Problems running Battlefield 2 (Punkbuster)

By DjKraid
Sep 23, 2010
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  1. Hi (once again...)

    I have some problems playing bf2 on my computer. I can stay on a server for 2-10min and then I get kicked by punkbuster (scr shot attached).

    Any Ideas?

    P.S. This is on w7hp

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  2. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Hi Dj,

    Appears that something of yours is blocking one of PB services (likely PnkBsrtB.exe) which is resulting in these kicks. PB is really touchy and complains about a lot of things so just double check that nothing is blocking its communication. Here is a post I found from a community manager of a PB game.

  3. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 536   +21

    Punkbuster A and B should be are allowed to connect to private networks and public...but I'll check the links when I get home so I guess I'll be back later to report on this one :D
  4. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 536   +21

    pbsvc.exe...sayd that it finished with no errors and then I allowed pnkbsrtrA to get access to private & public networks (again) worked for a while but when I want to go to a Ranked server i get spawn by getting kicked :D ...or it's actually not so funny...
    But anyway, I'll tri bf2142 now and see what it does...

    Same problem with battlefield 2142
  5. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Punkbuster is a piece of ****, I don't buy anymore games with it.

    Too many hoops and loops to jump through when the game should be playable from the get go.

    VAC never has problems like this.
  6. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 536   +21

    Now I have reinstalled the games, reinstalled pb, uppdated pc & the games but still same sh*t...
    I guess I just have to go back to WinXP...

    VAC doesn't get all the cheaters & glitchers...and what games is there that you can compare with bf2 and bf2142?
  7. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    VAC gets everything. It just doesn't ban right away to prevent cheaters from figuring out if their hacks and bots work.

    I can compare games that work, how about that? Enjoy your 2 minute playing sessions.
  8. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 536   +21

    I just had a 1h bf2 playing when it loaded a new map it faild...again...
    Well do that...cs s*cks...dod and hl2dm I can play some times...and then what..?
  9. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    OK DJ if PnkBstrA.exe and PnkBsrtB.exe are both allowed try the following. Go to your game icon (not the shortcut), select properties > compatibility tab > check "Run this program in compatibility mode for" XP SP2 > then in privilege level check "Run this program as an administrator" & hit apply. Hopefully this will do the trick for ya.

    Imo, VAC has its own sets of issues which is a bit disappointing but definitely better then PB in some areas. The PC gaming community really needs a new standard for cheat protection.
  10. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Ever try Red Orchestra?

    It's like Call of Duty and Battlefield with realism turned up to 11.
  11. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 536   +21

    cod and moh ain't my thing...I'm more war games from "now days" (don't know how to say it) and slightly bf2142...and star wars is a but to much... xD
    moh is frustrating...that's the closest word I can find that would be good explanation...
    cod is just not me...
    I Like bf because: Team-play, wide selection of vehicles, u can rush / camp (sniper) / sabotage (ex. artillery / uav) / basically you can do anything you want...
  12. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Red Orchestra is about as team oriented as it gets, but it's set in Russia during WWII, then there are standalone mods set in Africa(British vs. German) and Western Europe (U.S. vs. German).

    It would blow Battlefield out of the water if it wasn't because most people can stomach not being able to dolphin dive, bunny hop, or quick-snipe everything in sight.

    Also, tanks require 2-3 people to use effectively.
  13. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Did you get BF2 to work by switching privilege level DJ?
  14. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 536   +21

    Nope...I have (almost) from the beginning had the shortcuts privileges set and now I tried to do it directly to the .exe file but no changes...and the same goes for bf2142, no matter what u do it won't work

    There should be a vista & w7 patch or something...could it maybe have something to do with the driectX? -when vista & w7 has dx10 and WinXP has 9....

    I'll get an other hdd and install WinXP on it and try again...there shouldn't be anything wrong with this copy of w7, it's real / genuine, recently installed and I take good care of it (no haxx no porn or stuff like that). If it works on WinXP we know that there is nothing wron with the computer (hw)
  15. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    I don't think there is a specific patch for Vista/7, but double check to make sure you have the latest patch needed. And I'm pretty sure it's not a DX issue, since you should just be running off DX9.

    These errors are almost always caused by having something like a firewall block PB's communication hence which should reinstall and get everything running. Have you tried playing without a firewall, everything open and directly connected to your modem just to test if something might be blocking it?

    If your positive it's not a blocking problem it's usually a privilege/compatibility problem which is common in Vista/7 and changing those should fix it. But in your case there must be something else and I'm not sure what it could be. You could try to contact Evenbalance but I doubt they'll say anything that hasn't already been suggested. Your best bet might be looking for help from a Battlefield 2 community site who might have different suggestions/solutions. I know Battlefield 2 works in Vista/7 as I have friends who play it regularly, but in your case I don't know what the problem is and I'm out of ideas :(.

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