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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. Armoured Infantry

    I agree. It sure seems to be about gunner behavior and not accounting well for shielding, if present. I would really like to find some accounts from veterans on this.
  2. Coding complex things is a very nasty world of everything that can go wrong will go wrong, typically, and all the wrongs have to be tracked down & worked around or some such. So hopefully at this point our fine game designer can go back to work on the game we all love. There is little as underappreciated in this world as the complexity of coding something that actually works properly 99.99% of the time.
  3. you mean it can get harder?!? I am on veteran level after over a year and am just now getting 'good' at winning. I agree w folks it would be great to have new engine, new things. But I am mainly just grateful that we have such a great game series as this. I still have dozens and dozens of campaign battles to fight out, plus the standalone scenarios. And I haven't yet gotten Black Sea. I have years of content right now with the limited time I have to play. Of course, the graphics refresh is very choppy (is it the hedgerows & trees?) and I would like that to be better (I need to take a look at some of the tips here & adjust NVidia settings) Having said all that, I sure would like some 1980s Nato vs Warsaw Pact action.
  4. When I started with the game I was playing realtime. But I noticed that I would miss so much of the action, even in relatively small battles. So I started using WeGo and started enjoying the game much more. And had more success, since I could replay the action and see what happened to each unit that was under fire. There's nothing better than replaying a tank shootout from both sides, watching the rounds fly past. Now I would only use realtime in very small battles, if then.
  5. indeed, heavy tanks were very rare. And on a 1000 mile front the russians would be only sometimes be facing significant numbers of tigers or even panthers -- that's why the germans ended up reeling backwards over & over again. The russians were stopped as much by supplies as by the germans in many of the major campaigns of 1944-45.
  6. indeed! we've all lost plenty of the 'superior' equipment to know that superior is an edge, not a guarantee. I like stuarts. like little nasty fast hornets.
  7. also need to just play. If you've got cromwells/churchills vs tigers, you have to use flanks and/or get lucky. I hit a tiger b/w turret & chassis & jammed turret when surprised by head-on tiger. Another time hit tiger's gun -- then chased him like wolves after a buffalo until I got in the killing shot into his rear plate. Nothing in the game is invincible. All things are vulnerable. Makes it dangerous and fun no matter what battle you are in.
  8. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    My credit card is ready. Can't wait!
  9. CMBN "Contact Front!" AAR

    quite lovely. thanks for the work in putting that together. I gotta go fight that battle myself now.
  10. Blurry terrain textures

    Hey all, thanks very much for this post. I looked at my nvidia controls and the antialiasing-transparency was OFF, so I set to multisample. Any other tips for better graphics. I got a new workstation at my office and they let me bring my existing one home. It's a pretty hot engineering workstation that I use when I work at home and it's OK if I use it for harmless stuff like CB when not working. FXAA is OFF -- is that good or bad? I most notice bad graphics in Normandy game, where the hedgerows take are slow to refresh.
  11. 17 pounder shell stuck in Tiger armor

    Interesting but I am a bit suspicious as to whether it's real. The intense heat and high forces, I would think, would not leave the shell looking so unblemished. But perhaps it's real. I actually hope it's real because it's so very, very cool.
  12. just to be clear about last post, I don't see anywhere that I can get the full installs for V4.
  13. Hi Folks, I have a new computer and it looks like, from above, I need to download the V4 versions of the games I own under V4 (BN, RT, & FB, plus CW & MG modules). Where are those downloads??
  14. I really love these battlefront games overall. Been playing for a few months. I am wondering how can I edit the campaign battles? I am really sick of the too-strict (for me) time limits on everything and I want to give myself a little more time. I do this all the time in scenarios. Anyone know how to do this in campaigns?
  15. Hi folks, Just bought CMBN 'big bundle'. Installed fine except some of the commands are messed up. The 'deploy weapon' calls the 'target' function is the biggest problem. So if I move mortars I can never re-deploy them. Just spent $105 and game mostly useless w/o the mortar support. I saw a thread like this on the mac, but not on PC. I tried the demo before purchase and it worked fine. I suspect it's due to some mix of patches and commonwealth/market garden add-ons. Any ideas for fix or some kind of workaround? is there a way to trick the stupid mortars into deploying w/o explicit command to deploy? I tried to re-assign the deploy command hotkey but still calls target instead of deploy. any help greatly appreciated! Dan
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