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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. New scenario for download

    It's in the designers notes and briefing. Same map with minor change, but a very different situation. In first scenario, all the troops on both sides were at 60% strength, worn out; these are all fresh, with significant German reinforcements coming from unknown directions to aid their weary comrades just as the Amis advance on two objectives.
  2. After playing CMBO since its release on the Mac, I have finally created a scenario. This fact alone should make you wary. While there are at least 450 scenarios I could find for CMBN V2-3, not so many for CMFB V3. Notice I said Version 3, which shouldn't be a problem for V4 players. So if you are really desperate, give it a try. No promises Below is a link to Dropbox in case something goes wrong with the file attached here. https://www.dropbox.com/s/sksimplsont4iqh/AD The Lodge at Hurtgenwald Part Two.btt?dl=0 AD The Lodge at Hurtgenwald Part Two.btt
  3. Please ignore my idiotic post above, c3k. Having to do some re-installs, along with lack of sleep, induced my paranoid delusion about V4's progress. I finally saw IanL's excellent walk-through on excluding the Battlefront directory from Avast. Avast had never given me trouble before, but they've been updating it. Again, forgive my asinine comments above. I did finally update CMBN and all modules to V3. After deleting an old mod, works fine. In fact, by manipulating my INVIDIA card settings via the Stickie, I think the graphics look better than CMFB, RT or BS. Probably my eyesight Looking forward to new modules, whatever they may be.
  4. I have Avast and it does the same thing. It has nothing to do with anti-virus software. Do you think it is a coincidence that they still haven't released CMFI V4? It was messed up from V3.0. So I can play CMFI 3.0 without Gustav goodies, or stick with Version 2X and have the expansion. It simply was never addressed and they moved on to 4.0. So I will pay $10 for CMFI 4.0 when it comes out and hope it works with Gustav? I should get 4.0 free, as I already paid $10 for Version 3.0, which doesn't work with Gustav, which I paid $25 for, right?
  5. Reinstalled - I think it was an old, incompatible mod. Glad JuJu's stuff still works. All set for now. Thanks.
  6. I just wanted to thank you - for not having sales events. At BF, the game is released and you buy. There is no reason to wait until it's 50% off. I have spent thousands of dollars (it's possible) with another well known wargame publisher as well over the years, who pretty much held prices. Now they are on a Steam "wait several months" and get a sale craze. This is wonderful for new customers, but punishes early supporters like myself. So when SC3 or Steel Tigers comes out, I am going to wait until 50% off on Steam if it takes five years
  7. Thanks guys. I am going to try this now. I always hated McAfee, although it is not as incredibly intrusive now as it was years ago. Will go with Avast when subscription ends. Let's see if this works.... Yep - it was McAfee. I'll close out my ticket.
  8. Steve himself got back to me a couple of days ago with a CMFI file to clear the license. It didn't work, but I think they are on it. Meantime, plenty of stuff to enjoy.
  9. I've been waiting on my ticket for a week. Same as jpratt88's problem. CMFB keeping me busy in the meantime. But seriously, with lots of mods and 450 scenarios, ain't no way I'm upgrading CMBN/CW/MG to 3.12 from 2.12. Personally, I don't feel the risk is worth whatever minor benefits 3.12 brings - at least until a new module comes out
  10. Now I feel I'm not playing a beta.
  11. Interview with BF

    My first computer wargame was Crawford's Atari cartridge, too. I was hoping to one day make some money on it.
  12. Also remember the CM Decompiler by Mike works on all these campaigns. I have it, but unfortunately don't have a direct link to the utility.
  13. Maybe we should ask the designers and betas of StratCom2 Patton Drives East this question.
  14. Black Sea or older CM game

    One other thing that could make a difference for you. I have almost 200 custom scenarios (not including mods) created by some talented people for CMBN and its modules. CMBS is great, but it will be a long time, if ever, for the newer games to get such huge mod content. These are available from BF repository, or better yet, GreenAsJade's website. Have fun!