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PunkBuster™ Support for Battlefield 2

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News and Release Notes for PunkBuster for
Battlefield 2


Monday 06.03.2013 [1:15PM]

We have confirmed that non-cheat software caused some of the kicks for Violation #50120 in Battlefield 2 starting May 27, 2013. We encourage admins to give players the benefit of the doubt and ignore violation number #50120 for kicks occurring on or after May 27.


Thursday 05.17.2012 [12:00PM]

Version 2.306 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 11.16.2010 [11:15PM]

Version 1.800 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 11.16.2010 [6:15PM]

Version 1.799 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 11.10.2010 [12:45PM]

Version 2.241 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 12.07.2009 [6:00PM]

Version 2.212 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 11.24.2009 [3:15PM]

Version 1.758 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Thursday 10.29.2009 [3:45PM]

Version 2.209 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 10.28.2009 [1:15PM]

Version 1.757 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 09.28.2009 [1:00PM]

Version 2.205 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 09.16.2009 [3:45PM]

We have confirmed that a non-cheat application has been released that will trigger PunkBuster Violation #89206. We encourage server admins to give players the benefit of the doubt with regard to this violation.


Friday 07.03.2009 [8:00PM]

Version 2.194 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 03.25.2009 [10:00PM]

Version 2.181 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 12.02.2008 [11:30AM]

Version 1.738 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 11.19.2008 [4:45AM]

Version 2.150 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 11.14.2008 [11:15AM]

Version 2.140 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Thursday 11.13.2008 [8:45PM]

Version 1.719 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 11.12.2008 [3:30PM]

Version 2.140 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 11.12.2008 [10:45AM]

Version 1.710 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 09.29.2008 [4:00PM]

Version 2.124 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 09.26.2008 [10:45AM]

Version 1.695 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 09.09.2008 [2:45PM]

Version 2.100 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 08.19.2008 [11:00AM]

Version 2.091 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 08.18.2008 [6:00PM]

Version 1.683 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page.

Release Notes for PB Server v1.683:

  • the setting pb_sv_restrictions will now accept a value of 2 for cases where a server admin wants PunkBuster to be more restrictive with regard to certain macro or hot key type programs; pb_sv_restrictions will continue to default to the value of 1; admins who want to enforce the additional restrictions must configure "pb_sv_restrictions 2" either at the command line or in the pbsvuser.cfg configuration file in the server's pb folder


Monday 08.11.2008 [1:15PM]

Version 2.089 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 07.09.2008 [2:00PM]

Version 2.086 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 06.20.2008 [3:15PM]

Version 1.670 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Saturday 05.17.2008 [2:00PM]

We have confirmed that non-cheat software caused some of the kicks for Violations #119015 and 119016. We encourage admins to give players the benefit of the doubt and ignore these violation numbers; they have been removed from our system.


Monday 03.31.2008 [10:30PM]

Version 1.665 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 03.12.2008 [4:30PM]

Version 1.661 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 03.03.2008 [2:30PM]

Version 2.059 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Thursday 02.28.2008 [11:45AM]

Version 1.658 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 02.19.2008 [9:30PM]

Version 1.653 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 02.15.2008 [11:15AM]

Version 2.052 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 02.05.2008 [8:00PM]

Version 2.043 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 01.25.2008 [11:30AM]

Version 2.038 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 01.15.2008 [6:30PM]

Version 1.630 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 12.18.2007 [10:45AM]

We have confirmed that non-cheat software caused some of the kicks for Violation #70519. We encourage admins to give players the benefit of the doubt and ignore this violation number; it has been removed from our system.


Thursday 12.06.2007 [2:45PM]

Version 1.610 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 12.05.2007 [4:15PM]

Version 2.023 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 12.03.2007 [4:30PM]

Version 1.606 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Sunday 12.02.2007 [11:30PM]

Version 1.600 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page.

