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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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Thanks guys, much appreciated. Now I'm just going to figure out how to install mods again. IIRC there was a mod manager for CM SF. Does that work for CMBS too?

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1 hour ago, MOS:96B2P said:

Patrol leaving the Forward Operating Base (FOB). 

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I seem to recall from tiring experiences that bomb burst and leg it was the drill for leaving base locations in Northern Ireland ... they should be moving quicker than that and be far more spread out :blink:

Bloody good screen shots though - I do like the first shot in the separatists post, it is reminiscent of the excellent screenies of when you got the drop on the West Side Boys technical column in my CMSF Op BARRAS scenario a few months back.

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46 minutes ago, Combatintman said:

I seem to recall from tiring experiences that bomb burst and leg it was the drill for leaving base locations in Northern Ireland ... they should be moving quicker than that and be far more spread out :blink:

Bloody good screen shots though - I do like the first shot in the separatists post, it is reminiscent of the excellent screenies of when you got the drop on the West Side Boys technical column in my CMSF Op BARRAS scenario a few months back.

I bet you have some interesting stories from Northern Ireland.  Op BARRAS is a cool scenario.  Very interesting to be able to play a scenario set in Sierra Leone.   Speaking of scenarios the rumors at South Cerney are that we are going to Kandahar Province.  Something about re-securing the ring?  :)

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5 hours ago, MOS:96B2P said:

I bet you have some interesting stories from Northern Ireland.  Op BARRAS is a cool scenario.  Very interesting to be able to play a scenario set in Sierra Leone.   Speaking of scenarios the rumors at South Cerney are that we are going to Kandahar Province.  Something about re-securing the ring?  :)

I doubt our Canadian friends would appreciate a stay at South Cerney although it is mildly less grim than Kandahar.

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1 hour ago, JohnO said:

MOS is that a mod for the blood on the down pixel trooper?

Yes.  The mod was created by @Vein.  It works in all CM titles.  It is called Vein's base markers.  Vein had a Dropbox with several different mods that players could download, including the base markers.  Maybe he will stop by and let us know if he still has the Dropbox link.   The pro-Russian Separatist mod is by @pquumm.    

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Advancing to contact, an airborne squad's second team dashes forward until they encounter strong enemy fire.  They decide discretion is the better part of valor and book it back into cover.

I think I got the NV feel pretty good, though there sill are some rough edges.

Edited by HerrTom

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On 27/10/2017 at 9:43 PM, Marwek77 aka Red Reporter said:

Just asking.

What program is it? Can you send your settings and can i use them for me?

hi

i've uploaded the screenshot on imgur and modified it with the editor embedded 

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Nice. Poking the bear was a lot of fun testing. I think I probably went through it a dozen times in different iterations. Some unique challenges.  

That 2nd shot is poster worthy 

Edited by sburke

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