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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:

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      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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mercerre

Is Dropteam Dead?

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Is TBGSoftware dead? Dropteam, also? The TBG Software web site (www.tbgsoftware.com) seems to have been taken over by a third party. When I try to register Dropteam, I'm told there is a problem with my firewall or proxy server allowing access to port 9961 @ tbgsoftware.com. But whether I open TCP port in my firewall or turn it off completely, I get the same error.

Does this also mean that I'm no longer able to update Dropteam? The version I have is 1.3.0, but I seem to recall that the final version was 1.3.3. I have no updater folder in my installation so I'm clueless how to update it.

Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

V/R

Bob Mercer

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There are no further developments anymore to the game, but you should have no problems updating. If the error tells you that there is a problem with your firewall or proxy, then that's probably what it is. Please submit a ticket at www.battlefront.com/helpdesk if you'd like further support.

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Isn't it possible that full version of Drop Team comes out free? Who holds the rights for this game? It's a shame such a great game died, and it would be wonderful to see it revived as a free open source project. I am pretty sure there would be people who would have interest into running a project like this.

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Same problem here.

Linux Demo:

This is what happens when I run the updater.

*****@*****:~/DropTeam$ ./runUpdate.sh 

--21:41:36--  http://tbgsoftware.com/DropteamUpdate/Lock.dat

           => `Lock.dat'

Resolving tbgsoftware.com... 96.31.33.25

Connecting to tbgsoftware.com|96.31.33.25|:80... connected.

HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found

21:41:36 ERROR 404: Not Found.


Updating - hold <ESC> to cancel

Checking platform 'GUNIX' files...

Executing: rm -rf GUNIXFileList.txt

Executing: wget http://tbgsoftware.com/DropteamUpdate/GUNIXFileList.txt

--21:41:36--  http://tbgsoftware.com/DropteamUpdate/GUNIXFileList.txt

           => `GUNIXFileList.txt'

Resolving tbgsoftware.com... 96.31.33.25

Connecting to tbgsoftware.com|96.31.33.25|:80... connected.

HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found

21:41:36 ERROR 404: Not Found.



FAILED
When I run the game, I get exactly the same error as mercerre. This is what happens when I try to see if the servers are running:

****@****:~/DropTeam$ telnet tgbsoftware.com 9961

telnet: could not resolve tgbsoftware.com/9961: Name or service not known


****@****:~/DropTeam$ telnet www.tgbsoftware.com 9961

Trying 72.74.248.67...

telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused

Sure looks to me like the servers are down.

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Not to mention that since there's no servers, every time I go into Network and hit Refresh, it just cycles and never gets me anything. No patches also means no fixing of that annoying bug where every click you made just depressed the Players tab in the Tactical screen and got me nowhere. And where DropTeam 2? It's been over 2 years since I last heard from Clay about it.

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So can Dropteam still be reinstalled? Do the elicence servers still work? (I'm not planning to try deinstalling just to find out, but I expect a machine to die at some point.)

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This sucks, can't they even release the game as abandonware? Or even sell it as is with the lastest update? I'd buy it, the only game getting close to Hammer's slammers there is and it's dead when I first hear about it... I'd still pay around 40 bucks for the damn game.

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DT had some bugs but it was a very fun game and had some great concepts. BF should do a kickstarter to see how much interest there is in revamping this title and generate some funding. I would definitely put in some cash!

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DT had some bugs but it was a very fun game and had some great concepts. BF should do a kickstarter to see how much interest there is in revamping this title and generate some funding. I would definitely put in some cash!

 

Yeah!

 

I was very disappointed the last time I tried to play and found I couldn't because the registration server wasn't running any more.

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