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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. Another reason for a centralized Forum...

    CMSF2 yay! CMRT endwar module , will there also be a battle for Vienna map? prettyplease
  2. CM Helper 1.7.3 - CMFB support - available

    same here... new Win10 update also killed my laptop´s sleep mode
  3. Soft launch... CMBS Battle Pack 1

    There is a MacOS symbol next to windows download. Other than that it all went smoothly.
  4. CM Helper 1.7.3 - CMFB support - available

    Works fine, thank you! Not important at all, but while I have your attention, how does CMH tell which version the game is? CMSF, CMFI, CMBS, CMFB are displayed correctly CMBN, CMA not
  5. Please BFC, no more titanium trees

    For one, even in 1944/45 practically all forests in europe were managed, so trees never got that big. For two if all forests are made up of giant redwoods in CM, they should be depicted that way. We can expect that from a simulation that also happens to be a game
  6. Please BFC, no more titanium trees

    I insist on the correct nomenclature which is: "kevlar trees" If somebody could organize a tank, live rounds and a few trees I would financially support the experiment.
  7. Differences Between Russian Tanks?

    In a QB against Ukrainians:the T72B3 is more than enough, unless you are going for very long ranges >2500m against the US: T90am, faster spotting makes the difference. You can actually go head to head against the abrams and get lucks at very long ranges where hitting the target isn´t guaranteed for either side.
  8. Unsolicited Possibilities

    France 1940 would be my favorite for unlikely CM games )
  9. Action Square /spot

    My main issue with the current action spot size is the location of the action spot relative to terrain objects. i.e.: a ) Between hedges, walls etc. the troops are magically dragged to one side of the road b ) Troops can´t fire through hedges because the action spot doesn´t let them deploy up against the hedge c ) Area fire is unusable because you can´t aim at unspotted troops if they don´t happen to be right in the middle of an action spot. Of course you can say that is against the intent of area fire, but how do you resolve this fairly common situation: vehicle1 can spot enemy, vehicle2 can´t spot enemy but has LOF to said enemy. commander of vehicle1 radios commander of vehicle2: there is an enemy unit at the end of the graveyard wall. in the UI, vehicle2 has a ghost enemy symbol in the right spot, but area fire will almost certainly not be on target.
  10. Action Square /spot

    True, but the system is unchanged since CMSF. Two PC generations later might allow for 6x6m or 4x4 m without too much speed sacrifice?
  11. News about T-90 upgrade plan

    Inferior to the Oplot in In the game? nope. I´ll glady prove it in a game.
  12. What soft do you use to record CMBS play?

    I´m also interested in an alternative to FRAPS. Not sure why, but FRAPS interferes with my mouse and if I turn off FRAPS during gameplay, it crashes all CMx2 games.
  13. Moscow Victory Day (70 Years) Parade

    The Choppers were the best part, really cool. If they had any sense of humor, they would have played Wagner during the flyby.
  14. What affects ATGM accuracy?

    Just as a side note, the TAC AI sometimes relentlessly keeps firing exactly into some terrain feature or tree (still not fixed, kevlar trees to the end of CMx2 I guess) and doesn´t adjust its aim. Repostioning your firing unit is the only solution when that happens.
  15. CM Helper 1.6.1 available

    Problem solved. Thx Kuderian. Found the forget install option in the menu