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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:


      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

CMx1 Please Don't DIE!

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I love playing the CMx1 titles more than the CMx2 titles.  I have all the CM titles, but CMx1 just pleases more.  Not because of its war time coverage (which is appreciate), but it has better play aids all removed for CMx2.  

However, my previous PC died, but okay, my CMx1 play in on an older PC than that!  But CMx1 will not run on my newest VR ready PC, heck, even the license program won't run (regardless compatibility setting).  However, I FEAR one day my old PC will die and CMx1 will be taken away from me forever more.

I would pay full price again to get CMBO, BB, and AK all updated for newer system and driver support, even add wide screen (but not a must), just some work to let the series run on newer systems.  And before the business model gets thrown at me, I have plenty of older war game favorites that do not deter me from buying newer titles (Panzer Campaigns, Steel Panthers, etc.).   I will continue buying all future CM titles, CMx1 ownership did not stop from doing that, even though I was still playing it after CMx2 purchases.   I play them both.

I've waited years to see if it would ever be done and looks like it is not going to happen.  But I'm still playing CMx1, maybe not for too much longer when my really old PC dies, but I'll request just in case it means anything at all.


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If your Old Rig dies, then purchase another similar Old Rig on Flea-Bay to play your CMx1.

Examples: I use to own a Dell D810 (ATI-600 Video), and Dell D830 (Nvidia 140 Video) Core2 Duo Laptops to play CMx1, and along with a Dell Desktop OptiPlex 755 Core2 Duo to play both CMx1 & CMx2 with no problems...Now, I just own a Dell Desktop OptiPlex 790 i5 Quad Core to play both CMx1 & CMx2 (thou, I don't play CMx1 much anymore).

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