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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. Anti-virus interference of some sort?
  2. Port quarter would to the left rear.
  3. I was going to suggest that you reduce the FO team to 90 or 80 percent to get it down to two men, but it looks like the game does it for you, lol!
  4. Desperate Measures Classic scenario

    My system is fine, btw, except for some guy named Dr. Evil that keeps demanding a BILLION DOLLARS to unlock the next level and get more Health Bars for my pixeltruppen.
  5. Desperate Measures Classic scenario

    Erwin, I downloaded some of it, and it appears as advertised...a compilation of various winter mods with the "Snow" tag removed so you can just plop them in your z folder and don't have to be concerned whether the scenario has the mod tag. Too bad I had already done all that work removing the tags from most of the snow mods for myself several months ago! Good job, Thief! Now, I should warn you that for some odd reason, I just received an email confirmation that I voted in 19 different jurisdictions today, none of which had any actual elections, and that I apparently voted for "Erwin" for dogcatcher in each instance. Don't know what the hell that's all about, but I wouldn't worry....
  6. British mortar bug fixed in 4.0?

    Yup, I just checked it in CMFB, with a US heavy weapons company 81mm mortars. Smoke rounds are separate. Carry on.....
  7. British mortar bug fixed in 4.0?

    Bulletpoint, if you ran out of mortar HE, you've also run out of smoke shells (they're counted in the total number of shells available...if you don't use them before you use up the total number, they are not available). At least that is how I understand it, and how I have seen it work (but maybe not for all types of mortar/arty???). Anyway, when out of smoke, I've seen the "Out of range/can't target" or some such message. So, are you sure you even have smoke rounds left?
  8. Is The Few Good Men website down?

    Sorry to hear that, Bootie. I was wondering the same thing as slysniper.
  9. Is The Few Good Men website down?

    Okay, thanks Ian! Sarge, you must exist in another dimension, lol!
  10. I haven't been able to access it on my comp or phone or IPad for about a week. All I get is a "No input file specified" notation on a blank white page whenever I try to access it. Anyone else having this problem?
  11. Slow speed

    Lol, good one, Erwin.
  12. Yes, Badger's right, Mark. You will want to Rez-explode all the .brz files in the game folder. Then you'll have folders like Terrain and Soldiers. The .bmp texture files for uniforms are in there somewhere, and you'll see the naming convention for the uniforms. Good luck!
  13. Bren Guns firing single shots?

    I've seen it in all my games, both against the AI and against humans in pbems after v4 release (about 7 games so far). Brens and BARs consistently fire one shot at a time over about 150 meters, and in bursts under 150. I can't decide if I like it or not...less ammo wastage I would think over 150, but there are times when a sweet target like a team or whole squad shows itself at some range over 150 and they still just plug away with single shots.
  14. Best way to use flamethrowers.

    Or C3K/Ken.
  15. Cpt. Miller, I see the same thing. Troops under a barrage or stonk, or just receiving very heavy fire break and run at all the wrong times after 4.0. There's a fix of sorts. Thanks to IanL for this: If you want your men to stay put while getting shellacked, give them a full Pause order--not the timed ones--hit the farthest left button above the Orders box. It's an "O" with a horizontal line through it. Works very good to keep your men put.