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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. Glider delivered units as oppossed to Airborne (eg AT units, Recce units, Engineers and other specialists). High Morale but maybe not great riflemen. For the Axis: Ost truppen? Straggler units? luftwaffe personnel? As well as elite units I'd like to see the fleshing out of troops used/dragged into the conflict.
  2. Face Order Removed In V4?

    Ditto, I can confirm that it's visible after you select a Facing, but not just if you select the unit. Checked on CMBN, CMFI & CMFB (all with all addon's installed and upgraded to 4.00 via Big Bundle Full Download method)
  3. Complete reinstall done - problem sorted - Many Thanks IanL as always your advice accurate, helpful and quick. Worst thing is that I then spent next couple of hours reinstalling all MODS and of course some new one's that caught my fancy not to mention trying to figure out which UI and Icon MOD I had settled on last time All FUN
  4. Thanks for the quick reply ianL - yeah zero scenarios/files shown in game AND I recently moved HDD locations (Upgraded main OS SSD )
  5. Query on this - I installed the full CM Eng 4.00 CMFI+GL 2.00. However I have ZERO scenarios or campaigns in my new My docs games files folder. Is reinstalling the only way to solve this?
  6. Felicitations and charms to all, Header says most of it; PBeM, CMFB standard scenario "A Nasty Surprise", playing Germans, 4.0 (via big bundle), fresh install. Friendly Icons flash in and out of existance approx 2x per second, regardless of camera height, angle, or movement. Enemy icons not affected. Same installation I am running 4 other scenarios (all PBeM, all standard) with no sign of this problem. Any ideas as it's really distracting
  7. Howdy again Update foloows: 1. I've put a bug report in (via report button on CMH) Had a reply and a bit of advice. CMH now shows CMFI PBeM games ok, 2. Only Issue left : CMFI (4.0 patch) won't load from "Launch Game" button; but it's putting all save files in right place and transferring them to/from DropBox OK. 3.So I'm happy
  8. OK I've managed to complete the uninstall of CMFI 1.2 (that I thought I'd done before) and CMH lays nice now - but it doesn't recognise CMFI 2.0. Any idea where I can get the 1.7.6 beta from (my google-foo is too lazy today)
  9. Hmmm may have figured my problem. (Hope so anyway) Despite being convinced that I had deleted/uninstalled my previous version of CMFI (1.2) It appears I still have it installed in another location (Doh) CMH keeps picking that up as the install to use, but my only current PBeM CMFI game is version 2.0. Thanks for the help/suggestions.
  10. Hi all, Can't seem to get CMH (Combat Mission Helper) to work with current CMFI. Anyone have any ideas whether an update will be needed? Details CMFI version 2.0. Engine 4.0 (with GL) CMH 1.7.5 Was working fine with all other CM games & was working with previous CMFI version. Can do manually, it's just that I'm lazy. Many thanks
  11. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    All done, no problems at all. I used Full version and wenty to activate product; entered ver 4 big upgrade THEN orginal CMFI & GL bundle code. All up and running, tested (both new scenario and QB) all seems ok. MANY, MANY THANKS to all at Battlefront. Kisses and wishes for some sleep to you all.....
  12. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Great news, looking forward to seeing Italy in 4.0. Very nice to know why it's taken so lonmg and I agree it makes sense to get CMFI right up to date before moving onwards. Looking forward to battling in Italy again - my favourite CM location.
  13. This is generally seen as unbalanced, unfair and even reprehensible Most players, tournaments and campaigns I have seen specifically ban such a bombardment. If for no other reason that it makes for a boring and short game and you soon run out of opponents.
  14. Arrrrrgggghhhhhhh, problem sorted 15 mins after posting above!! (typical) I had saved PBeM games at the command section; when loaded from here NO UI When rolled back to watch turn, UI appeared as normal - sigh Was going to delete thread but figure this might help others.
  15. Greetings all, Just upgraded to 4.0, activation worked OK, game opens and saved games all there. BUT - when open game UI is blank I did have a ui mod installed, but completely uninstalled CMBN before doing full install using Full 4.0 version. Any ideas folks, please