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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. For computerphiles Only

    Always amusing to watch MS periodically pretend like they care or are going to put any effort into support PC gaming.
  2. Time for a new computer - Advice needed

    If you're sticking with NCIX I don't guess there's much to say. But hey, I'll post this anyway, you can buy custom built computers designed to whatever specs you want for a lot less here: http://www.ecollegepc.com/ Assuming you don't want to bother with building one yourself.
  3. Video Software to Record CM

    If you've got an nvidia card download the free Nvidia Experience and check out ShadowPlay. Makes a good video and you can downsize the files using movie maker (free program /w win 7, i assume it's in 10 as well). Nice thing about ShadowPlay besides the fact it works seamlessly is it has an option to record the last 5 minutes with the push of a button, so you don't have to leave it running if you don't want to, just hit ALT-F10 whenever something cool happened and viola, the last 5 minutes is sitting there waiting for you as a file.
  4. Yeah, the guy authoring the article is familiar with CM, one of the few if only people on a mainstream gaming site that talks about it at all. Chances are the AI even such as it is will prove challenging to the people who respond, unless a regular from here jumps in. Always amused by the attitude towards the AI in the forum, given in all likelihood the majority of the players of this series play mostly SP. For me, I find it sufficiently fun when the AI plays defense to entertain myself just fine.
  5. Follow up coverage is much more extensive and if I'm reading it right, Tim is inviting the readers to play as the Axis: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/04/15/the-flare-path-welcomes-combative-commenters/#more-360249
  6. My 2 cents, wait on a new GPU if you can, the next rev of Nvidia cards are likely one of those rare times where there's a significant performance increase. So you can either buy previous gen cheaply or pick up the latest and see nice performance boost. https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/04/07/nvidia-pascal-cards/
  7. Tank Misidentification?

    Not sure how this would make it less fun, I had plenty of fun with cm1, and never gave it a 2nd thought in terms of confusion as to what it meant the first time I encountered it.
  8. Thoughts on The Proving Grounds

    Ah, thank you kind sir. Looked everywhere for that darn thing.
  9. Thoughts on The Proving Grounds

    I looked around for awhile trying to find the playtest form, no luck?! I feel like I'm missing something that should be really obvious to find. Posted same question on the scenario I downloaded, figured first thing I should also do is locate this form, but stymied so far on that front. Any help? Thanks.
  10. Idea: Semi-random enemy placement

    Great idea, I mean assuming he's game of course. Would be nice to grab a few of these pre-made semi random QB maps!
  11. Yep, sounds like it was a campaign file then, same drill just switch to the campaigns directory as Bud mentioned.
  12. Did you put the scenario you downloaded in the directory for them? Should be something like this (depending of course on what drive you put the game on): E:\CM Normandy\Game Files\Scenarios
  13. Seems like this thread would be worthy of the same treatment as the screenshot one that got pinned, perhaps this one should to?
  14. New member saying hi!

    Welcome to the forums! Hope you enjoy your stay and the combat mission series!
  15. Favorite WWII movie or movies

    To each his own. I will only add that what you perceive as "art" in these two films is actually an attempt to explore and delve into the psychology of warfare down at the ground level, so that "truth" you mention is in fact the exact thing these two movies are looking to uncover. You don't sympathize with truth, you only catch it out of the corner of your eye when you're not looking.