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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
Tactical Wargamer

Ok just a little venting....

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Been around since the beginning days buying and following Charles and the gang since Avalon Hill (Flight Commander II) days and later Combat Mission Beyond Overlord. Have had a number of accounts and have purchased most of their modules and titles. Come back every year or so, but  I must say as this licensing has been more an more difficult. I spend more time trying to set up new CPU's or upgrades to my titles that the enjoyment I get is overwhelmed by the digging and reading and searching for instructions for updates. 

For the LOVE OF GOD please just let us BUY one UPDATE or SUBSCRIPTION to your site/games. It is ridiculous for the amount of time old grognards like myself have to go through to enjoy these treasured programs. 

Ok vent over 

Going to see my IT guys to set up my machine AGAIN to get my programs working. I HATE steam, but boy this if any is the program/platform to have for Battlefront. 

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5 hours ago, Tactical Wargamer said:

I HATE steam, but boy this if any is the program/platform to have for Battlefront. 

:lol: 

'ain't happening, man.

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hehe your age is showing there.  I have visions of my father threatening to toss his Christmas present VCR out onto the lawn when he couldn't figure out the instructions.  :D  

I reload and relicense CM as much if not more than most here.  Between beta testing, upgrading my PC, doing new hard drive configurations etc and CM has gotten pretty darn easy.You download the full installer and you use the activate short cuts for the modules you have purchased.  If you are having to change things on your machine to get it working, you are likely f**king up your machine independently of the game.  As one who is getting close to retirement I sympathize.  I am sure I'll be there soon enough...

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1 hour ago, Bud Backer said:

OMG, so I’m not alone in loving Flight Commander II! I can’t believe how long ago that was...

Oh I loved it too - one of the first wargames that really got me involved. Recently downloaded and played a working version. The memories ... :)

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1 hour ago, Bud Backer said:

OMG, so I’m not alone in loving Flight Commander II! I can’t believe how long ago that was...

I have it installed right at this moment. A great time waster

Edited by kraze

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Well since I'm not really playing any BFC products for the time being where did you guys get a working copy from FC II? Would love to try that baby again. At least I had to only install once with 2 patches :)

Easy as pie that one. 

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Ahhh, that' s nothin. I remember when we PC gamers routinely had to manually add lines of code to our config.sys and autoexec.bat system files, just to be able to boot up a game and have it run with the limited memory that existed on machines of 25+ years ago... 

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10 hours ago, Broadsword56 said:

Ahhh, that' s nothin. I remember when we PC gamers routinely had to manually add lines of code to our config.sys and autoexec.bat system files, just to be able to boot up a game and have it run with the limited memory that existed on machines of 25+ years ago... 

Oh man, yeah. And each game had specific requirements, so I made a batch file that let me choose the configuration of drivers, buffers, etc... 

 

press 1 for general use

2 for Harpoon,

3 for Windows 3.11..

 

omg...so glad I don’t have to bother with that crap any more. 

 

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THAT'S nothing.

Spending time rewinding a tape to find a correct gap - then loading games and software for 4 minutes only to get a random tape read error and start all over again.

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Or even typing all the code for a game from a computer magazine only for it not to work and impossible to find where the error was :angry:

Man, we sure have come far since then :o

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On 2018-01-23 at 10:58 AM, kraze said:

THAT'S nothing.

Spending time rewinding a tape to find a correct gap - then loading games and software for 4 minutes only to get a random tape read error and start all over again.

:lol: oh yes, I remember that too. 4 minutes was a pretty short load time,  my recollection was closer to 20. And I don’t think that was the impatience of youth! 

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On 1/22/2018 at 9:54 PM, Broadsword56 said:

Ahhh, that' s nothin. I remember when we PC gamers routinely had to manually add lines of code to our config.sys and autoexec.bat system files, just to be able to boot up a game and have it run with the limited memory that existed on machines of 25+ years ago... 

Lol 35 years of Computer wargaming for me :) Old dude.  

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Agreed. I've just given up on trying to reinstall the game(s). I've lost a few of my key codes and the ones I do have don't seem to work.

It's a major bummer because I've been playing this game since the very first incarnation and I've purchased every single WW2 game and module they've put out.

I would be willing to spend even more money for an all-in-one install. As it is, I really have no idea where to begin with a reinstall and I honestly don't have the patience.

It is such a great game . . . but I really have to weigh the fun of playing with the frustration of TRYING to play.

