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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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Hello, I run this game fantastically on my desktop computer. However I received the CD in the mail and decided to go ahead and install it on to my Alienware m11x R2. This is an 11 inch screen gaming laptop running with an nvidia gt 335m graphics card. My concern is that the lettering is quite fuzzy and hard on the eyes, and the AA is not applicable for some reason. Also, when loading the battle the game will freeze and black screen temporarily when moving from the pre battle briefing screen to the battle map. I am running the latest beta drivers from nvidia since may 17th. Are these issues unique to me, or have you encountered similar discrepancies?

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Your Alienware laptop uses the Nvidia Optimus technology to have the GeForce GT 335 run the 3D, while the Intel HD integrated graphics runs the 2D and day-to-day video for the computer.

Unfortunately I do not know how well the Optimus technology works with CMBN. If you have distorted text, there's a possibility that the Intel HD graphics are running. Some internal routine to the Intel drivers is distorting the text. In the 3D I'm not sure if the Nvidia GT 335 has kicked in or if you are seeing the Intel HD video still. We've run into a lot of problems with the Intel HD video. It may not really be compatible with the game.

I can't remember the utilities to check to see if the Nvidia GPU is actually running, but you may want to check on that to see if it is actually getting called up to run the game. It's possible that 'black screen and freeze' is the transition from Intel HD to Nvidia GPU. If there is someway to 'force on' the Nvidia GPU when you launch CMBN, you might get different results.

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OK! I figured it out! I had to go in to the Nvidia Control Panel and manually set the CMBN Executable to be recognized as a program that always uses the high performance graphics card. Now everything seems to work fine :D

Thanks for the insight!

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OK! I figured it out! I had to go in to the Nvidia Control Panel and manually set the CMBN Executable to be recognized as a program that always uses the high performance graphics card. Now everything seems to work fine :D

Thanks for the insight!

An NVidia chip with "3" in the second digit is not a high performance chip even if you manage to turn it on.

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Silkwraith - Go to your Control Panel > Nvidia Control Panel and in here go to the 3D Management section. You will need to 'create a profile' for CMBN. You can use almost any setting. With this profile Nvidia should know that it should be running that game and it typically should run CMBN on the Nvidia chip at that point.

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