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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. This is how my Panthers looked after this battle too, burning or battered. I was surprised, and just a tad annoyed that they failed to spot their tormentors.
  2. Finally committed

    Perhaps I should be committed, as I seem to be the only person who ranks FI last among the WW2 games. Too many mountains for my liking. I only enjoyed the scenarios and campaigns set on the coastal plains.
  3. Unit Viewer

    Given the fact that the manuals contain details of all the weapons, and there are already such things as "weapons showcase" scenarios. I'd have to agree with Mike.
  4. How to use mortar halftracks?

    Point taken and understood, Steve.
  5. Fury Movie Discussion.

    It first aired in 2004, but is still available on DVD.
  6. Fury Movie Discussion.

    It may be a language thing, but, to me the phrase "too historical" suggests that the movie stuck too closely to the facts for your liking. Whereas, for me it strayed too far from them. Yes, a good enough good job, Whether it deserved an Oscar, I don't think so. As mentioned previously, I think that Simon Russel Beale gave a far more convincing performance in Aunty Beeb's "Dunkirk". And lets not forget Albert Finney's "Churchill" and Vanessa Redgrave's "Clemmie" in The Gathering Storm, probably the definitive portrayals of both of them. Even the toilet scene smacks of a rip off of the bath scene in The Gathering Storm.
  7. How to use mortar halftracks?

    Lillie Mae Kirkman's - "He's Just my Size" springs to mind.
  8. Fury Movie Discussion.

    You're right Oldman did deserve an Oscar.... For "Sid and Nancy" and for "Prick up your Ears". But his Churchill in "Darkest Hour" doesn't really compete with Simon Russel Beale's in Aunty Beeb's three hour "Dunkirk".
  9. Fury Movie Discussion.

    In the words of a certain USatian tennis player who now works for Aunty Beeb, "You cannot be serious". A movie based on a flawed book, made by "Darling Dickie" who had established his directorial credentials with "Oh, What a Lovely War", and was then leaned on by Hollywood agents to give their clients more scenes. Doesn't equal "historical" in my book.
  10. Then we will fight in the shade!

    Oh thanks for that Pete, I look forward to losing it very soon.
  11. This guy is worth a watch

    He made some interesting points with regards to Germany's need for oil, and their continuing reliance on horse-transport. Although that wasn't anything new to those of us who have seen footage, or photos, of dead horses blown to bits/shot to pieces by the allies. It was when he uttered the words "stab in the back", that I hit the "Off" button.
  12. Then we will fight in the shade!

    sigop22 ... If you have the Vehicle Pack you could always swap the PzIIIs for Chars and try burning the Tommies out of the woods, a kind of Charred Borderland.
  13. Then we will fight in the shade!

    I'd have just stopped for a cuppa char in the Pete Field.
  14. Essential viewing up here in the Old Country.
  15. Then we will fight in the shade!

    Some good advice for you to think about. I'd be interested to know the name of the particular scenario that you were playing.
  16. Hence, the phrase "heavy fog" in the title. I'm 400 years old, and binoculars haven't been invented yet, but even I "spotted" that.
  17. Anticipatory post for CM:Stalingrad!

    Thanks Mike. Humbly received.
  18. Anticipatory post for CM:Stalingrad!

    And having read the above all I can say is.. "John Kettler is a weatherman, a weatherman, a weatherman. John Kettler is a weatherman, and so is Michael Fish."
  19. Soviet Tank Tactics 1945

    I think it would be best if we could keep this forum confined to CM and WW2 history in general. But, when certain Arrogant (sic) people start spouting about "refugees" then their rants cannot be left unopposed. My granddad was an "economic migrant" or refugee as modern parlance would have it. He saw his mates being killed in 1940 on the road back to Dunkirk, then went through the Western Desert, and Normandy, and on to Hamburg. I won't use the words of Roy Keane on a forum that might attract younger readers, but I suggest that "Arrogant" (sic) follows his advice.
  20. This guy is worth a watch

    Shouldn't that read "Certain members of the Royal Family, and some aristocrats". And remember, I'm speaking as someone with previous when it comes to killing royals.
  21. Soviet Tank Tactics 1945

    Yeah we have the same problem. We allowed thousands of Angles, Saxons, and Jutes into this country.
  22. This guy is worth a watch

    A phrase like "an entire peace-loving and highly cultured nation" ignores the fact that a large number of students rejected the teachings of their "enlightened" professors. What we would now regard as reactionary, was then considered revolutionary. We also, have to bear in mind that Mad Addy, the Fat Junkie, and the Poisoned Dwarf turned their back on their own party's roots and turned it into a something for "Something for Everyone" party, happy to be funded by toffs. And sadly, with the left's two most eloquent leaders murdered in 1919 any opposition from that quarter was never going to be effective. Which leaves the big question. How could the Germans ever vote for a bloke who never got his round in? Has the front to walk into a bier hall and says "Mines a mineral water."? And still has unpaid bills for broken krugs?
  23. I know it's not quite the same spelling, but whenever I see a post by JK, I think of this. Exits stage right humming loudly --------->
  24. Kharkov Map Sneak Peak

    Brilliant! Both your riposte, and the video itself.