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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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  1. This. Training is training. If two forces (different nationalities) have the same experience level and the same equipment, in-game the two units will be equal. Same experience level, but different equipment, will mean different in-game advantages/disadvantages. Motivation also matters.
  2. Wait! Is there a product which can give me all the rewards of hard work, time, effort, sweat, pain, discomfort, and determination but without all of that? If only they took credit cards...
  3. FOW keeps the German player from seeing (accurately) the status of that jeep. It seems to be destroyed pretty quickly and then the driver bails. (The explosion (grenade?) seems to do the job.) The first set of bullets seems to impact the windshield in front of the passenger seat. But, yeah, kind of interesting. There seems to be a disparity between halftrack gunners and jeep drivers and who can live longer. Maybe halftracks just need the windshield?
  4. Infantry who are not moving and are in tall vegetation are VERY difficult to spot. I haven't bothered to look at your test: are you using tall grass/bushes/shrubs, or just short grass?
  5. Most folks consider it unsporting to fire at the enemy's setup location on the first turn. There are some exceptions: 1.) If the enemy is in a prepared defense and this is a planned assault, then first turn artillery would be assumed to be a natural extension of pre-battle planning. 2.) If you can SEE the enemy, then, after the first turn, you can call in artillery on that location. There are several threads about this. The best technique is to communicate with your opponent first and have a conversation about what each of you prefer.
  6. The original Tiger I's had command detonated mines attached to the hull from the factory. (Four, I think.) Hmm...this gives me an excuse to look over my Jentz books. Claymores (or other anti-personnel mines) on AFVs is nothing new. It's interesting that they're not on tanks in current use. I suppose the thought is that infantry anti-tank weapons have sufficient standoff range that any anti-personnel mines would have too short of a range to be effective. (Of course, similar thinking started stripping machineguns off of tanks, and telephones, and canister rounds, etc.) The photos seem to me to clearly be some sort of easy add-on ERA.
  7. LOL... Nice pic, but something from inside the CV90 would've been so much groggier. Looks like you guys were going to, or coming from, having fun at a beach. Hope it was as much fun as this thread. Thanks.
  8. Great! Thanks for doing...and sharing.
  9. Skilled designers "lead" you to the fords by creating paths and other visual cues that there are crossings there. And/or, they put a "Ford" label on it. Edited to add: Another technique is to widen the water obstacle out at the ford. This shows a shallower area and less current.
  10. Driving: Track care? How often does it throw a track? What kind of slope can it traverse (parallel to the slope)? How much engine maintenance must be done? What about the reliability of the weapons, sights, hydraulics, auto-loader, MG belt feed, etc? ...and, of course: any pictures? (Of HER, you dolt! )
  11. ^^^ Thanks! Best part? The brass ejection.
  12. Wow. These look very nice!
  13. What is the actual ability to hit targets while moving? Vision systems: how well do they permit acquisition and moving at night/smoke?
  14. Hmm, it's kind of tough to bridge the two topics. I'll be here all week. Try the veal.