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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. Been MANY years, but I once knocked out a tank with an 81mm mortar shot. Once in a liftime hit. Was laying in some mortar fire to suppress the tank so my own would have a better chance to kill it without getting shot up itself. The tank was opened up & the mortar shell managed to fall right into the hatch. Explosion was magnificent. Ah, to be young and foolish & not thinking of recording the moment. Other than that one time, never destroyed a tank with artillery. That said, have seen many crippled by artillery fire (tracks, gun, etc knocked out). Jyri
  2. Here. http://www.combatmission.lesliesoftware.com/RedThunder/Campaigns/CMRT Kampfgruppe von Schroif_v4.html
  3. Letzte Hoffnung Campaign Behavior

    Kampfgruppe Engel is the one that got fixed in CMBN. Jyri
  4. Letzte Hoffnung Campaign Behavior

    Disappearing bug. Due to TO&E changes it happens in several campaigns. Jyri
  5. Scenario Battle Snakeyes 4.0

    Wondering if there's a problem. I hit the dowload button and it goes into limbo. Jyri
  6. What sort of graphics issues? I do have to lower some of the graphics settings, but otherwise haven't had any issues. Jyri
  7. Well, I'm running CM on a iMac 27" Mid-2011. iMac 12,2, Core i7 3.4Ghz, 2GB Radeon HD 6970M. The extra screen size does make it a bit easier to get a better "big picture" view of the action. Jyri
  8. Greyed out wepon

    Weird. I see the greyed out weapon all the time, but on tanks. I assume it to mean "loading weapon" since the main gun always goes grey after it shoots & after an appropriate wait, it goes "active" again and is able to fire. Never had a tank use all its ammo, so not sure if they grey out after using their entire load. Guess I'll do a trial & see... UPDATE. Okay, here's what I found (looks like my memory was a little off). At the end of a turn a weapon will grey out if it just fired (had both main guns & MGs do so), but not while firing during the turn. Once it's out of ammo, then it greys out for good. Jyri
  9. Livorno Pride bug?

    Thanks. Makes it a little bit better for the Italians with those 75s. Jyri
  10. Livorno Pride bug?

    I agree that they wouldn't cause much damage, but they would help suppress some US fire while the Italians approach Gela. And it would be nice to actually use them... Jyri
  11. I'm about halfway through the scenario and am having an issue. I've tried every single Italian HQ and the 75mm off board artillery is denied to them all. While the mortars have been able to take care of my needs so far, it would be nice to have the guns available. One thing that might matter is that the Italians have no FO's in their OOB. Might that be the problem? Otherwise, any ideas what is needed to spot for the guns? Jyri
  12. It's a cheap answer, but yes. You should buy the Market Garden & Commonwealth DLC and CMFB. Seriously, the answer depends on what interests you. CMFB has Sturmtigers, Jagdtigers, Easy Eights & other late war flavor. Market Garden & Commonwealth has British Churchills, Cromwells and quite a few unit types you won't see elsewhere (Kriegsmarine infantry, etc). Either is a good choice & neither a bad one.
  13. Stoumont, not enough time

    I'm assuming you're referring to the German Campaign battle. That said, I had more than enough time to win the battle without having to rush. "Simply" a matter of waiting for the Panthers & King Tigers and leading with them while having MASSIVE overwatch supporting them. You have lots of MG ammo in your tanks should be spraying every bit of cover while moving forward.
  14. Kampfgruppe Peiper Campaign

    Got a total victory my first runthrough. Based on the notes and terrain I decided to use an indirect approach. KT's led the attack on the first ojective with 2 platoons of infantry for support, everything else went up the hill on the left flank and through the woods to the US artillery position. Took most the time alloted, but wirh my Stummels, 75mm AC's and the Panther on the high ground in the American rear the Puma's and remaining infantry were able to cause enough damage to the rear area troops I achieved a total victory a few minutes to spare. Jyri
  15. If the CD is no longer available I guess they sold out & don't feel it feasable to make more. (My metal case does have the CD, but I pre-order everything). Jyri