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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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Originally posted by Lane:

Played British Vs German what surprised me was I would order troops too attack a German tank and

they would go out there and throw hand grenades

under the tank. A bunch of " Metal of Honor" guys.

It may be more Realistic in CMMBB but have not

seen much of that.

A valid tactic when the proverbial dukie has hit the fan. smile.gif In my long, illustrious career in CMBO I've had to resort to that tactic three times that I can remember. Currently my record is Infantry: 2 and Tanks: 1. (Panzerfaust's where not involved in any of the encounters. Just ol fashion grenades)

Am I to understand that they do not tend to do this in CMBB.

BTW, I haven't played CMBB and really don't intend too. I was never a big fan (for lack of a better term) of the Eastern Front.

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Still play the both because CMBO spoiled me for other war games (Just can't get into turn based or RTS anymore). Plus I am still trying to perfect my Battle of Hosingen Operation. Need to upgrade my machine so I can start playing the Stalingrad operations.

[ December 27, 2002, 06:03 PM: Message edited by: Sgtgoody ]

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I stopped playing CMBO the moment CMBB appeared on the shelves in France. Now I'm wondering how to get back into Beyond Overlord. I see that a lot of people here have stuck with it because they've downloaded lots of mods to improve the CMBO graphics. Now, I'm thinking that this might be the way to go about rekindling my interest in the original game. Can someone suggest a good place to start, as I've NEVER downloaded a single mod before? I have a few questions about the way you go about it:

Do you think I should stick to one "modder's" work so that there is a consistency of style across the board? If so, who is recognised as the "best" of the bunch? Or the most prolific? Or don't you think that this matters at all?

I've seen specific "winter" mods, but I don't remember if the original game had separate BMPs for vehicles and uniforms for summer and winter. If I use winter mods does this mean that I have to remove them again, every time I want to play a summer battle? Is there a way of making this easier to do, or do I have to manually add and remove them one by one each time? Can I keep them in separate folders, and change the whole lot in one go? How long does this process take?

What is CMMOS? Do I need to know?

I have loads of space on my HD, and plenty of RAM, so I don't need to worry about the hi-res graphics taking up too much space, or slowing the game down, do I?

Any idea what percentage of the vehicles, uniforms etc. available in CMBO have been modded? If I'm going to do this, I don't want to do it half-assed. I'm willing to spend quite a bit of time over it. I have a DSL modem, so d/l speeds should be quite good. Has anyone ever attempted to do this operation on the scale I'm suggesting? I'm assuming that most people here have added mods one by one to their collections as they've been completed and made available.

Sorry if these questions seem stupid, but I really haven't gone into this side of CM at all, except for taking the very occasional peek at some of the artwork. There are clearly some talented people out there.

Thanks for any help you can give me on this!

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Howdy,

Just thought I'd drop in my 2cents...

I have both BB and BO. I just went away for the holidays and brought my Mac laptop and the only game I have that I can play on it, CM:BO. I played 4 games of Quick Battle and started a historical scenario on the plane home...

BB is good, but I don't find it remarkably better. I remain convinced the game (and I mean both) are my "Desert Island" game - the one I'd want if I could only have one game...that's saying a lot for me.

Get 'em.

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