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Sorry that makes no sense. Installing is easy. The new v4 installers are all in one for each game. Support can help you get reconnected with your keys and guide you through any difficulties you run into.

Read the instructions, don't take drastic actions on your own and follow the advice from support. 

You can be playing in no time.

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Is there an instruction manual for playing via email? I've played CMBN, CMFI, and the CMFB demo quite a bit, but I don't have a clue as to whether the email version is playable. I'm on a Mac, if it matters. Do both players have to use the same platform? 

 

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On ‎1‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 9:54 PM, Broadsword56 said:

Ahhh, that' s nothin. I remember when we PC gamers routinely had to manually add lines of code to our config.sys and autoexec.bat system files, just to be able to boot up a game and have it run with the limited memory that existed on machines of 25+ years ago... 

I once called tech support for that stuff to a number...in Redmond, Washington. I thought I could improve my code. Instead, the guy asked me to tell him what -I- had done to get such a good config.sys/autexec.bat memory setup. I wonder if Gates feels he owes me royalties??? ;)

Good ol' floppies. Those little 3 1/2 disks were the cat's meow. Pretty much high tech, right there.

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Installing. If you have a valid code, if nothing else just contact Tech Support. Get the Master Installer. Use your code to unlock the portion of the Master Installer you've purchased access to.

(Copy the Master Installer to a thumbdrive. Copy your code(s) to a text file. Stick THAT on the thumbdrive, too. Now you've got a mobile CM library.)

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4 hours ago, M5Fan said:

Is there an instruction manual for playing via email? I've played CMBN, CMFI, and the CMFB demo quite a bit, but I don't have a clue as to whether the email version is playable. I'm on a Mac, if it matters. Do both players have to use the same platform?

Well, this is a bit off topic but a first post so let's not fuss too much. There is the FAQ thread here:

 

Check out the New To Multiplayer section for tools that help with turn management and sources of opponents.

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On 23.1.2018 at 2:50 PM, Bud Backer said:

Oh man, yeah. And each game had specific requirements, so I made a batch file that let me choose the configuration of drivers, buffers, etc... 

 

press 1 for general use

2 for Harpoon,

3 for Windows 3.11..

 

omg...so glad I don’t have to bother with that crap any more. 

 

My favourite was „ Hidden and Dangerous“  back then. But, boy, I went to extremes to get it running.

And I well remember the bad ol’e times, when we had to fight for every single kB in the start.bat to get them launched.

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On 1/22/2018 at 3:06 PM, Tactical Wargamer said:

Well since I'm not really playing any BFC products for the time being where did you guys get a working copy from FC II? Would love to try that baby again. At least I had to only install once with 2 patches :)

Easy as pie that one. 

 

Tactical Wargamer, check your PM's I sent you something you will want to have a look at in regards to Dos Box FCII.

Flight Commander II fans should check out this site for scenarios for FCII: http://hagler11.com/fc2/index.html 

This guy used the FC Mission builder to create lots of battles.  Air battles from History channel 'Dog Fights' to scenarios converted from air combat board games like Air Superiority / Air Strike, etc, for use in FCII.  As well there are links for Over the Reich and Achtung Spitfire.  Impressive and very cool actually.

Edited by Blazing 88's

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On 1/28/2018 at 5:34 PM, IanL said:

Sorry that makes no sense. Installing is easy. The new v4 installers are all in one for each game. Support can help you get reconnected with your keys and guide you through any difficulties you run into.

Read the instructions, don't take drastic actions on your own and follow the advice from support. 

You can be playing in no time.

Well, I have been doing it ... at least 3 times.It took hours for all my games getting the serial numbers and having some refreshed (re. over installing lol). I think though I am so behind I have tried but no luck. Support can't find a lot I find. I have given them my serial numbers and they can't seem to tell me which account they are tied to. Their fraud protection won't' let me use any of my USA credit cards outside of the US.....Not to mention I find the website difficult to navigate. Even my IT guys took 30 minutes to piece all my emails over the years to get one game running lol....

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4 hours ago, Blazing 88's said:

As well there are links for Over the Reich and Achtung Spitfire.  Impressive and very cool actually.

Whatwhatwhat? “Over the Reich” and “Achtung Spitfire”?

Sent me too, please. They are among the best games, I never played.

Well, I pushed some Achtung Spitfire counters around, but not really.

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