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This worked for me with call of Duty 4.


This is to fix communication errors in punkbuster that cause you to keep getting kicked.


Read all before trying this!

1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Activision\Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare\pb

2. Delete these files, if present: PnkBstrA.exe, PnkBstrB.exe and PnkBstrK.sys.

3. Navigate to C:\WINDOWS\system32

4. Delete these files, if present: PnkBstrA.exe, PnkBstrB.exe and PnkBstrK.sys.

5. If unable to delete any files, reboot in safe mode by hitting "F8" while rebooting.

6. You should then be able to delete remaining files.

7. Reboot.

8. Go to: Link removed by the admin

9. Download "pbsvc.exe file.

10. Run this file. Choose install and hit next.

11. This will reinstall punkbuster on your system. When it's done re-installing, it will test the install. This takes a few minutes. It should say that it's ok when done.

12. You should not have anymore communication errors in punkbuster.

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We do not endorse or recommend that you use the pbsv.exe file not downloaded from PBBans.com or EvenBalance.com. Downloading at other locations could lead you to greater problems.

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Safer method... as it provides links to Evenbalance.



1. Delete the PB folder from the game directory (and in C:/Users/[username]/AppData/Local/PunkBuster/CoD4 if you are using Vista)


2. Go to the following URL and download PBSVC from the first paragraph:




3. Use PBSVC to uninstall the services.


4. Run PBSetup (found at http://www.evenbalance.com/index.php?page=pbsetup.php) to reinstall PunkBuster (this will also reinstall the services).


5. If that still doesn't help, go to http://ssl.evenbalance.com/troubleticket and the Even Balance support team will help you further.



I found this in another forum

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Good scoop for client side people having issues since patch. I have several members of my clan who are being kicked or experiencing a severe drop in fps since this so called patch.


Is there anything we need to do server side concerning this issue?

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This approach has not solved all the instances that surfaced with the COD4 1.7 patch on our servers. We await evenbalance support team's further diagnosis.

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<_< basically cisco keeps getting kicked.. he can't even play... I think hes deleted everything now... reformat is probably next lol

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