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    FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    Double-click on the My Computer icon.
    Double-click on drive C:.
    Double-click on windows.
    Double-click on system32.
    Look for PnkBstrA.exe and PnkBstrB.exe and if they exist, right-click on each one and select Delete.
    Double-click on drivers.
    Look for PnkBstrK.sys, and if it exists, right-click on it and select Delete.
    Restart windows.
    Follow the instructions here to reinstall Punkbuster.
    Click on My Computer.
    Click on the C: drive, or wherever you have Battlefield 2 installed.
    Click on Program Files.
    Click on Electronic Arts.
    Click on Battlefield 2.
    Right-click on the pb folder, then click Delete.
    Download and run the installation software for Punkbuster, which can be found here.
    http://www.evenbalance.com/downloads/pbsvc/pbsvc.exe
    Click the Uninstall button.
    Close the installer.
    Click on the Start button.
    Click on Run.
    Type regedit in the text field and press OK.
    Warning: Changes to the registry can cause your computer to operate improperly, so please follow these instructions exactly as they are written.
    Follow these steps to back-up the registry so that should something go wrong, you can restore your system back to a working state:
    If you are using Windows 2000/XP/Vista, click on File, and select Export. Note: If you are using Windows 95/98/ME, click on Registry
    Then select Export Registry.
    Select All under Export Range.
    Type backup into the File name field, and click Save. You've now created a backup version of your registry.
    Once you've created your backup, continue as follows.
    Click the plus sign next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
    Click the plus sign next to System.
    Click the plus sign next to ControlSet001.
    Click the plus sign next to Services.
    Look for PnkBstrA, PnkBstrB, and PnkBstrK, and if they exist, right-click on each one and select Delete.
    Click the minus sign next to ControlSet001.
    Repeat steps 5, 6, 7, and 8 immediately above for any other ControlSet folders you have, such as ControlSet002 or CurrentControlSet.
    Close regedit.
    Double-click on the My Computer icon.
    Double-click on drive C:.
    Double-click on windows.
    Double-click on system32.
    Look for PnkBstrA.exe and PnkBstrB.exe and if they exist, right-click on each one and select Delete.
    Double-click on drivers.
    Look for PnkBstrK.sys, and if it exists, right-click on it and select Delete.
    Restart windows.
    Follow the instructions here to reinstall Punkbuster.
    http://www.evenbalance.com/index.php?page=pbsetup.php
    Try to play Battlefield 2

    Have fun!
    If this doesnt work, i don't know what will. Have fun!

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    Re: FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    This issue is server side. the above fix will only work once. the admins are working on fixing it. Don't plus rep me..

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    Re: FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    I +rep when I want to, thank you very much.

    You went to the effort, and posted, so whether it worked or not is beside the point in my opinion. +rep to you, sir. Thanks for trying.
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    Re: FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    This is eaiser and worked for myslef, turkish, dirt and others.

    Quote Originally Posted by Portable.Cougar View Post
    Heres how to fix the issue


    Go to Program Files
    EA Games
    BF2

    In the folder you will se a folder named "pb"
    delete this folder

    Now download the PBsetup Program
    Run through adding BF2 and updating the PB files.

    Now check that you have the "pb" folder back in your BF2 folder.

    Restart
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    Re: FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    Quote Originally Posted by Portable.Cougar View Post
    This is eaiser and worked for myslef, turkish, dirt and others.
    cougar i will try this, also when i get home......if worst comes to worse ill get on TS and maybe you can talk me through how to do it, i am always unsure with my little computer knowledge on deleting and dl things, though i recently unistalled and reinstalled PB etc....
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    Re: FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    Nevermind. This now does not work either...So sick of this mess. On to another game.
    Last edited by WANTED; 08-24-2008 at 02:34 AM.

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    Re: FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    Quote Originally Posted by WANTED View Post
    Nevermind. This now does not work either...So sick of this mess. On to another game.
    nothing works. 1st handshake failures. Now my PB is not working at all. Can't even connect to a freaking server. always get "This service requires Punlkbuster enabled."

    Unreal. All people associated with PB I hope you choke on it!
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    Cool Re: FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    pwn3ge106's explanation of what to do is great.
    I was having similar issues not to the extent of getting kicked out every time but handshaking errors, packet loss error, connections lost, etc.
    Once you follow pwn3ge106's advice, also check your video settings.
    You can search the web for BF2 tweak guides that tell you about video settings.
    I manually re-installed Punkbuster and reduced my video settings.
    BF2 loads faster, I get on servers faster, and I don't get kicked off anymore.
    Hope I didn't jinx it.
    Could be PB is trying to send too much information through the line and not getting a response and booting you??
    Good luck.

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    Re: FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    i know this was made for BF2 but this did fix my bf2142 problem. thank you very much.
    Last edited by =GUN= darkbig; 09-10-2009 at 05:23 AM. Reason: forgot to add something

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    Re: FIX: Punkbuster B/ pnkbstrb.exe Handshaking failures.

    Well I had the same problem with handshaking failures For PR BF2. And bufl4x told me just to portforward the router. And it successfully solved my problems.

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