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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. Unit Viewer

    It would be fairly straightforward to set something like this up in the editor. Create a flat map and then add in one of every type of unit available in the game. Make one up with say all the vehicles and an other with all the infantry and heavy weapons. You could then look at the units as they appear in game and read all about them in the manual. One could even setup a small village as a target range and shoot up the houses to see how each vehicle sounds, it's rate of fire, and to an extent how effective the unit might be. Crack open the editor, pick a unit or vehicle you want to know more about, load them in and then go play around with them in your own little sandbox. It will be just like being a kid again!
  2. Tomorrow is the Ides of March and I am really hoping for some screenshots or better yet, the start of an AAR between @c3k and @Bil Hardenberger. Your last AAR was a real treat to read every day.
  3. What will the next CM be?

    Just play CMFI infantry only quick battles as Italians vs Italians. Pretty much the same thing. 😁
  4. This guy is worth a watch

    Netflix has a movie in the similar vein, called Look Who's Back. Through a weird time warp/blast of smoke? the real Hitler returns to modern society and makes an attempt to reclaim his former life. The movie seems like a comedy up until the last 15-20 minutes when WHAM, reality hits. It really got me thinking.
  5. Pin point? No. General direction absolutely. Add in the muzzle flash and the probabilities of a reasonable spot chance go up. I am assuming the guns your troops spotted have fired multiple times and not just once.
  6. There is a large Cargill Grain Elevator about 2 km away from the farm where I work. There are several large overhead bins they use for filling trucks or wagons and when it is time for the driver to move ahead, the loading guy bangs a metal rod on the hand rail of the overhead walkway. Twice to move forward and twice to stop. The other day, it was foggy here, two hour bus delay for the kids, kind of foggy. As I was walking into the barn first thing in the morning, I heard them loading trucks and the metal banging sounded very close by. Visibility was less than 200 meters but the sound of the metal banging sounded as if I was in Cargill's yard loading our wagons. It would make sense to me that if the battle is at night and foggy, a sound contact would be very plausible.
  7. CMFI Rome to Victory will come on the Ides Of March is my prediction.
  8. Maxim m1910 with 12.7mm rounds

    Reinstalled the game and have the same results. Edit.bmp Here is a link to a save game file with the issue https://www.dropbox.com/s/vp2dqych6tafs9w/Maxim m1910 with wrong ammo 001.bts?dl=0
  9. My old laptop, from 2014 also with an integrated video card, ran all of the cm series passably well. The draw distance was short and it took a while to load but it worked. Unless your internet plan has limited data, what have you got to lose with downloading the free demo and checking it out? For what it's worth, if you are going to go with a new machine, fastest single thread speed is the most important thing you can spend your money on. My daughters laptop has a far inferior video card than my desktop or my laptop, but her processor is nearly twice as fast either of my machines. When we play LAN games, her machine loads the game at least 15 to 20 seconds faster and runs the game smoother.
  10. Maxim m1910 with 12.7mm rounds

    I will try to reinstall tonight and see what happens. The unit in question were the company machine guns with a submachine gun battalion.
  11. I started a quick battle against the AI tonight, the first one since upgrading to 4.0, and saw my maxim m1910 machine gun has 100 rounds of 12.7mm AP-I ammo. Are they really able to fire these rounds? I thought they were 7.62X54R only.
  12. She has started taking History in high school and aced a first day quiz from her teacher. The course covers Canadian history from 1900 onward with a strong focus on both wars. She knew the answers to most of the questions from hearing things from me over and over and over. So suddenly I knew things again and all my books went from being annoying to helpful. As for CM, she asked a question about the differences in tanks, so I made a quick scenario with all the different tanks for each side as the forces so she could see the differences. This led to how they work and why was one better than others. A quick battle with her as Germans with Panthers and a Tiger vs me with Shermans and a Firefly, led to more discussions and several more battles. It has been a bit since we last played but her History course is working through the Great Depression right now so it is only a matter of time before the questions come back and another game is in our future.
  13. Best CM Game?

    If the best CM game is the one you spend the most time playing, then CMFI is in my experience the best. It has the longest time frame, July 43 to May 44, most varied terrain and weather, steep mountains to flat farm fields, baking heat to winter blizzards, hard rocky ground to deep mud. And the forces? In my opinion, the widest selection of any of the titles. Italians vs New Zealanders is not a battle happening in any other title. When the Rome to Victory module is released, all the features I just listed will be expanded upon further cementing CMFI as the broadest in scope. And WEGO every battle, every time. After watching a squad leader run from cover to stand over his cowering squad mate, ignore incoming fire, burn off a few dozen rounds in the direction of the enemy and then escort his man to safety, I was hooked. You can't watch that a dozen times in a row in real time.
  14. The patch?

    If we are going to speculate, lets go big or go home. I am going to speculate the reason the 4.0 patch has not yet come out is because Charles has figured out a way to give us CMx3 and make it backwards compatible with all the old content, CMSF and CMA included. We will see an upgrade fee of $35 per title, discounted to $30 per title if you buy for three or more. The delay is all the artwork and scenario/campaign changes to all the BFC stock content. Prepare for minds to be blown! And for the usual whining and bellyaching about how it should be a free "patch"!
  15. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    Commonwealth forces are pretty much a given for CMFB. I think the British and the Commonwealth contributed to ending the war.... at least that's what my Opa told me!