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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. Solitaire?

    Yes, it can be played solitaire and you can play both online and offline games.
  2. The problem with Vista is that Microsoft decided to drop support for certain DirectX functionality on the Vista platform. I have heard from a couple of people that say they were able to get everything working on their Vista machines, but I can't get it to work on my machine. So, as far as I know, there is no work around except the VirtualPC option.
  3. There is no way to do that right now, but that is probably one of the most often requested features. Maybe someday.
  4. If you are still having problems getting connected, send an e-mail to difadmin@battlefront.com and we'll try to figure out what the problem is. Thanks.
  5. Newbie Questions - looking for info

    The question about Russian pilots has come up a few times in the past. Most of the time, the problem is that you must first create a set of Russian pilots by going to the "Manage Pilots" screen, clicking "New Leader", and then selecting "Soviet" as the nationality. Once you have a set of Soviet pilots, you should be able to select one from the list when creating a mission. The second most common reason for not being able to run a mission with Soviet pilots is that the Eastern Front add-on has not been properly registered.
  6. Newbie Questions - looking for info

    On my computer, I go to the Windows "Start" button, then "All Programs|Battlefront|Down in Flame|DIF Manual". The file is physically located in "C:\Program Files\Battlefront\Down in Flames\help\DIF Manual.pdf"
  7. Newbie Questions - looking for info

    The PDF manual comes with when you purchase the full version of the game. As far as I know, it is not available separately, but maybe the powers that be at Battlefront know otherwise.
  8. Fatigue??

    Every time your pilots fly a mission, they will get a certain number of fatigue points. If they were damaged or shot down, they will get more fatigue points than if they made it through the mission unscathed. The way to recover fatigue is to "rest" the pilots by flying a different set of pilots within the same nationality. The game allows you to have four sets of pilots for each nationality, which allows you cycle through your pilots to keep them from being overly fatigued.
  9. Number of Elements for each Nationality

    If you're talking about creating local pilots, I think the game starts with one "generic" leader/wingman element for each nation (UK Leader, German Leader, US Leader and Japan Leader). In this case, you would only be able to create three additional leaders per nation unless you deleted the default ones. Other than that, I can't think of why you wouldn't be able to have four leader/wingman pairs per nation. I just tried it on my machine and it worked fine.
  10. Vista machines can't connect to game server

    I think Vista comes with DirectX 10 installed, but the game requires DirectX 9.0c. You can find out what version you are running by clicking on the Windows "Start" button and then the "Run" item. Type "dxdiag" in the dialog window and click "OK" to display a screen with all your DirectX info. Somewhere towards the bottom of the list of info is the version.
  11. Vista machines can't connect to game server

    I think you are right about the Vista SP1 fixing the problem. I have heard several people report that they can connect just fine with Vista now.
  12. No, it hasn't been solved. The only workaround that I'm aware of is to install Microsoft's Virtual PC and run the game within a Windows XP environment. Probably more hassle than most people are willing to deal with, but it is a free download for those who want to try it. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=04d26402-3199-48a3-afa2-2dc0b40a73b6&displaylang=en
  13. Getting ready to upgrade. Where's my saves?

    Local pilots are saved to "C:\Program Files\Battlefront\Down in Flames\bin\pilots.db". You probably should back up all of the "db" and "config" files in that folder, as well as the file "DiFOUpdater.exe.config" that is located in the folder "C:\Program Files\Battlefront\Down in Flames".
  14. Server Connectivity Problems

    As some of you have already noted, there have been persistent problems connecting to the server to play online games. Right now, it appears to be a problem with the router locking up and not forwarding connections to the server. We have some new hardware on order and it should arrive by next week. Hopefully, once we install it, the problems will be resolved. In the mean time, connectivity will continue to be a problem. Sorry for the inconvenience, and we'll keep you posted on this as the situation evolves.
  15. Came back after a time.. a few issues

    If you have an FTP tool, you can download the Aircraft.zip file located at downinflamesgames.com/DiFDownload If you unzip the files to the folder C:\Program Files\Battlefront\Down in Flames\images\Aircraft, it will restore your Buffalo graphics (as well as a few other aircraft).