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Step 2-3 he searchs :



Checking user is Administrator OK

Checking Administrator privileges OK

Opening Service Control Manager OK

Searching for PnkBstrA Found - OK

Extracting PnkBstrA service OK

Verifying service authenticity OK

Installing PunkBuster service OK

Installed at "C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exe"

Checking PunkBuster service status STOPPED

Starting PunkBuster service OK

Adding firewall rule for PnkBstrA OK

Adding firewall rule for PnkBstrB OK

Installation Finished.


Please click "Next" to test the PunkBuster services.




STEP 3-3 he searchs :


Starting PunkBuster Service Tests (v0.986) (01/10/09 20:20:28)

Checking OS

Windows XP (build 2600, Service Pack 3) 32-bit

Checking PnkBstrA service status RUNNING

Checking PnkBstrA Version OK (1029)

Extracting "PnkBstrB.exe" to:

"C:\Documents and Settings\Principal\Application Data\PnkBstrB.exe"


Checking firewall settings OFF

Is PnkBstrA explicitly allowed?

C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exe YES

Is PnkBstrB explicitly allowed?

C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrB.exe YES

Checking if PnkBstrB is running RUNNING

Manually stopping PnkBstrB STOPPED

Getting port for PnkBstrA OK (44301)

Opening socket for packet send OK

Sending version packet to PnkBstrA SENT

Receiving version from PnkBstrA OK

Received 6 bytes from

Response = 11203 (ms) Version = v1029

Getting PnkBstrB install instance OK

Sending start packet to PnkBstrA SENT

Waiting for packet from PnkBstrA OK

Received 3 bytes from

Response = 15250 (ms) PnkBstrB started.


Watching for PnkBstrB instance change (29) CHANGED (30)

Getting port for PnkBstrB OK (45301)

Sending version packet to PnkBstrB SENT

Receiving version from PnkBstrB OK

Received 5 bytes from

Response = 3015 (ms) Version = 2057

Checking PnkBstrK driver status NOT FOUND

Extracting new PnkBstrK to:

"C:\Documents and Settings\Principal\Application Data\PnkBstrK.sys"


Sending load packet to PnkBstrB SENT

Checking PnkBstrK driver status RUNNING

Stopping PnkBstrK STOPPED

Deleting PnkBstrK OK

Checking PnkBstrK driver status DELETED

Manually stopping PnkBstrB STOPPED

Removing test PnkBstrB file OK



Tests finished.


And he says "test completed sucssefuly without error"

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Hey Rodolf, i get on the Wolfenstein Enemy Territory Version 2.60b the same problem.


It is because Punkbuster runs some md5 checks i guess, i found a simple solution:


First of all join up a server on .6b and type


/pb_sv_sleep 500

/pb_security 0


Then wait a while (20-30 seconds) until the lag is gone, then you should be able to play lagfree.

This tip should also work with WolfET 2.55 & 2.56.


How to update PB's files, too:


Use Punkbuster update tool to add manually games and run a client/server update of pb.




Or you can do it in-game also if the tool won't work for you:


Just do couple times /pb_sv_update and wait till you just get this response:


"PunkBuster Server: Master Query sent to (*******.evenbalance.com) ***.***.***.***."

"Punkbuster Server: Received Master Security Information"


It should be fine then, for me it works fine and for some other players also.



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