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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. Interesting stuff @Drifter Man. Regarding pictures: the forum has a very small storage allotment for each member. Those of us that post a lot of pictures put them on other sites and share them here. Photobucket was the most popular until they decided to no longer offer any free service. I just started hosting images on my own domain. I am not sure what service most others are using.
  2. New features curiosity

    The way I pitched it to Steve was to have it work a bit like smoke a toggle. You could have it on full so you see as poorly as your men would, and thus be hard to issue orders but have an idea of how dark / foggy it is. Or toggle it to how it is now where you can tell it is night / foggy but you can see way better then IRL and thus issue orders etc.
  3. That looks interesting. He must be a liaison officer.
  4. New features curiosity

    Except this is new feature request thread so lets request the right feature and not the hack - that's why I mentioned it. <jokingaround>@JoMc67 Back to disagreeing with me I see - that didn't take long </jokingaround>
  5. New features curiosity

    Yes. This has been hashed out a few times already - have a search. Try using google's site prefix: search for "site:community.battlefront.com <insert your search terms here>" but without the quotes. That is way better than the built in form search.
  6. New features curiosity

    My understanding is that the game currently models jams about as frequently as they happen in real live - i.e. pretty much never. Yeah, no. First aid and treatment by medics would not be done laying down. What we should be asking for is dragging injured men to cover. That would be realistic. And getting hit saving your buddies is a time honoured way of getting medals. That would be a worth while feature.
  7. New features curiosity

    I don't know about this one. Do you think you could board a vehicle, dig around in the ammo storage for what you want, pull it out, pocket it, put back the boxes, and then leave the vehicle in less than a minute?
  8. That all depends on your meaning of right It *is* how the game behaves though. It is a game abstraction that lets us not have to care about un-boxing, loading mags, creating belts and all that other boring stuff that soldiers do after they hurry up and while they are waiting.
  9. Area target question

    ^^^ what he said. Bring a few more IFVs up to the line and have them all fire simultaneously along the hedge row you want to suppress.
  10. Well you guys are free to post what you like but I'll make two comments. 1) This is the CM2 forum so CM2 content would be appropriate. 2) Frankly I much prefer that images and video get added to the screen shot threads for the matching game.
  11. Area target question

    No you cannot accomplish this unfortunately
  12. Correct. Also correct The good news is this happens pretty rarely in regular play. It can be an issue in low ammo situations (campaigns and scenarios that start with low ammo)
  13. Module pack don't work?

    Oh I missed that you mentioned the file I pointed to was created by an action you took. That looks like a bash script. It should be runnable. If double clicking it does not work then you can open a terminal window in the directory and type ./Ac<tab> and it will auto complete with the name. That should run the bash script and hopefully let you enter your code. If not then contact support - there should be an easier way. It seems you might need to do a few additional things check out: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5125907/how-to-run-a-shell-script-in-os-x-by-double-clicking