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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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New Nvidia Beta Driver Fixes OpenGL

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Well at least for running the CMx1 games, since that's all we care about around here.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_32bit_190.38_beta.html

This is great news for us who have Vista and Nvidia DX10 cards. No more using 2x AA just to get it to display properly with bad performance. I just tested 190.38 out on both CMAK+CMBB, both work fine with AA and AF jacked up to 16x. Performance is back to normal too.

Let me know how it works out for the rest of you guys. ;)

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Just installed Beta of 190.38.

For me, both CMBB and CMAK are nominally fixed in that previous problems of cascading graphics (without 2x AA) and slowness (when using 2x AA to fix the cascading graphics) are both gone.

However, I do get the display driver locking up sometimes as I scroll around the screen needing Alt-TAB and back again to fix it.

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Just installed Beta of 190.38.

For me, both CMBB and CMAK are nominally fixed in that previous problems of cascading graphics (without 2x AA) and slowness (when using 2x AA to fix the cascading graphics) are both gone.

However, I do get the display driver locking up sometimes as I scroll around the screen needing Alt-TAB and back again to fix it.

Yeah I had that problem too when I first booted them up. My PC completely locked up. IIRC after I added AA and AF this problem went away for good.

Anyways, good to hear it worked for you too! :)

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As a reminder, you should completely uninstall previous NVidia drivers before installing new ones. (why their installer doesn't do that on it's own is a different matter...)

If you don't, then various debris can be left around and they might not mix.

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I still get the screen locking problem when I set AF to 16x and AA to either 16x or 16xQ. Did you change anything else ?

Yes I did, in the Global settings, change Texture filtering quality to "High Quality", I think the default is "Quality". Good luck with it. And yeah, as Redford said, uninstalling the previous driver doesn't hurt.

I mentioned this in the CMAK forum of same thread title. I decided to make two threads for better exposure. Some like yourself will come straight to tech support while others bump into it in the other forum.

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I tried uninstalling all drivers I could and then re-installed 190.38 Beta. Also changed Texture Filtering to High Quality. Still locks up. But thanks for the advice and I feel we're getting closer to a global solution for all - maybe just 1 or 2 drivers away ...

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No, much sooner than that... :) We have something cooking for you guys having problems between broken Vista drivers and CMBB/CMAK that should hopefully be ready for release sometime this week.

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No, much sooner than that... :) We have something cooking for you guys having problems between broken Vista drivers and CMBB/CMAK that should hopefully be ready for release sometime this week.

Hmmm, upgrade from dx5 to DX10 with true 1:1 representation of each blade of grass? :) I'm in.

Keep us posted. Might also make life easier for the Linux people as currently they have to use Cedega's version of Wine. Whatever make Vista more digestible might also make the regular Wine work.

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No, much sooner than that... :) We have something cooking for you guys having problems between broken Vista drivers and CMBB/CMAK that should hopefully be ready for release sometime this week.

Please don't get our hopes up. :confused:

Since I can't play CM:BB, what other games out there have the closest feel to Cmx1? Any suggestions?

Thanks.

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Please don't get our hopes up. :confused:

Since I can't play CM:BB, what other games out there have the closest feel to Cmx1? Any suggestions?

Thanks.

Uh. Pretty much everybody could play CMBB and CMAK by following the previous instructions.

More games like CMBB are rare, the only candidate is Panzer Command which AFAIK has no Vista issues.

Otherwise, tap your own nose for being a Vista sheep.

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Hi, Im going to upgrade my pc but I´ll still use windows XP. Going to have to pick a PCI video card. Any suggestions as I don´t want to have problems running CMX1 games, CMx2 and the ones of theatre of war?

Many thanks!!

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Hi, Im going to upgrade my pc but I´ll still use windows XP. Going to have to pick a PCI video card. Any suggestions as I don´t want to have problems running CMX1 games, CMx2 and the ones of theatre of war?

Many thanks!!

Uh, there are very few PCI video cards left and none of them support DX10. So you will be fine even if you run Vista.

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Thanks, so the problem is with the ones which do support DX10?.

Thks!

Yeah. Vista is harmless. It's NVidia's DX10 drivers that are b0rked. However, if you don't have a DX10 video card then you run NVidia's DX9 code path even on vista.

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No, much sooner than that... :) We have something cooking for you guys having problems between broken Vista drivers and CMBB/CMAK that should hopefully be ready for release sometime this week.

Wow, that's good news!

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Panzer Command is a poor substitute for CMBB, good luck with that. I am looking forward to what Moon has on offer.

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Yeah. Vista is harmless. It's NVidia's DX10 drivers that are b0rked. However, if you don't have a DX10 video card then you run NVidia's DX9 code path even on vista.

Tks!. And what about if you have a card that supports DX10 but on XP?

Tks!

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Tks!. And what about if you have a card that supports DX10 but on XP?

Tks!

You only run DX9 in that case so there was never a problem.

To break things you must have both Vista and a DX10 card.

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You only run DX9 in that case so there was never a problem.

To break things you must have both Vista and a DX10 card.

Not true!

I have Vista HP with DX10 & all three CMx1 games. CM3 runs fine & CM2 looks OK. Graphics = Intel ® G45/G43 Express.

Guess I may be lucky!!

Hope so..

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