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EA discontinues PB support for BF1942

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#1 Lin

Posted 07 February 2010 - 06:32 PM

On Feb 3, 2010, EA quietly discontinued PunkBuster support for BF1942. We recently looked for BF1942 support on Evenbalance and could not find the pages. PBsetup.exe, on a fresh install, does not list BF1942. We sent a ticket to Evenbalance and were told that EA has discontinued support for BF1942. A ticket has been sent to EA to confirm, and to see if there is anything we can do to continue support for the game. No response has been received, but it was only sent earlier today.

What does this mean to the average player? If you're playing and you're not having issues with PB, it doesn't mean anything...yet. If you're a new player, or an older player who has had to reinstall on a freshly formatted hard drive, you will have much difficulty trying to get past the ubiquitous PunkBuster failure gray text.

  • If you are currently playing without any PB issues, stop here. You do not need to update anything, just keep playing...for now.
  • If you are a current player and have recently reinstalled the game and still have PBsetup.exe installed, check to see if BF1942 is on the list. If it is, you are fine and should be able to continue using PBsetup.exe for BF1942 updates...for now.
  • If you are a new player, or are reinstalling on a freshly formatted hard drive, you will need to follow the steps below to reinstall a working PB for BF1942.
Moon files
There are instructions posted at the download that should be simple and easy to understand. Many will have noted this if they came here for the update files and have run this already. One download with all the needed PB files inside.

Updated 02/12/2010:

If one of the following fixes doesn't work, the other should. :)
The easiest fix is #1.

Fix #1 (from TankPanZeR at ATF Clan):

Fix #2:
Download the following files for 1942; do not start your game until all steps have been completed:
- Save to your BF1942 game pb folder and then install this app; it will self-update, and you will not see 1942 in the game list at this time.

Your BF1942 game folder may be different if it was installed in a custom location.

Update 02/09/2010:
We have not been able to test the following information, but we have had players indicate success with the following file(s).

First, use the pbsetup.exe as above and allow it to update. Just to keep things simple, I would execute that file from your BF1942 game pb folder. Then:

pbgame.htm - (right click and choose "save link as" or "save file as") This file contains an instruction to list BF1942 in the games dropdown. After installing and updating pbsetup.exe, download this and drop it into the pb folder for BF1942, overwriting the other one. Start pbsetup.exe again, and this time you should see BF1942 in the list. This alone has worked for most.

For others, we have been told by some members that this works in conjunction with:

pbsvc.exe - In the latest PunkBuster information found here, Evenbalance indicates that this file is "To manually install/uninstall the components, users may use our PBSVC Setup Program." However, they do not give instructions on how to use this exe file. Again, I would save it to your BF1942 pb folder and execute from there.

I don't know which, or if both, of these files are necessary. Please let us know if these work for you, and which file(s) you used, and how. Good luck!
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#2 dodgem

Posted 07 February 2010 - 07:10 PM

Those bastards are just surprised Bf1942 has lasted this long, and that there are some who haven't contributed to their pot of gold through BF2, SF, EU, Heroes, 2142 or Bad Company (like me). This is how they lose their fans.

@those reading. Trust me, if there's a way for Moongamers to help continue PB support, the true heroes of this community will find it!
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#3 Lin

Posted 07 February 2010 - 08:26 PM

I have visited several of the clans and communities we are friends with (and even one we aren't ;) ) and shared this. This isn't about MoonGamers, this is about keeping BF1942 alive for all of us.
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 09:58 PM

Click If Only Last Resort

#5 Bad_Driver

Posted 07 February 2010 - 10:06 PM

Click If Only Last Resort


#6 K9

Posted 07 February 2010 - 10:12 PM

This is obviously a very serious matter.
Can the admins receive a temporary console command about the matter as well as editing the gray text in-game? Communication is the key to a successful continuation, as you already know.

Not sure if this has been updated into the servers yet, but retaining the player-base is a top priority. Not only for MoonGamers, but for all 1942 servers.

We have many great players on our servers that do not frequent our forums... or come in at all. Losing them would only be the start of a trickle effect on 1942 servers.

:applaud: :applaud: Thanks for the information and fixes. :applaud: :applaud:

#7 Lin

Posted 08 February 2010 - 12:51 AM

We totally agree with you, K9. Yes, we already have made plans to add gray text to all 1942 servers, and we will probably make a !pb command for the admins. It was quite a busy day today creating tickets, spreading the word to other communities, and writing posts...and watching the Superbowl, of course!... but we will keep working on this in order to educate the player base. :)

We don't know how long Evenbalance will continue to support this game through hack detection. We will keep everyone informed as we learn more.

#8 gensolo

Posted 08 February 2010 - 07:54 AM

Seems like an Infinity Ward kind of move to me, maybe they should merge? :whippingsmiley:

#9 Captain John H. Miller

Posted 08 February 2010 - 10:45 AM

Can't PB re-support BF'42?

#10 gensolo

Posted 08 February 2010 - 05:43 PM

Only if EA gives them permission to, I believe.

#11 nahrah

Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:16 PM

Followed your direction and it worked! Thanks

#12 Lin

Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:49 PM

Excellent news, thank you!!
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#13 Navy SEALS

Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:41 AM

Thank you so much!!!!! I used the 1st one!!! Thank you so much again!!! I thought I was screwed! So thankfully you guys had a solution...... And thanks for the great servers you put up!

#14 Lin

Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:19 PM

You're very welcome! Please help us to spread the word about being able to fix the PB and run BF1942, we want to help keep this game alive!

#15 Navy SEALS

Posted 10 February 2010 - 07:29 PM

You're very welcome! Please help us to spread the word about being able to fix the PB and run BF1942, we want to help keep this game alive!

All ready done!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!! I posted your link on another forum that I'm an admin on!

#16 SgtOverlord

Posted 11 February 2010 - 04:55 AM

To my Gaming Brothers & Sisters at MoonGamers

Thanks for the info on the PB situation. I am just now getting the scoop on what is going on...I gotz bum rushed in our server today with questions about pb. I was like "I like peanut butter...doesn't everyone else?"


«Ð§» SgtOverlord

#17 TankPanZeR™

Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:57 AM

I will have an easier solution coming very soon. :)

#18 JoJo

Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:02 PM

my anti-virus (Kaspersky) tells me the zip is Ad-ware, wt* is it? I wouldn't think MoonGamers would have this if it was, please advise

Thank you
"Evil JoJo"

#19 birney

Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:05 PM

Wont spam this post but JOJO HYA!!!!

A reply to your point will be forthcoming!!

#20 JoJo

Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:30 PM

Thank you for the fast reply birney
I miss all u guys and gals ;)
I might be in 2day, but for sure Sat

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