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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. German Infantry mods 1941

    For the record, I am not nor have I ever been "AstroCat". Just sayin'. Anyhow, I think AstroCat may have packaged up some of my mods. It's been a while so I don't really remember. Nice to see the mods mentioned, though.
  2. Jacques Littlefield RIP

    Yes, I hope it stays together. They're all owned by the foundation that he set up, so perhaps that will keep them as one collection. The place where I work has a connection to his family, so I thought at some point I might try to see if I could set up a tour. Oh well.
  3. Of the amazing Littlefield Collection of military vehicles here in the Bay Area. He was only 59... didn't get to play with all those cool toys as long as he should have been able to. Ah, to be rich. Why am I not from old money, dammit!? Obit from SFGate: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/12/BAHA157UND.DTL
  4. the GF Recipie Thread

    Hey, enough of the Habanero bashing! They need to be used in moderation, but they're pretty fantastic. They are definitely hotter than most anything else out there, but the heat doesn't last as long (really) in your mouth, and they have a wonderful floral fruity flavor that other chilies don't. Try this. You'll like it: Charred habanero salsa 1 or 2 (depending on your pain threshold) Habanero chilies, seeded and stemmed 3 Roma tomatoes 2 cloves garlic 1/3 cup water kosher salt to taste On a heavy pan or griddle (a cast iron pan is perfect) roast chilies, tomatoes, and unpeeled garlic until all are brown, blistered, and soft. Using rubber gloves (I cannot stress this enough... god help you if you have Habanero oil on your fingers when you decide to rub your eyes or scratch your nads or something), remove the stems and seeds from the Habaneros. Chop tomatoes roughly, peel garlic, and put everything into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Good with tortilla chips; even better drizzled over tacos made from Mayan chicken cooked in banana leaves (chicken pib), homemade tortillas, black beans, and pickled onions. Mmmmmm.
  5. CM:SF for Mac OS Lives !!!

    You might find the MacBook's low Video RAM might not support it. </font>
  6. CM:SF for Mac OS Lives !!!

    Cool! BTW, I have a high-end G5 that I'm not planning on replacing anytime soon. Don't make me play CM on my wifes MacBook!
  7. ***Mod posted ***

    No... it was GM. Ford was Ford. Both were (supposedly) nationalized by the Nazis before the war, but, rumor has it, that didn't let Ford and GM stand in the way of making a nice profit out of the situation.
  8. Thanks! You don't even want to know how much time went into most of those mods. I'm glad people are still enjoying them. Actually it wasn't my computer, in the strictest sense, it was my work-issued laptop. The up side is that I'm getting a MacBook Pro tomorrow or Tuesday that already has Windows XP installed, so that may put me back on the CM bandwagon.
  9. I think he has upgraded his mac to a new OS and CM will not run any more. </font>
  10. Got pictures of what you want?
  11. Looking for a uniform mod

    Modding a greatcoat -- without it looking silly -- would involve altering the 3D model for the soldiers and we can't do that. Best we can do is padded winter jackets and so forth that are the same approximate length as the tunic so it can use the existing 3D model ok.
  12. I'm usually lurking here off and on. Seriously, at this point if anyone wants to do anything to my mods go ahead. As long as people are enjoying them, that's the main thing.
  13. Real life takes precedent. I'll try to wrap it up soon, especially since most of the work is done already.