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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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    Yep, that‘s plan B, when fine adjustment does not work. 😊
  2. How to use mortar halftracks?

    I just did some quick Wikipedia reading. As always in life, things are not too simple. Early versions of the M4 mortar halftracks, e.g. were not really designed to fire, the mortar from them. The late war M21, on the other hand, had the mortar mounted fixed on a turn table. I.e., one question would be: What half Track are you talking about?
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    Thanks, mate. The Wikipedia article is a little disappointing, even the Spiegel article had more info. But the diary is great. I love those first person accounts.
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    Honestly, I am surprised that the mortar is a passenger, anyway. I always thought, they were fixed or semi-fixed to the half track.
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    Last week, I stumbled over an article in the Spiegel, about a German naval raid mission on Granville late in ‘45. Apparently, carried out by forces from the Channel Islands. Does anybody have any details about this?
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    Yep, they look extremely nice. My largest are 1:18 scale Heng Long models, beefed up with some own moding work. Perhaps, I should ask my wife, if she really needs her extra office room.😎 Back to 1:6: I remember a company in the UK, building them full metal on a pre-order base. Those guys even have rule for outdoor battles on their web site. IIRCR, there are some videos of such battles on YouTube.
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    Nope, I am in pretty heavy mechanical engineering. The motto being: If you can‘t repair it with a sledgehammer or a torch, it‘s rubbish. 😎
  11. How to use mortar halftracks?

    Thanks, mate. My explanation would have been more “engineer like”: It’s like trying to align a microscope with a sledgehammer.
  12. How to use mortar halftracks?

    Well, that still sounds challenging to me. You are talking about “Artillery” not Assault Guns....
  13. Thanks, Steve, for your clear statement in the recent RT discussion!

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