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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. Hi Folks! I just bought Combat Mission Touch from Google Play for use with Samsung Galaxy Tab A. I am new to the world of tablets - can anyone tell me the official line on whether this app works with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A? So far its performance has been puzzling. When the app is launched the screen is filled with a still graphic of WW2 action and rousing music plays in the background. I would imagine at this point that either: a ) Something is loading or b ) A menu is supposed to display over the graphic - but there is nothing else on the screen and touching it anywhere makes no difference. This will sit there for at least 10 minutes with no change. The music plays and the picture remains but nothing else happens. Can any one help? Thanks in advance for any tips!
  2. Hi IanL: Thanks for your reply - it would be nice if the code for CMBN QB automatic selection could be improved based on newer versions which are, as you have described, better.
  3. Excellent - I'll try it then. And if the enemy are more inclined to run away that's OK as I need all the help I can get.
  4. Hi BP: Thanks for your reply. I've had an inordinate run of luck it would seem as I've had dozens of compelling battles, with only a small number which had either no forces at all or very poorly placed or selected forces. I'm having a marvelous time with the program, but the session which contained no enemy was a big disappointment. The (not 'quick') battles have been great fun too and I can see that with careful design they have the potential to be a lot more challenging than QBs. I think one of the factors that has kept me happy with QBs is that the forces I choose are usually 'tiny' rather than 'small' and as such it is perhaps harder for the enemy battle plan to be a randomly created mess with baffled battalions all over the place doing odd things, rather than just a few companies trying to appear to be trained soldiers. Whoa - I see you're a scenario author! Excellent - I'll try 'Crossroads At Pierrefitte-En-Cinglais V2 [Updated 20/11/2015]' next time I play as I can play it with no add-ons as I understand things?
  5. Hi Schrullenhaft: Thanks for your reply. The defender in both cases was US infantry. >> You may want to select something in particular for the 'combat forces' rather than leaving it at 'auto' and see if that makes a difference. I've not seen this problem when the defender's units are chosen by the player. I seldom use this for, as far as I understand how CMBN works, it means the player has an exact order of battle for the enemy. I use the automatic selection of forces in almost every case as it is a compelling feature of the software. Most of the games I've played this way have been small or tiny battles, but with infantry as the selection, there should surely be no difficulty in computing forces which are within the size of battle chosen?
  6. Hi Folks: Can anyone help? I've got CMBN v 4 w no extras. Sometimes there's no enemy present in a Quick Battle. I've seen this twice - once with v 3.12 and once with v 4.00. On both occasions the enemy was the USA, but there's not enough data to know if that's any kind of pattern. Both times it was the defender who was not there. Both times the attacker and defender forces were chosen automatically. It's disappointing to spend 30 minutes slowly creeping up to a village only to find it, and the rest of the map, completely empty. The statistics at the end screen clearly show there is no USA force at all - no men or vehicles. I love this game and would love to hear of a solution to this issue! Many thanks in advance for any help.
  7. v3.11 crashes with quick battles

    Hi Steve: >> Upgrade 4 apparently fixed the core problem and so the Vehicle Pack is not needed for those with using Engine 4. Can you tell me if it is the case that the product 'CM Normandy - UPGRADE 4 (Windows)' will certainly fix this problem? If not, can you tell me if there is some other place I can look to find out if someone knows of a definitive answer to the question? As you can imagine, it's disappointing to find that features shown in the demo of CMBN don't actually work when you decide to buy the product. Regardless, I am such a fan of the game that I would like to finally have a working version somehow. - Jeff
  8. v3.11 crashes with quick battles

    Thanks Ian - I've had a reply from a gentleman from the ticket system - I hope something can be done. If I have any breaking news I will be sure to pass it along!
  9. v3.11 crashes with quick battles

    Great heavens! Thanks for the information Ian. I wonder if the publisher is aware of this? What an extraordinary situation! A product that sold (to me) for $55.00, which clearly contains a serious bug, seen by many and clearly shown to be capable of reproduction was not fixed and the only solution is to spend another $20.00? I love the game and also have CMSF along with the original CM 1, 2 and 3 - I'm very disappointed to hear this is the only solution. I'll write directly to the support department and see if anything can be done to help. Thanks again!
  10. v3.11 crashes with quick battles

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I installed 3.12 patch and the problem is the same - no change. Is buying more software (the 'vehicle pack') the only known solution at present?
  11. v3.11 crashes with quick battles

    Hi Folks! I'm a big fan of CMBN and have 3.11 with no extras. I have the same problem with crashes when armor is chosen for automatic selection for USA in a QB. Has a solution to this issue been found yet without having to spend money? I realize there are later versions but I am hoping to get confirmation that certain specific steps will fix this problem. Running on PC with Windows 7. Many thanks for any help!