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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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Twas the night before CM-mas and all through the bunker
not a 'truppen was stirring they were all down and hunkered

The frags were all hung by the rifles with care
In hopes that Santa Steve soon would be there

The 'truppen a snoring and dreaming away
of the hookers they'd met, on leave last May

When out in the minefield there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bunk, my skivvies all tattered.

Away to the gun sites I flew like a plane,
pulled back the bolt and steadied my aim.

When from mod weary eyes I spied from afar,
Some northern Maine dude with a brain in a jar,

Santa Steve! I shouted with excitement and glee
but in response, just some bitching about TO&E

On Stragglers, on Sicherungs, Luftwaffe and Herr
on Jagers and Gebirs, and others more rare

He droned on and on as the brain kept a coding
and I knew deep inside this was no normal foreboding

For once in a while a reference to Syria
and with that little gem I was sent to hysteria

For amidst all that heavy WWII talking
Toward Shock Force 2 I knew he was walking

Patiently on the desert I'd waited
and soon it'd be real and my lust would be sated

Back to the sand! Nato, Uncons and pals
but with 4.0 flare and friggin' hit decals!

My head filled with war and the toys that it brings
I was hoping I'd see it before G**D*** spring!

Then brain in arm, he turned toward the west
to continue ever onward the Combat Mission quest

Teeth clenched and jaw set against the snowy wind
he trudge into the night, a phantom again

And as he passed by the bunker and out of our zone
I chewed on the annual Christmas bone.

 

Merry Christmas, fellas!


Mord.

 

 

Edited by Mord

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42 minutes ago, Mord said:

Twas the night before CM-mas and all through the bunker
not a 'truppen was stirring they were all down and hunkered

The frags were all hung by the rifles with care
In hopes that Santa Steve soon would be there

The 'truppen a snoring and dreaming away
of the hookers they'd met, on leave last May

When out in the minefield there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bunk, my skivvies all tattered.

Away to the gun sites I flew like a plane,
pulled back the bolt and steadied my aim.

When from mod weary eyes I spied from afar,
Some northern Maine dude with a brain in a jar,

Santa Steve! I shouted with excitement and glee
but in response, just some bitching about TO&E

On Stragglers, on Sicherungs, Luftwaffe and Herr
on Jagers and Gebirs, and others more rare

He droned on and on as the brain kept a coding
and I knew deep inside this was no normal foreboding

For once in a while a reference to Syria
and with that little gem I was sent to hysteria

For amidst all that heavy WWII talking
Toward Shock Force 2 I knew he was walking

Patiently on the desert I'd waited
and soon it'd be real and my lust would be sated

Back to the sand! Nato, Uncons and pals
but with 4.0 flare and friggin' hit decals!

My head filled with war and the toys that it brings
I was hoping I'd see it before G**D*** spring!

And as he passed by the bunker and out of our zone
I chewed on the annual Christmas bone.

 

Merry Christmas, fellas!


Mord.

 

 

And just to find out, Steve, is a Grinch after all...Ho-Ho-Ho, to all my Ho's :-(

Edited by JoMc67

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26 minutes ago, JoMc67 said:

And just to find out, Steve, is a Grinch after all...Ho-Ho-Ho, to all my Ho's :-(

Traditionally it has gotten posted between now and the 26th. So, no Grinch.

Thank ya, guys. Glad you enjoyed it. Now Steve needs to make the poem a reality!

Mord.

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Hey good buddy, Merry Christmas to you too and all the CM lovers here and everywhere! I'd congratulate you on your hilarious rendition of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", but I thought we collectively chained you to your computer to hurry up and finish your FB mod?!?!

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1 hour ago, mjkerner said:

I'd congratulate you on your hilarious rendition of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", but I thought we collectively chained you to your computer to hurry up and finish your FB mod?!?!

Art can never be constrained!

 

15 minutes ago, benpark said:

That was extremely entertaining.

Thanks. I am hoping to get a pic added to the first post to better illustrate the Christmas-iness of this holiday spectacular.

 

Mord.

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On 12/22/2017 at 4:53 PM, JoMc67 said:

And just to find out, Steve, is a Grinch after all...

Ye of little faith!

 

Mord.

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On 22-12-2017 at 11:28 PM, mjkerner said:

Hey good buddy, Merry Christmas to you too and all the CM lovers here and everywhere! I'd congratulate you on your hilarious rendition of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", but I thought we collectively chained you to your computer to hurry up and finish your FB mod?!?!

:D

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