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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. Help with Mac OS

    <userHome>/Library/Mail is the base root. Depending on folders in your Mail app, I have V2 and V4 folders. V2 is basically empty, V4 has UUID named folders under there... which is which I don't know at the moment, but I have multiple email accounts that I aggregate in the Mail app. To suss those IDs out, sending an email to one account, then checking in Finder to see which folder got updated _should_ let me figure out which account ties to which UUID. That might get you started...
  2. Hmm... if Santa is nice and brings me a new MacBook Pro, I might migrate my Hackintosh to Win 7 (and get that out of it's current VM) to give it a go. i7 3770k, 32GB RAM, 500GB SSD, nVidia GTX 660Ti - tech is a little old, but should have the horses to play -- I'll have to be selective about what games to buy... CMFI gets the most play time currently...
  3. Best Computer for CM?

    I would guess CPU is for computing turn results, GPU is for rendering, which is where all the really cool stuff happens. Disk? Meh, once the game is loaded, that's kind of a moot point, but SSD is nice all around. Who cares if it takes another 2 seconds to compute the results of a turn. What you want is nice replay. Put your money where your eyes are. My 2 cents (yeah, I know, I still run a GeForce GTX 660 Ti, 2GB, but my desired upgrade path is over $1k, so it's gotta wait).
  4. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Mac results: Up and running fine. I downloaded, and went ahead and entered license keys for the whole CMFI chain (CMFI -- got the dreaded 'X', then GL -- 'X' again, then v3.0 Upgrade - Play activated). On start, 'You need a license for 4.0'. Quit the app, ran the 'Activate New Products - CMFI.sh' in the app folder, entered the 4.0 bundle key, and TaDa! Up and running. Thank you Steve et al.
  5. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    As a fellow software dev I have heard, and probably made, an analogous statement in countless meetings. That is why there is the saying that "the last 20% ends up taking 80% of the time". 'Chaos is found in greatest abundance where order is being sought.'
  6. Spotting issues (This IS crazy)

    Yup, Philmont Scout Ranch, outside Cimmaron, New Mexico, 23 miles from Base Camp up in a valley. Overcast night, and ZERO ambient light. One of the other adult leaders got up in the middle of the night for a constitutional and turned left instead of right. Couple of steps and smack into a pine tree trunk. Some very un-Scoutish words ensued, waking those nearby.
  7. Mac All-in-One 4.0 installer worked great on a pseudo-Mac (homebuilt Mac Pro-alike using compatible parts). Made the switch from Win to Mac back at CMBN and haven't looked back since. Installation has been easy-peasy ever since (CMBN+, CMFI +, CMRT, CMBS), including the 4.0 upgrade. Kudos to the Battlefront crew for making it ever easier to support my second vice, or is it the third? Hmm, velomobile, CM, scotch, or velomobile, scotch, CM?
  8. The Nature of CM Battles is...

    A fire brigade rushing to plug a gap somewhere, only to run into an unexpected vanguard of the foe? I always imagine meeting engagements as the result of "Oh crap, they aren't supposed to be here!"
  9. Mac/pc version

    Hmm, not quite. BF is very upfront in saying that their games will not run in a virtualized environment/under an emulator. So, owning a Mac, running some flavor of Mac OS and using VirtualBox, or vmWare Fusion or the like to host a Windows install in order to run CM games will not work. Using Bootcamp, however, will, because (if I remember correctly) Bootcamp partitions the hard drive so the physical hardware can host two operating system installations. In this case, you choose which OS to run when booting the machine, but only one OS is running at any one time.
  10. I believe the comment was "Recon by platoon..." Sadly I had to leave just as the Germans were hustling into the first set of buildings and he was punishing the second ATG, so have to watch the vid to get all his "tactical battle management" pointers.
  11. Hilarious video

    Awesome, and nostalgic at the same time. Almost 20 years of CM goodness...
  12. DL'ed at work over lunch. Hmm, wonder how it would look on the 60" in a conference room...
  13. Time On Target (TOT)?

    Hmm. TOT was used in WWII, but not in the manner of a modern Paladin. It was based on the batteries all knowing where they were, their distance to target, and projecting the flight times for their rounds. It was less "everyone fires at 0800" and more "everyones rounds land at 0800". The precise firing time for each battery was calculated individually by the battery if I remember what I read some time ago correctly.
  14. Pre-Orders???

    Done and done. Now comes that hard waiting...
  15. When?!

    Don't worry Millie, we'll all still come to read that pre-release AAR thread. We're not heartless animals you know.