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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:

      -showui

      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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Cats

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Fellow gamers,

I just purchased T-72 and am slowly learning!

1) How do you install the mads? Not sure how to do that! Not sure where to place the files!

2) I went to download the map pack and it takes me to a ftp site where I think you have to pay to be able to use it!

I am an old guy with not a lot of technical skills. Any help would be most appreciated!

Thank you,

Cats

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Hi Cats,

It's been a long time since I downloaded the upgrade packages from the T-72 BOF page in Battlefront.com. The bottom line is the following. The map files are of the format *.ca . They are cache files. So place them in the CACHE file in your T-72 Balkans On Fire file on your hard drive. The script files are of the format *.pd . They are script files. So, place them in the scripts file in your T-72 Balkans On Fire file on your hard drive.

Once you have the files in the right place, to play the new missions, click the User Mission link/button on the game's homepage. It will be on the right half of the screen when the game homepage loads after the opening video sequence. Click on that, and it will open a little windows file explorer window on your screen. In the new little window, navigate into the T-72 Balkans On Fire / CACHE file. in the CACHE file, choose the new mission that you downloaded and want to play. The new mission will begin to open and run once you do that. I hope that helps.

This is a really great game, and will be a cause for frustration at times, but once you gain experience in it, it becomes so much fun. Also, I uploaded 20 additional missions in the Battlefront Repository, that you can download for free from there. You will need to create a user ID for the Battlefront site if you have not already done so. Which is also free to do. Anyway, it's really nice to hear from other people playing this great game.

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Hi Cats,

Did you have to create a username and password on Battlefront.com when you purchased T-72 Balkans On Fire from the Battlefront.com website? I would suggest giving that a shot. I'm not sure what else to tell you on that one. You're not missing too much new with those two download packages.

If it's any consolation, go check out the missions for this game that I uploaded in the Battlefront.com Repository. In the Battlefront Classic Games > T-72 Balkans On Fire section. There are new takes on campaign missions, and new missions entirely. I'm currently working on another new one with one of the desert maps. I should be done with it in late October, and I'll add that one to the Repository as well.

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Just an update on the second issue I asked about, I started a help ticket and the issue was a broken link that needed fixed. It has been fixed for any other person who might be interested in downloading the addons!

Mortarman, I started loading your mods. Thanks for your efforts. I still have to learn how to be effective in my use of the tanks!:rolleyes::rolleyes:

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Nice work on starting that help ticket Cats! Good job on that.

Some tips for learning to use the tanks...

1-From the game Homepage you can go to User Mission > CACHE file > cfgmode.ca, and modify some of the game configurations. Like increasing your own tank's armor or increasing your own tank's ammo load, etc. Just remember what you change and how to change it back if you don't like the results.

2-Don't forget about the 12.7mm machine gun at the top of the turret, or on the Commander's cupola. The 12.7mm machine gun can destroy the Shturm-S, MTLB, and BRDM-2 even out to 2000 meters. It can destroy a Super Sherman as well at point blank range. You can also drive behind a structure or a high burm where all but the 12.7mm machine gun is covered and engage the enemy.

3-Not able to coordinate from the Gunner's position very well during battle? Remember that you can switch to the Driver's position, and the AI crew in the turret will take over and engage the enemy (as long as they are not knocked out).

4-If you can dig in or fight from a covered position where you tank hull is behind cover, do it. Raised highway roadbeds are great for this. Most of the shots from your tank and the enemy's strike the hull, not the turret.

5-If you are in a good fighting position, and have time to improve it, or check your firing range to landmarks or trees before the enemy shows up, do it. Tramping down tall grass will cause your field of view to be dramatically improved, and determining your ranges to objects ahead of time will help when the atmosphere is too opaque for the laser range finder to work.

6-The OFS (high explosive fragmentation) shell can damage or destroy enemy tanks when the shell lands on the ground adjacent to the tank - especially if it lands behind the tank where the shrapnel (splinters) has a better chance to damage the engine.

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Mortarman,

Thanks for all the info. I also received your invoice for the above tutorial in the mail today and I promise, the check is in the mail!:D:D:D

All joking aside, I appreciate the immense amount of help that was freely given!

My best,

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:-) I'm not an employee of Battlefront.com, so I'm not tracking on your invoice reference. I'm just a big fan of this game, and have a lot of experience playing it, and making mission updates for it that I've published for free download. Anyway, if you have any further questions regarding this game, I'll help you with what I know. Have a good one!

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Mortarman,

The "invoice" reference was a joke alluding to a fake invoice you supposedly sent me regarding a charge for all the info you freely gave. Sorry, sometimes my attempt at humor is about as clear as mud.

One again I appreciate all the info!

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