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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. Install Problem - Graphics

    Thanks. Maybe mine doesn't look so bad then. I will try and add the terrain mod that I have on my Windows 7 computer. So please don't go setting up a test for me. I will play around with it. Thanks again.
  2. Install Problem - Graphics

    Ignore this as I figured it out. I installed it on the Surface Pro 3 + Windows 10, set to XP SP3 Compatibility, and got 1024 x 768 resolution. Good as I can see more of the map as compared to 800x600. BUT the terrain seems very power quality. The Open Ground terrain looks really poor. Any idea why this might me? (Didn't do anything with DLLs on this computer).
  3. Install Problem - Graphics

    Can you remind me how to access the license program/site so I can free up one install. Thanks.
  4. Install Problem - Graphics

    Thanks for your help. The choice comes up fairly quickly. I used the update driver option in Device Manager and it thinks it is the most recent driver. I will try and un-license and put it on a Surface Pro 3 that I also have. Gerry
  5. Install Problem - Graphics

    Anyone else getting 800 x 600 as their highest resolution choice??
  6. Can't alt tab successfully

    I assume you left the game at the menu? What I found is I have to mouse over the bottom part of the screen where the buttons for Join Multiplayer, Exit, etc are. When you mouse over, the buttons come alive and you can click them.
  7. Install Problem - Graphics

    I know about the Preferences file from the other thread so I can retry to find another resolution. Problem is I never get an option higher than 800 x 600 at 60Hz. Which is impossible to play at of course.
  8. Install Problem - Graphics

    Ignore my speed comment. I set compatibility to XP SP3 and I saw the fix (Alt-Tab) in the other thread about performance and that works. Should I be getting higher resolution choices than 800 x 600?
  9. Install Problem - Graphics

    Hi: I have a Zenbook UX33OUA and I have 1.04. DLL stuff did not seem to work. but I just tested one compatibility option (Vista) and it worked. But low resolution choices (800 x 600 I think). Plus incredibly slow. What could be making the performance so poor at low resolution. Thanks for your help.
  10. Install Problem - Graphics

    Looks like the adapter is Intel HD Graphics 620.
  11. Install Problem - Graphics

    Correction: Problem occurs when trying to run CMBB. I have it installed. P.S. Cannot see a way to edit my original post and title?
  12. Communal Combat Mission

    Thanks for this. Very interesting.
  13. License Problem

    Thanks! They were very nice and helped me.
  14. Hello: Installing it on a new Asus Zenbook (Windows 10) and get a message saying "Could not initialize Direct3D graphics". Any thoughts? Thanks.
  15. Hello: Have CMBB on a laptop. Just got a Zenbook for travel purposes and when installing it says I am out of license instances? How many computers can I install it on? Zenbook would be two. Unless I have it on an old computer that is inaccessible to me now. Thanks for any help.