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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. CMx1 screen resolutions

    Here is a bit more information for anyone who has the time to try and solve this. Firstly, I have an HP W22 monitor, Geforce GT740, Windows 10, and a powerful PC. I have been playing this game for many years (Since CMBO first came out) without any problems. The problem started when I got the GT740 AND Windows 10. I got a message from GE Force Experience that I have to update driver for Windows 10 to 355.60 which I did. I have tried literally hundreds of settings on the Nvidia control panel, Killing the prefs file every time, the thing that keeps occurring is that at start up the only options I get are 1280 X 1040 75 and 60 Hz. I choose the 60hz option, load a game and I get a full screen with awful graphics (Poor resolution and Squat units). Also game is jerky, I ALT/TAB and game speeds up perfectly. All the above with or without anti-aliasing, with or without vert sync, No Scaling controlled by the display. I never get the option for a 4:3 scaling at any resolution. If I switch scaling to be controlled by GPU, I do get the correct screen display at correct scaling etc BUT the performance is really slow, if I ALT/TAB which normally speeds things up the system locks up and only way out is to use task manager to X-out exception error window and kill CM task. Any help will be greatly appreciated...
  2. Still trying to get CMAK run at 4.3 resolution

  3. CMx1 screen resolutions

    I have a scaling problem not mentioned here - the only option I get after killing the prefs file is 1280 X 1024 at 75 Hz. This results in filling my wide screen monitor (1680 X 1050) with awful looking Squat units. - I have to ALT/TAB in order for graphics to run properly (Very slow if I do not do this) I set the Nvidia GT 740 to no scaling and Monitor to control scaling. If I try to set the GPU to control scaling, I then get an option of 1280 X 1024 at 60 Hz and the splash screen looks great at the 4:3 ratio. BUT after ALT/TAB to get graphics to run everything locks up. Anyone got any ideas one this one (I could not find this situation in the previous comments)
  4. Update - I think my CMBO is loading it's BMP files from the CD instead of from the BMP folder on my PC - anyone know why this might be and how to fix it (Load files from BMP folder in the CMBO location on my PC)
  5. Hello, I know this question has bee asked and answered a million times, but I still can't find a solution. Like others I was forced to upgrade from my trusty XP to Windows 8.1, I got a new computer also. When I try to play CMBO all I get is "Mushy" graphics, Gridded grass just looks like pea soup?? When restarting with pref file deleted I only get 2 resolution options, then on the third "Next" the screen and computer freeze and I have to re-start. Restart gives same results. PC has a GeForce GT740, driver is (Latest as og April 2015). While of the subject, my CMAK works OK, but I have to ALT+TAB to make it run. Display is HP W22 Can anyone help??? Thanks Tony
  6. Hello, I know CMAK is getting "Long-in-the-tooth", but I and a few contacts still love to play it. It is getting veryu hard to fine opponents, so if anyone reading this thread is interested in playing please let me know. Thanks
  7. Hello, I have a few opponents for CMBO and CMAK, but they, like me are trying very hard to find people to play against. If anyone reads this post and know of anyone interested in playing please let me know via this thread or email me at awillis@berkshire.rr.com
  8. CMBB/AK/BO on Mac

    Does antone still play CMAK, or am I the only one left??? I have searched high and low for opponents but can't find anyone. If someone reading this post knows where I can find opponents I would love to hear from you. Reply to awillis@berkshire.rr.com
  9. I still love to play CMAK, but just can't find opponents anymore - anyone here interested???
  10. Hello, like many others I am being pressured into going from my good old XP OS to windows 8. Are there any reasons why I can't play my CMBO and CMAK on a Windows 8 system?
  11. After all these years of playing I can't believe I am asking this question!! Engineers can destroy mines by just sitting near them, but how the heck do you find mines. By playing the Computer I found mines when a tank went over them and was knocked out, so now I know excatly where the mines are. Went back a turn, halted the tank and had a bunch of engineers walk the area to look for them - nothing found !! I walked the area with just about every unit possible - no-one finds the mines ?? Does this mean that we have to have mines blow up on our units before we know where they are. If that's the case whats the point of engineers having the ability to kill mines - damage has already been done.
  12. New MB graphics question

    OK, so I got it as good as it gets, that's fine - thanks.
  13. New MB graphics question

    Hi guys, I took your advice and got a new power supply (Antec Truepower Trio 430 W) and a BFG GeForce 7950 GTOC with 256 MB. Man what a difference !!! I am seeing things on a Tiger I never saw or noticed before, the little machine gun and periscope slot for example. I can fly around the battlefield as smooth as can be, no jerkyness at all - Its' great !!. One question - my 22" wide format monitor runs at 1680 X 1050, when I fire up CMAK after deleting pref file the highest choice I get is 1280 X 1040, this give me a center square to play in - it's OK just wondered why I don't get the "Native" resolution choice.
  14. New MB graphics question

    The power supply they put in is a 300W A/Open brand model FSP300-60GT The 12V is rated at 12.0A Seems like this might be a bit underpowered ??
  15. New MB graphics question

    Thanks for the inforamtion Schrullenhaft - as I now have a really good rig (1GB PC3200 RAM, P4 processor at 3.4 Ghz) I don't want to skimp on the graphics card. So maybe $250 - $300 for a PCE graphics card for CM playing, what would you suggest for that kind of money.