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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. Thanks for your reply IanL. After looking around a bit I found I did have the Engine 3 for CMFI already. After a new system build last year I overlooked installing that upgrade. So, I ran it and after a few missteps I was able to get all 3 games to Engine 4. Cheers!
  2. I have read the CMFI Engine 4 instructions and forum posts. I’m just thick I guess as I am still not quite sure how to proceed for CMFI. What I have (all are download version): CMFI v1.12 with GL purchased separately (I assume this is Engine 2). I also have CMBN v3.12 with CW/MG and CMRT v1.03 both running Engine 3. To upgrade all to Engine 4 do I? 1. Purchase only the Combat Mission Upgrade 4 Big Bundle and all is good. OR 2. Purchase CM Fortress Italy - UPGRADE 3 and then Combat Mission Upgrade 4 Big Bundle. Last but not least, I am running Webroot SecureAnywhere. Has anyone run into issues with Engine 4 and Webroot? Thanks for your assistance. System info: i7 6700K @ 4.6GHz, GTX1070SC ACX 3.0 8GB, 16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Windows 10
  3. Ah, bet that was it. Thanks
  4. hmmmm... I own CMFI with v3.0 engine. I have not played the game for some time. I just purchased and installed GL. The splash screen shows both module icons but says it is v1.10. In my download folders I have: CMFI_112_Patch_Setup.zip 12/1/2013 CMFI v300 Upgrade Setup.exe 8/20/2014 CMFI_Gustav_Line_Setup.exe 4/24/2015 I'm a little confused how I got where I am and how I get to v1.20. I usually install downloads right away but may have missed something. Thoughts? EDIT: The following are in my CM Fortress Italy root directory which I would think means they have been installed. CMFI v101 ReadMe.txt 10/18/2012 CMFI v111 ReadMe.txt 10/28/2013 CMFI v112 ReadMe.txt 11/21/2013 CMFI v300 ReadMe.txt 8/7/2014 And for what it is worth, my CM Fortress Italy.exe is dated 5/10/2013 EDIT 2 NEVERMIND. I had not installed the v3.0 engine. I ran it and it now says v1.20 on the menu. The date on the exe is now 8/20/2014.
  5. I thought I was out of the woods but apparently I'm not. I own CMBN + CW +MG. After I did a 3.11 install and the modules did not work or activate I reinstalled them. It actually set me back to v2.12. Soooooooooooooo, I reinstalled 3.11 and the modules are not activated nor can I activate them as it again tells me I have an Invalid Serial Number. Is there a solution to this BS?
  6. Wargaming "Guilt"

    I think we can all agree that war sucks. War games in general provides us with a window into military history and a chance to engage in the strategy and tactics of the time. If you are playing a human, it adds a psychological aspect as well, similar to chess. When I saw the game about the Ukraine however, it gave me pause. I have stayed away from other games that encompass current areas of conflict. I think the operative word above is "history". Playing a game about something I read in today's news is not something that brings me enjoyment.
  7. Here's what happened to me. I own CMBN + CW + MG. Did the install according to Hoyle. Launched game and activated it with the v3.0 serial number. Game worked but did not show modules on main screen and the module battles were grayed out. Tried to use the Activate Modules app, but when I used the same 3.0 serial number it gave me an Invalid Serial Number error message. So, I reinstalled CW and MG bringing them up to their latest relative patches. I did not attempt to Activate them. When I launch CMBN the modules show on the main menu and I have access to all the battles. So I think I am good but it was a little bit of a struggle and there was some cursing along the way.
  8. Is there a way to have the MODS folder located on other than the C drive? My game is on a D drive and would love to put my MODS folder there as well as I have very little room on C.
  9. To battlefront

    I upgraded to Win7 64 from Win XP 32, installed 6GB of additional RAM and changed my video card and never thought about activation issues. No CPU change. All still working fine.
  10. An old adage says that all good things in life are free, yet this game is not, why? Come to think of it, I come from a state whose motto is, "Live free or die". So why are all things in life not free? Who needs this fiat currency anyway? Why can't I buy a CM game with, say, a rabbit hide? Until then, guess I'll just use a credit card.
  11. Non-gameplay improvements to CM

    I think getting down to ground level in CM in its 3D environment with Oculus Rift would be an excellent experience, especially on replays.
  12. Where did you hear about CM - Part 2

    I became familiar with Battlefront due to Theatre of War which I bought around 2007, which even after patching was a disappointment. Later, a friend, who had the earlier CM1 products, suggested the CM series. I purchased CMBN as my first CM game in August 2011. I haven't been disappointed. So relatively, I'm a new comer.
  13. I own it and played several times but shelved it. There are several aspects I do like but the lack of a WEGO system (allowing review for numerous reasons) and having no multi-player are the killers for me. One of the devs definitively stated there will never be any sort of turn based movement as this is unrealistic, however there is a pause available. He is also of the mind that their AI is much better to play against than any human player could possibly be, therefore mp is very doubtful. Don't quite understand the mindset as these features would only be options to those who want to use them and not forced on anyone, which could expand their sales. Go figure.
  14. First of all, thanks for creating the sound mods and for doing the comparison vid. I do have a couple of questions. In GreenAsJade, for your sound mods, the following are listed: Oddballs Final Soundmod - Not so final patch 1 Oddballs Final Soundmod - Standard Version CMRT Small Arms Only Oddballs Final Soundmod - Heavy Version Oddballs Final Soundmod - Standard Version CMRT Oddballs' Simplified Soundmod V1 Fathers Brothers Nephews Cousins Former Roomates Soundmod V3 - Red Thunder Update Oddballs' Lightweight Soundmod V1 If I want to install the latest full version covering all weapons you have sound mods for, what should I download? If more than one file, is there an order to install? Are the mod effects only for the weapon firing or do they include the explosions, etc. of the ordnance? Thanks!