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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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  1. If you want a taste of the German side of the fighting in the Ardennes I recommend 'The Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg' , the Southern Flank December 1944-January 1945. Vol. 1 The Germans by Roland Gaul. Some very good accounts in that excellent book from German perspective (Volksgrenadier-divisions). These German soldiers are quite modest or realistic about their actions, contrary to some of their opponents.
  2. Well, I'm convinced something ain't right. I've noticed this strange AI behaviour too and it is clear to me something needs to be done about it.
  3. For the coming module I'm hoping for the Sherman series and the M2 halftrack series. The rest is somewhat less interesting to me.
  4. Couldn't agree more. Especially about the almost unbearable score (though I love Zimmer) and the small number of aircraft and men. But still a very good movie.
  5. I think I've tried the demo once, but it didn't grab me, probably because of the limited number of tank types. A long time ago I loved to play another, rather primitive tanksim, called Panzer Commander (if I remember correctly). Graphics were pretty horrible, but it was lots of fun. I also played Iron Front for a while, enjoyable, but buggy. Perhaps I should try the addon for Steel Fury as mentioned by Armorgunner (thanks for the tip btw), but my gaming time is limited and I think I'll stick to CM.
  6. Beautiful game. I hope someday someone will make a ww2 tank simulator of that quality.
  7. It sure seems like that yes. It's getting harder and harder to understand what is going on.
  8. I was born in the early sixties and grew up during the Cold War. Things seemed pretty simple then. Most of us realized the danger came from the East. Nowadays nothing seems certain or clear anymore. A weak and unstable Europe, flooded with immigrants and once again threatened from the East, a divided and confused USA with a president that seems to come right out of a cartoon, Brexit, terrorism, hackers, computers taking over our jobs, Russia and China on the warpath and so on and so on. Oh, and let's not forget about the climate change. Very depressing. Perhaps I'm getting old, but I do miss the Cold War.
  9. Well said, John, I'm sure the majority of 'people' at this forum enjoy your posts as I do and learned a lot from them. Don't let left wingers or Putin-defenders stop you. They are afraid of the truth or simply want other people to ignore it. They call everything a conspiracy theory, to make the confusion and chaos even greater and guess who will benefit from that...
  10. Very interesting, John. History repeats itself. After reading 'Stalin's Secret Agents', the subversion of Roosevelt's Government by M.Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein (Read this book!) it's not hard to belief.
  11. Interesting site. Thanks John.
  12. John. Yes, paid something like 125 USD for it. Far too much of course, but rare books are expensive.
  13. And yet most of his inspiration seems to have come from the Celtic/Germanic past, the fall of the Roman and the Byzantine empire and the Middle Ages. For me Mordor is definitely Soviet Russia, as it was for many people (not only Nazis!) before the war and became so again for many people after the war.
  14. Tolkien knew his history and took his inspiration from many periods of history, not necessarily WW2. Like his whole generation he was formed by his experiences in WW1, but except for the feeling of despair and doom I don't see much of that in his work. But like you said, another place and another time.