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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. CMA won't run on new laptop

    Thanks for the reply. I don't have FXAA options. But it is running well with the scaling changes I made.
  2. CMA won't run on new laptop

    Solved. If you have set a zoom level under display settings in Win 10 then CMA will not run at desktop resolution. Disable any zoom and it works well. However the fonts are a bit rough at the edges.
  3. Hi, I just bought a new laptop ( win 10, i5, 8g ram, 256GB SSD, integrated graphics card ). When I try to launch the game I am told that " cannot initiate graphics display. required: 1024 x 768, 32 bit." I have tried deleting the display file but that doesn't help. It re-scans but the problem persists. I have tried different compatibility modes but none of them work. If anyone has any ideas I would be happy to hear them.
  4. I prefer smaller scenarios simply because I don't have time for the set- up and planning that large ones require. Once the planning and set up is done, a large battle plays quite smoothly. When I do have time for set-up and planning, I find larger battles are quite enjoyable.
  5. CMBN is worth every penny for anyone with an interest in World War 2 and gaming. It is the most accurate tactical wargame I have ever played. It is well worth the price and has lots of content. I play by email and always have a number of games on the go. Single Player is also a lot of fun. I have been playing Combat Mission since the first game was available. There is really not any other wargame I know off that handles tactical combat so well.
  6. Yes you do. For instance Vin's animated text can cause unit designations to show and read incorrectly.
  7. Thank you for posting this link. Quite interesting photos.
  8. I need some help

    Are you playing RT or Wego. Many players use RT for smaller battles and Wego for for the larger battles.
  9. Thank you both for your quick replies!
  10. I wonder if someone can clarify this for me. I went to downloads for CMFI Engine 4. I saw the box to download the CMFI upgrade 4. However when downloaded it identifies as CMFI version 2. Is this just a file naming mistake and it is the proper version 4?
  11. Hosting a multiplayer game.

    Yes Hamachi does work.
  12. Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it.
  13. Hi and thank you for your reply. The patches offered are 1.01 and 1.02. However my game version says 2.00. So I am a bit confused.
  14. Hi, I just bought the game yesterday and I am wondering if I need to install the patches or if the most recent product is already patched.
  15. My vote for new games would be. 1. The Spanish Civil War 2. Patton Rolls East 1948 3. The Angolan Civil War