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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. Hey Getting annoyed with SC2 WAW Trying to play email game with friend and it is not working well (email not saving for transfer) Anyway is this game (GC) an upgraded SC2? Does it work well with email games? Do you recommend purchase ? Thanks
  2. Hi After alot of work (and some great help from the support team) my buddy and I finally got both our SC2 WAW games updated to latest update and ready to go He played the first turn of the Barbarossa scenario, emailed it to me, I played my turn and saved it (can see it saved as Email-2 in my email save file under his Email-1) but I cannot locate it in the file out of game We both followed the basic rule of play the entire turn then save, as you can't save email games mid turn last time I checked Is there another place I should look?? We are both running win 10 systems and both updated to latest patches of the game Another thought, is there a similar game that i a newer version of this one which may be more win 10 friendly? Thanks Chris
  3. Hey guys Started playin pbem w friend, first game in years Reloaded onto win 7 computer/vista patch Initial set up of 'Moscow' scenario Tried to save during set up as I didn't have time to finish I see the saved files in 'saved' file of Cmbb but it won't pull up the saved set up Can you save during setup? Is the save file in wrong locAtion? Thought the old stadArd was they save to pbem folder Thanks
  4. Can't find sAved file

    Hey Thanks Think i found this in your old post
  5. Sometimes if you alt-tab to minimize screen then re-open the words show up
  6. Hi Coming back to Cmbb after years Moved the game from my xp machine to win 7 Can't find lic key My other games like SC2 & cmak have it on back of book but I noticed sc1 is on the cd case...which is possibly lost Any way to look it up from game installed on my Xp machine Or do I need to buy another? Thanks
  7. Lost license key

    It was the 501 Dropped a help ticket & their checking it out May have been the license for the vista upgrade I needed so ill try that Thanks for your help all Look forward to getting back into it
  8. Lost license key

    Well found my key in my purchase history Did not work Maybe it's lookin for vista upgrade key? Chris
  9. hi anyone know if the german sd kfz 7/1 aa halftrack with 4x20mm guns can shoot at aircraft in front of it says it is 'rear facing guns' so i wasn't sure how to postion if using it for aa thanks
  10. question on aa

    thanks that helps alot i have 2 quad 20mm nicely spread out on medium board and a bunch of halftracks, panzers iv and v, and tigers so we'll see how it goes keeping tankers spread is a good idea too should be fun
  11. question on aa

    thanks for the reply do you just leave them near the edge then or keep em close to you men/machines??, how do you tell the range??
  12. when using cease fire with pbem game, do the moves entered before cease fire (on the same turn) count, or is cease fire the extent of the turn??
  13. cease fire

    cool, that's what i was hoping thanks again
  14. cease fire

    thanks king but was wondering if i decide to try cease fire and do not know if my opponent will immediately agree and hit cease fire.................will any 'plots' i make (on the same turn i hit cease fire) take effect, or does cease fire nullify my moves (assuming my opponent does not immediately cease fire)? vc
  15. hi i have been playing cmbb through a couple campaigns with no major problems although i still need to alt-tab to minimize the game when text doesn't show up this seems to be different i tried to open the game for a campaign in pbem that we are almost done with and the game starts up either with a black screen playing some music or a screen with very large text on the initial start up screen and it sometimes says the 'game requires at least 800x600' playing with xp system sp 3, ati radeon x1950 pro video card, intel core2 duo cpu E4600@2.4 GHz i was thinking of just uninstalling and reinstalling but thought this may lose our pbem game thanks
  16. tech question for cmbb

    thx for the input i bit the bullet and just uninstalled then reinstalled, now it runs fine again, other than having to do the alt-tab when text doesn't show up in boxes probably had something change the video settings or corrupt the program as a sidenote it seems like you don't have to 'unlicense' the software if uninstalling and reinstalling on the same computer because i accidentally didn't and it reloaded fine thanks again VC
  17. hi having some problems after installing cmbb with the pbem and white out of scenario screen for the pbem files i can attach the file but when it is sent it also has a pbem data (gibberish) of 100s of characters in the subject line. is this avoidable also having a whiteout on the scenario screen when starting (until i alt-tab and return) which brings up the text (just annoying) also when i try to save the pbem that are sent to me it doesnt allow me to save it directly to the pbem file but just sticks it on the desktop so i have to copy and paste it to the file........going in through my computer playing on xp computer, ati radeon 9800 vid card with latest catalyst driver (and i tried the radeon fix in other posts but still get whited out scenario text) and using mozilla (which may relate to the file saving issues thanks VC
  18. hi i just came back to cmbb after years off even downloaded the new game (v1.30) and am having the same issue with missing text in the scenario/campaign, the alt tab thing works but what a pain is there no other fix for this, i tried reloading the but this did not help..........however when i first downloaded the game, licensed and started the scenario screen was readable currently running win xp syst with ati card (i think 9800) on a fairly new machine i also found that on my first pbem game when i tried to finish my second turn by hitting GO there was no action and it just went back to the main screen (eg new game, join tcp/ip,etc). my opponent saw no action on his turn too as well i will try the fix someone else mentioned thanks vonc
  19. tow multiplayer

    thinking of buying this game for me and 2 friends multiplayer sounds cool in that more than 2 players can play a game and can coop against the ai.............does it work well over cable /dsl connection can you play via email? like combat mission?? we've all played cm and this sounds like a cool upgrade thanks CC
  20. tow multiplayer

    my friend downloaded the demo and said it ran kinda slow on his high end computer (he runs and xp system with the latest nvidia card and plenty of ram as he builds computers for a living) is this an issue or could it be the demo just runs slow sounds cool CC
  21. just started playing the global campaign for sc2 blitzkrieg hvs h any one that played this one know if it is possible to invade the different island fortresses or if it is like trying to take malta in normal sc2 blitz?? because there are so many island fortresses and without land air units it seems near impossible to take these areas as allies. also in my first game, i took Benelux and Indonesia (on pacific front) turned into axis controlled Dutch East Indies............was planning to invade these areas as Japan but seems like it would be smarter to wait until later (like just before usa enters war). does anyone have any experience of invading these areas as Japan and the timing. i know this is mostly a strategery decision but just fishing for general strategy thanks
  22. the one that comes with sc2 blitzkried vs 1.08
  23. haven't been able to get an answer for this one on related posts for units prepping for amphibious assault, does leadership matter?? for instance, if you are prepping American troops to assault Sicily from North Africa having a leader nearby will usually get them supply of 6 or 7 but without a leader the supply suffers. Will the supply when they hit the beaches automatically go to 10 for the first turn (if the transport only takes 1 turn), or is it the same supply value as what they were at before loading into the amphib boats?? reason i ask is it is hard to get a group of units (eg 3-4 armies) up to 6 or 7 even with a leader nearby, even with control of Gibraltar and Malta. so is would be nice to know if amphib assault troops automatically default to supply of 10 on their first turn off the boat for staging purposes thanks
  24. thanks, that's exactly what i thought..............what a pain to invade from north africa (Libya)
  25. along the lines of amphib assault do you have a sense if there is a benefit to having a leader next to the guy prior to loading on assault boats, or do they automatically go to 10 if they land on the first turn. trying to decide if it is worth the hassle to have leader attach to units prior to loading into amphibs