Release Notes for PB Server v1.600:

  • new setting pb_sv_maxsendrate defaults to 8 (KBps); determines speed at which PB Server sends pbcl and pbag out to each client that requests an update during gameplay; prior versions were locked at 2KBps to conserve bandwidth usage during updates; with modern broadband infrastructure, some admins have asked for the ability to push PB updates out at a higher rate to clients


Tuesday 11.27.2007 [4:15PM]

Version 1.479 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 11.26.2007 [5:30PM]

Version 1.471 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This version addresses incorrect restriction kicking for "Corrupt Packet Flow" during map changes.


Saturday 11.17.2007 [7:15PM]

Version 1.466 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Saturday 11.17.2007 [12:00PM]

Version 1.465 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 11.16.2007 [10:45AM]

Version 1.463 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 11.13.2007 [12:45PM]

Version 1.461 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 11.12.2007 [11:30PM]

Version 2.008 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 11.09.2007 [11:45PM]

Version 1.459 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 11.09.2007 [10:30AM]

Version 2.005 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 11.07.2007 [4:45PM]

Version 2.001 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Saturday 10.27.2007 [12:45PM]

Version 1.753 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 10.22.2007 [8:15PM]

Version 1.751 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 09.14.2007 [5:15PM]

Version 1.744 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 09.10.2007 [4:45PM]

Version 1.742 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Saturday 09.08.2007 [4:00PM]

Version 1.739 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 08.28.2007 [7:30PM]

Version 1.735 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page.

Release Notes for PB Client v1.735:

  • the current 64bit Linux PB server version will not auto-update to this new client, 64bit linux admins must download an updated pbsvnew.so into each 64bit BF2 server's pb folder and issue pb_sv_restart in order to be able to auto-update to this new PB Client and the latest cheat detections


Friday 08.24.2007 [7:45PM]

Version 1.732 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page.

Release Notes for PB Client v1.732:

  • this edition includes the new PB services, see our PB Services FAQ for more info
  • the current 64bit Linux PB server version will not auto-update to this new client, 64bit linux admins must download an updated pbsvnew.so into each 64bit BF2 server's pb folder and issue pb_sv_restart in order to be able to auto-update to this new PB Client and the latest cheat detections


Saturday 08.18.2007 [8:15PM]

Version 1.300 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Thursday 07.12.2007 [7:00PM]

We have confirmed that non-cheat software caused some of the kicks for Violation #79013. We encourage admins to give players the benefit of the doubt and ignore this violation number; it has been removed from our system.


Saturday 03.17.2007 [6:30PM]

We have confirmed that non-cheat software caused some of the kicks for Violation #59015. We encourage admins to give players the benefit of the doubt and ignore this violation number; it has been removed from our system.


Monday 01.15.2007 [10:00AM]

We have confirmed that non-cheat software caused some of the kicks for Violation #79017 that was active for a short period last week. We encourage admins to give players the benefit of the doubt and ignore this violation number; it has been removed from our system.


Friday 01.12.2007 [10:45PM]

Version 1.265 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This version addresses a bug introduced in v1.262 released earlier today that causes some 64bit Linux servers to incorrectly kick players for MD5Tool Mismatch.


Friday 01.12.2007 [3:30PM]

Version 1.262 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 01.05.2007 [3:15PM]

Version 1.289 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 10.24.2006 [2:15PM]

Version 1.252 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 09.05.2006 [9:15PM]

Version 1.276 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Thursday 08.17.2006 [2:30PM]

Version 1.247 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This update converts kicking for Cheat Violation #125003 (including corresponding #98125003) to a Restriction kick. We have confirmed that some non-cheat programs and drivers may cause this violation to be triggered (such as debug DirectX drivers). We encourage admins to give players the benefit of the doubt and remove any bans for this violation.


Monday 07.24.2006 [9:30PM]

Version 1.259 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Sunday 07.09.2006 [11:45PM]

Version 1.241 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Thursday 07.06.2006 [9:00PM]

Version 1.240 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Thursday 07.06.2006 [5:45PM]

Version 1.256 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Saturday 05.20.2006 [9:15PM]

Version 1.229 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page.

