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#1 10-02-08 09:41:40

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KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

On Thursday 2 February Punkbuster decided it was no longer enough for Punkbuster to run WHILE PLAYING SOFII.
Punkbuster is now required to be running in the background of your PC from startup.
If you have played COD4 you may be blissfully unaware of this and still be able to play SOFII Gold as COD4 installs a program called PnkBstrA service that runs when you start your PC.
In their wisdom PB have decided that SOFII users will also now need this program installed from startup.
If you have no objection to PB having access to the contents of your hard drive from the moment you switch on then simply download http://www.evenbalance.com/downloads/pbsvc/pbsvc.exe and you will be able to play SOFII like you have been able to for the past 5 years.
If like me you feel this is a step too far then email research@evenbalance.com and tell them what you think.
QUESTION. Does this move do anything to keep SOFII alive? In my opinion the answer is no. Whilst PB's work to keep cheats out of SOFII remain admirable this is going to far. Someone at PB has screwed up big time and put me off playing SOFII for good.

Here are some quotes from Punkbusters website http://www.evenbalance.com/index.php?page=pbsvcfaq.php

Why is all this necessary?
Starting with Windows Vista, there is a greater focus on security (which is a good thing). Unfortunately, however, with this focus comes a bit of complexity. In order for games having PunkBuster integrated to be more secure, the part of PunkBuster that needs full access to the computer for scanning purposes now must run all the time at the system level. This is necessary due to new Microsoft requirements for gaming under Windows.

Are the new components optional?
Starting with PB Client version 1.700, the new components are required. Uninstalling and/or disabling the new components will cause PunkBuster to stop working correctly and will cause frequent kicking from PunkBuster enabled servers.

Do I have to mess with this for every PunkBuster enabled game I play?
No, these components are designed to work with all PunkBuster enabled games installed on the computer. You only have to run PBSVC Setup once to get the PnkBstrA service installed and running. However, old versions of PunkBuster prior to version 1.500 do not know how to make use of the new components.

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#2 10-02-08 14:41:09

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

I understand what you are saying Slug, my thoughts are if a little program running on my PC is going to help stop the cheaters who are ruining the game then that is a small price to pay.I don't think that it is "Spyware" in the true sense,I don't think it is reporting to evenbalance your web browsing habits, but if you really feel that running it is in some way slowing your PC down then there's not much else to do but not run it.


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#3 10-02-08 16:30:15

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

50 wrote:

I understand what you are saying Slug, my thoughts are if a little program running on my PC is going to help stop the cheaters who are ruining the game then that is a small price to pay.I don't think that it is "Spyware" in the true sense,I don't think it is reporting to evenbalance your web browsing habits, but if you really feel that running it is in some way slowing your PC down then there's not much else to do but not run it.

My view entirely BELLIES. Nice post m8.


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#4 11-02-08 22:20:11

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

Set the services to manual and write a batch file to start SOF2 and the PB service together.
I'm sorry Slug but I really don't understand why you are so anti PB, before these latest updates you still didn't like it. For the life of me I don't understand why.
I'll be the first to agree it is far from perfect and the hackers seem to stay one jump ahead but it does catch a fair number of cheats who would otherwise be wreaking havok.
Personally I would never rent a version 1 server as I would never get to play a game due to speccing all the time. At least with PB you have some sort of safety net.


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#5 12-02-08 07:35:19

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

I was hoping to keep off the topic for a while DooGie. My moan is that PB has manged fine for 5 years without being active all the time. Some explanation as to whats changed would be nice and not to just mention the word Vista like they have done. I posted in a red mist which is never a good idea but my feelings remain I resent changes being implemented that stop me/anyone being able to play this game unless they have PB running from startup. Presumably anyone who has not played COD4 is left in limbo until they find their way to PB's website and install PB Services? OK they could say well play on Gold servers not running PB if you don't like it and thats a fair point. I have an equal dislike of Steam for the way it operates but thats another topic.
Funny game - some of us use it to build websites, some to make maps, some to make mods, some just to run around and shoot people, others to run clans and others to setout to catch cheats. Each to their own.  Oh and yes I suppose some to find ways to cheat and spoil other peoples fun.

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#6 28-06-08 08:52:39

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

C/ mon slug.....PUNKBUSTER......Grrrrr....does it no just make your blood boil.
Any thoughts anyone ????
LoL big_smile


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#7 07-07-08 16:52:40

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

To be honest Raven I love Punkbuster although it's unfortunate that the hackers always seem to be 1 jump ahead.

It has never caused lag for me and has rid Axis of several cheats over the past few years.

Ever since Puma rented Axis I've also been a member of the PBBans community as a Streaming Game Admin.
However the help you can get on that site is not just about PB. One of the site staff contacted a guy he knows at Jolt on my behalf
when Axis had a problem not related to PB.

Anyway TAM you are wind up merchant big_smile Stop trying to get Slug going.


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#8 19-07-09 00:18:34

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

Just testing - hello all

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#9 19-07-09 10:23:04

50
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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

Yay Hi Slug........... smile


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#10 19-07-09 10:23:22

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

same here slug
just testing big_smile

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#11 19-07-09 10:24:11

50
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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

Welcome to the forum Spyro........ smile


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#12 19-07-09 10:39:01

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

Thx 50

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#13 19-07-09 10:56:15

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

Welcome rfrom me as well Spyro smile


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#14 19-07-09 11:17:20

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Re: KICKED BY PUNKBUSTER FOR PnkBstaA.exe PROBLEM

thx big_smile nice warm welcome here smile

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