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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. Site down again?

    I'd make a joke about God's wrath or something, Steve, but those wildfires are dead serious. I hope all of our CM friends from CA are and will remain safe.
  2. Site down again?

    Yeah, but, California....
  3. WeGo Moments

    Lol, I wish I had a nickel for every time I said that!
  4. Site down again?

    Well, there's your problem. CM games depict extreme gun violence and have obviously been banned in the Democratic Peoples Republic of California. Better move to flyover country. But seriously, I've never seen that before, and the site is up as sburke noted.
  5. Passages

    I was 10 at the time and remember having the understanding that she was involved in some sort of scandal involving a perfume company. What a beauty, but boy did the press and people in general do a number on her. RIP, Ms. Keeler.
  6. Mord, glad you're back into the modding groove! Jason Pipes' site that Aragon is a great starting point. Also, how about using the more common "Fj" or "FJ" as the abbreviation for Fallschirmjager?
  7. You guys are just jealous 'cause I nailed it for him! And btw, good thing Bethune wasn't Mexican, or the Texan would 'ave chucked 'im out! (One of my favorite movies from that era. That bit by Brian Glover was classic. And then there was Jennifer Agutter....)
  8. Erwin, do you have People's Wargames' "Korsun Pocket"?
  9. Erwin, do you have the PTO mod in your folder? LongLeftFlank's (I think???) mod included some Brit vehicle or another to look more like landing craft. IIRC, it looked like that Kangaroo with the plate between the circular "pulpit" and the driver's position missing, just as you describe.
  10. Wow, kick ass! Thanks sburke for the tip, but after more than 15 minutes of Windows still "working on" the search, I opted to look around in the windows folders for the appdata string where MOS found his (sorry, but I was glad to hear I wasn't the only one with the problem...I love company in my misery). I found it in less than 2 minutes manually, right where MOS found his. I sent a shortcut of the folder to the desktop for easy access. So, thanks a million sburke, MOS, and Johno! PS Do you think BFC should be alerted to this?
  11. Thanks Sarge, but I'm not sure what you mean. There is no such option when I right-click the Shock Force exe. Run as Administrator, Pin to Start, etc., are options, but no option to "Open File Location". Btw, I have Windows 10, and just to be clear, the folder "Saved Games" is there in the "Game Files" folder in the root location, along with all the other folders that should be there ..."Baked", Campaigns" "Quick Battle Maps", "Scenarios"etc., etc., it's just that there are no saved game files in that folder! And, again to be clear, the other folders do have everything in them that they should have...all the campaign files are in the Campaign folder, all the scenario files are in the Scenario folder and so on (except for the in/out email ones--no PBEMs at present). I originally thought this might have something to do with the old "compatibility" thing when CMBN (or was it FI) came out and certain types of files didn't show without some sort of manipulation (forgot what it was) but that doesn't seem to be it either. I will probably just wait until the new CMSF is released. Like I said, it's not really a major issue because the game runs fine, and the turns are saved and accessible. It's more of a WTF? matter.
  12. Believe me, Erwin, I have...about 8 times, lol! Nothing. I've used the search function a million ways from Sunday, plus looked in all the places where all the other games are located...namely PF(x86) and in Documents.... By the way, I thought I started this thread in CMSF Tech Support. So you can see I sometimes don't pay close attention; nonetheless, those saved games are nowhere where they should be, nor do they appear to be anywhere they shouldn't be! Everything game-wise works fine, as far as I can tell, but it's annoying and there is of course a nagging doubt that something is in fact broken. May have to go back to the helpdesk again... Thanks anyway, Erwin.
  13. Howdy, I haven't delved into CMSF for at least 6 years, ever since CMBN arrived on the scene, but I had a hankerin' for playing it again after BFC announced they were working on CMSF2 upgraded to v4.0. Of course, even though I have all the modules on discs, my comp's CD-Rom decided to go on the fritz about a week before this announcement, so I tried downloading again from my BFC account. No dice at first (expired licenses) but the Helpdesk, specifically John Costello and "BFC Steve" himself got me squared away with new licenses, etc. . And I am loving it, and can't wait for CMSF2! I forgot just how much the original game doesn't have that I've grown used to over the last 6 years of CMx2 development playing the WWII titles. Anyway, the strange thing thing is, I have all the files and folders where they ought to be in the game's root folder; C:/Program Files (86x)/Battlefront. But the "Saved Game" folder in there is empty...even though all my saved games show up fine and are accessible when I am in the game itself! Where did they go???? I've looked every where and they simply aren't anywhere to be found in my computer! Not really a big problem as far as playing the game, but there are inevitably some I want to delete, change the name of, etc., which I can't do if I can't find the little f**kers in the first place! Any ideas? Thanks!
  14. CMSF2

    Hey Mord, check your CM Messages and your email.
  15. CMSF2

    I'm in!