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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. How to Start a Game!

    I am at a loss. I do this regularly. Must have done it 100 times or more. I have never had a problem. Pick a scenario to play, enter a new password when prompted, send the file, recieve a new file, enter the same password as before, repeat for the time limit.
  2. Yeah it was not me. I pulled all the scenarios off the scenario depot and the repository. I'm not in front of my computer at the moment so I don't know what the count is.
  3. Combine that with @Erwin being correct that you do not need to issue a pause command for the vehicle if the passengers have been given a dismount command.
  4. We were talking about vehicles. In that case yes I believe it would be worse. The MG setting up behind the tree would not be a good thing. This is not a common thing in my experience. Do people have game save examples of that happening?
  5. It is not in the game. I doubt it will be added. Picture the posts: "I had my <insert powerful important thing here> nicely hidden in ambush and suddenly the damn thing started moving around exposing its position and it got whacked. WTH BFC fix or somethink"
  6. Heck yeah. HTs are quite vulnerable but Mark Ivs and Stugs are too - but you need to score a direct hit on the tanks and assault guns. As others have said using artillery against infantry and fixed defences is where it really shines. But I also use it to deny avenues of approach to my enemy as well. You asked about taking out tanks here are two examples:
  7. One thing you can try is shift the vehicle back or forward a little and see if that helps.
  8. How to Start a Game!

    @StieliAlpha has outlined the procedure and expectations. I have encountered what you experienced for two reasons: My opponent has sent you his turn file instead of the one he generated for you. Unless you are doing a rare blue on blue or red on red scenario the flag or symbol for the country you are playing should be there next to the password box. If the flag is not the side you expect then your opponent sent you the wrong file or, I miss typed my password when I created it. Oh man that sucks but I have done it before. Once I was able to figure out what I had done by purposefully tweaking the capitalization and dropping letters but several times I have had no luck and been forced to start again. Manually copying files is error prone using a turn manager and drop box is a much better way to go. Once you get past what ever problem this is check out this thread on using turn managers to deal with the file copying problem:
  9. Very cool - love AARs. Another good way to make use of the BMP's is to put out a smoke screen. Their smoke launchers throw the smoke generators quite far forward. Two or three BMPs can create a very significant smoke screen. Even with the availability of IR sensors they can be helpful - against Ukraine very much so - they have a lot less IR sensor equipped vehicles.
  10. glitches

    I think that depends on what caused it though. I have seen it myself when <alt> tabbing at the wrong moment. In that case as you say it is fixable. But I remember at least one other person that had it happen and no amount of keyboard clicking helped.
  11. Very true and good advice for all our world leaders.
  12. I get what you are saying but I think that it was a decision he was incapable of making. His extreme prejudice and arrogance that went along with his ideas of eugenics meant he was likely not able to see the world in the way he would have needed to. Indeed.
  13. glitches

    Yeah I agree contacting support would be a good idea. There have been a few people who reported that spinning problem but most people have never seen it and I cannot remember what or if there was a resolution. Crashing is also something that is uncommon but not a few have hit before.
  14. No maps or campaigns

    The fact the CMBN works and the others do not says to me your user account directory has changed. Assuming this is windows we are talking about: The game exe can be run from anywhere. But the scenario files, saved games etc have to be under the windows my documents directory for your account. To fix this look at where windows says your my documents directory is. Under there should be a Battlefront director which contains the GameFiles director etc. Find where you moved that too and put it back. All will be well.