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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:

      -showui

      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. Hi i have centauro 1.3.6 and newest balance mod installed. I was wondering if the mod made changes to the campaign structure? This is because I don't really play multiplayer and want to try to play single player campaigns with the new units and features of the Balance mod. However I noticed that in the Italian campaign (haven't checked others), there is substantially less amount of units to choose from to start each battle with (compared to vanilla TOW). I was wondering if this was a design or is there something I have to edit? Also when I start a multiplayer LAN game to play against computer, the game immediately ends with my being victorious right after entering the 3D mode... This is with the computer set as my opponent. Are there particular settings I should choose to make LAN mode with AI work? Thanks
  2. Balance mod

    Hi guys, I was playing with 1.3.6 Centauro and decided to try out the balance mod. I downloaded the mod from the mod website (ver 1.5.1) and installed it following the instructions word for word. I plan to play the Centauro campaign with the mod to see how it works and when i begin my new campaign, all of my AT guns and M tanks are labeled with a "?" The Semovete (how you spell it?) is labeled correctly under the unit card. Is there something wrong with this? Even in game, when i click on my L6 tankette, for example, the unit name in game is a "?". So is my 37mm AT gun and 50 mm pak. It looks like all the British and American tanks and guns have their name displayed correctly though. anyone know how i can fix this? Thanks
  3. Balance Mod for TOW2 Africa

    Hi guys, I was playing with 1.3.6 Centauro and decided to try out the balance mod. I downloaded the mod from the mod website (ver 1.5.1) and installed it following the instructions word for word. I plan to play the Centauro campaign with the mod to see how it works and when i begin my new campaign, all of my AT guns and M tanks are labeled with a "?" The Semovete (how you spell it?) is labeled correctly under the unit card. Is there something wrong with this? Even in game, when i click on my L6 tankette, for example, the unit name in game is a "?". So is my 37mm AT gun and 50 mm pak. It looks like all the British and American tanks and guns have their name displayed correctly though. anyone know how i can fix this? Thanks
  4. Sorry for the post. I tried the game again but restarting it and reloading my game. everything works. now im taken to Italian mission 4
  5. Hi guys, I just bought and downloaded and installed Centauro this weekend. I have been playing the Italian campaign. its very fun so far. However, after I have completed my third mission, called Maknasse something (where I was defending a railroad depot and a small town), I came to the end mission screen. I assigned points/skills to my soldiers and everything was fine EXCEPT when i click continue.... Now all of a sudden, I am taken to the mission called "Kassarine Pass" as the British!?? this is weird. I thought I am in an Italian campaign. Why is it after mission 3, I switched sides to be the Brits? is this suppose be the design or somethings wrong with my game... thanks
  6. Hey guys, I just got time to download and install the new patch (1.1). it installed successfully and the game runs fine. I have also read the readme. However I no longer see any of my saved games in-game anymore. The files are still present in my "user" folder under the game directory. Is this suppose to happen as part of the patch? that old saved games no longer work or being detected?
  7. Type of renderer

    just chiming in here. i think i read something like this over at Empire: Total War forums, where people are also experience crashes. it seems like 3D games these days are so great looking that they use a lot of memory and eventually will catch up to the limit of 32bit operating system's memory address space. is this the same issue here? i could be wrong, and dont know the exact term, but reading this definitely reminded me of reading something like that on their forum. i use 32bit vista, and my game crashes... maybe i should consider 6+ gb ram and 64bit now, hehe
  8. wrong german 7.5cm gun penetration data, fix?

    thanks Sneaksie. i wont have time to do this soon, but just wondering, after i extract and edit the files with the SFS extractor, do I have to repack it back or can I just leave it in the same directory and the game will automatically use the extracted files?
  9. wrong german 7.5cm gun penetration data, fix?

    sneaksie, thanks for the input! is there a place you can point me to so I can learn to change this values, if i want to, just for fun? I understand there are going to be differences, etc. it is a game after all, and i just want to have some fun. this way i can fix myself the same data for two guns thing.
  10. wrong german 7.5cm gun penetration data, fix?

