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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. Russian army under equipped?

    It seems to function like a version of the French Foreign Legion - expendable. However, at least they are well paid. Have always felt that military service is (or should be) a admirable vocation, not "just a job" as it is now often presented as. If it's "just a job" it makes perfect sense to hire oneself out to highest bidder and fight for money.
  2. Monitor Upgrade

    Definitely get better image quality at 2560x1600. But, until the UI becomes scaleable, one has to degrade to make the UI text readable.
  3. Russian army under equipped?

    Interesting article, esp this: "Russia has managed to obviate the need for deploying large numbers of troops on the ground by bringing in private military companies. These companies consist of well-paid mercenaries, most of whom are retired Russian servicemen. The difference from the similar practice in the United States is that the Russian private military companies are not relegated to supporting roles. They are used as highly capable assault forces, and their personnel are often embedded with Syrian units to augment those units’ fighting ability. This approach has proved very useful both militarily and politically, as it minimizes the political cost of direct military intervention. The Russian public has proved completely indifferent to reports of the losses suffered by the mercenary companies, rightly believing that “these people are highly paid, and knew what they were getting into.” As a result ― and contrary to Western expectations ― Russian losses in Syria have not led to any negative domestic repercussions for the Putin administration."
  4. Monitor Upgrade

    From your link, this one looks very good as well: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074G5G8FT/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&th=1 Was hoping for a 4:3 aspect ratio, but I guess that really doesn't matter anymore... But, maybe save for a 4G UHD?
  5. New features curiosity

    While we are at it, how about a % of troops get WIA just by moving and stumbling, spraining/breaking ankles etc. Less % WIA on good roads, but if there is ice or they are in rough terrain, oh boy...
  6. A Video Worth Watching

    Interesting to see how he organizes his troops. But, am curious. When did he and many in UK start pronouncing "H" as "Haitch" (instead of "Aitch")? When I wuz at school in "Angleterre" people laughed at anyone who pronounced it that way as they were obviously ignorant poorly educated working class pond scum. But, now one hears the "Haitch" quite commonly. What happened?
  7. New features curiosity

    Have always thought it ironic that we have many night scenarios where one has to alt-b plus turn the monitor gain up so that we have a weird "daylight" in order to see to play (and the wonderful game graphics now look like crap). Never understood the point. Stick with daylight scenarios imo.
  8. New features curiosity

    Have definitely played Poland 1939. Probably one of the earlier WW2 top down 2D games (SPWW2?) that CM1 replaced on my HD.
  9. Oleksandr's Modding Space

    It's good that you take a well-earned break, Olek. Too many talented folks burn out and disappear. Or they promise the earth and cannot deliver etc.
  10. Shocked re the stats for the MP44 vs MP40. Stg44 was supposed be much superior - esp at longer ranges.
  11. CMSF2

    Options are nearly always a good thing on principle. Nobody is forced to use the option. But if someone wants to simulate an Elite UNCON with NVG's... Why not? It's a game...
  12. New features curiosity

    Must be getting confused with another game then. Still, I think many of us were hoping for early war battles (Poland & France).
  13. New features curiosity

    Huh...? Always thought we would eventually have the timescale of CM1 so we could fight CM2 or CM3 battles from invasion of Poland onwards. Disappointing if BF doesn't intend to provide early war experience. You saying they don't?
  14. Oleksandr's Modding Space

    Hey Olek, you may want to post CMRT stuff on the CMRT forum area - otherwise certain people may feel the need to start yelling at you. Re the T-34 mod - not sure am as big a fan of it as your CMBS ones. There are many xnt CMRT AFV mods already.
  15. New features curiosity

    1) As you probably know am a big proponent for a revamp of the work intensive ACQUIRE "routine" that is such a PITA - especially when trying to resupply a larger formation. Am hoping that future patches or CM3 will enable units to exchange ammo and even weapons with adjacent units with reasonable and RL restrictions and time delays during which such units could not be issued any orders other than emergency "take cover" orders. 2) A version of "Shoot & Scoot" order esp for leg AT and sniper units lying in ambush - they would wait for a target, shoot, then immediately displace to another waypoint chosen by the player. 3) One click 180 degree arcs like we had in CM1. Would save a lot of player time when one needs to issue multiple covered arcs in different directions at each waypoint for a larger formation as they travel via multiple waypoints. 4) Scalable UI so we can use the higher resolution that monitors can now offer and still read the in-game text and UI. 5) Enabling AI to move a main weapon like a MG or gun a few inches so it can shoot at a target that currently only the team's "3rd ammo bearer" can see. 6) Making LOS determination better/easier. Currently it is common to test LOS from a waypoint but when one's unit gets to that waypoint it does not have the LOS one expected - which raises the question "what is the point of allowing the player to test LOS from every waypoint?" BF could even drop that feature as it's not particularly realistic anyway. 7) For CM3 wish there was a way to combine all games to get a mega CM2 similar to how CM1 worked instead of having so many different families each with its own set of patches and modules and headaches and duplications and mods and... Along with many of us am impatient for the CM2 family to get to 1939. But, realistically can't see that happening for at least 5 years with current rate of development. My concern is that CM2 engine will become dated, and players bored before that happens. Given all the suggestions accumulated re players "wish lists" it seems that the sooner BF gets going with CM3, the better, as a new engine incorporating many of the suggestions that everyone is making would renew the excitement of the series.