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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:

      -showui

      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. Play CMx1 random battles PS - are you the Markshot that recommends 1830? and if so what is the best way to get it on a new machine? PPs my first return to CM forums for ages - I've just installed CMx1 games on a new PC and am revelling in nostalgia.
  2. Screenshots slideshow

    Excellent, and it plays better on Windows 8.1 than 8.0 albeit with some jigging around tabbing trying to load twice etc. But still more fun for me than the CMx2 sims - even though I've just upgraded to v3.11 on CMBN.
  3. v3.11 crashes with quick battles

    Thanks for the reply - in that at least it is not just me.
  4. I recently upgraded to 3.11 (and thank you to whoever sent the pack of ten smaller files to download). Basic scenarios seem to work, although I haven't played more than a few turns, but every quick battle causes a crash - I downloaded the set from Mark Ezra from the forum page and the new QB numbers seem to be there. Is this just me?
  5. Quick Battle Replay

    I think that is a good idea for increasing replay ability. I started to do something similar for myself with Command Ops where by just changing the value and location of some victory points I could have an almost new scenario with a different emphasis.
  6. Nice new forum

    Hmm, I never had log in probs or difficulty seeing threads that had been read and I find the black on white more searing on the eyes and I'm just about to buy a 30 year old car (a Morgan) so I guess that's that then.
  7. I've got the newer game (CMBN); it just isn't as much fun. I still loathe the new interface which I feel was crippled by trying to be RT and WEGO at the same time and by a feeble quick battle system. Over the years and a dozen or more PCs and laptops I've bought 3 copies of CMBO and two each of CMBB and CMAK. I think you have to be more of an enthusiast or sim specialist to play the newer game - but I've got too broad a range of game likes - switching eras and game systems. And I still visit the forum (don't like the new style do you Grandad?) for the sometimes interesting discussions and amusing rants that crop up.
  8. It's cheeky to charge for a product that can't run on Win 8 easily. Mine just about works on a Win 8 netbook (Asus T100). Alt - tabbing or going to the Fisher Price screen and back, but it seems a bit random.
  9. Nice new forum

    I think it is rubbish. I don't recall reading lots of people saying the old forum needed changing. I liked that link on an earlier post back to the old old site. Yes, CMBO still my game of choice on a Windows 8 netbook (Asus T100).
  10. Why No Shot??

    That panther is one cool cat.
  11. The next generation of Gamers

    Well done John, you commented on use of neotony by Womble before me. Frankly, I'm just refusing to grow up.
  12. I'm losing track of this but I am reading a biography of General Hackett who was commander of 4th Parachute Brigade. But if you are American try and get a copy of "Those Devils In Baggy Pants" by Ross S. Carter for a first hand view of the 82nd Airborne.
  13. One effect of HE, but a bit bigger, from 3AD site: The 3AD had begun a four-pronged attack on the city, which was heavily defended. Division armor were finally able to enter the city slowly after numerous concrete tank barriers were destroyed. With 3AD tanks fanning out, and 36th Infantry riflemen following, the Super Pershing reached an intersection and began to round a corner to its right. Unknown to its crew, a King Tiger had apparently been waiting in ambush at a distance of two blocks or roughly 600 yards away, and in the same direction that the Americans were turning into. At this distance, easily within its capability, the Tiger fired at the Super Pershing. But its infamous high-velocity 88mm shell, of the type that had destroyed so many American tanks and vehicles during the war, went high and was not even close. Gunner Cpl John "Jack" Irwin, only 18 years old, responded almost instantly with a round that struck the Tiger's huge angled glasis, or front plate. But the shot, a non-armor-piercing high explosive (HE) shell, had no effect. Ricocheting off the armor, it shot skyward and exploded harmlessly. The Super Pershing had been loaded with an HE only because Irwin had been expecting urban targets, such as buildings, personnel, and light anti-tank guns. "AP!", he shouted to his loader "Pete," which meant an armor-piercing shell would be next. Maduri and crew then felt a concussion or thud on the turret. It was never known if this shot came from the Tiger, or from some other anti-tank weapon. In any case, no serious damage was done - probably a lucky glancing impact. In the next instant, Irwin aimed and fired a second time, just as the royal monster was moving forward and raising up over a pile of rubble. The 90mm AP round penetrated the Tiger's underbelly, apparently striking the ammo well and resulting in a tremendous explosion that blew its turret loose. With near certainty, the entire crew was killed.
  14. Ouch! Ouch! again to get enough letters.
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