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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:

      -showui

      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. You are spot on 🎯 Mord👍 That is a HUGE chunk of Fun Times. Big Face👍 Buzz
  2. +1 on movement reveals target...especially (for me) in thick wooded environment. Buzz
  3. Good analysis of NK dynamic?

    "The whole problem seems to be based on the fact that some states don't like what other states do with their people." I can help you. Heading off on the road soon so brief (respectfully) a quick response. Your comment in my bold above ... ^ illustrates you are missing a full and complete understanding of why nuclear deterrence is important for people / planet survival. Unlimited nuclear proliferation would allow any state, non-states, terror states, to develop, possess and use Weapons of Mass Destruction. Nuclear, Chemical Biological, etc. . WMDs. Please re read this... and understand why nuclear proliferation limits are in place.... NOT... because "some states don't like what other states do with their people." If WMDs are OK for anyone (developed or purchased) that can arm themselves with WMD weapons ... 'something the world would embrace' ... suggested proposed Wars of Thought, Education, Culture, detterence are (IMO) ineffective and impotent. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_the_Non-Proliferation_of_Nuclear_Weapons The world has a long way to go to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament... but it should be clear that allowing everyone / anyone to obtain nuclear weapons and use and weapons technology is a bad idea for people / planet survival. ☮️ Buzz
  4. Good analysis of NK dynamic?

    Please re-review What Would War With North Korea Look Like? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05951pc Multiply this embrace of nuclear weapons and multiply non state / corrupt state actors reality(s) embrace of nuclear weapons Buzz
  5. Good analysis of NK dynamic?

    23 minute BBC Inquiry podcast that summed up the current situation rather clearly. What Would War With North Korea Look Like? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05951pc Sobering details from experts of what “miscalculations” could trigger a nuclear war. Horrifying prospects for any conflict. Buzz
  6. One of the great features of CM (IMO) is system requirements are not latest greatest ($$$) to enjoy the games many Titles, Scenarios, Campaigns. Wise path to put some info about it in the scenario description when released. Thanks for making your scenario👍 Buzz
  7. Have not tried either but will check them out on the PC side of the Hackintosh. Thanks rocketman. Good luck with your scenario development👏 Buzz
  8. It could be the tester's CPU set up is the source of his frustration. That said, it is wise you are testing among multiple players / systems. Sometimes game performance "on a large map with quite a lot of units" will make loading times reach minutes on some machines. Better to get this feedback before scenario release. Options could be to modify the CPU demands with changes in scenario or release scenario warning players that some systems may struggle with scenario. Correct👍 Not every game cpu will be able to equally play "Huge" on large scenarios. I found when moving to the GeForce GTX 760 4095 MB graphics card CM games had more 'breathing room' = ran more smoothly with a faster graphics car. Prior to the beefier graphics card I did have stuttering in some Huge scenarios. Buzz
  9. "Der Ring Der 5 Panzer Division" - 64.2MB save file on Mac side of Hackintosh Elite RT (not PBEM). 1:13 load time - 30" save file time. This an early Axis attack file. I suspect as the game progresses the file would increase. Running dual monitors: CMRT in 27-inch (1920 x 1080) and 23-inch (1920 x 1200) no other applications open. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 4095 MB graphics. Buzz "Great scenario by the way." 👍
  10. A 120+ MB save files is exceptionally large! I do not know the answers as to PC/MAC specific setups cause. A question I have is how long are your load times? A file that large may take a very long time to load on modest PCs. If you have the scenario file available in a dropbox I can test on my Hackintosh PC /Mac and see what develops and load times if that would help you/ Buzz
  11. ?... A 10 year old game that many of us still enjoy... a lot is to be elevated to a more advanced "New Modern"?. A Win - Win for us all. Yes Happy Birthday CMSF. Buzz
  12. CMSF Release today in 2007 ? 10 years and still going strong?... Buzz
  13. Donetsk Airport map

    Thank you snake eye for ALL you research and indefatigable, detailed map creation. Looks pretty amazing my friend?? Buzz
  14. Donetsk Airport map

    Map is looking great ? Buzz
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