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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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I believe simply Alt-Tab'ing out of the game and then re-maximizing it may get it to run at a normal speed.

 

In the past I had thought that there was an issue with 'process affinity' and multiple-core CPUs. However it appears that my guess may not have been accurate since part of the process of setting affinity involved alt-tab-ing out of the game. If you are curious to see if setting the affinity it makes any difference for you, then you can do so by Alt-Tab'ing out of the game, Ctrl-Alt-Del to 'Start Task Manager' (or however it is now termed with Windows 10). In here go to the 'Processes' tab and find the executable file name for the CM game you're running (such as 'Barbarossa to Berlin.exe', etc.). Right-click on this file name in the list and from the popup menu select 'Set Affinity'. With multi-core CPUs you will have all of the boxes typically checked ('<All Processors>','CPU0', 'CPU1', etc.). UNCHECK ALL of the boxes and then check just ONE of the CPU boxes ('CPU1', etc.). Click 'OK' and then close up the Task Manager and re-maximize your CM game. Again, it appears that simply Alt-Tab'ing out of the game and then re-maximizing it solves the issue, but you can experiment to see if the 'affinity' makes any further difference for you or not.

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Had trouble running CMBB, it was very slow on my new Windows 10 computer. Found this thread: http://community.battlefront.com/topic/113988-help/

It says: Alter the shortcut for CMBB to be something more like this:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c start "CMBB" /affinity 1 "D:\Program Files (x86)\CMBB\Barbarossa to Berlin.exe" (Change the location of the executable to wherever you have it installed.)

Also, run it as administrator with Windows XP SP2 compatibility. [I have it in SP3]

2nd, once you get into the game (for me, all the way into the 3D map), hit your "Windows" key. The game should go out of the forefront. Alt-tab back to it, and hopefully the framerate will be good. Note that others have just been able to alt-tab. I can't, because it crashes on me every time. The windows key works fine though.

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On 9/13/2015 at 3:00 AM, Schrullenhaft said:

I believe simply Alt-Tab'ing out of the game and then re-maximizing it may get it to run at a normal speed.

 

In the past I had thought that there was an issue with 'process affinity' and multiple-core CPUs. However it appears that my guess may not have been accurate since part of the process of setting affinity involved alt-tab-ing out of the game. If you are curious to see if setting the affinity it makes any difference for you, then you can do so by Alt-Tab'ing out of the game, Ctrl-Alt-Del to 'Start Task Manager' (or however it is now termed with Windows 10). In here go to the 'Processes' tab and find the executable file name for the CM game you're running (such as 'Barbarossa to Berlin.exe', etc.). Right-click on this file name in the list and from the popup menu select 'Set Affinity'. With multi-core CPUs you will have all of the boxes typically checked ('<All Processors>','CPU0', 'CPU1', etc.). UNCHECK ALL of the boxes and then check just ONE of the CPU boxes ('CPU1', etc.). Click 'OK' and then close up the Task Manager and re-maximize your CM game. Again, it appears that simply Alt-Tab'ing out of the game and then re-maximizing it solves the issue, but you can experiment to see if the 'affinity' makes any further difference for you or not.

Great solution. Definitely works!

I had the same problem.

After pressing Windows logo key (or ALT-TAB), started CTRL+ALT+DEL.

In that click drop down arrow for "More details".

After that click on the tab "Details".

Then right click on "Barbarossa to Berlin.exe" to get the "Set affinity".

In my computer, CPU 0, 1, 2 and 3 were all checked.

I unchecked 0, 2 and 3, leaving only CPU 1 active and the game speed came back to normal!

Thanks Schrullenhaft. Great solution!

 

 

Screen Shot CMBB for Windows 10.jpg

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On 9/13/2015 at 3:00 AM, Schrullenhaft said:

I believe simply Alt-Tab'ing out of the game and then re-maximizing it may get it to run at a normal speed.

 

In the past I had thought that there was an issue with 'process affinity' and multiple-core CPUs. However it appears that my guess may not have been accurate since part of the process of setting affinity involved alt-tab-ing out of the game. If you are curious to see if setting the affinity it makes any difference for you, then you can do so by Alt-Tab'ing out of the game, Ctrl-Alt-Del to 'Start Task Manager' (or however it is now termed with Windows 10). In here go to the 'Processes' tab and find the executable file name for the CM game you're running (such as 'Barbarossa to Berlin.exe', etc.). Right-click on this file name in the list and from the popup menu select 'Set Affinity'. With multi-core CPUs you will have all of the boxes typically checked ('<All Processors>','CPU0', 'CPU1', etc.). UNCHECK ALL of the boxes and then check just ONE of the CPU boxes ('CPU1', etc.). Click 'OK' and then close up the Task Manager and re-maximize your CM game. Again, it appears that simply Alt-Tab'ing out of the game and then re-maximizing it solves the issue, but you can experiment to see if the 'affinity' makes any further difference for you or not.

Great solution. Definitely works!

I had the same problem.

After pressing Windows logo key (or ALT-TAB), started CTRL+ALT+DEL.

In that click drop down arrow for "More details".

After that click on the tab "Details".

Then right click on "Barbarossa to Berlin.exe" to get the "Set affinity".

In my computer, CPU 0, 1, 2 and 3 were all checked.

I unchecked 0, 2 and 3, leaving only CPU 1 active and the game speed came back to normal!

Thanks Schrullenhaft. Great solution!

 

 

Screen Shot CMBB for Windows 10.jpg

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You are a life saver. Setting affinity did the trick for me.

Could not get the game to load the 3D map at all (or, oddly, the editor's 2D map) after upgrading to Win X. After trying all the compatibility options in vain, I thought I had reached an end of an era.

 

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