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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. This guy is worth a watch

    I guess what happened proved that starting a war of conquest was not a good solution to that problem after all.
  2. This guy is worth a watch

    Well, I think Hitler came to power because the collapse of the Imperial regime, the draconian terms of the Versailles treaty and the ensuing depression after the roaring 20s created a cahotic political situation in Germany that allowed his extreme vision to chime with the dark side of the German people's fears, their need for order and economic hope and their feelings of humiliation around about 1930 to 1933. Someone else might have channeled all of this in a different way, but we can't deal in hypotheses. So, my view is that it was caused by the two scenarios merging and exploding violently because of the extremism of Hitler and the main leaders of his party.
  3. This guy is worth a watch

    Germany lost the war because of a combination of factors, but in my view the most important was the poor quality of its political leadership, starting with Hitler himself. The German leadership operated on assumptions that had no basis in what was the real strategic situation of the nation they were leading. There were plenty of leaders in high positions who were aware of some or all of the discrepancies between what efforts the nation could be asked to produce and what it would eventually find itself having to produce to cope with the situation brought about by the leadership's choices, but they were not high enough to matter and the key decisions were made by a small coterie whose blind ambitions and instincts for gambling with their people's futures knew no bounds. They were a bunch of chancers, blinded by initial good fortune. The Soviet Union had an appalling beginning of hostilities in 1941, and its experience only began to turn around at the end of 1942, but its general strategic situation was always better than Germany's so they could afford to take losses that would have crippled Germany many times over. I include support from the UK and the US in that strategic situation, as well as Japan's decision not to attack the Soviet Union (they recognised that they had their hands full having to cope with an enraged US). 1941 was a close run thing, but close run is good enough. The Soviet Union, and Stalin, also enjoyed better luck. With all of his faults, Stalin was a better leader than Hitler, and better suited to the peoples he was leading. The German people have enormous potential, but their strategic situation is poor, stuck as they are in the middle of a continental mass with borders that are hard to defend. Twice in the past century, it has been proved that no matter how superior their land forces may be in like for like combat power compared to their adversaries, this vulnerability puts them in a bad place to start and win a war that they can't finish quickly. The lack of oil, which by the way affected Japan, too, was just one given at the beginning that should have featured more in the leadership's calculations. Their strategy should have been very different from the outset, in 1933, when they seized power. Hitler, alas, was a man in a hurry. He wanted to finish the whole project while he still enjoyed vitality. He bent the whole nation's timetable to his own. He was not of sufficient stature to understand that what he wanted to accomplish might be achieved only if he was prepared to allow more time than what he had left to live to be taken, and built a political machine instead which would have stood a chance to continue to the objective long after he was gone. The USA have done a better job of achieving and maintaining a dominant position globally than the Third Reich or the Soviet Union, at least so far. We are now witnessing China attempting something similar. So much for the "end of history".
  4. This all looks fascinating, but it all stopped last July. Is there an update to be had? Have you suspended work on this potentially very interesting scenario? I have begun working on a scenario about the battle between Canadian forces and the 15th Pz. Div. for Leonforte. Leonforte was a sizeable town perched on the steep side of a hill and reproducing it is proving to be quite a challenge!
  5. I use Combat Mission Fortress Italy (both modules updated to v4) on computers in different locations. I have never had problems transferring scenarios to continue working on them except lately. One of my computers crashes when I try to load a scenario I am developing into the editor, while it transfers to other computers without a problem, and a scenario modified on that computer may not even appear in thne list of loadable scenarios. All my computers are windows nad all games updated to v4. Please help.
  6. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Thank you for the update, Steve, it is nice to know about CMFI being improved in this way. Looking forward to getting the upgrade when it is ready.
  7. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Thanks for the update, Steve. We appreciate your effort, believe me, and your dedication. There is not one game out there that can touch Combat Mission for completeness. Knowing the resons behind the delay also helps.
  8. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Well, it is frustrating, having bought the big bundle upgrade 10 days ago and CMFI being my current focus, to see that if I had a Mac I would be there, but as I am a PC user I have no idea when I might be able to get the upgrade. Still, I am sure when it eventually turns up it will have been worth the wait.
  9. License key for 4.0 Upgrade

    By the way, I have just looked in the install directory for CMFI to prepare the shortcut to the ANP utility for CMFI for use when CMFI's upgrade 4 comes out but there is no such utility in that directory. This was a new install done not more than 6 moths ago from the CMFI bundle. This should save CMFI users grief when they upgrade as I hope it will be taken into account and resolved before the upgrade ships out.
  10. License key for 4.0 Upgrade

    Hi guys and belated Happy New Year! Well, I have been trying to get back my CMFB since upgrading to GE4. It has not been the usual, clean and fast Battlefront experience. Still, I am a big fan and I got through all the hurdles reading the excellent advice on this thread to find the magical Activate New Products utility in the CMFB install directory, create the shortcut, put it in the same place as the shortcut that starts the game (the CMFB subfolder of the Battlefront folder on my desktop from where I start all my CM games), double clicked on it full of expectation and... NOTHING! A phantom window fleets on my screen for a fraction of a second and then nothing, not even a raspberry or a "take that, sucker, you thought you were home and dry, did you?" This has been a very frustrating upgrade, and not the standard I have got used to after probably over 20 years with Battlefront as a great admirer and enthusiastic user. When I think this could happen with all the other 3 games I own... :-( Seriously, guys, why on earth should my Activate New Products utility which I can't ever remember having to use before and which seems to all of a sudden have become critical to me being able to continue to enjoy the upgraded game not work as it should? More importantly, how can I get it to work? Thank God I started this with CMFB, where at the moment I am not working on any project (I have been concentrating on CMFI for the last month or so) as a trial, at least I can carry on with the other games until I am given a proper and serviceable route to upgrade all my other games and recover my CMFB. Please help, guys!
  11. Thank you again Schrullenhaft. Ok, I have reset the DPI settings to the default, which is 150%, reset the screen resolution to the recommended one (3840x2160), checked the display size file (0 0 0) and made sure the compatibility setting "Disable display setting on high DPI settings) is checked. The game loads and there is no flicker. It works well. The trouble is that all the writing is very small, the UI is very small, even the landmarks and objectives on the battle screen are very small and sometimes illegible. It was because of this that I had tried a lower screen resolution (1920x1080) yesterday, but that's what brought the flicker problem on. The start screen and writing were normal size as before but I got flicker. Before I updated the TV's software two days ago the game worked perfectly and the writing was normal. Unfortunately I had not set the game up myself so I don't know what combination of settings were being used. I guess I can get used to the small writing but if there was a way to get back to what I had before I would prefer that.
  12. Well, now I have a new problem: when I start the game the start screen flickers alternating between the creen or total blackout, sometimes it will stay black for a few seconds, then the start screen appears for a fraction of a second, then black again. I have set the DPI settings to 100%, then back to 150% but no improvement. What am I not doing right?
  13. Thank you, Schrullenhaft, this has sorted the problem out.
  14. Hi, I get this error suddenly when I try to launch the game on one of my locations. Worked perfectly up to now. I am using a Samsung TV monitor with 3840x2160 resolution. The display size file says 0 0 0. This happened to me in another location when I tried to launch CMRT right after a new install and, after much fiddling, having turned the computer off and on again after a few hours, it magically worked, so I don't know how I fixed it. Sadly, this is not happening here, so I am stumped. I have CMBN, CMFI, CMRT and CMFB all installed and working perfectly on 3 other installations (different locations) with similar TV screens. I am worried because I move between different locations and it's the second time now this issue has arisen. I can't be without my CM games!
  15. Thank you very much Badger73.