Punkbuster Service communication failure

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ur undead mom

FNG / Fresh Meat
Feb 11, 2011
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Hey guys, just been having a problem starting yesterday, when i join a server i get kicked after about 1 minute for having a punkbuster service communication failure, i don't really know how to fix this, can anyone help?
 

pr1mitiv

FNG / Fresh Meat
Sep 19, 2011
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same here

same here

sort of making me want to go back to console gaming. At least consoles you dont have to put up with programs like punkbuster.
 

Jason_Argo

FNG / Fresh Meat
Aug 21, 2011
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Hey guys, just been having a problem starting yesterday, when i join a server i get kicked after about 1 minute for having a punkbuster service communication failure, i don't really know how to fix this, can anyone help?

First thing to always try is a Manual Update: Go to EvenBalance's HoS Page, click on the PBSetup link towards the top of the page and download that program.

Run it and set it up on your desktop, once you've done that open it up and agree to the License. Click "Add Game" and select RO2: HoS, you will need to change the Path as it still has the old Beta path. Click "Browse" and go to Steam folder then steamapps, your account, red orchestra 2, Binaries, Win32, pb. The path needs to look like this:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\*youraccountfolder*\red orchestra 2\Binaries\Win32\pb

Repeat for any other games on the list you play that use PB. Once you have the right paths set click the "Check for Updates", hopefully it won't say that no new updates are needed.

Here's PBBans guide if that wasn't very clear: http://www.pbbans.com/info-center-pbsetup.html[url]http://www.pbbans.com/info-center-pbsetup.html[/URL]

Once you've done that join a PB enabled server and see if the issue is resolved, post back here either way.

same with me. I have done everything mentioned but no joy

I see in your thread that you've tried manually updating, try this:

Users that are getting kicked for "Service Communication Failure" (including the handshake failure type) have some other software that is blocking the PunkBuster services. The PnkBstrA.exe and PnkBsrtB.exe services are mandatory. If these services are stopped/disabled, then PB will kick from this point forward.

Sometimes it is an anti-virus program, sometimes it is a firewall that are blocking the services. Any user who is getting kicked for this will have to stop whatever is blocking PB or configure the program to allow the two services.

The below link is a tool provided by PunkBuster that will help users who need to reinstall the services:

http://www.evenbalance.com/downloads/pbsvc/pbsvc.exe[url]http://www.evenbalance.com/downloads/pbsvc/pbsvc.exe[/URL]

If the above PBSVC program does not pass all the tests, please ensure that any installed firewalls or other programs are not blocking the PnkBstrA/B services.

If that still does not do the trick, open a ticket with PunkBuster here:
http://www.evenbalance.com/troubleticket/new_ticket.php?game=hos[url]http://www.evenbalance.com/troubleticket/new_ticket.php?game=hos[/URL] and be sure to paste the log from the PBSVC program within the ticket, and EvenBalance support should be able to help you in identifying what programs are blocking the services.

sort of making me want to go back to console gaming. At least consoles you dont have to put up with programs like punkbuster.

Try manually updating your PB and see if you still get kicked by PB. If you have, try the second suggestion.