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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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Everything posted by Erwin

  1. This should provide access to a comprehensive set of all CMSF scenarios and campaigns to date (along with same from other titles). https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B0HhNCJWAbKmcUF0VHRERzdvYTA
  2. Have been helping Sgt Squarehead on his new CMA campaign and have been very impressed with the first scenario I tested. He's putting a lot of work into this campaign. Anyone who looks forward to good new CMA campaign make yourselves known now...
  3. With "working" main gun and bow MG. Lovely paint job. Also - large scale MkV:
  4. precision arty

    Am wondering that when both sides have precision arty and plentiful drones, all vehicular ground combat will cease to exist (all vehicles being KO'd quickly). With ground vehicles ceasing to exist, the only remaining "safe" way to deliver payload will be from an aircraft or drone missile. Good for air force funding maybe?
  5. Fury Movie Discussion.

    Hoping I can find it on Netflix or similar.
  6. It would be very useful to have a command that would move the unit a few inches so that the MAIN WEAPON could target the enemy that one of the non-gunner crew is spotting. Yes, it could make the situation worse by exposing a tank, but one would have to consider that risk when one issued the "MOVE MAIN WEAPON TO TARGET" order. Most of the time this issue arises with MG's and moving them a few inches is unlikely to create problems.
  7. Finally committed

    Weather is better.
  8. If you issue a DISMOUNT order you do not have to issue a PAUSE command to the transporting vehicle - vehicle will automatically wait while passengers dismount, then move.
  9. Impressive MkVI model

    Wow. That must have been a fun model to radio control. Maybe make a model of an IED next?
  10. IIRC I have about 45 CMSF campaigns total and about 6 CMA campaigns and 35 CMA scenarios (total). They should all be available at IanL's site as I gave him everything I had saved on my HD from all CM2 games a few months ago.
  11. Fury Movie Discussion.

    Must see if it's still available to view. What year produced?
  12. sickening

    As Michael says you (we all) need a 10 year old trainer. Maybe 8 these days?
  13. Who's winning the tank war?

    You do realize that the era of "only" military forces being used is pretty much over? The next (major) war will incorporate Cyberwar techniques that will hurt the civilian population more than the military (which has at least some training and protection). This thread, as entertaining as it is, suggests the sort of pre WW2 strategy discussions based on what happened in WW1. PS: You can be sure they built in explosives in the Channel Tunnel during construction ready to blow. FWIW: When I lived in southern Utah it seemed like an open secret that they were prepared to blow the freeway pass through the Virgin River Gorge to ensure (in the event of crisis) none of the riffraff from Las Vegas and point further south could get into Utah. So, am confident that all such outcomes such as the Russians invading Utah or GB have been already thought thru.
  14. Have often asked why (eg) when the MG's 3rd ammo bearer can see and shoot a target why can't the MG move a few inches to also shoot at the target? Keep hoping it's something we may find featured in CM3.
  15. Quite right - in the game at least. Re indirect fire, onmap 81mm mortars are better at this as more accurate. (Of course in modern games one can use precision munitions.)
  16. Iranian Fighting Vehicles

    I think it's named for the sound it makes as its tracks crush the bodies of the aliens (or infidels - take your pick): "Khorramshahr".
  17. Fury Movie Discussion.

    Yes, Hacksaw Ridge probably the most violent and gut wrenching film I ever seen - like they went all out to beat Saving Private Ryan in that regard. I dunno about the story particularly. Dunkirk I thought a wonderful "Art War Film" or "War Art Film"... Not sure I seen that genre type of movie b4, so maybe new. They messed around with time so it's not a traditional linear timeline film. Darkest Hour is not a war movie I suppose. But, nonetheless a brilliant depiction of that same time period in the halls of power at Westminster. Gary Oldman deserved his Oscar.
  18. sickening

    That would be 90% of the problem. My significant other unit is about your age and is a President and CEO - and she can barely understand or use the basic functions of her "smartphone". So you are in good company. Do you have any 12 year old relatives or neighbors?
  19. Iranian Fighting Vehicles

    Definitely a sexy color - like the black luxury cars you see all over the place. A daily driver to work?
  20. Hyena Road movie

    Sig-other unit and I really enjoyed The Crown. Had withdrawal symptoms after seeing series. Hope it comes back for more seasons.
  21. Thanks to a free month of Netflix been binging on war films. Hyena Road is not a great movie, but is interesting as it depicts Canadian units in contemporary Afghanistan. We get to see some of their vehicles and other gear which one rarely sees in movies.
  22. You talking indirect fire? Open-topped vehicles can be knocked out by smaller HE than 105mm (at least they could in CM1) if land on top. Am pretty sure have seen tanks with thin top armor KO'd by top direct hits as well. Only thinly armored vehicles could be (reliably) KO'd by direct HE fire. There are always outlyers I imagine.
  23. How to use mortar halftracks?

    IIRC the German mortar halftrack can dismount its mortar. Don't recall if similar for US.
  24. And use a lot of time and patience. Of course problem is some designers don't give adequate scenario time and essentially encourage hasty movement leading to bloodbaths.
  25. That's a reason CMBS is so bloody and it's hard to keep inf alive. The ease of spotting with new tech (in CMBS at least) is brutal on the target.