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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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Everything posted by sburke

  1. Area target question

    It is questionable how much suppression one unit can do in 60 seconds. This has not been the first time this has been suggested on the forum and I always wonder what folks are thinking. Using the OP example using an afv to walk fire along a hedge. By the time your fire hits the end of the hedge odds are any units at the beginning have shaken off suppression assuming you were even able to suppress them. The amount of fire it takes is a little more than what this request seems to apply. My perspective is if you need to suppress that much territory, you need more units doing the suppression. i once beta tested Sacrifice for a new religion (CMBN) with another tester. I needed to suppress the defenders in a few buildings in order to advance on this monastery. I had 2 full companies and I had everyone targeting something along with mortars. A person in the room who could hear my opponents game was floored at the amount of fire being output. I still failed. My point is if you aren’t concentrating fire, you aren’t suppressing and odds are your tank is gonna get lit up. CMBS is far less forgiving than the WW2 variants for armor. Area fire typically covers 3 action squares. That is 24 meters or approx 75 feet. That is a lot of space to suppress in 60 seconds.
  2. Module pack don't work?

    ack, a MAC user! Sorry really unfamiliar with the OS, but either see the notes above or contact the helpdesk. I know on the PC side how to create an activation shortcut, but not on MAC side assuming it isn't there. That -showui is pretty much it on the PC side.
  3. Your preferred mod setup?

    Get the Task Force Spartan Resolve campaign and mod set ;-)
  4. BMP-3 on the firing range

    Would a tank have a lower tank signature? I don’t expect they would turn off the engine so yes it would just be idling, but how quiet is an idling tank? Think we need a professional to chime in.
  5. Module pack don't work?

    You need to run the activation shortcut.
  6. Porting Maps

    Well it is a question for sure. For example for the battle packs a good portion of the pay content is the maps so "hacking" the game to get maps that you haven't paid for is questionable behavior. You don't however get the full content in terms of scenarios and campaigns obviously. That is one of the reasons I don't touch the conversions. BF would have to say whether they have an issue or not but for me it crosses a personal line.
  7. a new full installer download is always the current release now. - so yes it is 4.0.
  8. Well if Microsoft said it, it HAS to be true right?
  9. Site down again?

    Hey I'm in California... I am betting it is all the fire and smoke down his way.
  10. Site down again?

    Where is “el centro”? The site itself is not down.
  11. Is that smerhing specific to CE?
  12. open a ticket, there is likely little anyone here is going to help you with. I have followed the BF instructions re installing CMSF on several machines and never had an issue. I am and have been on windows 10 a while now so I doubt that specifically is your issue. Good news is it does work and I am sure BF can get you up and running.
  13. Armored Infantry Platoon HQ

    Sorry the only FFE I have experienced is when my wife got tired of me leaving the toilet seat up.
  14. Armored Infantry Platoon HQ

    That is possible as it is the ToE for CMBN that was pushed to the other two. Not saying it is a bug, just that there is a single origination source.
  15. The net effect would actually be probably the opposite. You’d take a two minute turn and still issue the same orders so you’d have twice the file size and half the action. Extend that to 5 minutes and I think you’d find you would be getting bored. You can already do the challenge by only issuing commands every other turn.
  16. In a way. It's that damn subversive socialist medical care.....
  17. no good deed goes unpunished.
  18. yes and no. I end up utilizing that team as a firebase to support other teams. It has as you noted a lot of firepower and can give a tactical option superior than a simple split team with a single MG. Be creative. Use it in conjunction with other teams and don't try and utilize it the same as a standard split team.
  19. stop already man, he bought it because his pbem partner was at 4.0. He already said he is just griping because of that. It's okay no need to drag him onto hot coals and apply the pincers. Hopefully soon this will be corrected and we can all find something else to stir our angst. Besides we have to be nice to him. If I have to apply to move to Canada I want friends who will vouch for me there.
  20. copy your save files off somewhere else. Even if you did a complete fresh build of a PC you should not lose your missions.
  21. need help

    2.10 is current version and should not be crashing. CM in general is very stable. About the only time I can get a crash is if I am editing a huge map and going back and forth to 3d view. I have not had a scenario crash in I don't know how long and not on the general release version. I'd say you are running into some kind of conflict maybe even a hardware issue. BF can help you figure that out if you open a ticket. Not sure what website check means. What website are you referring to? This is from the battlefront website for the CMBS battlepack release in April Note that the data files needed for Battle Pack1 is contained in the new v2.10 patch. Everybody should install v2.10, however v2.10 contains no significant gameplay differences over v2.00.
  22. I run both in windows 10 so it may be a little finer than that. You have any software updates recently particularly to security programs? CMA and CMSF have different licensing set ups so it would not be totally surprising to see only those get affected.
  23. I didn't tell you about the wall I moved in my house. Seriously. Wasn't happy with how the space was arranged. Wife went on visit to family. The moment she pulled out of the drive I was breaking down lathe and plaster. when she got home just over two weeks later the new wall was up floor redone, new drywall including ceiling in and painted. ebook was far easier, cheaper and less confrontation with spouse (though she really did like the wall move) Funny story though. Years ago when I was just a wee lad. My dad was trying to patch a hole in a wall in our kitchen. It was lathe and plaster and his repair wouldn't stick... so he started tearing it out. My mom came home to find a mound of debris in the dining/kitchen room...... she started crying. Hence me wanting to finish BEFORE my wife got home. I loved my dad but I learned a lot from him about how NOT to do things
  24. they can when you have no more room in your house and you realize half your books you haven't touched in 2 years but there is no way in hell you are giving them up.
  25. ahh ebooks. Yes I do like occasionally having a physical copy. But now my book selection has ballooned and yet it still takes up the same space on my night stand...and I can "loan" a copy and not lose mine. The only time I will buy a physical book now is if it has maps, pics or other such that I want copy of (or if it is not available in ebook in which case - no it does not get loaned don't even ask). I love boarding a plane now and knowing I am dragging almost my entire library along. Flight delayed? More reading time.. ahhhhh That wall of books can now be a map wall...maps.....mmmmmmm We have one in the dining room that was hell to get, but now there it sits - 14th Century Paris. When the Templars still had a donjon there. Now they just have a plaque. And Emrys in case of fire you can throw the ebook reader at the window to break the glass - it is all kept in the cloud anyway