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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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    This was a day battle, light haze, smoke is on but no smoke was being generated on the battlefield, the axis and allied armor were both in open terrain with trees turned on, axis tank cmdr was opened up. This has only happened a hand full of times but I should see the russians coming a mile away in the relatively open terrain but should absolutely see them when they pass right in front of me, crushing a fence.
  2. Playing CMRT 1.03- no mods. A few QB games I have played as Axis (one recently last night), mid day game time, appear to have Allied armor using a cloaking system!! I have Allied armor passing within 10-15 meters of an Axis tank with a clear LOS out to horizon and the Axis tank never spots it or his buds coming up behind. I can tell they are passing that close as I watch the fence line disappear next to the Axis unit. Only when I have an infantry unit Hunt or Assault to the suspected location of the Allied armor does it appear; or, if its that close sometimes I can fire and light it up and then it shows. Anybody else seen this behavior and have a solution?? Thanks!
  3. Thanks a bunch - I'll give it a shot.

    Thanks a ton folks! This will help tremendously.
  5. Am currently playing CMRT v1.03 on Win XP SP3 with no issues. I meet all the minimum and almost all the recommended system requirements for Upgrade 4 except for the operating system. Before I plunk down $10 and try it, is anyone playing Upgrade 4 on Win XP?

    Is there an AI tutorial that does a step-by-step? I have downloaded several maps that are empty of any setup zones, units, terrain or unit objectives and AI. Since I usually play the Germans and use quick battles, setting these maps up for Axis probe/attack/assault works great since all I have to do is 1. create setup zones for both sides 2. give the Russians a terrain objective with points and a name, holding most of terrain where they are set up, then do the same for Germans 3. for Russians, paint a couple of different AI plans for setup in the setup zone (so they don't always come from same direction). Plans are (top to bottom) Used Sometimes (if I have more than 1 plan), Group 1, Setup, Mixed, Normal, Passengers Dismount. For Germans, I don't bother since I will be directing them 4. For Russians, also paint a support target or two if I want to deal with indirect fire while attacking 5 Save it with a unique file name. HOWEVER, if I try setting up a meeting engagement or Allied offense by doing all the above and giving Russians an objective within or past the German setup zone, the Russian arty fires support OK but the units just sit there. Have tried looking at how existing scenarios are set up and have yet to break the code.
  7. Thanks for reply Joe - I will look at that. Forgot about the AI. Gene
  8. I have all these medium, large and huge size CMRT scenario maps that I can mod to make more QB maps. I know you can just drop a scenario map into the Quick Battle folder and it will be used to support QBs, but I know I can get, say, 4-5 tiny-small maps out of one huge map. After I have removed setup zones and terrain objectives I believe that, at a minimum, the only things needed to turn a modified scenario map into a QB map is to add new setup zones and terrain objectives for each side and this seems to work fine. Are there any other items that I am missing? I ask because I modded one map like this but when used in a QB-meeting engagement battle the AI side just sits there and makes no move towards its terrain objective. Thanks all! Gene
  9. I remember in CMX1 games and in CMSF when setting up a quick battle you can control the quality of the troops for either or both sides (conscript, green, regular, etc...) or let system randomly choose. In CMRT I cannot seem to find a way to do that unless I go in and manually choose the forces and set their quality. I have read the the CM Engine Manual 3.01 and it not addressed except in instance where you manually choose your force composition but I could have missed it. 1. Is there a way in QB setup to designate force quality for either or both sides while letting system randomly choose everything you have set to random? 2. If not, then does CMRT QB randomly choose your force and computer opponent's force quality so that one game can have Axis at Veteran level while Soviets are Green and next battle might find both sides at Crack? Thanks! Gene
  10. Well, there you are! Thanks!
  11. Having difficulty finding place to download CMSF maps - Usual places seem to be dedicated to CMAK, CMBB, etc.
  12. Fixed it. I had installed the main game and then the ver 1.20 patch before registering the game. I reinstalled the patch and now it works fine.
  13. No I haven't. Will try that. BTW, running WinXP Media Ed, SP3.
  14. All - Just purchased and downloaded game from BF. Installed, registered and upgraded to 1.20 (download ver was at 1.11). Started quick battle and saved. Went to reload QB and game loads to 100% and you hear the ambient noise level but screen is stuck at load progress bar with wall paper of dude aiming a SAW. Any ideas?