Battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7

battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7

PunkBuster is a computer program that is designed to detect software used for cheating in online games. It does this by scanning the memory contents of the. This is do to the fact that the now x64 OSes will block BF2.exe from updating PB. Go to>> Support>>> PBsetup>>> Windows and. You need to have BF2 patched to 1.41 before installing 1.5; Make sure you install both Core and Levels for PR 0.87. Install PunkBuster as a.

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General troubleshooting

PunkBuster has three components it needs to run properly.

If you get Losing Key Packets kicks, make sure that PnkBstrA.exe, PnkBstrB.exe, and PnkBstrK.sys are all on the exceptions list of your firewall/anti-virus software. This will stop you getting communication errors, battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7, and will help with PunkBuster updates.

Playing on Steam?

Update the Steam launcher

We released an update through Steam to help with Battlefield 4 multiplayer access. If you haven’t restarted the Steam app in a while, you may not have gotten it yet.

To update it:

  1. Quit Battlefield 4 if you have it running.
  2. Exit Steam completely.
  3. Restart Steam and allow it to update.
  4. Try Battlefield 4 again.

If you’re still seeing problems after that, try repairing Battlefield 4 through Steam.

Install Punkbuster manually

If you’ve tried the workaround above and are still not able to join multiplayer, try downloading Punkbuster and installing it manually.

Playing on Origin?

Punkbuster is either out of date or not installed

To fix this, update or redownload and reinstall PunkBuster.

PunkBuster kicked player 'your name' (for 0 minutes) . RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrA.exe

This one is usually fixed by reinstalling PunkBuster.

If you see a GAME HACK #89265 error and it’s blocking you from multiplayer

You might see this error battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7 you’re running a program that Punkbuster misidentifies as cheat software. If you keep seeing this error, contact Punkbuster support to let them know about it. They should be able to help you fix the problem.

Common issues with Battlefield 2: How to fix them
How to make Punkbuster stop kicking you

Note: I was giving someone personal service, and as it turns out, his Punkbuster wasn't even INSTALLED. So, before reading this guide, make sure that your PB is installed.
Install it here: E:\Program Files\SteamApps\common\Battlefield 2\PunkBuster\pbsvc

Fix 1. Disable your Steam Community.
Punkbuster doesn't seem to notice that Steam is not a hacking software, unfortunately disabling this feature will forfeit your ability to talk to your friends in-game (aka shift+tab)
1. Right click on Battlefield 2
2. Goto properties
3. Goto the first tab on the page that pops-up.
4. Uncheck "Enable Steam communtiy in-game."

Test out your multiplayer.

Still not working? You may wanna update your Punkbuster.

1. - goto the NOTICE (first thing you read on battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7 page) and click on the PBSetup.
2. It should open up a user-license window, just click on "agree," noone reads that stuff,
right? :D
3. Goto "Add a Game."
4. Click on Battlefield 2, battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7.
5. It should open a window that says it's updating, if not, then click on the "update


NOW try your multiplayer.

STILL not working? *sigh* You may wanna check your firewalls. (NOTE: THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE



1. Goto "Security" and then goto "Manage firewall."
2. Goto your "Program Rules" (For non-Norton users, just keep clicking on tabs until you find a page with programs on it.)
3. Scroll down to "pbsvc" and if your anti-virus says that it doesn't allow the program to
allow communication through the firewall, then allow it. KEEP IN MIND: if there are any other
punkbuster programs that don't have access through your firewall, then allow them access.

How to fix your CD key - There is a guide in the guides, but it requires you to install a placebo program. Follow these steps if that guide doesn't work.

Before I begin, let me say right now that if these steps do not work, EA has a personal

customer service system; contact them and see if they can give you a new CD key. ONLY EA CAN


1. Sometimes the CD key is invalid when you have different addons conflicting eachother. So, I recommend reinstalling Battlefield 2.

