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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. I played this with @IanL some time ago. What a well designed scenario indeed. We both struggled greatly, and for different reasons. Which to me is the hallmark of a brilliant design.
  2. Excellent! Glad it worked out!
  3. Don’t worry. There was no crew. This is in a gunnery Range.
  4. What a beautiful game!

    Nice little AAR.
  5. I have to agree with Sburke. You’re at the point where someone like me will make you muck about and likely result in more frustration. Please use the Helpdesk link I posted earlier in this thread. They can do a lot of things that I can’t to make this a lot easier, as you’re not the first person who’s had problems with this, so for them it’s old hat and I’m still guessing what it might be and how to explain it clearly. I’m always happy to help, but in this case, go to the experts.
  6. How does Men of War compare to CM?

    I enjoyed them, but it’s a lot of micromanagement. Depends on what you like to do. I’d liken MOW to Company of Heroes. Fun, but not at all like CM for detail and realism.
  7. Merry X-Mas

    -27C with wind chill of -38C over here. And it was colder overnight....
  8. More points for QBs?

    That all is correct. If one wants to have no restrictions in purchases, one has to use the Scenario Editor.
  9. CM2 on iMac27?

    That file sounds like an upgrade or patch. The full installer will not ask to be in the CM folder - as there would not be one.
  10. Wow! Fantastic. I had no trouble orienting myself or following the action. Brilliant work, perfectly complemented by your very nicely processed screenshots. I particularly like how you described the tank-on-tank action. Witty and tinged with just the right amount of pathos.
  11. CM2 on iMac27?

    I’ve only been using Safari so I can’t advise about FF. But I’m happy to hear you can access your account after all.
  12. To my knowledge, yes, it has a link to a sharefile folder with multiple sub folders. You want the folders with “Full,” not upgrade.
  13. Yes, that is correct. It should be one of the purchases. I looked at the main page on Battlefront.com. You can actually see the announcement of the 4.0 upgrades exactly one year ago, December 2016. So the purchase of the upgrade must be no earlier than that. And it could be a bundle, or each game separately. But I see no way around it except to go in your account and click “View” for every purchase starting at that month. Given there would only be a maximum of 7 items, it should be quick to do. If you see nothing mentioning 4.0 upgrade, is it possible you didn’t buy it? If you’re certain you did, contact Helpdesk and they will get you sorted out I’m sure.
  14. I think you do have to go through the purchases list. I can’t recall if the bundle came first or the individual 4,0 upgrades. but if you look at your purchases in reverse order you should be able to click on each, and see what it is for, and if it’s not 4.0 you go back and look at the next, and so on. It’s what I did.