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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. Two issues with Combat Mission

    Thank you for all your replies. I tried the waypoint idea. The pre-start artillery helps. However, my big issue with this game is that the maps are crude and do not suggest any terrain that might have better line of sight over other terrain. In addition, the line of sights calculations seem to be very restrictive. Rarely can I see more than 100-200 meters even in Black Sea game. IMHO, the series fails to replace the older Steel Panthers series due to the line of sight issues and the artillery issues; great vehicle and unit graphics though.
  2. I recently purchased Combat Mission Black Sea and Normandy. In general, I like, but do not love, both games. The graphics are great, especially with all the neat mods. You can zoom out to follow all the action or zoom in to follow just a small part. But I have two issues with both games. One issue is that I cannot tell line of sight at all. I cannot tell a unit's line of sight without using the target function. In addition, I have no idea about the LOS from any point on the map. This makes it very difficult to properly place and move your units for maximum usage. Also, I cannot use artillery to bombard anywhere unless a unit able to use artillery has a line of sight to the desired target. This unrealistically restricts artillery. Many times artillery, mortars or howitzers, were used to bombard suspected enemy positions. I can use aircraft to strike targets not in any line of sight. The same should be true for artillery with reduced accuracy.
  3. Install downloaded scenario

    Got it. Thank you very much
  4. I am fairly new to CMBS. I used the video on how to install mods to install numerous mods. However, I can't find any instruction on how to install a downloaded scenario and I cannot find a scenario folder in the game folder. Can someone tell me how to install a downloaded scenario; where to put the .btt file. Thanks for any reply.