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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. Chip Flaws: in case you missed this

    Funny you mention the NSA. There was some speculation originally that the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities were identified by the Agency and entered the public domain via the leaks last Spring. Kevin
  2. Chip Flaws: in case you missed this

    Surprised the malicious code can be written in JS and it's short. Two articles for those interested in going under the hood: https://www.react-etc.net/entry/exploiting-speculative-execution-meltdown-spectre-via-javascript https://react-etc.net/page/meltdown-spectre-javascript-exploit-example I am a hobbyist programmer. I thought that since JS can only run in a browser environment, the browser would provide security against this type of malicious code i.e. writing or reading directly from memory. I can see it with assembly or C. What makes JS so dangerous is the code can be pushed to the local computer by an unwitting web surfer. Kevin
  3. Chip Flaws: in case you missed this

    Pre and post patched Win 10 CM benchmarks need to be completed. The gaming industry is posting results for their products. Albeit players mostly. Maybe this will go away for our narrow purposes and we will see no performance hits. This is a rather big event never-the-less. Heads up. Kevin
  4. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245606/security/intel-x86-cpu-kernel-bug-faq-how-it-affects-pc-mac.html
  5. http://www.operationbarbarossa.net/ Sorry if this has been posted before. Even so, I didn't want any of the gang to miss it. Kevin
  6. Stunning

    "A little more than a year after AlphaGo sensationally won against the top Go player, the artificial-intelligence program AlphaZero has obliterated the highest-rated chess engine. Stockfish, which for most top players is their go-to preparation tool, and which won the 2016 TCEC Championship and the 2017 Chess.com Computer Chess Championship, didn't stand a chance. AlphaZero won the closed-door, 100-game match with 28 wins, 72 draws, and zero losses. Oh, and it took AlphaZero only four hours to "learn" chess. Sorry humans, you had a good run." https://www.chess.com/news/view/google-s-alphazero-destroys-stockfish-in-100-game-match
  7. I have used a HDMI connection to sent it to a wide screen TV just for kicks. I never really played more than a few turns however. For me, It becomes a bit cumbersome to plot your moves. Kevin
  8. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/11/tabs-come-to-every-window-in-windows-10-sets/ "In a feature announced today, Microsoft is going to bring that same kind of two-level grouping and management to every window and every application. Tabs won't just be for browsers; they'll be for Notepad, or Word, or Visual Studio, or Explorer, or Minecraft." I wonder how a war gamer or war game could exploit this? Kevin
  9. Campaign editing

    Yes. No. Simple. Enjoy and have fun with the editor. Just give credit to the original designer if you upload your edited creations. Kevin
  10. Thanks for the feedback. Happy the mod is being used and enjoyed. NigelP and Umlaut put a lot of work into it. Kevin
  11. Operation Uranus

    No apologies needed. My point was that if the player can put aside 100% accuracy in available weapons, the east front can be gamed using CMRT across '41-45 - especially infantry combat. Perfect? No. Fun? Yes. A cool example is setting up infantry battles using the winter mod to simulate the January '42 Soviet counter offensive. To me, it's a lot about having a nice map within an interesting tactical context, not just having exactly the right equipment. I know many will disagree - but that's OK. I put together a winter mod scenario based on the book Hell's Gate (Cherkassy Pocket ) and it was a blast to make. George MC made a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdZ8mr16qKg Kevin
  12. BTW, want to check if players are running the Stalingrad Mod with Engine 4? The mod was tested before it was released. Thanks for the feedback. Kevin
  13. Operation Uranus

    I think CM is moving forward in time on both the east and west fronts before it tackles 39'-42'. There has been a lot of forum discussion on this over the years and the proponents of the early war years did not prevail. Module vs Stand alone? I think the end-WW2 stuff would be module - but that's based on memory of the earlier forum talk only. Kevin
  14. Demian ... Send me a PM and perhaps I can help. Kevin
  15. Operation Uranus

    And all I was hoping for was getting a semi-intelligent discussion on '42 East Front re: our beloved CMRT. Mission Accomplished!