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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. Play in XP?

    I'm pretty sure you need WinXP with Service Pack 3 (sp3) to play the v4.0 of Red thunder. I tried installing upgrading to v4.0 on an old WinXP with Service Pack 2 (sp2) and it didn't work.
  2. Work with XP

    You definitely need Win Xp sp3 though
  3. Some Italian thoughts

    Great post - makes me want to try playing as the italians again
  4. Hi, Playing a PBEM game I noticed this strange occurrence with my opponents Stuart tank firing a canister shell into the air. Barrel elevation was maximum even though potential targets were lower than the barrel elevation and cannister round goes vertical. Anyway here is a link to the picture (the canister round is at the top of the screen - not where barrel is pointing) https://www.dropbox.com/s/tkmpd3m8a0ujdi8/strange stuart tank bug firing.png?dl=0 P.S I was just kidding about the anti-air - no airplanes were shot down
  5. 4.0 bug reporting

    yeah not too sure... it may have been for a Vickers MG platoon.
  6. 4.0 bug reporting

    Small bug maybe? I haven't checked what it was like before in engine 3.0 but I noticed a NZ 2IC squad had a machine gun symbol (of course it did not actually have a bren or vickers gun)
  7. Hi, I'm at work at the moment but I am keen to play a small probe. I can setup a shared folder in dropbox and setup a small/tiny map probe with me on attack. Let me know your dropbox name etc.  Also any special settings/requirements you have for the battle. I would prefer infantry only with maybe some halftracks, armored cars.

    1. Ultradave


      Whatever you like is fine. 

      You'll need my email to share the folder - 


      When you set it up can you make sure both sides are set for map preview allowed. Might help us both plan our forces. Other than that, anything you like. Infantry, halftracks and armored cars sounds fine.

    2. weta_nz


      Hi Dave,

      Great I will setup something when I get home from work (~8hrs). I've just started another PBEM battle as the british so I might choose to be the germans in this one, I'll set you up as the americans unless you have a different preference.  Like I said before I'm keen to try a small infantry only battle.  I'll make it a probe into a village with me as the attacker. I will make sure map preview is on. 


    3. Ultradave


      That's fine for me.

  8. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Thanks for the info Dave. Also I will PM you soon
  9. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Just played a small/tiny quick battle against the AI using engine 4.0. Fun battle and to my eye CMFI looks the best of the CM series. Not sure if it is the colours or the small map or time of day but everything looked super sharp and smooth. My only (tiny) complaint is when I Iet the computer auto pick the german forces (infantry only) they still ended up with an anti tank gun force (e.g approx 2x 88mm guns 4 x 75mm guns 2x infantry guns etc. Still as I said it was a fun battle :). However it is probably about time I played a human. I'm very inexperienced PBEM player but if anyone whats to play a small infantry Quick battle Probe or meeting engagement let me know.
  10. AI vs AI

    I like that idea
  11. AI vs AI

    I'm not sure what 'bake a whole fight' means (I don't have CM:SF) but you are correct about CMx2 CMBN - you can not have the AI fight the AI. It would be nice to create to AI scripts/plans and then watch the 'AI' fight it out
  12. Thanks for confirming that Macisle
  13. Hi Macisle, Out of interest do you know if you can get the AI plan to do a smoke mission after the 1st turn in version 4.0? I could not get this to work in earlier versions.
  14. 4.0 Can't alt-TAB

    Yeah similar for me. With Window 7 - I could ALT+Tab during scenario load or normal game play but since I installed Windows 10 I can't ALT+Tab during scenario load only normal game play