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      Final Blitzkrieg v1.01 released!   05/21/2016

      Once again proving that we don't sleep much, we have just released v1.01 for CM: Final Blitzkrieg.  There's lots of great improvements and fixes now just one download away.  Click HERE to see the release notes and download links.  Thanks to everybody for reporting issues and special thanks to the testers who make sure we don't overlook them.
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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
Crinius

License key for 4.0 Upgrade

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38 minutes ago, Crinius said:

Thx Steve got it working now. First I reinstalled 2.12 then 3.12 and finally 4.0. One last question: In BN I dont see the Hull down command. In every other title I see it when I choose an armored vehicle but not so in BN.

 

38 minutes ago, Pericles said:

You're right, I'm a bit hungover and surrounded by family, so perhaps I'm prone to overreacting to benign exclamations. 

Well, if that doesn't explain everything then I don't know what else could :)

37 minutes ago, Aragorn2002 said:

I've tried CMRT. Still ain't working. Neither is CMFB. Red box: license failure. Activating with 'Activate New Products': Invalid serial Number.

 

Even after entering your original CMRT and CMFB license keys?  If not, what is your order number?  I can double check that your code was correctly entered.

 

5 minutes ago, Hilts said:

Anyone know how to activate the new upgrades if you're not given an "Activate new modules" app? I can't find it anywhere.

Each game has it's own "Activate New Products" link.  It should be inside your installation directory and possibly also on your desktop.

Steve

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19 minutes ago, OBJ said:

Nope, bought the bundle, only tried CMBN, so far, was already patched to 3.12.

I open CMBN, I can see lower right corner, says 
'v4.00
Game Engine 4'

Get the error messaage 'License Failure: Base game 4.0 is required. Please run the Activate New Products utility and enter the license key. Visit...'

In the CMBN directory, I hit the 'Activate New products' short cut, opens the 'Activate New Products - CMBN' screen, I enter manually, I paste, my bundle upgrade license key, and get 'Invalid Serial Number.'

??

Needless to say this is very embarrassing given after Steve's fix everyone else's seems to work.

What is your order number?  I can check into the specifics and see what's up.

Steve

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24 minutes ago, OBJ said:

Nope, bought the bundle, only tried CMBN, so far, was already patched to 3.12.

I open CMBN, I can see lower right corner, says 
'v4.00
Game Engine 4'

Get the error messaage 'License Failure: Base game 4.0 is required. Please run the Activate New Products utility and enter the license key. Visit...'

In the CMBN directory, I hit the 'Activate New products' short cut, opens the 'Activate New Products - CMBN' screen, I enter manually, I paste, my bundle upgrade license key, and get 'Invalid Serial Number.'

??

Needless to say this is very embarrassing given after Steve's fix everyone else's seems to work.

Not for me. By using the main game serial number I just activate the main game (again). After that it still asks for the license number for the 4.0 upgrade and that is invalid.

Edited by Aragorn2002

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Thanks Steve

Battlefront.com, Inc. Purchase Order - 310222 

I also tried activating after turning my protection off, still no go.

I'm sure i'm going to be very embarrassed when I find out what i'm doing wrong.

Edited by OBJ
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1 hour ago, Crinius said:

Thx Steve got it working now. First I reinstalled 2.12 then 3.12 and finally 4.0. One last question: In BN I dont see the Hull down command. In every other title I see it when I choose an armored vehicle but not so in BN.

Your main menu shows Game Engine 4 in lower right? Is it possible you have a UI mod active that is interfering?  

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CMRT won't activate.  I run the activation and it asks for the serial number.  Put it in and hit activate.  It says activating.  Then I get a black box with an x in it and it asks me to activate it again.  Rinse and repeat.  All other games activated.

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42 minutes ago, OBJ said:

Hi Hilts,

Try searching on 'activate' in C:\Users\<Computer name>\Documents\Battlefront\Combat Mission.

You should get a short cut to 'Activate Modules'.

See if that works, although you are taking advise from a guy that can't get the CMBN v4 upgrade to work yet.

Also look in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Battlefront\Combat Mission Battle for Normandy, should be there too.

Found it! Thanks mate and Steve too. Merry Christmas!

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1 hour ago, BletchleyGeek said:

I've got lower order numbers than Aragorn, and the license isn't working for me, mate. Order number 310082 and (possibly) 310088.

 

Merry christmas!

Your CMRT stand alone upgrade is in the system but hasn't been activated (nor signs of attempts, either).  Your Upgrade 4 Big Bundle CMRT license was activated, so I'm guessing you need to put in your original CMRT license to complete things.

Steve

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I've posted some Stickies in the CMRT Forum to help with getting the word out.  Basically, if anybody sees anybody saying the have a CMRT licensing problem, just direct them to use Activate New Products link and enter their original CMRT license key.  Works like a charm ;)

Steve

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For CMRT you must reenter your base game code.  It's a quirk specific to CMRT.  I'll see what I can do about flagging this information for easier viewing.

Steve

The above worked for me. I've got CMBS and CMRT working now. CMBN continues to a be a problem. Activates okay but immediately get an APPCRASH error and the game crashes to desktop without progressing further. 

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