    that is what i noticed too! russian guns have high penetration values for 30 degrees, and german guns have low values for 0 degrees. someone was biased, lol question is can we change the data ourselves?
  11. Hey guys, I have Theater of War installed from DVD, and then patched to the "uber" patch. Then I installed JSH mod 1.3.1 and then patched it to 1.3.2. The game runs absolutely fine. However, while playing, I noticed that the 7.5 cm L/43 gun in the panzer 4 F2 has the same penetration values as the 7.5 cm L/48 in the panzer 4 H and later Stugs. All the values for the APCBC, APCR, and HE shells are the same. The penetration data seems to be of the earlier L/43 gun (shorter). So the L48 has a disadvantage/mis-represented right now. From "Achtung Panzer" website http://www.achtungpanzer.com/panzerkampfwagen-iv.htm#panzer4 The penetration of the L48 gun at 500 against verticle armor is 114mm. This means that at point blank, it should be higher, around 140? and even if then calculated to be at 30 degrees, it should still be above 100mm. But right now it is listed as 93mm at point blank, which makes sense for the L43 gun. Is there a way that I can fix this myself? or do I need to wait for another patch. I feel like there should be a patch to change all the guns' penetration values to real world ones. Thanks.
  12. How is TOW 2 stability?

    Hey I feel like chiming in. I just downloaded and installed the game yesterday. Played a couple of campaign battles. The first US battle and second one was rock solid. However, I started playing the British campaign, and now I am on "Road to Thala" battle. The game keeps on crashing to desktop with or without windows error warning during the loading screen or randomly during the middle of my battle. Very frustrating. The game crashed twice during the US campaign also, but it was able to play stably throughout the battle after a reload. My system has been rock stable for all other games I play and this is my dedicated gaming desktop: Antec 900 case with lots of fans for cooling ASRock P45XE motherboard Intel E6600 CPU 4GB DDR2 800 dual channel ram AMD Radeon 4870 512MB with catalyst 9.4 drivers Creative Lab X-Fi Xtreme Gamer PCI sound card 2x 74GB WD Raptor HDDs PATA DVD burner Running on Vista Home Premium SP1 32bit Other games that run stable and at max settings: BF2, Redorchestra, CoD WaW, Empire Total War. Otherwise, I love the game, I think it is much better than the first one. For some reason, I feel like I can handle the soldiers much better, like they would obey my commands and there is not "lag" when commanding them. However I do agree there are some infantry problems. They seem to get run down way too easily. And also the enemy have super spotting, especially on the 2nd US battle. My howitzers keep getting killed by unknown enemy arty.
  13. Hi guys, I dug up my CMAK and CMBB once again. This time I am running it on my HTPC (w/ 8800GS) connected to my Toshiba 46" HDTV through HDMI. So basically the TV is pretty picky about resolutions. If there is an unsupported resolution, the TV will display that line and I cannot see anything except a black screen. Well when i first start CMAK, I get just that, b/c the game is letting me set a resolution. But I cannot set one b/c my screen is black, and therefore no preference file is created either. Is there anyone that can help me with this? like send me a CMAK and CMBB resolution preference file that is set at 1024x768, 1280x720, 1360x768, or 1440x900 at 60Hz? I don't know how to get the game resolution set as of now
  14. hey guys, does anyone know a trick or a fix to fix the corruption of the edges of maps once the games gets into the 3D battlefield? It seems like the sky also disappeared. I have Vista Home Premium 32bit SP1 and 8800GS 384MB 2GB RAM and Core 2 Duo E6600 using Intel P965 chipset. also the game runs pretty slow for a G92 chip. But I have read that else where on the forums too. thanks
  15. my notebook is config. like a desktop, always plugged in, not power savings, etc. my question is i guess that whether it is worth it to upgrade the cpu to something like 2.16 or 2.33 core 2 duo. would i see a good improvement playing ToW. b/c right now, the games can get very laggy but of course, on new egg, i think the 2.33 core 2 duo costs like $430!!
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