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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. The patch?

    That would be nice.
  2. George, this campaign is about the Wiking division. So we won't be able to play it until the next CMRT module (which includes the Waffen SS), won't we? Why not include it in the coming module? Or is that the plan already?
  3. The patch?

    Yeah, that must be the extended version, which I have on DVD. All three movies extended to three times three hours or so. Heaven! And it makes for a better story indeed. Much more details and background. LOTR already appealed to me when I was a boy. Knights, honor, fight against evil, wizzards...But hey, I also love Ivanhoe, Magnum PI and The Persuaders. It must be an age thing (55 years soon). I've read there are plans to make a tv series of the other books of Tolkien. Such a wonderful, heroic world. But Deadpool 2 or Avengers Infinity War is also fun to watch. Another kind of heroes and more of our time, I guess.
  4. The patch?

    How dare you, Sir. I did. At least four times.
  5. I don't see how his comment is a derailment. It's common sense and very relevant to the subject and although our 'freedom of speech' doesn't expand to this kind of logical conclusions, evidence can be seen and found rather easily. The figures about the costs and the increased crime are not published by the German government, but you only have to walk through a big German city nowadays to see the problem. Or talk to Germans (especially the police or civil servants!) when they are not on camera. I understand this site doesn't want this kind of discussions, but to call everyone who mentions this huge problem a fascist or extreme-right winger won't do in my opinion. There always should be a place for real refugees (I count quite a few of them among my friends, especially from Afghanistan), but what's happening in Germany is indeed lunacy. It may not be the main reason for the German defence problem, but it certainly is part of it. It's just hard to prove with figures and facts because nobody dares to publish them or say it openly. That's the state of our freedom of speech anno 2018. (Political, off topic video link deleted by BFC)
  6. You can say that again. Europe has turned it's armies into an army of Salvation. Let's hope there's still time and willingness to change that. Stop playing police in the Middle East and Africa and concentrate on our own safety. In my own country they finally seem to understand that more money is needed to protect our freedom and that of our allies.
  7. Ruined Russian wooden church/cathedral

    I don't go to church myself, but abandoned or ruined churches always make me feel somewhat sad. But I guess that happens because people like me don't visit them anymore.
  8. The patch?

    Funny stuff. Where's Aragorn?
  9. Grabner's force at Arnhem Bridge

    SS-Hauptsturmführer Wilfried Schwartz, Ic of the Hohenstaufen and during the battle also Ia for the II. SS-Panzer Korps, describes in his correspondence with the dutch author Peter Berends (in his book 'Een andere kijk op de slag om Arnhem') how 'Bittrich ordered Gräbner to break the British resistance North of the Arnhem bridge (Frost) and erect a Sperrlinie (stopping line) West of Arnhem, in order to protect the bridge'. The Germans expected more landings to the West of Arnhem and Gräbners Pz. AA 9 was one of the few Hohenstaufen's units that was up to strength and still in posession of a considerable number of armored vehicles. Gräbner was a draufgänger, but also a very skilled tactician and following very precise orders.The assault on the bridge was a bit of a gamble, but very much worth it had it been successful. Apart from that the Germans were in the dark with regard to the British strength. The British blockade of the Arnhem bridge made life for the Germans defenders much, much harder in the following days.
  10. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    Yeah, well, they obviousely aren't done yet.
  11. Grabner's force at Arnhem Bridge

    Interesting stuff, John. There's also evidence Gräbner was ordered to take the bridge. Off to work now, but I will explain that later.