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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. WeGo Moments

    Well, it looks like it smells him, doesnt it
  2. WeGo Moments

    Thanks the stories, HT. I fully agree that WEGO is one of the most appealing features of CM. Here's one of my own moments, that I found both nerve-wrenching and hilarious at the same time (from a recent replay of my own CMBN scenario "Tiger by the Tail"). I had ordered this guy to move left around the buildings to left. The plan was that he should then ambush the King Tiger with his PIAT from within one of the buildings. But apparently that wasn't exciting enough.
  3. I guess it must be this one, Erwin? A Priest Kangaroo. This is canadian - and I have no idea how this one ended up amongst the Poms. Perhaps it took a wrong turn at Banville-sur-Mer?
  4. I guess it must be a mod issue or something like that, Erwin. Everything looks fine when I check on my own install.
  5. Thanks a lot, Heinrich505 Glad you noticed. I think the english word is "allotments"
  6. Thanks a lot. Spent an hour or two making it
  7. Hey. Just noticed this post now. You´re very welcome - and thanks a lot for taking the time to comment
  8. Just thought I'd share this funny experience: This summer the family and I spent some of our vacation in Normandy (guess who came up with that brillant idea?). And as we were entering Cherbourg I noticed a place and a sign from one of the photos I used in the background set. I of course had to go back and take a picture - and try editing it in with the original: On the way there I realised that another of the photos in the set was taken in the same street (Avenue de Paris, IIRC), so I took another photo - with my kids standing in for the GI's.
  9. Walking Away

    This thread is quite funny, since the main gripe about CMBN I have been reading on these forums the past six years is from people complaining that it is not just CMx1 with "greatly improved graphics". May I suggest that you give it more than a week before walking away in anger?
  10. I agree. Just watched it myself yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised too. A very good movie in my opinion. Being a dane, I of course find the topic interesting and have done a bit of reading on the subject. And as far as I can tell, it is very historically accurate. But in the context of WWII, the invasion of Denmark was nothing but a tiny skirmish - and our country got through the war relatively unscathed. By the way: A CM player named Hans made a great scenario on the fighting in Haderslev (the final battle scene in movie) for CMx1 (CMAK ETO mod set, if I remember correctly). I have been trying to recreate it for CMBN, but got stuck on not being able to find a historical map of the town to work from. Perhaps I'll try again some time.
  11. Well, I just did a test download of one the mod sets - and it worked just fine. So I guess it might be a problem at your end. I am no expert on how to solve this, but my best suggestion would to try using another browser for downloading (I use Firefox)
  12. Rewriting Over Files

    Where do you install your mods to? You should place your mods in the data folder that is created for that purpose. If you overwrite files in there, you probably have already installed mods with the same file names.
  13. http://cmmodsiii.greenasjade.net/?p=4895
  14. You're welcome. I've pretty much retired from modding now, but before that I did do a bit of work on the StuGs. Not sure if I ever finished them, though. I'll check and get back to you. Updated: My "quick snow" versions of the StuGs are not far from finished, so I'll try to finish them soon. And them upload them.