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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. Paging the evil Claytonious...

    Could be a day or two. Clay just moved and is sans internet at the moment.
  2. Introducing The Dam

    From someone that created A LOT of the original scenarios...... very well done indeed.
  3. Unable to Launch Multiplayer

    If you have not recently (in the past two weeks), updated your Nvidia drivers please do so. You can do this on the Nvidia.com web site.
  4. Sunday Bloody Sunday VS Black Sabbath

    My liveship has been called away by the dreaded "Mother-In-Law" liveship, but there is a chance I can fight my way clear and arrive before the action is over.
  5. Wish List

    Maybe the gunner view should be straight down?
  6. ARRRGH! I was on a killing spree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You have mastered the one shot kill it seems. I will practice and be back Sunday.
  7. ARRRGH! I was on a killing spree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Because we hate to lose! :mad:
  8. A question and a proposition for Clay

    I'll be there this Sunday. No more family birthdays to attend. Just don't get your hopes up to high. Remember, I programmed the bots so how smart could I be.
  9. treads and other questions

    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Your files are just fine. I can drop a superheavy in any scenario and drive it around. It still needs textures so it looks like a tank, and it needs to be scaled up, but otherwise I didn't encounter any errors?
  10. Scenario Problem: Hunt the Wumpus

    There is an optional MaxDropElevation and a MinDropElevation tag in the scenario file. These are used by the bots to keep them from choosing drop locations in the gulch in DeadGulch and on the top of mountains in other scenarios.
  11. treads and other questions

    Please send your file to support@tbgsoftware.com and i will look at it.
  12. Scenario Problem: Hunt the Wumpus

    I just confirmed that the bots are getting stuck trying to drop. It will be later today before I can get into "why" that is true. The terrain here is not really worse than "Treachery" so it should work.
  13. Scenario Problem: Hunt the Wumpus

    Oddly enough, with just two bots there seemed to be no performance drop, but as soon as I went to 10, the thing just basically stopped. Hmmm..... The bots don't begin their path finding until they have deployed on the ground. My performance hit occurred before they were even dropped. It is more likely that the AI can't figure out where to drop.
  14. Scenario Problem: Hunt the Wumpus

    I will take a look at this today, but to see if it bot path finding, just run the scenario without any bots. If everything runs just fine, it is probably the path finding.
  15. AAD

    You guys don't know how lucky you have it. I have to play test against Clay all the time. He has beaten me up so badly, I have lost all confidence and simply mentally surrender at the beginning of each round. It makes testing go so much smoother and lowers my blood pressure.