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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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11 minutes ago, Splinty said:

 

That's because Battlefront changed some of the textures for 1.04, and Kieme didn't update his modes.

Yea they changed it from 512x512 to 1024x512. It is a pain in the ass to fix in paint and my photoshop skills are 0 B)

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One DIY workaround I found was to use mdr and LOD mdr’s for bmp 2 & 2k from 1.03 and 1.00 respectively; however, I suspect that rolls back the behavioral changes for those IFV’s implemented in 1.04 and thus, defeats the purpose of the patch. Looks nice tho :P 

Only if I could pinpoint which files are responsible for behavior and which ones for the looks (if thats even how it works)...

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Any tacticool pro-tips for using Ukranian tanks against Russian ones? I love playing the underdog army, and love the look of the Oplots. Whenever, attacking or defending, I encounter a T90 -- they get in the first shot. Usually, when I'm playing the Americans, I rely on my Abrams to spot first and the T-90s to become Greedo.

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9 minutes ago, DerKommissar said:

Any tacticool pro-tips for using Ukranian tanks against Russian ones? I love playing the underdog army, and love the look of the Oplots. Whenever, attacking or defending, I encounter a T90 -- they get in the first shot. Usually, when I'm playing the Americans, I rely on my Abrams to spot first and the T-90s to become Greedo.

Similar advice for T90 commanders taking on M1s. Try to make it two or three against one and use mobility to attack from the sides. Using something to distract the more dangerous tank is also good. Sometimes you can have infantry or an IFV fire at the tank and draw its attention while your tanks try to come at it from a side.

Of course the enemy is probably not going to cooperate so this is tricky - look for places where supporting tanks might fall behind the lead or places where you can keep your flanks behind obstacles.

Defiantly easier said than done but as you point out fighting as the underdog is often a fun challenge.

For Ukrainian T64s I run with the commanders unbuttoned. With T80s I have them stay buttoned. I would be interested in others' idea on the T64s: should the TC stay buttoned or unbutton?

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Oleksander requested that I close up this thread so he can switch his attention to other things on the Forum.  Because this is his thread in a meaningful way I'm going to honor the request.

Steve

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