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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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About royalpain88

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    Amateur military historian and gamer
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  1. Failure To Launch

    This may not be the best place to place this but, here goes. I have a 2013 mac mini running at the games minimum specification and when I do launch the demo version, all I get is a blank black screen and I have no idea what to do to get it to launch.
  2. mac OS X demo

    I must thank everyone for their help but it's been all for naught. I witnessed for the first time the screen saver and it looked discolored. I believe the video card is somehow damaged and is not allowing complex things to happen. I will try other commands to work around it like resolutions and screen sizes but I think it probably won't work. If the card is somehow damaged or corrupted, is it replaceable and is this also true for an imac made in late 2006?
  3. Demo issues

    Ah crap. As I said, I must be the most unluckiest mac user that wants to play the games. I am not willing to spend money to upgrade components or buy a whole new computer just for the sake of a game. I will be once again patient. As time goes by, the current mac will become so obsolete which maybe within the year or two that I MUST buy a new one just to keep up with the times and tech. Heck, Mac broke the 1 terabyte barrier not to long ago. Thank you everyone for the help though.
  4. Demo issues

    Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 Currently: (10.4.11) (Upgrading to 10.7 soon) Processor: Intel Core Due (2.2 MHz) -(2.66 MHz) Current Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (1.83 GHz) Got plenty of speed here. Video Card: 256 MB RAM - 512 MB RAM Current Video Card: 64mb GMA 950 (Is this even upgradable?) System Memory 2 GB RAM - 4 GB RAM Current System Memory: 512 mb (1 GB. Maybe 2 GB soon) Hard Drive Space: 3.5 GB Current Hard Drive Space: 15.1 GB (Got plenty of room here.) Other requirements: DVD drive (for hardcopy version only) Oh crap. So one of our imac desktops is once again not suitable for CM. Curses! It seems I am cursed to never play these games!
  5. Demo issues

    Really? I didn't know. I was just asking for some help. Is that in anyway upgradable?
  6. As a life long gamer, I have many favorites but the one that put me down the road of war gaming in all of its forms is an old Avalon Hill game called Panzer Blitz. My dad could never play it but it took me and my brother little time to play the game and most of the scenarios. It has come to a point where we are now searching for add ons that Avalon Hill did made as well as getting into miniature war gaming and a great PS2 turn by turn game called Dai Senryaku 7 Exceed. So, what are your favorite war board games?
  7. Demo issues

    I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to these games. I successfully downloaded the mac demo version onto my 3rd computer, a macbook that seem to meet all system requirements except for the VRAM. I went to click on it and it said it cannot support the game. Now, I am really worried that when it comes time to uploading the demo version onto our main computer, it will not work. So, what possible problem(s) could it be and what does this mean for my main imac?
  8. mac OS X demo

    This is all I get peeps after I collapse and bring back up the game. All I get is sound and nothing more. I don't think the load screen is suppose to look like this. Umm, I just saw the tech help thread. Sorry everyone.
  9. mac OS X demo

    PowerPC G4 Powermac 6,4 chipset: ATY,RV280 Vendor: ATI (0x1002) Display Type: CRT I do have another imac that is currently a 10.4.11 but is scheduled to have both chips upgraded to 1 gigabyte each and the OS upgraded to a 10.7. I was thinking of getting the video card upgraded as well so I can play ... Company of Heroes available this month. Of course, the Combat Mission series seems more appealing to me. I do play another game on the emac called Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and have been having some graphic issues that seem almost similar to the problems of the 2 CM game demoes I have on here. It looks like the same problem with our first mac, the tangerine mac is still plaguing me. Those cursed graphic cards. But I will try your suggestions and thanks. As for the manual, I've gone to the part with the radeon chip that says the screen goes black but sound is still going on. I collapsed and brought it back up which worked partially. Let me throw up some images if I can so you all can see what I am dealing with here.
  10. mac OS X demo

    I see. Well, I now have a new one for you guys. This one is for CM: Afrika Korp and CM: Barbarossa to Berlin. I downloaded both versions to work under an emac with both a 10.4.11 AND 9.2. I can't remember what video card is in it but it has a problem mentioned in the trouble shooting guide that comes with the demo but the problem persisted. The load screen seems a bit weird and when it fully loads, nothing happens. So I hide the game and bring it up. I see some things but they seem so distorted. I have captured some screenshots but since am typing this on a laptop, I will have to upload them later. I really want to play these games but it seems my old nemesis for many a year, the graphic card, is still haunting me. Even after three different computers. So, what do you guys recommend I use? Oh, the Emac is a Power PC or something like that. We got it to we can use an art program that works well. Our newer mac is due to be upgraded to the 10.7 and memory chips to be added. What do I need to ensure a first time successful download and gameplay of Normandy and what should I do with the duel 10.4.11 and 9.2?
  11. mac OS X demo

    Good day everyone. This is my first post on the site. For years now, I have been trying to download the COmbat Mission games only to find that my mac doe snot support them. Yes, I have been downloading the correct version of the games but still having issues. Let me take CM: Beyond Overlord for example. I seem to meet all requirements except for the game sprockets which I understand doe snot work or is not available for a Mac OS X as CM: Normandy requires a 10.6+ as I have a 10.4.11. Any tips, suggestions would be highly appreciated.