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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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TikiBob

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i just picked up the combo pack about a week ago

i'm starting by playing CMBO - so i guess i qualify as someone still playing BO since i just started

once i've given BO a good run and played everything on it i want to play - at least initially (since one could quite clearly play the game for quite some time and not exhaust all of the battles out there) - then i'll turn to BB, which at this point i have, but have not installed

i guess basically it came down to wanting to play them in order so as to not be disappointed by BO by playing BB immediately

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Still playing CMBO. Will get CMBB when I upgrade the ol' machine. I will still play CMBO, because the Western Front is more interesting to me.

Also playing Strategic Command and Age of Sail II: Privateer's Bounty. Will look at Hearts of Iron after it is patched. Really waiting for a good WWI flight sim to come along.

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At present just have and playing BO. I guess I plan on getting BB one of these days but I really prefer the Western Front and am just not all that fired up about playing either side in BB so will stick with BO for now. Another factor at least in my opinion is the way I now have BO looking. The mods that have come out for BO are some of the best possible and it has improved the game for me so much I just can't tear myself away. I really hesitate getting BB and having to look at a lot of the stock stuff although I know that their alot better then what the BO stock looked like. I am however looking forward to some of the new game features in BB but I don't think they will offset the way BO looks so I'll continue BO at least for awhile.

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Originally posted by easytarget:

by drop i assume you mean you've played cmbb and decided you like cmbo better and you're playing it instead?

For me it is better to play a finished game which is declared dead from a developer maintainance standpoint.

[ December 03, 2002, 12:55 AM: Message edited by: redwolf ]

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I'm still playing both. After all, CMBO is the best game ever issued on the Western Front. But I'm starting to get the hang of CMBB and may find myself increasingly focusing on that game.

Two things that have helped me to warm to CMBB:

1. The B & T Stalingrad Pack--great job, guys!

2. The fact that CMBB v. 1.01 allows you to Move to Contact using a cover arc--finally a way to move infantry that is reasonably stealthy without being exhausting!

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Bought both, practically at the same time and I'm playing both. I love the Normandy battles, so CMBO is here to stay. And CMBB, more advanced in certain ways, is also great (still waiting on winter uniforms for CMMOS though). As a matter of fact I hardly touch my other games anymore (with the solid exception of Steel Panthers and Medieval Total War). That says it all...

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