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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. Hardradi, you are correct, I actually never used the full installer, but upgraded the old legacy version to 4.0. It would never have dawned on me that there would be a difference, but it appears you may have found one. I hope it gets sorted.
  2. I have no idea what’s causing your problem Hardradi, but I have never had a problem with the number of German helmets, Heer, SS, or FJ. I have all CM WWII titles and modules, all at the latest version. And never had a problem with any version, for that matter. All I can suggest is that you look very, very carefully at each helmet’s name to make sure you didn’t inadvertently add a space or forget a dash, etc. Good luck!
  3. You bet. By the way, it was Vin's Animated Text mod that consistently causes problems if left in the Mod/Z folder while installing the games/modules. Something to do with the fact it changes the string text. I haven't used it in ages, and so it's not in my mod folder. The last few times I had to do the install dance, I left all my other mods in (about 200) and had no problems.
  4. Tinyb, I am certain it's not a mod. The only mod that consistently causes a problem on install/reinstall of the game--but not the "crucifiction" one--is a UI text mod (uh oh, brain fart...cannot remember the Modder's name!). I've had the crucifiction bug several times over the years, and it is definitely due to forgetting a patch, or installing modules/patches out of order. I wouldn't waste my time checking the mods if I were in your shoes again. Be certain you have the exact order down before you install, or better yet, if you can, use the universal installer. Good luck!
  5. Lend-Lease stuff coming soon?

    Keep it up, Mr. Burke and Ian, and before you know it, someone will call youse guys "Fanboys"! (Thought it best came from a friend, lol.) And I really doubt BFC puts in a straight 40 hour work week. I don't know any self-employed business people who can afford to put in a mere 40/week. More like 60-70.
  6. AFV Show & Tell

    Okay, grogs, have at it!
  7. Michael, under Target Light orders, 60 and 81mm on map mortars would fire around 3 rounds per minute, as opposed to 7-8 per minute (IIRC) under normal Target orders. Bulletpoint, I haven't noticed mortar team rifles firing under TL in 4.0, but then again I haven't been watching for it either.
  8. Interesting UK publisher

    Yes, great publisher. Also check out Pen & Sword: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Military-Classics/s/34 and Caliver Books: http://www.caliverbooks.com/
  9. Infantry "pop smoke" bug?

    Yes, I see it quite often. (Generally, my combat doctrine includes: "If anyone of my teams/HQs have any smoke grenades left at the end of the battle, I did something wrong.") I try to wait until the unit is oriented correctly before "throwing", but sometimes it can't wait, so it's a matter of trusting to luck.
  10. Forget FB and Skype and all those new-fangled thingamajigs..why the hell doesn't Hirsch just call or text with his friggin' phone? France doesn't have cell towers?!?
  11. AFV Show & Tell

    Interesting article... http://tankarchives.blogspot.com.ar/2018/04/heavy-tank-from-pennsylvania.html#more
  12. When is Shock Force 2

    Agreed! There are no other touchstones to go by, anyway.
  13. There, fixed it for you, domfloff and Erwin
  14. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    On whining and complaining, it seems Mark Rylance's character in Bridge of Spies has the best comment: "Would it help?"
  15. Didn't know there was anything to fix, but yes, I guess, cuz I don't have any problems with that (using v. 4.0). It will take 3-5 turns (IIRC, from my last game, 2.5 minutes of set up time for a water cooled US .30 cal, so 3 minutes approximately, although it seems like there is a random element to it that might take it a bit longer,