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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. Ok, good luck - DDraw has a forum too so maybe the guys might be able to help.
  2. Oh, that's a shame. Works with all CMx1 titles for me - sorry to hear that. The DDraw dll is definitely in the same folder as CombatMission2.exe? I heard another program called dgVoodoo2 also works but I didn't try it because DDraw did so well. I'm using the CDV retail trilogy disk version, running a new NVidia GTX 1060 card, the latest experimental DDraw release. For info, this is my DDRaw log:
  3. I didn't change any of the compatibility settings, just ran the exe as is.
  4. See my posts at the bottom of the thread here here - hope it helps.
  5. Just to confirm, with the latest version of DDraw fog is present in CMBB on my new machine running Win 10, i5-8400, GTX 1060. Excellent :-)
  6. Anyone else tried this? https://github.com/narzoul/DDrawCompat/releases I've found it to be a big help, allegedly allows fog on newer machines but I can't verify that as yet.
  7. Wargamer 2016 Year end Review

    Yet HOI4 is there as is a John Tiller title. There was a recent thread over on that group's site discussing the best WW2 tactical games/sims. IIRC, only Wodin mentioned CM. CMx2 really doesn't get fair recognition even in the wargaming community, never ind in general.
  8. What other WW2 games do you guys play

    The DC series was already good but Barbarossa is, and I'm not prone to bandying a term like this about for nothing, a masterpiece. I think that system with the player as Ike trying to deal with difficult characters above and below in the chain of command would be a hell of a lot of fun, I hope it's the next step they take with it.
  9. AI allies

    I have asked this question about AI control of individual countries over on the official SC3 forums on several occasions, Hubert and Bill have answered plenty other questions there lately but not even a hint of a response to mine. I think you can take it to mean that this is not one of the new features, sadly. Also, in the box art reveal, this was said " Take control over either the Axis or the Allies, while directing the efforts of each nation belonging to your alliance." I'm disappointed. it was my most hoped for thing in SC3 I must admit.
  10. You need to contact the helpdesk with details of the product and the licence key - I had this issue recently myself and battlefront were very helpful in providing the means to fix the issue. See this. Then raise a ticket and you should be fine.
  11. BFC helpdesk have always been great and quick to respond when I've needed them (and I'm in a completely different time zone). Doesn't matter whether it was the CM series or a SC product. The helpdesk is prominent enough on the site, so much so that the need to e-mail directly shouldn't even enter your mind.
  12. Storm over Europe?

    Pay-day today and, as promised, I have purchased and am downloading now. Really fired up about this, having a blast playing PBEM GC:Gold with my old mates just now. Fascinated to see what you can do with SC3 guys, wish you all the best.
  13. Storm over Europe?

    Thanks Hubert. That's fine, I'll probably buy the bundle when I receive my next pay cheque (trying to impose some much needed financial discipline here - I have a small monthly 'treats' budget which is currently exhausted ). Loving the demo though. I am interested in WW1 and have respectable knowledge of it so all is good. I'm bigging up the game to anyone who will listen, my closest friend has got hold of GC:Gold now too and I'm working on some others
  14. Hi all, I purchased SC2 back in 2008 but never got into it at all (lack of time for games of any sort sadly). I reinstalled it on my laptop recently and also picked up Global Conflict Gold & AoD. Wow, I've been missing out badly. The game is just awesome, and I'm not the sort to use such an adjective casually. I haven't felt like this about a game for a long time, so thanks to all the guys at Fury for that. On to my main point though - I really like what I see of the SOE campaign for Breakthrough. Now, I don't have it - I will get it in time anyway, the WW1 content looks pretty cool - but can't justify purchasing right now having just bought Gold. Is SOE exclusive to Breakthrough, or is there a version available or at least being developed for GC:Gold/AoD? From browsing the Repository I guess the answer to the former is no - I've downloaded the Fast Play version, which is great but I want the big one too . Like I say, the answer won't affect whether or not I buy the WW1 version , just when
  15. What we will see the next?

    Words have consequences...... F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5..........