2. Use Battlefield 2_code.exe in Progam Files\EA Games\Battlefield 2\Support to re-enter your cd key, then install patch 1.41 and 1.50 if this is still possible since 1.50 was released.

- Reboot, press F8, then with your arrow keys, navigate to "Retore last good point in Windows."

3. Open the registry, go to where the registry key is and modify, enter the key after X9392
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Electronic Arts\EA Games\Battlefield 2\ergc "or for 64bit Windows "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Wow6432Node\ Electronic Arts\EA Games\Battlefield 2\ergc"

Comment down below if you have any other issues that you need help with or if your problems still persist.
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Punkbuster (problems) (Battlefield: Bad Company 2)


Who throws with the error"PunkBuster kicked player 'your username' (for 0 minutes) . RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed then do the following:
1) Update PunkBuster. Download it here:
Open the file. Get out the agreement. Click I agree -> Click on Add Game -> Battlefield Bad Company 2 -> OK. Then hit Check For Updates. After successfully downloading the updates close the program.
2)Now go here:
Poke here to any place and click Save as and then throws the file in the folder pb, which is in the game folder.

Check out below the Firewall doesn't block PunkBuster.
Windows 7 - start - control Panel - System and security - beneath Windows Firewall click on allow a program through Windows Firewall and see what would tick about files pnkbstra and pnkbstrb

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PunkBuster is a computer program that is designed to detect software used for cheating in online games. It does this by scanning the memory contents of the local machine. A computer identified as using cheats may be banned from connecting to protected servers. The aim of the program is to isolate cheaters and prevent them from disrupting legitimate games. PunkBuster is developed and published by Even Balance, Inc.


Tony Ray founded Even Balance to develop PunkBuster after his experience with cheaters on Team Fortress Classic.[1]

The first beta of PunkBuster was announced on September 21, 2000, for Half-Life. Valve was at the time fighting a hard battle against cheating, which had been going on since the release of the game. The first game in which PunkBuster was integrated was id Software's Return to Castle Wolfenstein.


Published features[edit]

  • Real-time scanning of memory, by placing a PunkBuster Client on players' computers searching for known hacks/cheats using a built-in database.
  • Throttled two-tiered background auto-update system using multiple Internet Master Servers to provide end-user security ensuring that no false or corrupted updates can be installed on players' computers.
  • Frequent status reports are sent to the PunkBuster Server by all players. When necessary, the PunkBuster Server raises a violation which (depending upon settings) will cause the offending player to be removed from the game and all other players to be informed of the violation.
  • PunkBuster Admins can also manually remove players from the game for a specified number of minutes or permanently ban if desired.
  • PunkBuster Servers can optionally be configured to randomly check player settings looking for known exploits of the game engine.
  • PunkBuster Servers can be configured to instruct clients to calculate partial MD5hashes of files inside the game installation directory. The results are compared against a set configuration and differences logged, and optionally, the client removed from the server.
  • PunkBuster Admins can request actual screenshot samples from specific players and/or can configure the PB Server to randomly grab screenshot samples from players during gameplay. However, it is possible for a game hack to block screenshots (producing a cropped screenshot) or remove all visual features of a hack (cleaning the screenshot) to remain undetected, leaving the effectiveness of this feature diminished.
  • An optional "bad name" facility is provided so that PunkBuster Admins can prevent players from using offensive player names containing unwanted profanity or slurs.
  • Search functions are provided for PunkBuster Admins who wish to search player's keybindings and scripts for anything that may be known to exploit the game.
  • The PunkBuster Player Power facility can be configured to allow players to self-administer game servers when the Server Administrator is not present entirely without the need for passwords, in which the players can call votes to have a player removed from the server for a certain amount of conexant error kernel panic Servers have an optional built-in mini HTTPweb server interface that allows the game server to be remotely administered via a web browser from anywhere over the Internet.
  • PunkBuster Admins can stream their server logs in real time to another location.
  • PunkBuster has initiated Punkbuster Hardware Bans, that bans hardware components upon detection of cheats that disrupt or circumvent PunkBuster's normal operation. These bans mean permanently banning players whose HD id matches the blacklist at Evenbalance.


