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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. Counterattack at Son Bailey Bridge Problem?

    Is this scenario good to go? I've started it as the Germs vs the AI and don't want to waste time on a broken version of this fine looking scenario. Thanks.
  2. Yes, this problem has been around for years. It still happens to me with 4.0. I am able to solve it by using Hotkeys to move the screen in opposite directions of the spinning. When that fails, reboot the computer.
  3. It is a great scenario, isn't it, Schrullenhaft? Yesterday I completed "Studienka". Another great scenario. It is very large, probably larger than KG v Saucken. I had no problems with Studienka. Weird, ay? The ability to do a complete Re-install with 4.0 makes that purchase very much worth it. I don't know whether I will do that because of one scenario.
  4. My computer specs CyberPower Computer specs Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-990X processor, 6 cores Memory: 24 GB Video Card: ASUS GeForce Nvidia GTX 1050Ti SSD: None Western Digital Blue 1TB Case: Sniper Black Edition Power Supply: Commander 1200 Watts Sound Card: Creative SoundBlaster Z-Series Monitor: ViewSonic OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Scenario is one that I've played previously with no crash: KG von Saucken
  5. Yes, 4.0 is the way to go! I forgot that 4.0 is a full-version of all of the games. 4.0 provides the complete install. Only patches AFTER 4.0 need be installed. My issue of crashing is with a User-Made scenario that was made BEFORE 4.0. Could that be the issue? How likely is it that 4.0 might have crashing issues with User Made scenarios and campaigns ?
  6. What is the proper sequence please? I have the latest version. I think I need to uninstall and reinstall. RT keeps crashing. I don't know why. Maybe some files are corrupted, tho I don't know how that happened. Clean install might do the trick. Proper procedure, please? Thanks.
  7. RT keeps crashing. I'll try Reinstall.

    I am sorry. I should have posted this in tech support.
  8. What is the proper sequence please? I have the latest version. I think I need to uninstall and reinstall. RT keeps crashing. I don't know why. Maybe some files are corrupted, tho I don't know how that happened. Clean install might do the trick. Proper procedure, please? Thanks.
  9. I am in Engine 4. The Brixias section leader is able to open the Call for Fire window but the Brixias are not able to fire indirect fire because they are listed as "Knocked Out" even when there they stand right next to the section leader. I suppose that the end result is the same since they no longer can fire indirect. I played this scenario back when they could fire indirect and the Brixias were VERY effective in the indirect fire mode.
  10. The Brexia mortars appear on the game playing surface board, but must fire direct fire because their HQ element can't use them to fire at targets that the Brexia crews can't see. Also, from the beginning of the scenario and despite appearing on the board, they are listed as "Knocked Out" when accessed for Call for Fire. My previous experience playing this scenario was years ago. Is this a bug?
  11. I recall reading that before the Summer of 1943, only the platoon leader had a radio in his tank. The remainder of the Soviet tanks had to keep eye contact with and follow the platoon leader's tank. In the summer of 1941, some Soviet tank platoon leaders used a flag to signal commands to his platoon. I would really like to see 1941 through 1943 covered by Combat Mission, but, how could the game designers replicate the period of war in which only the Soviet tank platoon leader had a radio? Thanks.
  12. CMFB

    I can report that the Helpdesk fixed the glitch. They were working hard on Christmas Day to fix the problems. Outstanding and professional in every way, the Battlefront Helpdesk consistently demonstrates total commitment to providing the best customer support in the industry. Promote Battlefront Helpdesk below the zone.
  13. I just sent in a Helpdesk for this problem. I downloaded Build 4's bundle yesterday and read everything on this board WRT problems of license activation and how to avoid them. Despite that, no luck. The first launch of the game prompts me with a red box to use the Activation Utility. When I do so, the utility informs me that my number is "Invalid". I deactivated and shut down all AV software before my attempts, so I think I can rule AV out as the problem. Standing by for help. I thought that all of these issues were resolved. Thanks.
  14. I am still not certain with regard to the meaning of all of the info boxes in Interface area 1 from page 19 of the CMBN manual. Since CMFB is a stand alone game, I thought that a quick review would be helpful to new guys. Manual text: On the left (1), you will find basic information about the selected unit, including what type of unit it is, its name, experience, ammunition levels, and so on. It's the use of the phrase "and so on" that I say is unfortunate, because "and so on" is not explained anywhere else. What again are the meanings of the four box areas that are either blank or have anything from -2 to +2 entered? The very first box entry is the particular entry that I find vague. Thanks!
  15. Well in my case this exact bridge was clear of wreckage, but, a few US trucks and an M18 were wrecked just at the German side of the bridge entry tile. It could be that the bug is triggered when a vehicle must Pause on the bridge as is common when in a convoy. I don't know.