Release Notes for PB Server v1.229:

  • we are opening up beta testing of a new remote control/logging facility called PBUCON. Admins who wish to be involved in the open beta can find more information here: PBUCON


Thursday 02.16.2006 [9:15PM]

Version 1.184 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.

Release Notes for PB Server v1.184:

  • new command "pb_sv_help [filter(optional)]"; admins can use this command to display most PB Server commands and settings with brief help notes; for example, issuing "pb_sv_help ss" shows the commands and settings that contain "ss" (screenshot related functions)
  • several new settings have been added to allow admins to customize colors in the PB WebTool; issue "pb_sv_help http" to get the list


Wednesday 02.01.2006 [10:00PM]

We have confirmed that non-cheat software caused some of the kicks for Violation #80121 that was active for a few minutes yesterday. We encourage admins to give players the benefit of the doubt and ignore this violation number; it has been removed from our system.


Wednesday 02.01.2006 [5:00PM]

Version 1.176 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Saturday 01.28.2006 [6:30PM]

Version 1.227 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 01.27.2006 [1:00PM]

Version 1.225 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Thursday 01.26.2006 [8:15PM]

Version 1.174 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 01.06.2006 [9:15PM]

Due to a glitch on our master servers, many players are getting kicked this evening for violation #80032 in error. Admins should ignore these violations. The problem has been corrected at the masters and PB servers will stop kicking for these violations as their local caches are updated over the next few minutes.


Friday 11.11.2005 [9:30PM]

Version 1.219 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Sunday 10.30.2005 [2:45PM]

Version 1.212 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Saturday 10.29.2005 [11:45PM]

Version 1.169 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This version fixes a crash bug related to starting the PB server with complex nested configs mixed with PB tasks.


Saturday 10.29.2005 [1:15PM]

Version 1.167 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 10.28.2005 [11:45PM]

Version 1.164 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 10.21.2005 [6:45PM]

Due to a glitch on our master servers, many players are getting kicked this evening for violations #81104-81107 in error. Admins should ignore these violations. The problem has been corrected at the masters and PB servers will stop kicking for these violations as their local caches are updated over the next few minutes.


Saturday 07.30.2005 [7:30PM]

Version 1.162 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This version addresses various problems with screenshot corruption reported by admins using recently released v1.161.


Tuesday 07.26.2005 [4:15PM]

Version 1.161 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 07.22.2005 [4:30PM]

Version 1.199 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This version corrects a bug in the linux (32bit) version 1.198 that caused it to reflect a prior version number.


Wednesday 07.20.2005 [10:00PM]

Version 1.198 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 06.29.2005 [9:15PM]

Version 1.123 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 06.28.2005 [1:45PM]

Version 1.120 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Wednesday 06.22.2005 [2:00PM]

Version 1.128 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 06.21.2005 [5:00PM]

Version 1.115 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Tuesday 06.21.2005 [12:30PM]

We have updated the BF2 download page to include links to PB server binaries for Linux 64 bit platforms. PunkBuster for Linux 64 bit currently does not auto-update to the latest version. Until a future version is released with auto-update capability, Linux 64 admins who wish to run the latest version of PunkBuster can manually download the necessary files from our Download page.


Monday 06.20.2005 [2:45PM]

Version 1.112 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Monday 06.20.2005 [12:15PM]

Version 1.113 of the PB Server for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Saturday 06.18.2005 [8:30PM]

Version 1.111 of the PB Client for BF2 has been released to our PB Master Servers for auto-update and to our website download page. This is a maintenance release.


Friday 06.10.2005 [10:00PM]

The long awaited Battlefield 2 Demo was released today with PunkBuster support. We will be updating this page during the following days with links to BF2 specific Manuals, a FAQ, etc.



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