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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:

      -showui

      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. I have all the mods and upgrades, looking to play against a human opponent. Large or small battle, open to anything so long as we have a fun battle. Preferably would use dropbox to exchange files.
  2. Well crap, now I'm ten more dollars in the hole and it still just gives me a little 'x' when I go to activate it. The all in one installer was nice but no matter which of my codes I enter (started with the module 4 code) it just doesn't work.
  3. This is infuriating. I've spent so much money on this game and its modules and yet now that I try to install it on a new computer it simply does not activate properly. In fact the whole shenanigans seems needlessly confounded. Where is my one download all patched up to date? I have like 7 modules all with different keys and the only one that works is the 2.0 update. Even the vanilla install says it can't launch. So I install module 2.0 and it works, great. But then I want the rest of the market garden and other packs and engine upgrades... after this it simply gets so confounded and none of my codes work and the game can't launch. It reminds me of the old days when we all pirated stuff because the DRM was driving us nuts. Just put your game on Steam and optimize the patching system so people like me can play the game again. Please. It's a good game. Please fix or do somfink!!
  4. " Labrynth has full arty ammo after I used half of it in the previous scenario, contrary to what the briefing said. Possible mistake? " This happened to me too. Just got to Labyrinth and noticed, hey I have full ammo sweet! Les Licornets was TOUGH. First two attempts ended in debacle for me. Third time I launched massive pre-bombardment and rushed a platoon and the tanks down the road and that allowed me to split open the nut. Still didn't managed to take less than 10% casualties though ><
  5. I assume there must be another place more commonly used to post looking for opponent classifieds? Or is it ok to do so here? Have been out of the combat mission loop for a while but finally got all the add ones for cmbn and would love to pick up an pbem battle or two! Cheers, drez
  6. Hello I have been setting my quick battles so that they should have random weather and random time of day. But after 7 times of starting a quick battle it is only a rainy night time conditions... Am I the only one experiencing this?
  7. My Steelbook experience

    I have to agree that I was disappointed with the so called steel box. It arrived with scratches on the outside, and I was surprised by its overall lack of quality. I guess I just assumed that it would have been more impressive than it actually was. That said, I have no regrets supporting BF by pre ordering it!
  8. Hello, I managed to take a few videos to document some issues I had in a QB game the other day. Video one shows a close attack to the flank of an American tank by an AT detachment of pioneers. My problem is they did not use their demolition charges? Did I do something wrong here? Why would they only throw grenades? http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xiu4kh_pioneer-close-attack-issue_videogames Video two shows what I thought would have been a fine way of moving a pair of tiger tanks but they keep acting like they were going to bump in to each other. Again, is this normal behavior? I've seen it when vehicles are lined up on the road, but not when they are side by side like this. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xiu4jg_pathfinding-issue_videogames Video three shows a German Pioneer squad which has advanced to a low hedge. Two soldiers for some reason lagged behind terribly as shown in the video, with one of them running with his rifle going invisible now and again. Eventually, by cancelling the move order and resetting it, the soldiers stopped glitching and moved normally to join their comrades. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xiu4jp_pathfinding-issue-2_videogames
  9. Alienware m11x

    OK! I figured it out! I had to go in to the Nvidia Control Panel and manually set the CMBN Executable to be recognized as a program that always uses the high performance graphics card. Now everything seems to work fine Thanks for the insight!
  10. Hello, I run this game fantastically on my desktop computer. However I received the CD in the mail and decided to go ahead and install it on to my Alienware m11x R2. This is an 11 inch screen gaming laptop running with an nvidia gt 335m graphics card. My concern is that the lettering is quite fuzzy and hard on the eyes, and the AA is not applicable for some reason. Also, when loading the battle the game will freeze and black screen temporarily when moving from the pre battle briefing screen to the battle map. I am running the latest beta drivers from nvidia since may 17th. Are these issues unique to me, or have you encountered similar discrepancies? cheers
  11. XO Teams

    That's what I thought! lol
  12. XO Teams

    Hmm.. interesting about the lack of radio on the XO team... how would it be able to form as a new CO without a radio?
  13. XO Teams

    Different from HQ support teams? so they are basically a unit which existed so are included for the sake of accuracy, but do not perform any unique function within the scope of CMBN?
  14. Was wondering if anyone could tell what the XO teams are?
  15. Quick Battle - Purchasing ??

    I found myself wishing I could just buy a platoon of infantry like I could buy a scout team, or an AT team etc... why not be able to purchase a simple leg infantry platoon without all the hassle?? As flexible as the system may ultimately be, it is quite unwieldy... especially compared to the SPWW2 purchase screen. That said, I love the rarity point system!
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