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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. Keep in mind also that the batteries in WW2 era vehicles were crap compared to todays. Turning off the engine would have meant going to unpowered gun traverse and elevation, the radios would start sucking the batteries dry and all electrical systems would have been reduced in effectiveness. You'd also have to start the vehicle every so often to keep the batteries charged and starting a tank is a lot louder than just idling one.
  2. US Uniforms

    Well; I did retire in 2010. OTOH rolled sleeves ARE prohibited in designated combat zones, which encompasses all of Combat Mission.
  3. US Uniforms

    Currently rolled sleeves are against regulation for the US Army. I believe the Marines will roll them in garrison.
  4. Helmets (or lack thereof)

    Is it possible to make that mod only replace some helmets with sidecaps?

    Likes games? Knew she would.
  6. Tiger II Ausf. B (H) Camo

    If it has I don't see it at CMMODS.
  7. In the M2A2 version of the Bradley there was an illuminated dial with an arrow that would point in the direction the turret was facing. The dial itself was an outline of a Brad with the various clock positions indicated by number. The arrow would light up over the appropriate clock position. I can't speak for other US armor except by very faulty old man's memory from the times I worked with tankers. I believe they had the same indicator.
  8. The US uses clock positions with 12 O'Clock always being direct front of the vehicle.
  9. Tactical Lifehack

    That's because Battlefront changed some of the textures for 1.04, and Kieme didn't update his modes.
  10. Next Korean war is coming close...

    I see an almost zero chance of the US acting unilaterally against the DPRK without the RoKs full cooperation. The entire air/ land battle strategy for the peninsula is based on the RoK and US militaries along with our other allies in the region to act in concert. One US division plus air support isn't going to win on it's own.
  11. BTR-4E Armament

    Bear in mind that Middle Eastern construction isn't as resilient as it's western counterparts. Sand isn't a very good aggregate for concrete.
  12. How accurate *is* CMBS?

    I have no doubt if I knew I was being targeted by three 122 mm rounds me and my Bradley would be moving out of the area as fast as we could go. My comment wasn't in direct relation to the overall topic, just a comment on the MEXAS tile on the Brad.