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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. The manual is wrong about that. That is interesting. Just curious: How do you know? Did you experiment or is there revised info someplace?
  2. Am not a fan of night scenarios. Have to turn up the gain on my monitor so it looks like crappy daylight just to see what am doing. However, I enjoyed this particular scenario as it's fun to creep around feeling for the enemy which one encounters at very short range. It's a great scenario as one gets a lot of use out of flamethrowers and satchel charges. So once in a while a night scenario is fun. But, otherwise I agree, they are usually simply frustrating and pointless if one can't see anything without greatly enhanced brightness. I actually need to play this one again as the first time I tested it there was an error that made the mortars useless. (DW has fixed that.)
  3. Looks lovely... A lot of work in there.
  4. https://uk.yahoo.com/news/death-queen-elizabeth-most-disruptive-091400348.html interesting speculations. However, when it says that life in Britain will halt for a while, it's possible they ignore that a large % of the pop are immigrants who essentially live in their own "townlets" around the country and also in London and who don't give a toss for the queen/monarchy. So, it's possible that life will go on in many such areas as if nothing's happened.
  5. I loved how they accurately (one assumes) predicted where future urban warfare will occur: "Despite recent success against ISIS, fighting a near-peer enemy in megacities like... Los Angeles... would present greater and more dangerous risks to friendly forces that can only be avoided through innovations in our mission command architecture, our operating philosophies, and our tactics techniques and procedures."
  6. Never be amazed at the stupid things people do or say under the thrall of hubris - as in when one thinks one is unbeatable. Hillary etc.
  7. Very interesting... Eg: "...the Air Force is promoting people who think in terms of one-on-one aircraft engagements. Generals need to be able to think in terms of thousands of people, political-military affairs on a national level, and grand strategy. Yet the current system requires senior officers to guess about future senior leader performance with little information over a decade before officers will assume those positions. The evidence suggests the generals are not guessing well. To make matters worse, the system does not allow for correcting any mistakes after putting an officer on the fast track. Once an officer is designated a high-potential officer, incidents that should end a career become “teachable moments.” Most general officers reject the notion the system is flawed because it promoted them and they have a difficult time believing they can err in judging character. Additionally, if one general officer fires a high-potential officer, others may see it as a challenge to the judgment and reputation of the “sponsoring” general officer. Consequently, generals resurrect the careers of high-potential officer protégés following unfavorable investigations and firings. ...colonels, squadron commanders, and senior noncommissioned officers learned there is no real accountability for high-potential officers." In addition to what is outlined in the article, part of the "problem" is a peacetime military bureaucracy that is no better than any other huge govt agency or corporation. Most senior officers (hopefully) would be swept away in a major war (like "Colonel Blimps") and more competent "warriors" would emerge - as they did in past major conflicts like WW2 etc. The challenges of our current conflicts is that they are not serious enuff to be run as anything more capable than a govt bureaucracy/mil-ind complex profit center (vs a war in which national survival is at stake).
  8. Anyone see "The Death Of Stalin"? Hilarious pythonesque absurdity movie.
  9. Sign of experienced combat soldiers imo.
  10. Mod to remove thunder?

    If you plan on using many mods, it's recommended you create a folder tree. Eg I have in my Z Mod Folder, Z SOUNDS; Z FX; Z UNIFORMS; Z UI etc.
  11. I cut and pasted too hastily, Michael.
  12. Try Ian's site. I gave him all the scenarios and campaigns I had
  13. Area target with airstrikes?

    All one needs is eyes on the location via a FO/HQ or drone (assuming you don't have a TRP of course).
  14. British strategy for hundreds of its "Empire years" was to control the seas and trade routes. It was recognized that it was impractical (and largely unnecessary) to create a land army that could match anything in Europe. In terms of diplomacy, Britain rose from obscurity to empire by clever diplomacy. The strategy was to always ally with the 2nd most powerful nation in Europe thus ensuring that GB kept the balance of power - until Portugal, Spain and France were all exhausted fighting each other and GB basically took over. Hence the phrase "perfidious Albion". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfidious_Albion And that is a reason why we need to stay pals with Russia vs the future largest power - China.
  15. Area target with airstrikes?

    Yes, you can call in arty or air strikes on any location.
  16. You have added extra mods in v2 so I have deleted the old on and using the new one. Thank you...
  17. CMBS Korean Campaign: Red Dragon

    try Google "CMSF rolled sleeves mod" in BF repository. Otherwise you'll need to search the CMSF repository.
  18. Mod to remove thunder?

    usually: DOCUMENTS/BATTLEFRONT/COMBAT MISSION/GAME NAME/USER DATA/MODS Creat a "Z" folder in MODS and put all mods in that.
  19. At first it looks like a great way to reduce airframe costs dramatically - then you read they have built in redundancy and are supposed to only survive 20 missions(!) - so lots and lots of lucrative contracts to build thousands of them.
  20. Next Korean war is coming close...

    Thank you...
  21. Should we simply replace the older mod with this one in its entirety? what was wrong with the crater BTW?
  22. CMSF: Pretty please with sugar on top

    Thanks... Busy prepping for hopefully final, final playtest of MOS's TOC. BUt after that looking forward to it. BTW: The sniper eg I gave above was from one of your early (CMA?) scenarios which was very enjoyable but am not sure you ever completed.
  23. Rolled Sleeves

    It was done for CMSF (hot desert).
  24. US Uniforms

    Too wet and cold most of the time innit(?) But, we did have rolled sleeves mods in CMSF, so it can be done.
  25. Next Korean war is coming close...

    You never know, Bolton may still be able to persuade Trump to take action countering the much larger Chinese menace.