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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. Master Maps for CMSF 2?

    Unfortunately I think it is too early for discussion on details for cmsf2 unless Steve chimes in.
  2. Master Maps for CMSF 2?

    Yeah love that one. Especially “the snitch”. Great fun
  3. It could have. Wouldn't be the first thread discussing tougher C&C rules as is noted from the various proponents - Peregrine, Bil Hardenberger. It went off the rails because the OP somehow decided the those rules were for a minority of a minority while somehow sidestepping that his proposal fit the same standard. From there it just went downhill. I still like both Bil and Peregrine's ideas. For sure they aren't for everyone. Heck even standard Iron mode isn't for everyone. I know some who use it, but I'd be hard pressed to say that any significant portion of users take advantage of it.
  4. As a point of reference and sheer good fun, this is a great moment in time. A bones thread before the release of CMBN. Doomsayers were there even then.
  5. snort! Damn got coffee up my nose on this one. First I would have to believe you have friends. That's a tough one. Second I'd have to believe you have enough friends constantly buying BF products to be able to graph sales over time. On a daily basis no less according to you. Somebody here is in fantasy land. Fluctuations in sales are a part of any business. Also in this particular business certain theaters sell better than others. NW Europe WW2 sells pretty darn good. Italy and Russia not so much so. I am absolutely sure in your detailed modeling (read stalking) of BF's business you took into account the changes in market dynamics to reflect an expected change in sales? Yep I am so sure you did cause no one would ever consider just throwing numbers together to make them appear to back an assessment for doom he's been peddling for years Oh and thanks for tossing out the obligatory "fanboy" assessment. Was beginning to wonder if that had gone out of fashion. Good to know my fanboy club membership is still valid. @IICptMillerIII suspect we are getting rolled and he is just bored and looking to see if it is possible to cause someone to have an aneurism by just pushing more and more nonsensical statements
  6. I think it started down that path once you started posting. Cause and effect kind of thing. I am confident you can expand on this in other ways. My friend got divorced. His first wife was blonde. His new fiancée is brunette. His blonde feature got removed and he is upset.
  7. Master Maps for CMSF 2?

    you can make some things look like some amazing stuff, just look at some of the Stalingrad mod work. Unfortunately it is strictly appearance.
  8. saw that and face palmed. Who ever decided that should go outside and jump in front of a bus or train.
  9. Master Maps for CMSF 2?

    Pushing them to do more never hurts unless you build up an expectation you will get it. It is a ton of work to get CMSF up to engine 4. Hence BF seeming to put it out up front to not have expectations they are gonna pile stuff on. The starting point to work from is CMSF with 4.0 capabilities. That in itself means more than you had in CMSF, but I would not expect more than that at least for now. The map overlay capability alone is gonna be worth it's weight in gold. I am one of those who would love more...Taliban guys in CMSF would be so cool, but I'll leave that on my wish list now for maybe a future pack. The afghan models in CMA for example are a no go. They are not done the way BF does them so it would have to be all new models.
  10. Umm exactly how did you determine the vehicle pack did not do well? "tactically and realism-wise absolutely no difference." Maybe you didn't buy it, but even just looking at the announcement page- Mine clearing equipment has no tactical affect? Once again you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. It certainly isn't the impression BF has given as packs are still on the table as they see places where they fit. And your statement about "engine improvements over the last few years were almost nil anway" is just so ridiculously wrong I am beginning to wonder if you just use a magic eight ball to come up with random complaints. Complaining about "how could they get rid of that" about a feature that has been gone for over 10 years and you JUST noticed because someone told you would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. The owner of the company has repeatedly clearly stated that BF is doing fine yet you insist on peddling this doom and gloom nonsense. Doesn't it embarrass you at all that you are contradicting the people in the know with absolutely no access to relevant data?
  11. Master Maps for CMSF 2?

    I am not sure what that question is but if it is what I suspect I think your answer was here
  12. Good analysis of NK dynamic?

    the other thing this makes me wonder. Are these all Kim Jong Un's bastard offspring? You know this isn't your typical "my parents are eating grass and working in a coal mine that is ready to collapse to make ends meet" children's day care.
  13. Good analysis of NK dynamic?

    "You could poke somebody's eye out!" - teacher in NK promoting use of bayonet. Next we will learn to run with scissors to stab at American invaders.
  14. I just want to know who designed the MEFP to make smiley faces. That is just sick.. Funny, but sick.