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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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    Military History,Wargaming,Rugby
  1. (A)SL to RT?

    Doug: http://www.multimanpublishing.com/Support/ASLASLSK/ASLOfficialDownloads/tabid/109/Default.aspx Download the classic pack, it's in there, Scenario A. Apologies to BFC if this is considered a commercial link.
  2. Today in History

    The artist, Peter McIntyre, was the Official War Artist of the 2NZEF, and,iirc, went out on a patrol with the LRDG. So he was painting from life.
  3. A lot of photos I've seen of the British troops at Husky, most of them are tanned from the North African sun.
  4. Is that a car radio and cd player in the top of the instrument panel?
  5. The wait is over! Downloading.

    If you pull his tail, will he show his teeth?
  6. Title says it all, if you are a mac user and want to have a copy, I have one gamersgate key to give away. PM me your email, first in-first served. I got given a pc and mac key from doing a survey and since I don't have a mac, one of you guys from the dark side is welcome to it.
  7. Any Command Ops players here?

    Great game, Great UI, Awesome AI. They've also opened up the unit data so now everything is moddable. I managed to wangle a free copy of BFTB as I did the Google Earth tour but I still would have paid for it. The HTTR expansion is well worth it also IMHO.
  8. At Last!

    Google Xenonauts for a very classy Indie version. Currently in alpha, the ground combat is playable and I'm loving it.
  9. No rugby world cup thread.

    Damn, the frogs are having some luck at moment.A crappy ref call, 28 phases and no attempt at a droppy.Reminds me of a certain game in Cardiff..
  10. No rugby world cup thread.

    Hehe, you'd better be careful, you're starting to sound like an AB's fan. The ref in the AB v puma has been abysmal.As he was in the Samoa SA game. One of the TV commentators was hoping for an Wales win next week so this ref won't be involved in the final.
  11. No rugby world cup thread.

    Lucky Bugger.I went to the Scotland v Argentina game at the caketin a couple of weeks ago.Got wet but great game.Paid $30 for 4 beers though but luckily got an extra freebie when a can rolled down to my feet from up high.
  12. Why Won't My Icons Work

    Since you're using Paint.net, i'll show you how using that and a little program called AlphaConv. Using the magic wand tool select the area you want to make transparent: Then delete the selected area: Then save as a 32-bit png: Now open up AlphaConv and drag the png file onto the AlphaConv window. note the settings for AlphaConv: Now your icon should have a transparent background: (The edges are still a bit rough, you might have to use some anti-aliasing there and I had to assign the icon to the infantry as I don't have the shilka) And that's one way you can do it. (smiley deleted as it exceeds image limits,lol)
  13. ...and the Stuarts

    Damn, Aris. you've gotten better over the years. I remember your CMAK ones, these are on another level entirely. Extremely well done, mate.
  14. I found something last night called AlphaConv that you can just drag a png file onto it and it will convert it into a 32-bit bmp.A blog post here explains it better than i could and gives a download link. It works really well
  15. CM Afghanistan: How many scen/camp?

    I've only downloaded the CMA demo so I could use the Mujahideen models as Taliban in CMSF. As there is only 2 models in the demo with 2 textures, I rag-tagged them up a bit more and they look great. I might even play it one day but I don't really have an interest in the period.