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Punkbuster Explained. - Fixs etc

Theseuskhan
GB Enlisted: 2011-10-24
2011-11-01 21:12 , edited 2011-11-01 22:10 by Theseuskhan
Q . What is PB>?

Pb is a CVAR kicking client. It creates a ground engine for services like pbbans to run on.

Q . What is PBBANS?

PBans is a streaming service. It will stream all the game voilations to a hub, this decides wether to ban a player or not.

Q. Can i be falsely banned.

Yes. Do not test your system on PBBans servers. Wait until u know u wont get kicked.

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One should always have PBSetup.exe on there desktop or in a folder easy to access. Every week or so one should always run this ap. It ensures that the latest verson of PB is running on your PC. PB will auto update in the background. If this does not happen for whatever reason (uac) then PB will need manually updating. IF your pb verson is out of date you will not be able to play for that long.

http://evenbalance.com/index.php?page=pbsetup.php [evenbalance.com]

PB will kick you for things it thinks are working as Hacks. Stuff can like Overlays. What is a Overlay? Stuff like Steam overlay? TS3 overlay. Mumble overlay etc. There is alot of overlays out there

it will also kick for malware. As this can act like a hack at times.

So if one has problems. You must ensure PB is manually updated at all times. You must then ensure you are running a clean system, So u can slowly identify whats causing the issue.

You can follow my other guides for a clean start

This is just a very quick on to cover PB.

Good Luck , See you on the Battlefield.

Things like "You were disconnected from the EA server," Follow the Indexed Guide under - EA Disconnects

If you read all the above , but are still being kicked. You will need to post a Hijackthis log. Follow the guide under - Bug Report

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Bug / Problems / Issues Fix series Thread Home.- Video Landing
http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654489432518073/ [battlelog.battlefield.com]
How to post a Bug Report Thread
http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654347698241302/ [battlelog.battlefield.com]
Game does not start at all:
http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654347699685895/ [battlelog.battlefield.com]
Got EA Disconnects?
http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654347698263849/ [battlelog.battlefield.com]
Got PB Problems?
- You are Here
Got basic performance issues?
http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654489414124096/ [battlelog.battlefield.com]
Got Mouse Lag? Want to be a frostbite pro? Learn for real
http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654624706220923/ [battlelog.battlefield.com]
How to update ATI on a Laptop that wont allow updates (force Method) - User submitted thread.
http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654347701298841/ [battlelog.battlefield.com]
A very basic Guide to Over clocking and System stability.
http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654624717592702/ [battlelog.battlefield.com]
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I_Am_Khyam
AU Enlisted: 2011-12-26
2012-01-09 12:57
TheseusKhan,
i have updated PB daily... and it seems updated... (it says that its already updated).. but still it kicks me instantly whenever i go into a PB protected server... and this may sound abit stupid but i can play non-pb proteced servers fine...

every bit of help is appreciated as im not that good with computers :P

thanks,
IAm
"To me, the landmine is the uber-weapon. Landmines tell my victim, I outsmarted you 5 minutes ago." - 58Congo
TokaiTele
GB Enlisted: 2011-12-01
2012-01-10 01:25
well i'm just reinstalling whole game...taking ages. and ages... and ages....I don't cheat at all.....all i get is 'Kicked by punkbuster for minutes'....no other explanation. Suddenly happened tonight at 11:30 UK time....bloody annoying. EA and Dice should really try to placate the paying public otherwise they could be in for a big big shock.
AmgDraco
Enlisted: 2011-11-03
2012-01-11 05:47
I am have same issues still uninstall pb and reinstalled reboot rig after each time still get pb kicked Veryy annoying
I have look at and know other gamers and have a good knowledge pool but we keep fighting it I don't cheat been a gamer for a loooooooooooooooong time
help please
yellow_pioneer
PH Enlisted: 2011-10-30
2012-01-11 06:06 , edited 2012-01-11 06:11 by yellow_pioneer
uninstall punkbuster, delete "pb" folder in the battlefield3 folder, restart, install punkbuster, run pbsetup for bf3, update, restart, play. (the whole time your origin should NOT be running) Do this if just updating doesn't work.
MisterKoddy
FR Enlisted: 2011-10-26
2012-06-21 21:35 , edited 2012-06-21 21:40 by MisterKoddy
I would like to play Battlefield 3 tonight and I can't play because I am each time kicked by Punkbuster as soon as I try to join a server (rank and unranked). I don't understand why because ma Origin/Battlelog account is clean/okay.

I update Punkbuster with pbsetup, but I have already this problem of kicking. Below, you can see the message I have when I am kicking for none reason :

"Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: PunkBuster kicked player 'My nickname' (for 0 minutes) ... RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrA.exe "

Sorry for my English.

EDIT : I didn't see the other thread, sorry.
Wiredzzz
Enlisted: 2011-10-27
2012-07-06 08:36
Hi all, I was having the pb communication failure problem and it is now ok. I dont know if i actually fixed or it was just coincedental to when I was stuffing around. But heres what I did just prior to it coming good.

1 I assume you know how to do a manual update for a game with pb, if not google it as it was part of the process, which is the same for all pb protected game.

2 Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Battlefield 3 or where ever it lives in your computer. In this folder their is pb folder delete the contents of this folder but not the actual folder.

3 Next manually update the pb bf3 as per normal process.

4 Next go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Battlefield 3 again, and you will see a pb exe (not in pb folder) just in Battlefield 3 folder, this is a install/repair exe, run this and it should run a lot of lines (before it would have stopped after maybe a dozen).

