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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. Fury Movie Discussion.

    Hehehechrrrrr.... Thanks for that, Warts!
  2. Now, THAT‘s a nice one. I am surprised, that you remember this ancient movie. 😎
  3. Whatever that means. I tried to say, that I was put off those games, when I realized, that it could be me in the next tactical nuke blast, Fulda Gap and similar games were published, when I had my active service time. That probably had an impact on my attitude towards those games.
  4. The „Fulda Gap“ board game made me stop playing contemporary games.
  5. Was there not at least a „Pacific Theatre“ mod? I vaguely remember something the like. But then, my last “Pacific encounter” was with Steel Panthers and from those days, I clearly remember this scale and Pacific War don’t go well together... Perhaps, if one would go a little smaller. Like in GMT’s Combat Commander series (card driven board games, but brilliant, if you can get into them).
  6. Oh what have I done? :)

    Not really a must have, but there is a mod available, which changes the round unit based into wedge shapes. I find it quite useful, determine the orientation of the units. Especially for infantry, it not always easy to guess in which direction the guys are looking.
  7. That reminds me to a sentence from a Bundeswehr manual for tank reccon units. I don‘t know, if it is still in. A long time ago the Bundeswehr made an effort to remove such non-sense. Anyway, it read like: “The Panzeraufklärer shall make contact with the enemy and engage him successfully.“ I always loved this unconditional antizipation of success.
  8. Merry X-Mas

    Lucky you, we had springlike 15 degC. Plus beautiful sunshine, then rain and storm and a little snow. Now it‘s about 15 degC again...
  9. Monitor Upgrade

    20“? Nooooo, don‘t! Agree, you don‘t need the flashy 4K stuff, but I am more than happy with a recently bought 2-year old 27“ Full HD screen.
  10. Perhaps a little late, but better late than never. You do not need all previous activation codes. I think for each game, it‘s only the latest version one. But seemingly it‘s not the same for all games. I worked „top down“, but found it a little tedious to find the codes that works. To make a long story short: Good luck, Erwin!
  11. Merry X-Mas

    Just completed the “x-Mas procedures” by watching “Merry Christmas”, a French-British-German movie about the “x-mas wonder“ of 1914 once again.
  12. Merry X-Mas

    Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year to all of you guys! And right next to Father Christmas, the CM battles are raging...
  13. Did you get help from the desk? Otherwise, three things come to my mind: - In the thread which Ian gave, is a description how to “install” the activation window. Something like “make a short cut to the CM exe and add “show UI“ to the file name. - your Dad should have a customer account. You will find all purchases and activation keys there. - I had an issue with activation keys when I did my last update, which turned out to be a question of the proper activation sequence. I would have to dig out the details. If you still need help, give me a shout and I‘ll start digging.
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