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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. That was exactly what I needed, thanks IanL! With those settings the object edges are a little choppier, but I'm able to smoothly run at max 3d quality - well worth the tradeoff IMO.
  2. Hi all, relatively new to CMBS here. My computer/vid card is getting a bit long in the tooth - AMD Radeon HD 5700 with 1gb memory, 8gb system RAM. On small maps CMBS runs smoothly with 3D model quality somewhere between Improved & Excellent, but it stutters pretty bad on larger maps. For example I'm on mission 3 of the original Russian campaign (river crossing) and at times it takes a bit of patience to scroll & zoom in areas with a lot of units. I've only really messed around with the 3D quality though - are there other combinations of settings that make a difference? Of course ideally settings that have a better ratio of performance improvement vs aesthetic hit, but I'm curious about any that might help. Thanks.
  3. Your preferred mod setup?

    I have both Kieme's terrain & vehicle textures installed. I'm guessing Oleks' would conflict with the latter though? And thanks Mord - I already had the vehicle chatter one (very well executed), now installed the portraits. Big step up from the stock ones, although I wish the game allowed variation (randomized if nothing else) from one unit to another.
  4. Your preferred mod setup?

    Thanks guys. I've picked up the SR mod set (plus the others he recommended) and your explosions mod. The game definitely looks & sounds better, I appreciate all the hard work. So it looks like the "finished" user campaigns are: Spartan Resolve, Mountains of Allah, Eagle & Bear. Do we know if there are any others in the works? Also if anyone else wants to chime in with their recommendations, feel free!
  5. Hi all, relatively new CMBS player here - just wanted to get some mod recommendations. Thus far I've been playing only singleplayer We-go campaigns, so mods oriented toward that experience are my main curiosity. I've installed a bunch of Kieme's excellent improved textures but beyond that am a little overwhelmed by the selection. Are there good AI or balance mods out there? Other enhancements? Also any player-designed campaigns or especially cool maps that work well in SP are always appreciated. I do have The Eagle & Bear and Mountains of Allah campaigns installed (haven't tried them yet though). Thanks in advance!
  6. Tips for a CM/BS noob?

    Thanks for the detailed advice everyone, very helpful stuff! I think for me the most important adjustment is coming from WWII games (and I checked out CM with the intention of WWII, but ended up too intrigued with Black Sea), where general long-range lethality wasn't anywhere near what we've got today. It really winds up being a different mindset tactically, and the whole rhythm of the game changes. I'm extremely impressed with the recon/sighting mechanics, so looking forward to understanding them better. One quick follow-on question if anyone's got a moment - are there any decent player-made campaigns suitable for single-player to supplement the 3 stock ones? And do other CM games have longer campaigns - the 5 mission length strikes me as a little short at first glance.
  7. Apologies in advance for the basic questions.... Black Sea is my first CM game. I've read thru the manual, played the tutorial campaign and feel like I have a decent grasp on the functions available if not tactics. Fired up the UKR campaign, first mission seems pretty simple - advance on lightly defended treeline through a field, against outgunned forces. My first playthru was a humbling experience though. Soon as the first contacts go up, I'm taking return fire that wipes out a BTR. Shortly thereafter vehicles advancing up the highway are knocked out in quick succession. My armor has trouble spotting anything until close range and by the time they can really bring the guns out I've lost a number of IFVs, both on the road and in the field. Obviously doing multiple things wrong but can't figure out exactly what - can anyone give some basic tips or at least point me in the direction of such? Thanks. For the record, I'm playing WeGo on Veteran level.
  8. Hi all, I'm new to Combat Mission (well, played an old demo years ago) and want to get one of the games. Any recommendations for which one to get first? This would be for primarily single player. I've got no preferences on time period or nationalities - mostly just looking for compelling gameplay, at least somewhat challenging AI, and ideally a campaign that feels progressive (rather than just a series of isolated scenarios). With all the titles available it's hard for a noob to determine which ones are best. Thanks in advance!