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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:

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      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

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In addition to the camera-spin problem noted in another thread, now I've got another weird CMRT interface problem--when I enter the game (or at least the scenario editor screen), very often the screen starts fading until is dark enough so that it is difficult to read. When I tab out of the game into another program, the screen is fine; when I go back into CMRT the screen is fine for a few seconds then starts darkening again.  Has anyone ever had this problem??

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Are you playing on a laptop?

 

Perhaps there are some power-saving shenanigans going on, those measures often cause trouble to gamers. If you're playing on a laptop, try only playing with the power cord plugged-in for some time or fiddle with the Power Saving options.

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This is the weirdest problem--whenever I go into the unit screen in the scenario editor, the screen slowly starts to darken, and within 10-15 seconds is basically so dark that I can't read it.  This doesn't happen in the 3d preview screen, or as far as I can tell, any other screen. When I tab out of CMRT, the screen gradually brightens and within a few seconds is normal...  When I tried to take a screenshot with FRAPS, it does not show the "darkening".  

This is on Win7 with a GTX 580.  I've tried to update the driver but cannot connect to NVidia.  Sigh...

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56 minutes ago, 76mm said:

This is the weirdest problem--whenever I go into the unit screen in the scenario editor, the screen slowly starts to darken, and within 10-15 seconds is basically so dark that I can't read it.  This doesn't happen in the 3d preview screen, or as far as I can tell, any other screen. When I tab out of CMRT, the screen gradually brightens and within a few seconds is normal...  When I tried to take a screenshot with FRAPS, it does not show the "darkening".  

This is on Win7 with a GTX 580.  I've tried to update the driver but cannot connect to NVidia.  Sigh...

Link to the recent NVIDIA drivers at my dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/s/03xvj5ph9g7zd3p/347.88-desktop-win8-win7-winvista-64bit-international-whql.exe?dl=0 if this is any use?

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@George MC, thanks, but I can't open the link, I get a message that "file is uploading" for 15 minutes now.  I am currently in Moscow and for one reason or another many links don't work here...

I've used the CMRT scenario editor quite a bit, including a couple of months ago, and didn't have this problem, so it is a real head-scratcher.

[EDIT] I was able to download the driver file from your dropbox, will try it tomorrow.

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@George MC, it looks like the driver in that file is older than the one I had installed--it is from 2015.  And rolling back the driver didn't help, I will keep trying to download the latest one.

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1 hour ago, 76mm said:

@George MC, it looks like the driver in that file is older than the one I had installed--it is from 2015.  And rolling back the driver didn't help, I will keep trying to download the latest one.

If it helps I can download the newer driver for you and upload that to my dropbox?

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I've updated drivers, changed settings on video cards and on my monitor, and the problem persists.  This happens 100% of the time when I go to the Unit screen in the Scenario Editor.  Incredibly frustrating because it makes the Scenario Editor basically unusable.  I'm really the only person to have ever experienced this?  Just started recently for me...

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For anyone that was losing sleep over this, after an hour of googling and experimenting I seem to have fixed this problem, which was caused by a "Black Equalizer" setting on my monitor, which would darken the screen automatically when a program or webpage with a dark background was on the monitor.  Don't know why anyone would find this useful, or how it got turned on on my monitor, but so far the problem has gone away...  George MC thanks for your help!

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