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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
Erwin

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Saw this as it opened last night.  Brilliant film dealing with the weeks in May when Churchill took over the crisis.  Similar in intensity to DOWNFALL (Hitler in the bunker). 

Very good performances and emotional as one could feel the growing panic as British leaders started to fear total collapse and loss of entire army at Dunkirk.  Great speeches by Churchill of course as he attempts to rally the panicking leadership and deal with his own fears and doubts.  Highly recommended.

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I should have mentioned that "Dunkirk" is also a brilliant movie.  Completely different in style to "Darkest Hour".  But "Darkest Hour" and "Dunkirk" are wonderful companion films that combined together make an xnt historical narrative of those desperate days in May 1940 when Britain stood alone on the precipice of annihilation - both movies executed in a very dramatic and emotionally charged manner.  Great filmmaking, informative and very entertaining.  Must sees.

If you can, see "Dunkirk" in IMAX.  It's definitely worth it.

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If you've never seen it, check out "The Gathering Storm". I thought Albert Finney did a great job as Churchill.

 

I am glad you guys brought these up, they are both movies I want to see but forgot about. Gonna have to keep my eyes peeled.

 

Mord.

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Much better than the recent "Churchill" in which Brian Cox portrayed Churchill as a bit of a doddering old man out of touch.  Mind you that was set around the time of D-Day, so not sure what Churchill was like by then.  He did shockingly lose the election in July 1945 so clearly was not as well loved by other Brits by then.

Will see if I can locate "Gathering Storm" - HBO I think.

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Yep, HBO. It's on HBO Go. There's a sequel too, "Into The Storm" with Brendan Gleeson but I didn't like that one as much. It's not a bad movie, just felt like Finney set the bar and the sequel didn't quite live up to it.

 

Mord.

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18 hours ago, Erwin said:

He did shockingly lose the election in July 1945 so clearly was not as well loved by other Brits by then.

I don't think it was so much a matter of the British voters falling out of love with Churchill personally, after all, they returned him to Parliament in that election. They just felt that Labour would give them a better break. In other words, they had long since lost confidence in the Conservative party.

Michael

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Found "The Gathering Storm" on UTube of all places (in 2 parts).  Even tho' I have HBO and Amazon Prime (which gives one many HBO shows), couldn't locate it there. 

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Am in US at present.  Played the UTube version in two parts last night.  Didn't realize it was quite such an old (2002) movie.  But as you said good performances and interesting to see Churchill at the end of his depressing "wilderness years".   Also to see the lovely young Lena Headey b4 "Game of Thrones" fame.

Interesting re how much C was hated by elements in the establishment who were trying to do him in for his non-politically correct speeches re Germany while he was popular amongst many "commoners" - couldn't help see the contemporary parallels with Trump. 

 

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On December 11, 2017 at 7:55 AM, Erwin said:

Interesting re how much C was hated by elements in the establishment who were trying to do him in for his non-politically correct speeches re Germany while he was popular amongst many "commoners"

He sometimes gave them good reason to mistrust him. He was a genius who often behaved like an idiot, and the idea of him in charge of the country's fate gave many good men an ulcer. There are a host of biographies by good historians that bear that out. Particularly the ones by D'Este and Manchester. They aren't unsympathetic but they are honest and balanced enough to portray the man as a real witch's brew of a character. You might also want to check out what Alan Brooke had to say about him: in short, we couldn't have won the war without him, but he could have lost the war for us on a dozen occasions if we hadn't restrained him.

Michael

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Erwin,

Thanks for the heads up. In fairness to the myriad times Germans were depicted by British actors who sounded British, too, I believe that British films about WW II should likewise be cast with Germans who sound German playing British roles. Fair's fair, right?

Regards,

John Kettler

 

 

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I always thought that A Bridge Too Far did a good thing in casting German and Swiss actors portraying German characters. It did kind of slip up on casting Dutch characters though.

Michael

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