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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?

    Hey Guys, It's Miller Time...Just Relax and have a Brew or three on me :-)
  2. The patch?

    God I hope, BF, doesn't just come out and say..."Ok, Forumites, here is your awaited Patch already, and if there is anything wrong with it, then it's to damn bad"...Just hope it doesn't come down to that. So, Members of the Forum..."Don't Worry, Be Happy".
  3. The patch?

    Now, Now...Can we all learn to get along (or Life...Whichever). The Patch will simply come out in due time, and that is that :-)
  4. The patch?

    Well, it's more then likely that BF found out the 4.0 Upgrade has more issues then anticipated...When they find one issue, it will affect another, and both needs to be taken care of before moving forward...So, we really don't know how many total issues there are...The very fact it's taken this long does mean BF is taken this patch serious enough.
  5. Yeah, those are it's Transport Tracks...
  6. Yes, and when you do purchase any of the WWII Big-Bundle Titles, then PM if you need a PBEM Opponent. Promise I don't bit...Much :-) Joe
  7. Looking for one or three CMx2 WWII Opponents for Tiny/Small, Meetings, House Rules...I use Dropbox but not H2H. PM me for details... Joe
  8. Whats next? When?

    Fine...I then stand corrected ;-)
  9. Whats next? When?

    I believe, BFC, has clearly stated that there will be no more 'Modern Titles/Modules, and will concentrate on their WWII Titles/Modules...No !
  10. Hey BillofBloody :-)

    I also use Mods (like many others), but is it possible for you to send me all your CMBN Terrain Mods only (Grass Mod for example looks a little better then mine)...I use Dropbox, and can send you an invite to so you can Drop the Mods there :-)

    Thanks, Joe

    1. Bloody Bill

      Bloody Bill

      No problem.  Send me your Dropbox info and I will get them to you later today when I am home.



  11. APDS vs AP

    Ahh, but keep in mind that the APCBC outperforms the AP against Sloped Armor by a greater margin...
  12. Fire in the future?

    Yes, Bulletpoint, I still remember that 'Armor Battle' Game Cartridge from the 'Intellivision' Game Console.
  13. Correct !..However, it's accessible in all other Scenario's :-/
  14. Ok, I remember the discussions regarding Vehicle Crews (Stug came into question) that unbuttoned to fire it's MG's...However, I'm not sure how many Crew hits a Vehicle will take before it decides to finally not unbutton anymore...I thought BF changed it where after the 2nd Crew got hit the Vehicle will not unbutton anymore (thou, I can't remember if that was the case). I ask, because in one Game my Stuart III Recce ended up having all its crew Killed from Small Arms (except Driver), because it would always unbutton to engage with the .50 cal...I did try to alleviate the issue a little by giving the Stuart an Armor Arc to prevent unbutton all the time...So, is this happening, because the .50 cal is considered the Main Armament and will always unbutton regardless, even if loosing more then 2 Crew (unless giving an Armor Arc for example) ? Joe
  15. Deploy Maxim M1910

    Correct, Units like the Russian Maxim M1910 & SG43, and Brit Platoon Mortar, etc, don't use the 'Deploy Weapons' Button, and will automagically deploy on their own once movement has ended (usually within 30 sec or so).