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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. Nvidia quadro vs GTX

    Well this is good news. I can buy pretty much any old card and I'm laughing.
  2. Thanks, I've been looking at these but wondered if it would be overkill for CM??
  3. I managed to purchase an i3-4130 @3.3ghz 8gb ram. This chip has good single core performance for the cost. Just need to get a graphics card, any suggestions?
  4. Does anyone have any experience of quadro and/or gtx? Been doing some research into graphics cards and from what I've read the quadro is optimized for open GL for use on drawing programs like Cad. Just wondered if anyone had noticed if there was a positive or negative effect in CM?
  5. Update: I tried the CM:BN demo today and.......... Nothing happened. Just got a battlefront logo and about 5 secs of music. So clearly it won't work on the laptop. I consoled myself by playing CM:BO Wittman instead. Time to start searching through ebay.
  6. Thanks for this Joe. That was the kind of answer I was looking for. I'm such a rubbish general I will only be playing the smaller battles until I get up to speed.
  7. I could try this Bill but my laptop is a Dell from 2016, fine for word processing etc but it has no graphics card.
  8. Thanks for the support guys. I really do want to get into these games. I just don't want to make an error at the first stage. I've gathered that an nvidia gpu is the way to go. So that seems certain and that single threat performance of the cpu is key. I guess the most puzzling thing for me is why are the recommended specs so basic when people with much better specs ha e been having issues.
  9. Hello guys, Thought I’d throw this out to the group. As the title suggests,I want to start playing this having got into the game via CM:BO plus the sequels. The issue is a need to get a new computer as all I have at present is a 2016 laptop. The problem I have is I’m not sure what to get. I read the recommended system requirements and they are so basic. However looking through here people have i7s with 16gb ram and 2 gb graphics. I know very little about computers but I don’t want to pay £500 when maybe a £200 setup would do. Would say a 3Ghz core 2 duo system with 4gb ram and a 1Gb nvidia graphics card run this game well? I’m not after 4K display and 30 FPS. I just want to be able to get into these games without shelling out a fortune. I’m only an occasional gamer when work/family commitments allow. thanks in advance.