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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. Finally made it!

    All good advice and refresher... even for this veteran...
  2. It's one of the reasons am hoping that CM3 is well in the works. Most grog players are not primarily concerned about graphics - that is a different market. The gamers concerned mostly with graphics may never enjoy the complexity/sim quality of CM2. But, yes, the CM2 graphics are essentially from 2007 CMSF. By now BF must have collated a huge list of improvements and wish list items that may not be practicable with CM2. CM1 was obsolete (altho still fun to play) in 8 years. CM2 is now 11 years old. Say no more...

    Thanks. That's useful for many folks. I regularly get asked for mods for CMSF etc that may have become unavailable.
  4. It may be debatable whether this feature is worth fixing. But, widely separated teams suffering morale problems cos someone on the other side of the map gets a hot, is called something like telepathy. Not "realistic" (FWIW).
  5. Not upsetting the Russians seems to be a very big deal. Other than for testing purposes, in all my play-throughs, there did not seem to be any compelling reason to use LZ 3 across the river. Looks like suicide. And from what you say, it is. Am hoping there is a way with triggers that if a Blue team across the river does not get noticed or engaged in combat that then they can accomplish their mission and get back undetected and all is well. Maybe to recover a bailed out pilot or search the crash site to recover/destroy top secret tech.
  6. For those who are interested there are a large number of CMSF mods just been uploaded. Not sure if they are all new or re-uploads of older lost mods.
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    Am still hoping for CM3 featuring moving trains - so the tracks will be important.
  8. This is one big drawback. Unless there is a way to randomize the appearance of intel, it limits replayability.
  9. Wonder if MOS' innovative ideas could help accomplish something similar for CMSF2.
  10. When is Shock Force 2

    IMO very soon. As I will be off the grid and unable to d/l anything till May or June, that is when BF releases new products.
  11. Just curious: Is it normal to use Command vehicles as part of the assault force. My SOP is to keep em safe in the rear and only for emergency defense. But, have no idea re RL deployment.
  12. Kharkov Map Sneak Peak

    Speaking as a frustrated model RR enthusiast, what about the station and the track layout?
  13. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/to-shoot-from-the-hip If you say that someone shoots from the hip, you mean that they react to situations or give their opinion very quickly, without stopping to think (or bothering to read the post they are responding to).
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    Very good find. Liked this: http://www.helion.co.uk/paradise-afire-volume-1-the-sri-lankan-war-1971-1987.html