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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 would not buy them in a QB and I can’t say that I use them effectively, but flamethrowers are quite devastating against Infantry (if they get a shot fired). So, my “plan” is usually: Hide them near a likely enemy approach and hope, that some soft target comes close and the flamethrower lives long enough to fire once.
  2. best CM game

    Search the forum. That has been discussed about a thousand times. One can’t really say what’s the best. That depends very much on your liking. Since you did not play the BN Moduls yet, you have not seen much of BN anyway. In terms if continuity, MG might be th right choice for you. My personal favourite is CMFI, but I find myself playing much more CMBN, just because the loads of content and (probably) wider acceptance. Otherwise, @sburke summarises it perfectly.
  3. Ah, come on Gremlins are so much 80‘s... Now we have computers to do the same.😎
  4. I had a chance to experience the “auto shut off” in two cars recently. It shuts off, when you fully press the brake and the car comes to a stand still. When you release the brake, the engine starts again.
  5. You are aware, that the car‘s board computer is shutting the engine off? Guess why they don‘t leave it to the driver. Re the sound effect: Yep, that‘s what I wanted to say. Something triggers something. We can‘t even be 100% sure what sort of sound is intended, or if the noise level has any influence on the game.
  6. Excursion in Gleize

    Eh, referring to the King Tiger pic’s: When you guys visit the Ardennes, consider visiting the tank museum in Full-Reuenthal, Switzerland. Depending where you come from, it is not that far off. They are repairing (or rebuilding?) a King Tiger there and will probably be busy for another few years. But the project takes shape,
  7. I agree with most of the previous statements. Yes, I too would think that “hiding” is with idling engine. Who of us would turn of his car in front of a traffic light? One question has not been asked: Has the activation of the sound.wav any impact on the game play (or vice versa)?
  8. Well, exactly as described in „Battle Hardened“. Excellent book, btw. Highly recommended in another thread.
  9. Next Korean war is coming close...

    Sounds like good basis for a strategic decision. 😎
  10. Play in XP?

    I played on XP until I upgraded to Win 8.1 about 4 years ago. So, I guess the answer is „Yes“.
  11. Next Korean war is coming close...

    Looks like you need to change the focus to Iran now.
  12. Marvelous Malaprops

    Now, that‘s a nice one for me, being an admitting Star Wars fan since Day 1.
  13. Panther gun damage

    I agree. Though, that happens to me mostly with Tigers. Always disappointing to find out once again, that they are as invincible as I would like to have them. Perhaps, I should change expectations after all these games. 😎
  14. Game is unplayable

    Get an old NVIDIA card. Not too long ago, I upgraded my old computer with and old GeForce570. It worked, well, not perfect, but satisfactorily. You can get those old cards for almost no money.
  15. Yep, please go on with your project. I am looking forward to the final product and have the impression, many others too.