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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
slippy

Patch 4 and version number?

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I have a question please. I downloaded CMRT over the Christmas holidays, i am unsure wether it includes the latest base game 4.0 update, or if it is base game 3.0 and i need to update it

 

When i start the game on the splash screen it has :-

v2.00

game engine 4

now this tells me i have game base version 4 right? But i am also finding it confusing as it says v2.00 for the patch when in the downloads section the latest patch is v1.03.

 

So is my game up to date please? And why is it showing v2.00 when there is no v2.00 patches?

 

Thanks for clarifying things, regards

 

slipper

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All base games have been upped to version 2 after engine 4 upgrade. So - it's safe to say you have the LATEST CMRT installed as of 1-1-2017 happy new year !!

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BFC has tried to move away from version numbers (i.e. version 4.0) with the engine upgrades to reduce the confusion.  Version numbers refer specifically to each product and are unique to that product (because even though it may have been built on a later engine upgrade, the product must release as v1.00).  There is no version 4.0 patch/upgrade except for CMBN, but rather an engine "4" upgrade for all titles, regardless of their current version number.  It has been suggested that BFC not even use numbers for the upgrade titles, but a precedent has already been set.

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It is a six of one half a dozen of another situation. The first time they released an upgrade they did not call out the engine version separate from the game version people were frequently posting questions asking what engine version went with what game version. I think this way is better since you can tell what engine version you are using without a look up table.

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