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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:


      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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Hi MajorH,

Bought version 0 back in '94 from dear old Arsenal (glad I didn't pony up for shares in Road to Moscow). A buddy and I played TacOps to death via email through the AH version in the late 90s. Did AH/Hasbro ever give you any trouble over the name?

v4.0 is downloading as I write, and I'm looking forward to revisiting some of the old favorites and getting my a$$ kicked by the new scenarios as well. Thanks again for a great game!

Tom C.

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Sorry for the late reply.

TacOps runs fine inside MacOS if you have the Wine "emulator" (technically it is not an emulator, it is an API translation layer, but whatever). 

Unfortunately due to a variety of reasons the Wine software does not have prebuilt packages for OSX. You will have to build it yourself. This has been nagging me for years but it is what it is.


It does, however, work. And once you got it working I don't see why you would have to update it since no security problems should arise when just using wine for tacops.

As such, you could ask a computer-savvy friend to do it for you once.  

A pure remote install is annoying. The reason why I cannot provide a one-step fire-and-forget script that does the build is that some requirements are interactive, for example the installation of Xcode. If you wish and there is interest we could explore a hybrid model where you would have to do the Apple-specific interactive nonsense such as installing Xcode, and I provide a script from the earliest point that it can be scripted. P.M. me or reach out on the TacOps mailing list.

Alternatively, if you have a valid license for a Windows license then you could install it in a virtual machine. The VirtualBox virtual machine provided by Sun is pretty slick in both install and usage. You would then run a complete windows desktop inside a window on the Mac. TacOps should work fine in there (VirtualBox has sucky 3D but TacOps doesn't use it).

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Hi, Redwolf, and thanks for your friendly reply. I suppose if I were truly dedicated I could also just buy a copy of Windows and run it in Bootcamp. But I'm afraid that all the available options just sound like too much trouble to me to be worth it. If Major does not feel motivated to produce a Mac-native version, I'll just let it go at that. But thanks for the offer of your help. I think if I were about forty years younger, I would certainly have taken you up on it.



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