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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
Yskonyn

Some performance and quality tips for NVIDIA users

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BFC has stated many times that they have contacted either/both of Nvidia and AMD about their non-standard OpenGL implementation and that nothing has changed in a timely fashion. (AMD did fix that mouse coordinate issue, but it took almost 2 years.)

Now, if BFC had a huge market presence and was a powerhouse in the gaming world with million dollar tournaments, then I'm willing to bet that Nvidia and AMD would be tripping over themselves to fix problems. "AstroCat only trusts his BFC gaming to AMD!" followed by, "Yeah, see, when a Tiger is rounding on your squad, I found that Nvidia lagged too much and mixed textures. AMD is faster, cleaner, and clearer. I'll only trust my pixel troops to AMD. They know how to implement OpenGL."  Then, as your fans all swap to AMD, Nvidia sales plummet. They'll start mailing you cards hoping for you to agree to a "1090 AstroCat" card. "I'm impressed by Nvidia and how they've turned their game around. By using the 1090 AstroCat card, I've been able to turn MY game around, too."

;)

Unfortunately for us, we have a small producer in a niche game market using open source code for the graphics engine. If more of "us" contact the card makers, maybe they'll start changing? Hit the Nvidia forums; send in tech support requests; hound them in every tech website.

Ken

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haha, yeah yeah... ;) :) I admit I don't know the code BF uses but I would think they could adapt to driver progression on some level. Overall I think/believe the cmx2 engine isn't/wasn't the way to go moving forward, I have been critical of cmx2 since the day of it's release (forum posts to prove it). It never worked "right" regardless of whichever driver version or graphics card since day 1, which has been a real bummer and I'm sure has hurt business along the way.

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Since "normal" SS is now broken here are the best results I've come up with for all cmx2 games without using an outside shader.

You need the latest nvidiaProfileInspector.exe - here: https://ci.appveyor.com/project/Orbmu2k/nvidiaprofileinspector/build/artifacts

Then select the combat mission profile and add the .exe to the profile for the CM games you own. Then use these settings and hit Apply changes. Please make sure AA is on in-game as well. I have a Gsync monitor so I use 40fps limit with Vsync off. If you need Vysnc on I recommend turning on Triple Buffering and removing the limit, unless you think 30fps is more realistic performance then use that.

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