5 Try your game now,

but not sure if this is what fixed the game or what follows, like i said i was playing with everything pb, anyway if not try this as I might have done this,

1 Same

2 Same

3 Same

4 Next go to C:\PBsetup, folder it might be different location in your computer, and run the pb exe, this is a install/repair exe, run this and it should have a run of lines (before it would have stopped after maybe a dozen).

After i did one or the other of these my bf3 started to work normally, I am not a tech head and dont know if this is some random coincedent or a fix, but I hope it fixes your problem.

Regards Wiredzzz, hope to frag you soon
MarineUng
DK Enlisted: 2012-01-17
2012-10-01 17:19
Qm2-Vinat-Atc said:
I would like to play Battlefield 3 tonight and I can't play because I am each time kicked by Punkbuster as soon as I try to join a server (rank and unranked). I don't understand why because ma Origin/Battlelog account is clean/okay.

I update Punkbuster with pbsetup, but I have already this problem of kicking. Below, you can see the message I have when I am kicking for none reason :

"Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: PunkBuster kicked player 'My nickname' (for 0 minutes) ... RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrA.exe "

Sorry for my English.

EDIT : I didn't see the other thread, sorry.


what other threads, nothing i do works, its still kicks me
-Victrix-Sayler
Enlisted: 2011-10-29
2012-10-02 15:06
i have the 1.863 v of pnkbuster but he always kick from the game
cyd3000
Enlisted: 2012-10-10
2012-10-13 00:22
Hi Guys,

I have the same issue like you! But to solve my framerate drops I need MemCleaner (http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/memclean/), [koshyjohn.com]
because I only have 4 GB Ram.

So I think Even Balance should patch PB to recognize MemCleaner as an trusted program in your Ram.

I posted a ticket at the PB page ( http://www.evenbalance.com/troubleticket/new_ticket.php?game=bf3 [evenbalance.com] )
with this content:

"Hi,

I'm having a issue with Battlefield 3, Punkbuster and Memory Cleaner.
I can't play BF3 without Memory Cleaner. The game starts to drop the framerate to 0 every 30sec - 1m. So my solution is to use Memory Cleaner to clear my Ram.

But Punkbuster seems to detect Memory Cleaner as a hack and kicks me off the server after some time.

Error code from PB:
"Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: PunkBuster kicked player 'cyd3000' (for 0 minutes) ... RESTRICTION: Disallowed Program/Driver "

So I beg you to patch Punkbuster to ignore the ram signature of Memory Cleaner (http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/memclean/) [koshyjohn.com]
to help us poor guys to play BF 3 without any lags and have some good time fragging ;-)

If you google this issue you will find some other guys complaining about the same problem.

Thank you very much in advance.

cyd3000"



If you have the same issues with PB please file a ticket too. Maybe Even Balance will do something if more then one player
posts this ticket.

Thx

Cyd
fra-24_EXPT
PT Enlisted: 2011-10-26
2012-11-15 06:20
I have a problem, since last upadate i can´t play in Tehran Highway map, is the only one i can´t play it freeze my ps3... any solution??
Thanks.
PARTYMcHARDY69
Enlisted: 2013-01-30
2013-02-23 03:15
When I try to join servers it just says it's connecting and then it times out after a minute, Ive tried uninstalling and re-installing the game and all the PB stuff and it still doesnt work. Any suggestions??
Mahala22
Enlisted: 2013-06-05
2013-06-05 18:21
i need help when i play my battlefield 3 premium multiplayer, after about 5 mins i get kicked from the game and it says this

Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: PunkBuster kicked player 'bubbles5008' (for 0 minutes) ... RESTRICTION: Corrupted File/Memory


someone plz help me!
llagis
FI Enlisted: 2013-01-24
2013-06-10 17:50
After End Game I started to get the notorious "No Packet Flow" kick. Tried re-installing and messing with PunkBuster, got different error. I uninstalled BF3, Origin and PB, deleted every file I could find associated with them. Just reinstalled everything (downloaded BF3 the whole night) and yes, still "No Packet Flow".

Basically, I'm unable to play the game because every server has PB.
lll-Minjon-lll
BA Enlisted: 2011-10-27
2013-06-21 15:44
llagis said:
After End Game I started to get the notorious "No Packet Flow" kick. Tried re-installing and messing with PunkBuster, got different error. I uninstalled BF3, Origin and PB, deleted every file I could find associated with them. Just reinstalled everything (downloaded BF3 the whole night) and yes, still "No Packet Flow".

Basically, I'm unable to play the game because every server has PB.

Same issue.
DiiVerZe
CA Enlisted: 2013-07-13
2013-07-20 04:02
I am having a problem where i join a game and i get to play for like 50 seconds and then I get kicked with this message:
Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: PunkBuster kicked player 'DiiVerZe' (for 0 minutes) ... RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed
Antisomnolence
Enlisted: 2013-04-19
2013-08-25 05:16 , edited 2013-08-25 15:25 by Antisomnolence
Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: PunkBuster kicked player 'lesmiserables95' (for 0 minutes) ... RESTRICTION: Invalid Memory Image Been getting it for a while.

EDIT: Updated Punkbuster and seemed to stop getting this. However, the last time this message also did have intermittent pauses between a few days before showing again... so am monitoring it closely.
Søren Kierkegaard - People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Bontanoo
FI Enlisted: 2012-09-27
2014-04-29 14:03
Hello, i got kicked all the time, because of punkbuster !
Reason: No Packet Flow
 
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