Some games (like Crysis or BioShock 2) do not have a 64-bit version of PunkBuster. For this reason, battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7, 64 bit clients will not be able to play in PunkBuster enabled servers unless they run the 32-bit client of the game.

PunkBuster does not allow Windows users without administrative accounts to connect to any games. Upon connecting to a game, the user will be immediately kicked for having insufficient OS privileges. Starting with PB client v1.700, a Windows service with full administrative rights is used in complement with the ingame PunkBuster client, allowing updates without user rights elevation. However, battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7, some games might still require administrative rights before PunkBuster will function correctly.[2]


Global GUID bans and Hardware bans[edit]

PunkBuster uses a system called 'global banning'. Either the GUID (generated from the CD key[3]) or parts of the computer's hardware are banned from PunkBuster-enabled servers. Most attempts at cheating will only receive a detection warning, but cheats that interfere with PunkBuster's software itself could lock battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7 the GUID of the offending system and disable access to all PunkBuster enabled servers for that particular game. Particularly severe instances of cheating may lock the offending computer out of all PunkBuster-protected games.[4]

As of June 30, 2004, Even Balance has used unique hardware identifiers to permanently ban players who attempt to interfere with PunkBuster's normal operation (which is, itself, a violation of the PunkBuster EULA). Even Balance uses a 128-bit private one-way hash so that no serial number information for individual computers can be obtained from a hardware GUID.[3]

As with previous PunkBuster GUID bans, hardware GUID lockouts are permanent.[5] Even Balance has not disclosed what hardware PunkBuster looks for when issuing a ban, but close examination of the software has indicated that the GUID may be based on the serial numbers of scanned hard-drives. As with many bans based on information from the user's system, hardware GUID bans can be spoofed.

False positives[edit]

During the period of October 30 to November 6, 2013, Punkbuster was falsely banning Battlefield 4 users with the error "(Gamehack #89265)" As of November 8, 2013 the issue has been resolved by Even Balance inc. and all Punkbuster bans resulting from this error have been resolved and officially deemed a false-positive.

"We have confirmed that Violation #89265 may be triggered by non-cheat software. This Violation code has been removed from our master servers and we encourage server admins to give the benefit of the doubt to players who raised this code over the past few days."[6]

Attacks battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7 PunkBuster[edit]

PunkBuster usually searches for known cheat program signatures as opposed to relying on a heuristic approach.[7] On March 23, 2008, hackers published and implemented a proof of concept exploit runtime error 457 this key PunkBuster's indiscriminate memory scanning. Because PunkBuster scans all of a machine's virtual memory, malicious users were able to cause mass false positives by transmitting text fragments from known cheat programs onto a high population IRC channel. When PunkBuster detected the text within user's IRC client text buffers, the users were banned.[8] On March 25, 2008, Even Balance confirmed the existence of this exploit.[8]

Games using PunkBuster[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^Slagle, Matt (December 9, 2002). "Cheats Could Ruin Online Gaming". CBS News. Retrieved April 1, 2008.
  2. ^"Frequently Asked Questions about PunkBuster Services". Even Balance. July 23, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  3. ^ ab"Frequently Asked Questions about PunkBuster". Even Balance. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  4. ^"Support MD5Tool". Even Balance. Retrieved March 2, battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7, 2014.
  5. ^"Announcements". Even Balance. June 30, 2004. Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  6. ^PunkBuster Online Countermeasures/News (November 8, battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7, 2013) PunkBuster Online Countermeasures. Even Balance. Retrieved December 19, battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7, 2013
  7. ^"Gaming Ethics: Part 3 of 3". Archived from the original on March 22, 2016.
  8. ^ ab"netCoders vs. PunkBuster". Archived from the original cisco sip/2.0 500 internal server error June 18, 2016.
  9. ^PunkBuster (August 23, 2011). "PunkBuster Announcements". Even Balance. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  10. ^PunkBuster (September 27, 2013). "PunkBuster Announcements". Even Balance. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  11. ^PunkBuster (July 22, 2008). "PunkBuster Announcements". Even Balance. Retrieved October 5, 2008.

