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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. CMRT will not activate

    ah ha-- I will try that later to night thanks for the 411
  2. I just now went to game engine 4 Yes I had 2.0 when prompted to activate I copied and paste the code from my email as well as from my account will not activate from either place any thoughts
  3. Best Computer for CM?

    I just purchased this Dell and it will play anything I have tried in CMBS, CMRT, which is as far as I have gotten-- specs are as follows i7-6700 cpu,3.40-3.41--16 gig mem--64 bit win 10 Nvidia GTX-745 1.8 Tera Byte--all I remember it was a dell refurb -- my younger brother found it --he is the family C puter guy -- it looks good and plays very well fast and quiet --
  4. I need some help

    BTW as to the question before- I usually play RT-- but that is with the smaller scenarios --until it was asked I realized that I tended to play wego in the CMBS battles with the larger battles-- so I will in CMRT and CMBN /CW also-- again thanks for the answers and encouragement -- the fun you were having was easily seen in your answers and that is nice
  5. I need some help

    I will try to use your suggestions. thanks again thanks for the thoughts-- I did see the larger battles as a number of smaller ones-- and I try make a couple battle groups to contain and use the forces-- -- -- I have been using CM since it was CM by big time software -- not planning on stopping any time soon-- thanks again
  6. I have a new Cputer-- so far it will run any size CM game-- my problem is that when you have a large battle field --dozens of armor pieces -- 100's of men -- I get lost-all I seem to do is run around trying to maintain C&C- so for me it is more fun with smaller size battles-- so how can i improve the ability to handle the larger battles--
  7. i am trying to make a ticket-- I keep getting "custom field version number value not decimal." i have tried to change anything with a decimal -- no go help
  8. Activate

    I looked at the helps and -but -did not see that will ----give a go to morrow thanks
  9. Activate

    I uninstalled everything and put it back --it installed as 1.03-- I added 1.04 everything works and plays --then i installed the 4.0 upgrade and here is what it says License failure-- must have base game 4.0 --run activate utility-enter License key -- but I have never been offered a place to do that thanks for your reply
  10. I got a new puter for Christmas--so i installed CMBS first with the others to follow it wants to activate-- I understand and i know what that means --so where do i find the activate button like one that is on my old computer i now have a XPS i7 6200 cpu 3.40 3.41 quad core /NinvidaGTX745 far above what i had-- bigger games here i come- at ;east bigger than before
  11. I have an older Dell XPS Win 7-- Pent 2.80 x2 core 2 gig ram--4 gig vir ram Ninvida GT440 -- I know I am near the end for this puter- but any recommendations for playing CM version 3 games better It will be while before a new puter is possible-- I do have newest drivers-- for video
  12. I got the Battlepack-great swaining- ok have installed it more than once --tried to have shortcut so I could activate it --no joy my game does now show 3.12-- what have I missed--I just broke my left arm so I have some time
  13. where you have you choices of battles quick battles-- saved games etc-- start page to me:} it shows the icon at the bottom left corner for CMBN and CW but ( I just started the game and looked) now it gives both CW battles and CBMN to play still shows only CW ???? oh well it plays I will hush for now thanks for you interest
  14. I am patched up to 3.11 reinstalled CMBN &CW-- now the only one of CMBN & CW I can play is CW only The start page shows CMBN but can not start it
  15. My 3.0 upgrade download /

    you have been helpful thank you