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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. Russia surrenders... to ITALY???

    Ok, thanks. I didn't think I'd done that with Italian unit, but I must have.
  2. I just tried playing this game as the Axis, and took over most of Russia, mostly with German units and Germans holding the cities, but with a few Italian and Axis minor ally units. The Soviet capital fled from Moscow to Siberia, then to Stalingrad, which we captured two turns ago... I've pretty much won the game, so this is just a weirdness rather than a big issue that Italy now controls all of Russia's resources, but what determines which Axis nation an Allied nation surrenders to?
  3. 10harold66, I did the same thing with the tractor works scenario. It is now playable, except it takes forever to place and plot one's own turn, if you want to give any kind of good orders. Kind of fun for the sheer scale, but it's a crazy scenario. The designer includes a massive number of units and has the German player place them all on the map within close range of the assault target. There isn't enough map to properly disperse them or put long-range weapons at appropriate ranges. And the Soviets do have artillery and apparently air support too.
  4. I am running 1.03 on Windows 7. The only problem I've noticed that I think has to do with the OS is that if I am running some programs (Firefox, Visual Studio 2008), then CMBB will sometimes not let me task-switch back to CMBB. If I leave CMBB (e.g. via Alt+Tab) with those programs running, sometimes it will get in a state where whenever I switch back to CMBB, it appears for only a second and then minimizes again. Closing the other programs will let me get back into the CMBB session though. I too am not planning to spend money for a patch that requires an Internet login to play.
  5. Thanks Cranky. The number of battles per operation only goes up to 20, but the battle number you can assign reinforcements to arrive on goes up over 100, even though I think they would never ever appear in the scenario. I know I had scheduled some reinforcements for battles 21-30. In this case, the preview was working ok, at least of the map. I didn't look at it after I'd entered the units, though. Erwin, I don't think so. I have a nice computer built late last year, so actual capacity of the computer shouldn't be an issue. But it could be a bug caused by it being something that didn't exist when CMBB was programmed.
  6. Thanks Cranky and Erwin! I hadn't saved any earlier versions, so took a few hours' solemn break, and I started over. No problems so far, with the same size map, and I made regular backups. The differences I can think of are: * I didn't do as many reinforcements this time. * I didn't include an all-Partisan-nation reinforcement group for the otherwise-all-Soviet player. * I didn't mistakenly schedule reinforcements for later than the operation lasted. The max operation battles is 20, which I had used, but I mis-remembered it as 30 when I was making reinforcement groups, and had scheduled some for battle 24, battle 29... The new battle is otherwise quite similar, and seems to work fine.
  7. Hi all, I'm an experienced CM player getting back into playing a bit. I created a new operation in the scenario editor, with a 6000m x 1200m map randomly generated, previewed it, edited it, I think 30 battles, lots of reinforcements, and saved it as a file. When I then tried to load it later, either to play or to edit, CMBB (version 1.03, which seems to be the latest) threw an exception and crashed. Windows 7. So I guess I made it too big or something? I can run other large scenarios and campaigns. My question is, what are the known causes of scenarios/operations crashing? And is there a way to recover an operation that always seems to crash when loaded (I assume not)?