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Red faceThanks for the suggestions. most I have already tried though.


Originally Posted by [R-DEV]Twisted HelixView Post

Either install BF2 and PR from an Admin account, or right click BF2 exe and go to properties and one of the tabs will have a tick box saying something like . "run as administrator". Tick, apply, close.

I am not sure if you need to do it to the pr.exe . but you may as well just in case.

I installed everything on an administrator account on Win7 x64 and have no problems with either, so all else failing try that.

My account is an administrator account, and I've disabled UAC, and I tried running BF2.exe as administrator.


Originally Posted by clueless_noobView Post
64-bit Windows stores 49.ff95 error code of 32-bit programs to different part of registry than 64-bit programs. BF2 settings in in 64-bit Windows general-error epson r-300 be found at:




Yep, that was part of what I did in step #7 above. I followed the complete removal directions that are Part 1 of the link I posted.


Originally Posted by clueless_noobView Post
Additionally, if you run programs without admimistrator rights, some settings get redirected to even further due to UAC registry and file system virtualization. Check this registry key also:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts
On file system side, UAC virtualizes read and write calls to battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7 directories, including Program Files, and redirectes them to user's AppData folder. Again, BF2 related files can be found at:


%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES
Check all these locations, remove all BF2 related settings there and reinstall PR.
Now that Battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7 did NOT know about! I am running as administrator without UAC, so I don't think it would have utilized either of those locations, but I'll check anyway.


Originally Posted by clueless_noobView Post
Some notes for reinstall:
  • Run all setup programs without compatibilty settings activated
Yep. The only thing I did differently was run them as administrator.


Originally Posted by clueless_noobView Post
  • Use installers provided with programs, do not just copy files and registry settings around.
I only tried that the first time, because it always works under XP that way. After it didn't work, I removed my registry an error 87 has occurred and started from scratch with the real installers.


Originally Posted by clueless_noobView Post
  • You need to have BF2 patched to 1.41 before installing 1.5
  • Make sure you install both Core and Levels for PR 0.87.
Check and check. (I got burned by the separate Core and Levels installers when I first tried PR 0.85, so now I know now how to do it right.)


Originally Posted by clueless_noobView Post
I didn't know about that! I'll give that a try.

Yep, I did that too.


Originally Posted by clueless_noobView Post

If you battlefield 2 punkbuster error windows 7 to run PR wihtout administrator rights, you need to have PunkBuster running as system service and you need to have read&write permissions to BF2's mods folder. If these requirements are met, then you can play PR without using administrator rights every time, even with UAC on and set to it's highest level.

I'm running with administrator rights and UAC disabled, so it shouldn't be necessary. I'll go ahead and try installing the PunkBuster service though.


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And last, but definitely not least: you have 64-bit operating system - give it more RAM! Thorow in everything your motherboard can possibly handle and it will only make things smoother. Ability to address more than 4 gigabytes of RAM was the very motivation for creating 64-bit processors and operating systems. This benefits 32-bit programs too, as if they announce to OS that they can handle the whole 4 GB address range of 32-bit processor, which is told by LARGEADDRESSAWARE flag activated inside the executable file headers, Windows will give them all that memory. Without 64-bit OS and LARGEADDRESSAWARE flag, progam will not be given more than 2 GB of memory.

Unfortunately, it's not possible with my motherboard. I've tried. Low-latency DDR400 can only be used as a set of two, not four. If I use 4 slots, the system downclocks everything to DDR200 and gets very unstable. And you can only get 1GB per stick with DDR1.

When I build a new PC, I'm going for DDR3 and will give it at least 6GB of RAM. But for now, everything is still running great, so I don't feel the need to upgrade yet.
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