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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:

      -showui

      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. It seems to be an issue with the new hardware of today. - Go to Computer / - Local disk C: or similar, varies upon computer. This is where your game files are saved. If you have trouble finding this, right click the launcher shortcut you have on your home screen and select 'open file location'. This will take you to the next step. - Program Files (x86) / - CMBB (your game files) / - Right click the launcher called 'Barbarossa to Berlin' and select properties. Paraphrasing - Computer / Local disk C: / Program Files (x86) / CMBB - right click CMBB and select properties. Select compatibility, and tick the box for 'run this program in compatibility mode for:' Select the Windows XP (Service pack 3) option. Additionally tick the box below 'run this program as an administrator'. Then, launch the game and once in a mission, alt-tab out of the game, and then alt-tab back in (this is minimizing the game, and then reopening it). I know this sounds weird but if you do this every time you enter a mission you wont suffer any issues with extremely low frame rates or similar issues, and it takes a few seconds to do. Good luck - xXmush. Apologies to you people with a bit more knowledge about file directories and such. I made an easy to follow guide that people of all generations and level of PC knowledge can understand :). I would imagine quite a few people of all ages would enjoy the tactical masterpiece and historical recreation that is the Combat Mission games. I have loved them ever since I was a kid, and was really sad at first when these games didn't seem to run on newer operating systems.
  2. Help!!!

    It seems to be an issue with the new hardware of today. - Go to Computer / - Local disk C: or similar, varies upon computer. This is where your game files are saved. If you have trouble finding this, right click the launcher shortcut you have on your home screen and select 'open file location'. This will take you to the next step. - Program Files (x86) / - CMBB (your game files) / - Right click the launcher called 'Barbarossa to Berlin' and select properties. Paraphrasing - Computer / Local disk C: / Program Files (x86) / CMBB - right click CMBB and select properties. Select compatibility, and tick the box for 'run this program in compatibility mode for:' Select the Windows XP (Service pack 3) option. Additionally tick the box below 'run this program as an administrator'. Then, launch the game and once in a mission, alt-tab out of the game, and then alt-tab back in (this is minimizing the game, and then reopening it). I know this sounds weird but if you do this every time you enter a mission you wont suffer any issues with extremely low frame rates or similar issues, and it takes a few seconds to do. Good luck - xXmush. Apologies to you people with a bit more knowledge about file directories and such. I made an easy to follow guide that people of all generations and level of PC knowledge can understand :). I would imagine quite a few people of all ages would enjoy the tactical masterpiece and historical recreation that is the Combat Mission games. I have loved them ever since I was a kid, and was really sad at first when these games didn't seem to run on newer operating systems.
  3. Is this the latest version, because the scenario editor guide says i can refer to the manual for building commands, however this manual includes nothing on commands or how to use the editor?
  4. Modding Buildings

    MikeyD, how did you get balconies to appear on buildings, i cant figure it out! (Im using combat mission black sea editor but I believe they are closely related) Cheers for help in advance
  5. eh whatevers fine. talking to some guy about a PBEM battle. thanks for the website
  6. Yeh whatevers fine. talking to some guy about a PBEM battle
  7. Hey just wondering if anyone wants to vs me. Ive had a few good missions on the game now and my mate who owns it aswell is off so anyone want to have a match? Im from South Australia, im happy to host and play any side. To play msg here or add me on steam (steam name- xXmushmanXx)
  8. Russian army under equipped?

    Haha yeah, thought that seemed a little extreme. It was like 5 in the morning tho. Just looked it up then. 3.8 trillion is the US budget period, for everything. Yes your figures are a lot more accurate. Russia's military budget is still drastically smaller than the US military's. Russia (2016 est.) - 90 billion USD. Their active personnel number 770,000 while the US number 1,300,000. Russia does have more reserve personnel - 2,000,000 against Americas - 850,000. But Russia only has more because it has mandatory military service at the age of 20 for 12 months, so their reserve personnel are largely basic militia and home guard. The US reserve personnel are largely still highly trained and well equipped.
  9. How can I play/host multiplayer?

    Yes and i believe port forwarding would work aswell and i prefer that method.
  10. CMBS Winter Mod

    Sorry but how do i install this. It says put them in z folder. But i cant find in the game files any folder that would be suited, so before i go screwing up my game how do i install? thanks
  11. Russian army under equipped?

    Just because all Russian soldiers may have the rig, does not mean they will have all the equipment available such as GPS, Laser systems, Long range radio, Night vision etc and be experienced enough to use it. The US military has a budget of 3.8 trillion dollars per year and is larger in personnel than the next 5 largest military's combined. They have had active military engagements constantly ever since the 2nd World War, having hundreds of thousands of combat experienced soldiers. they even had a huge military direct conflict recently with both Gulf Wars. There's a reason the US military is superior.... I do see where you are coming from however. This equipment they are talking about is all very expensive and only the best of the Russian troops would most likely be equipped and trained in it all. Maybe in game some of the Russian special forces units deserve to have more advanced systems added. This would mean they would have a mix of old and new equipment and in my opinion be more realistic.
  12. I don't want refund, I want my life back

    lol its just a promotion for CMBS winter mod. THe only thing I can agree on is its too easy to make a wrong command, like u order a HQ and a company on the other side of the map charges into the open, and infantry spotting is a little under powered. The rest of the games great however and lol favors one army (the US) that's just real life.
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