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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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    Uh-oh, so many people here and I was out only for few days, checking the Russian border. All calm, but funnily enough one household near the border had purchased and set up an old AT gun in the courtyard, facing east of course. Finnish humor. Or maybe he was serious, dunno. Armorgunner and Ivan Z, should look forward to the new version of Tuntematon Sotilas coming up later this year. Meanwhile, be sure to check out a movie called 1944, if you haven't already. Released a couple of years ago, it is an Estonian war drama telling the story how Estonians were divided into two and ended up fighting each other alongside Red Army and German army. Very good movie.
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    Thank you guys. Have to check out The Few Good Men (haven't been there for quite a while) and whatever it is that SLIM has set up...
  3. Good day everyone, long long time lurker here so I thought it's about time to introduce myself (you don't have to bother, I know you since many moons already ). I've been playing CM since CMBO was released and I think I own all the titles, modules and packs except FI and the modern stuff. WW2 is the thing for me and specifically east front, might have something to do with me being Finnish and all that. I dropped by at the forums after a bit longer while and saw a post about decreasing number of active posters and the fact that even those are getting scattered in the different sub-forums. Someone suggested it might make sense to consolidate into two main forums, one for modern and one for WW2, and that would seem to make a lot of sense. I was trying to figure out which forum should I write this post and checked their activity - they're all nowhere near to what they used to be from what I recall and in fact, pretty silent . I then ended up here in CMBN since this one seems to have seen most activity recently. I was thinking CMRT first because I wanted to - but here I am. Anyway, with a new iMac on the desk, all 4.0 upgrades purchased, Guy Sajer's 'The Forgotten Soldier' on my bedside table and some good Ale beer in the fridge I thought I'd get back to WW2 PBEM'ing and wanted to - in addition to maybe start contributing to some discussions here - check out if I can find any opponents here. CMBN, CMRT and CMFB are all fine, and I don't mind playing any sides or any type of battles either. So if interested, just shout! Cheers and happy summer for all the comrades in arms here, as well as the BF staff of course, if they still find their way here into the forums!