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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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  1. Well, reducing overall casualties was the rationale for nuking Japan. We don't even know if our ancient nukes work any more.
  2. +!. Had Hitler pushed the Brits into the sea they would have lost all 300K+. But, he ordered a pause... Possibly political - he hoped the Brits would negotiate if he didn't massacre them. Also, the Panzers may have had supply problems having raced ahead much faster than anticipated.
  3. It's been a long time since I played it since it's an original gamer campaign and probably the first CMRT mission I played. But, I just powered it up to remind me and I recall it being enjoyable. Obviously one has to enjoy large missions. I don't recall having too much problem winning. But, it requires mental discipline to hold reserves until one knows what it ahead and made plans where to attack. As with nearly all CM games, one has insufficient info re where enemy defenses are located. So, one has to do one's own recon - the sort of recon that in RL would/should already be done. The other SOP is always to find locations for one's support units where they can mass fire on a relatively small portion of the map where one intends to attack while at the same time making sure those units can't be counterfired from too many enemy locations - ie keyholing. I can't recall how much smoke was available. But, if it's available it needs to be used.
  4. I guess I managed it then... Don't recall issues.
  5. Which mission in the campaign is this? Am up to Mission 6 and wondering if this Mission is still awaiting me.
  6. 40-50% friendly casualties and maybe 40,000 civilian dying slowly... Makes one wonder if it woulda been more humane to just nuke the place.
  7. That's the sort of response that makes those "people" cream. Best to do an IGNORE yourself.
  8. That must have been the LUXURY MRE's for REMF's. We had rusty nails to eat for the iron with ground glass for dessert, and drink each other piss, and...
  9. Sometimes things like this only photo well from one angle. Am sure he found the best one.
  10. The lighting really makes that diorama. Presumably heavily p/shopped. But beautiful.
  11. Yes, reading that it was similar to CO's trying to use TD's or IFV's as tanks. Either out of stupidity or deliberate attempt to sabotage a theory of fighting they didn't like. However, the BC concept still seems sound if used appropriately. So, I wonder if there was another more compelling problem that uh sank that concept.
  12. All sounds good. 9 hours to complete a large Bn sized scenario seems very fast to me (unless the defenses suck). Am playing Mission #4 (2 battalions+) of dragonwynn's Heart of Darkness campaign (for CMSF) and it's taking days due to needing rest breaks to let brain cool down.
  13. Presumably the useful range of the ATR was much greater than for a Pzfaust. A mass of ATR's would remain undetected by a buttoned up tank longer. Plus it would be like hitting at bees. While you look for one ATR firing, another 3 ATR's hit you and distract you.
  14. Well they did ask for a new road thru the village.
  15. Man I gotta get me one o dem. I too have a serious desert rodent problem messing up my property.