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      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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Champagne

Proper Re-install Sequence, please.

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What is the proper sequence please? I have the latest version. I think I need to uninstall and reinstall. RT keeps crashing. I don't know why. Maybe some files are corrupted, tho I don't know how that happened.  Clean install might do the trick.

Proper procedure, please? Thanks.

 

 

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16 hours ago, Champagne said:

What is the proper sequence please? I have the latest version. I think I need to uninstall and reinstall. RT keeps crashing. I don't know why. Maybe some files are corrupted, tho I don't know how that happened.  Clean install might do the trick.

Proper procedure, please? Thanks.

 

 

Difficult to answer. What version do you have? 4.0? Then just download from BFC again and re-install.

If you don't have 4.0, I would start from scratch. I.e., start with your original purchase, check what version that is and then install one newer patch after the other. IIRCR, there were not too many patches for RT any way.

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Yes, 4.0 is the way to go!  I forgot that 4.0 is a full-version of all of the games. 4.0 provides the complete install. Only patches AFTER 4.0 need be installed.

My issue of crashing is with a User-Made scenario that was made BEFORE 4.0.  Could that be the issue?  How likely is it that 4.0 might have crashing issues with User Made scenarios and campaigns ?

 

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2 hours ago, Champagne said:

Yes, 4.0 is the way to go!  I forgot that 4.0 is a full-version of all of the games. 4.0 provides the complete install. Only patches AFTER 4.0 need be installed.

My issue of crashing is with a User-Made scenario that was made BEFORE 4.0.  Could that be the issue?  How likely is it that 4.0 might have crashing issues with User Made scenarios and campaigns ?

 

Hm, unlikely. Personally, I experienced crashes only with large scenarios on weaker machines. Ok, perhaps a random crash on rare ocassions.

What scenario do you talk about? Perhaps other people here have other experiences...

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My computer specs

 

CyberPower Computer specs
Motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5
CPU:  Intel® Core™ i7-990X processor, 6 cores
Memory:  24 GB
Video Card:   ASUS GeForce Nvidia GTX 1050Ti 
SSD:  None
Western Digital Blue 1TB
Case:  Sniper Black Edition
Power Supply:  Commander 1200 Watts
Sound Card:  Creative SoundBlaster Z-Series
Monitor:  ViewSonic
OS:  Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

 

Scenario is one that I've played previously with no crash: KG von Saucken
 

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Currently with 4.0 I've been able to play 'KG von Saucken' in real-time as German vs AI for about 10 minutes, ending/saving the game without problem. I performed two saves which both worked.

Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 4

CPU: Intel i5-2500K, 4-core

Memory: 16 GB

Video Card: GeForce GTX 770 4GB

Sound: Realtek HD audio

OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

The 'KG von Saucken' BTT file has a 'size on disk' of 1,646,952 bytes and I recently downloaded it from the Battlefront Repository.

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It is a great scenario, isn't it, Schrullenhaft?

Yesterday I completed "Studienka". Another great scenario. It is very large, probably larger than KG v Saucken. I had no problems with Studienka. 

Weird, ay?

The ability to do a complete Re-install with 4.0 makes that purchase very much worth it. I don't know whether I will do that because of one scenario.

 

 

 

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On 4.9.2017 at 5:25 PM, Champagne said:

It is a great scenario, isn't it, Schrullenhaft?

Yesterday I completed "Studienka". Another great scenario. It is very large, probably larger than KG v Saucken. I had no problems with Studienka. 

Weird, ay?

The ability to do a complete Re-install with 4.0 makes that purchase very much worth it. I don't know whether I will do that because of one scenario.

 

 

 

Did you buy 4.0 already? If so, If in doubt I would do the reinstall.

Should cost you max 15min or so...

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