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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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CMBB Install Problem

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I have an original CMBB cd and tried to install the program with the 3 patches and running into problems getting the entire disk to install.  I am using Windows 7 and I used to have the game loaded but forgot how to reinstall.  It just doesn't install the program.  I am using the default directory and tried to first install it on a different drive with the same problem.

 

What do you guys think for a windows 7 install

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I used to have the game working on this Windows 7, 64 bit computer.  I deleted the game a few months ago and decided to reinstall.  I place the CD in the drive and click on the installer line.  It detracts the files and then it stops right near the end of the install.  Another box comes up with a error message.  It doesn't say what the error is.  I installed into the default directory that it shows when asking for the install.

I can't figure this one out.  I must have had this problem last time and fixed it.  I also disabled the anti virus as well.

 

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated, my system runs everything and I might try to install cmak and cmbo to see if it has the same problem

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Temporarily disabling the security/anti-virus software is a good first step since that can sometimes interfere with the extraction process (trying to scan files during extraction). Make sure anything else that is running has been shutdown (programs, utilities, etc.). If possible, copy the entire disc to a temporary directory/folder on your desktop and then run the installer from that copy that is now on your hard drive. You may also want to run the installer by right-clicking and selecting 'Run as administrator' from the popup menu. I can't recall if the installer will try to put the game into the 'Program Files (x86)' directory or not. You could also specify a non-default directory such as 'C:\Games\CMBB' (which you would have to create beforehand).

Since the game was running earlier on this system I assume that the DirectX 9.0c installer has already been run (which may or may not be necessary/helpful), though the error you're possibly getting is NOT related to DirectX.

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I had this show up

Extracting Scenarios\Kruglowka Railway.cmf
CRC failed in Scenarios\Kruglowka Railway.cmf
Extracting Scenarios\Magnuszew Bridgehead.cmf
CRC failed in Scenarios\Magnuszew Bridgehead.cmf
Extracting Scenarios\Mobile Defense.cmf
CRC failed in Scenarios\Mobile Defense.cmf
Extracting Scenarios\Penny Packets.cmf
CRC failed in Scenarios\Penny Packets.cmf
Extracting Scenarios\Siberian Devils.cmf
CRC failed in Scenarios\Siberian Devils.cmf
Extracting Scenarios\To the Volga.cmf
CRC failed in Scenarios\To the Volga.cmf

 

I mounted the cd with magic iso

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Your 'CD' is actually an ISO file ? Did you create this ISO file yourself ? Do you have the original disc still (with an optical drive to read it) ? If you do have the original disc, then try that (again, possibly copying the files to the hard drive and attempting the install from there).

My guess is that you may have a copy of CMBB that will run, but it will be short a number of scenarios. Have you attempted to run CMBB yet ?

Also, if your copy is the Battlefront eLicense protected version, then you will need to add exceptions within your DEP settings. You may also need to add an exception/whitelist with your security/anti-virus software for both the main game executable and the 'runservice.exe' file in the 'Windows' directory.

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Sounds like your files are corrupt, Incomplete files on CD etc. Or there is some permissions or problems allowing files to be put on your computer. Run installer as administrator?

Edited by user1000

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I have the original disk and I will try again as in.  I had this darn game on the computer and I wish I kept it on the hard drive.  First thing is to get this installed correctly without the errors coming up.  I will try again this afternoon and place it in a different folder.

I do have the Cmbb disk as an iso so I don't have to worry about the disk check.  However, is that still relevant anymore.

I'll also try cmak to see if that gives the same problem.  I just like the simplicity of Cmbb and the gameplay.

Thanks for your suggestions.  When figured out, ill post so others can figure out faster

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If there is a single file on the CD, then simply copy that to a folder on your desktop or wherever. I'd suggest installing the game to a DIFFERENT directory than the one you copy the installer to (just to make sure that there isn't some sort of strange file system issue). Hopefully it can copy without error. You may want to double-check that your CD surface is free of smudges (and hopefully scratches).

If your copy of CMBB uses the disc-checking for copy-protection, then you don't have to worry about the DEP settings since that is strictly for the eLicense protected version.

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hi schrull and others,

 

I was able to extract the files onto the desktop into a folder.  However, when trying to start version 1.0 , doesn't work.  Tried to install patch 1.01 and it loaded until this error message

Extracting Battlefront webpage.url

that was as far as it would get.

 

I installed CMAK and it installed and the patch wouldn't install entirely with an error message coming up

an error occurred while trying to replace the existing file

delete file failed; code5

access is denied

 

it looks to be some problem with windows 7 and this game, not sure still?

 

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Okay, got the game to start with the music and then messing with the demo and the actual game I get the message that screen resolution needs to be 800x600?

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i got cmbb to start up in right resolution but no scenarios are evident

I got both games to work and I just moved the scenarios over into the folder.  It looks like the problem might have been the alt + tab situation.  I have the two disks loaded up as iso's and I did install the game into the program files folder which is the default.  I am not sure if this was the trick with the alt tab but something happened all of a sudden for the game to work.  I am going to try this on my other machine with windows 10 to see if I have the same problem.  I'll give a report this weekend

 

Edited by huhr

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