WHAT'S NEW IN THIS PATCH
1. Server Stability Issues:
We've made a few adjustments that will help with server side stability and should help to remedy unexpected server timeouts.
2. PunkBuster Update:
Even Balance has updated their PunkBuster software and we've included it in this update as well.
Below is a detailed description of how PunkBuster works and how to update to the latest version entitled PBWEB.
The PB Server software routinely checks with the master PB Servers and downloads new updates when they become available and then distributes the new versions down to the PB Clients when players running an old version connect to the server. When PB can't keep itself up to date, various error messages will be displayed. For PB Server Admins, messages will be displayed to all players when a player joins who has a newer version of PB than what is currently running on the PB Server.
Also, PB Servers running old versions will not be able to detect and deal with all of the latest versions of cheat/hack software. For players of the games, when their PB can't keep itself up to date, they will be removed (kicked) from PB Servers and may see one of a variety of messages ... "Distress", "Technical Problem loading ...", or "Update Timeout". For users who are unable to resolve the issues dealing with master PB Server communication or who have unreliable Internet connections that cause PB auto-updates to fail, you should use PBWEB to resolve the issue.
To use PBWEB, you first must know where your home "pb" directory is located on your hard drive. To do this, enter "/fs_homepath" into your console (without the quotes). Players can press the tilde key (the ~ key) from any game screen to bring down (and/or raise) their console. After entering "/fs_homepath", the game will display the path to the home directory. At that location, the subdirectory called "pb" is the home "pb" directory. Launch PBWEB from the home directory. If PBWEB is not launched from inside the home "pb" directory, then it will not work.
Note that PBWEB works for all games supported by PunkBuster and it works for both Players and also Admins running PB Servers.
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