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Punkbuster and Battlefield 2142

April 17th, 2007 2 comments

So I went to play some 2142 today.  Finally got enough hours to get Veteran Assault so I figure I’ll jump in a game a Cerber Landing and BAM 15 minutes later have the badge.  Got into the game with the round almost over.  Popped in 8 kills with no deaths then round end.  Looked at my round stats and my accuracy for the Assault Rifle is 3400%.  OK, weird I thought but whatever.  Next round starts and suddenly punkbuster is bitching at me about missing packets and then I get kicked.   So I think, “Ok, screwy server then.”  I move on.  Next sever immediately I get the punkbuster crap.  “Maybe my dsl is being screwy,” I think so I restart my modem and router.  Back in the game get into a round near the end and manage to finish the round.  Next round… kicked again by punkbuster!

And this point I shout out a loud “WTF?!!!”

I check EA’s Battlefield site.  No news about it.  I talk to Your Mom (yes your’s) and he doesn’t seem to be having a problem.  finally I make it to punkbusters site and I see they released a new punkbuster update TODAY.  I also see that punkbuster should update itself automatically.  Well guess what?  It isn’t working!  I download their updater utility and run it.  It gets the update and installs it.  Great!  Maybe now it will work.  Join a game… same problem!

At this point I’m extra pissed and just decide to re-install the whole damn game.  (Yeah I wanted the Veteran Assault pretty bad)

Well a good half hour to an hour later It’s re-installed and patched.  Thankfully I remembered to save my controls.con file before doing it to save me some hassle, however a good 5-6 minutes of shader optimization quickly takes away that little victory.

So back in the game, but wait!  30 seconds later it’s kick Spender time again for missing punkbuster packets!  “Son of a Bitch!!!!”

So I retry the punkbuster update tool and restart my computer to find a new extra process running in the background.  One Mr. “PnkBstrA.exe”.  Note this was not running after I applied the update, but before I restarted.  Turns out that the new version of punkbuster requires this process running in the background to work.  Gay!

So I want to thank the Assholes at punkbuster for releasing a poorly executed patch to a system that does jack shit and wasting 3 hours of my time so I could get the 15 minutes of play time needed to get my damn badge.  I also want to thank them for adding ANOTHER background process to my system.  I just can’t get enough of those!  Thanks a lot douche bags!

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