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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. Game crashes during command phase.

    Windows 10? Been intending to add reply a while. Game still crashes in command but in line with my Feb 9 post reboots way quicker afterwards. Something. However machine on occasion conflicting Google too and bringing up same message as did for CM. No expert, computer still under warranty so taking in for check. Confident now however own problem absolutely nothing to do with game itself. Life gets in way a lot currently but if a fix found for own machine will report back at some point.
  2. Game crashes during command phase.

    Schrullenhaft. For now have disabled Program, Launcher and wondershare and created exceptions for Black Sea and Blitzkrieg. Whole system pretty much defaults, no overclocks. Frustratingly not got the time to really dive into the game to see if had any effect, though computer unfazed by disabled programs and now boots even quicker than it did. So whether or not games sorted, seen a benefit. Has to be a good omen.
  3. Game crashes during command phase.

    Thanks for response. Have problem with Black Sea and Final Blitzkrieg, do have full Normandy bundle but not actually played as yet. Crashing whilst 'idle' has happened two or three times but positive not due to computer idle - that kicks in after about fifteen minutes, where as am only leaving five at most when making a coffee. Majority is while moving mouse around map and or clicking on a unit. Have noticed that sometimes clicking on unit the 'thinking circle' pops up and message is 'wait for resolve or close' but it never resolves. Most regular is '.exe encountered a problem', sometimes whilst moving around sometimes clicking on units, occasionally in the few seconds just looking at map without input. As to removing items from launch too unsure as to which are safe to do so without guidance unfortunately. Edit. Checked startup; Chrome, Delayed launcher(2), Program, Realtek HD Audio Manager, Windows Defender Notification and Wondershare Studio. Do know problem predates wondershare but not what 'Program' could be.
  4. Game crashes during command phase.

    Back Sea Russ campaign - first fight. Managed to cause self more casualties than AI. Have that side of things pretty much nailed thanks.:) Thankyou to all for such prompt responses. Pleased that D drive and max gx (particularly max gx) probably not cause. Shall check AV and drivers, though think drivers are up to date. Apologise now however as back to the grind of shifts so unlikely to be able to have a good look till Monday next. Last free night so shall carry on doing as have been; saving each and every turn. Current fight going well - not killed single one of own men.
  5. Having problem with crashes during command phase. Game freezes, message comes up CM .exe has encountered a problem and will close. Always during command phase. Games themselves always boot no problem, have never crashed during a replay phase, only command. Couple of times has crashed in command phase whilst making a coffee, as in running fine only to come back coffee in hand to .exe encountered a problem. Annoying. Am using Windows 10 and a 1050Ti NVidea Gx card plus an I7 processor. (Aware game only uses single core). Sound a 2270W Nvidea High def audio. (Is that the sound card?). Do stubbornly play max gx, system put together in hope of gx overkill for CM games, have no mods however. Best can tell crashes not coinciding with virus checks etc, appear random. Have however installed games on D drive, C being SSD. Hoping that not problem as noted lot of Data pushed onto C drive.
  6. Can Set-Up zone colours be altered?

    Thankyou for the replies. Did suspect zones would be unmoddable. As to icons shall check those out though once battle joined do like the icons as they are, remind me of old board games used to play.
  7. Sorry if this noob. Have real difficulty with Russians as the bright red counters on a bright red set up zone causing eye strain (am old). Have looked through unpacked files but can't seem to find what I'm looking for as would like to play with set-up zone colours and hopefully tone them down if possible.
  8. Now help wanted.

    SS Bump Generator. Shall look into that after work. Cheers.
  9. Now help wanted.

    Normal maps? .mdr files? Just want to play about with the T72. Lots more file extensions than I was expecting, do I need to bother with any of them or just the paint shop pro images. Normal maps particularly. Black Sea not the place but loving the game and soon as can afford purchasing Red Thunder. Are normal maps being used in that to create zimmeritt? Any help, advice, tutorials (Tutorials!) much appreciated.
  10. Hello, freebies wanted.

    Tis OK. Now proud owner of Paint Shop Pro 8.
  11. Hello, freebies wanted.

    Apologies taking a while to reply. Thankyou to all for your responses they were very helpful and I am now the proud owner of CS2. There is a slight tinge of guilt but it's overwridden by the desire to beat up, hopefully artfully, a T72. Oddly having more difficulty with Paint Shop Pro. Want it for the thumbnails. So far free versions are all trials wanting me to sign up to Corel before proceding and I have read that it is no longer free. Any additional help would be much appreciated.
  12. Hello. Chrizwit3, has been Chrizwit and Chrizwit2 but time passes and passwords get forgotten. 2009 computer fried and died and all was lost because not a backup kind of person. Consoled self with a console and war-gaming also got forgotten. Other day watching Youtube a tad bored, typed in Combat Mission. Bit of a revelation. Binged through ChrisNDs' Black Sea videos, followed by Krause, Ithikial and JohnsyFGM. All excellent. Bought Black Sea. Want all the games, want to fight all the fights h2h from both sides, want to create uber videos, want to mod everything! Have got a bit excited. War-gamed from mid 80's thru to 09, more parade ground than frontline material, were he alive the Grand Old Duke of York would find me a smidge indecisive. All being said such fights possibly wouldn't make for gripping Youtube vids. Soooo.....erm does anyone know of any legitimate free photoshop stylee graphic packages. Have typed in photoshop and lots of free download sites turn up but don't trust them. Any help would be much appreciated.