    This may or may not be old hat, but Russia's MoD has officially confirmed it's buying 2 x T-14 Battalion and 1 x T-15 Battalion. Article did not cite a delivery date. These AFVs are officially listed as being for extended trials, with NO production decision until 2020. http://www.janes.com/article/77950/order-for-t-14-mbts-t-15-heavy-ifvs-for-extended-trials-confirmed-by-russian-mod Regards, John Kettler
  13. Panther gun damage

    MIkeyD, My experience, when it comes to those lovely cats, is that NO amount of careful anything can save these critters from disaster. Would agree, though, that charging in only shortens the time until things fall apart. Back during ROW, I had a Jagdpanther first bog, then immobilize, on dry ground. That's but one example. In CMBN, playing Barkmanns Corner, first Barkmann bought it while head out, followed by the gunner while head in! Have repeatedly found this sort of thing happens with any expensive CM toy, including an Abrams. Okay, more like two, if you count the one so dinged up as to be largely unfightable because its optics were cut to pieces by 30 mm fire. Regards, John Kettler
  14. Helmets (or lack thereof)

    The Combat Regs for Infantry are great, but either CARL's copy is wonky, I'm not reading and comprehending properly, or both. The squad and platoon level material doesn't seem to be there, and each of the three downloads builds upon the previous one as the hierarchy ascends. Fabulous material, but nothing directly pertinent to this discussion. Now if you wish to man a security post, I've got you covered in the Combat Regs. Regards, John Kettler