it seems there are still many bugs in this full version but there are too many servers I cant get into. I can see the list of servers some of which ping at zero which is complete balls. servers which are not full or passworded that I try to join give the server info as usual . the progress bar fills then the verify user data message comes up and thats it.. nothing happens . escape key doesnt work and If I wait for long enough I finally get a message that I have been kicked off the server. I can join a few servers and after I installed the wcc mod on the system to play a mates clans server I can join theres no problem. punkbuster is enabled and the game works ok as host or in single player. Im a running a firewall but I don't think that this is a problem at all. 3 MB bband connection XP2800+ cpu radeon 9200 pro running at 4X 1 GB memory I have tried filtering for same version / punkbuster / no password but the filters make absolutely no difference to the list that comes up when I apply the filters or hit refresh.
While it may sound rather curious, it is possible that yor vid card is causing you issues, I have noticed that some ppl with low end cards that may even be below the min required spec have reported similar problems that vanish after upgrading. I personally donn't see why that should happen, but it does seem to. I wonder whether it is becasue the older vid cards cause to long delayes in the verifying data process and the server times out.
And yes, the filters seem useless to me also, I even had to untick the "same version only" box to get ANY servers to appear, but that is probably because the servers list is generated by Gamespy and they are useless as well.
i would have thought it my graphic card perhaps If I struggled to get in any server but that isnt the case I can get in some. As I hadn't the problem with the game out of the box and after resintalling tried without the 1.03 first and could join servers that havent updated without any problem I feel it is a bug caused by the 1.03 patch.
Personally I think that's to easy a copout, any problems with the game and it's the patch. There would be more ppl experiencing that issue if it was soley due to a bug in the patch. I have never had problems with any servers, if it was a bug in the patch it should affect everybody at some time or other (like the red player bug). I suggested the vid card because I have seen it happen, but it could be your firewall, or a virus, or your router, or your ISP or etc, there are many possible causes, none of which I can verify from where I am, but you can perform tests that will either confirm or eliminate some problems.
I decided as CoD2 is out that I would get a new graphics card and went for the ati X700 . the game graphics are a big step up from the 9200 pro. as I would expect. I still have the same problem joining various servers though . If it was my firewall I would expect this long delay in all servers . but it isn't all of them. I usually just try to keep to local servers to keep ping down. very wierd type of problem... I am also wondering if it could be anything to do with punkbuster.
think I may have found out what was causing this problem.. The transfer rate to my hard drive was too slow. The game is installed on my slave 160GB drive. which should be running on dma ultra mode but for some reason is reverting to PIO mode which is slower.. Checking the master against the slave gives a transfer rate of over 24000 (master) to around 7000 for the slave. I still am in the process of sorting why the slave reverts to PIO as Its probably a driver issue in windows XP service pack 2. In the meantime I upgraded the master drive to a 160gig as the old one was getting on a bit. then transfered the game to the master Joining games is alot quicker now. Wonder if this may help other players as I have seen this problem on this and other BF2 forums.