This is actually what I posted to EA's support section, but would like to expand it to you folks to get some help on this please. This has been a problem since the day I bought the game. As a side note, when I had my motherboard replaced, the ethernet is on board, so I know it couldn't be bad as well... since I also play over 8 other games just fine in multi-player. Here is my problem... I have never been able to get Battlefield 2, Battlefield: Vietnam, and Battlefield: 1942 to work on my high-end Alienware machine. System Specs: Alienware AMD FX-55 CPU, AS8-SLI Motherboard using 1 geforce 6800 Ultra PCI Express (tried numerous drivers for my video card, I own 2 geforce 6800 Ultra cards and tried the second one as well in both PCI express slots), 1 SoundBlaster Audigy, 2 gigs of RAM, 160 gig hard drive, and Windows XP SP2 with all recent security patches. I bought this game when it first came out and have never been able to get it to work at all in multiplayer mode. When I try to join a game, my system runs for about 10 seconds and then crashes and freezes up. The only option I have is to then cold boot my computer to gain control of it again. I still can hear music and sound effects in the background, but lose complete control over the game, forcing me to reboot. I have tried every single patch released for this game up to the most current patch with no luck. I have updated my motherboard chipset drivers to the latest as we as legacy versions. I have uninstalled the game and reinstalled it at least 3 times. I even went as far as to format my computer and then reinstall the game again. One suggestion awhile ago was to turn off the EAX option, but that failed to solve the issue as well. I sent my computer back to Alienware and had the motherboard, CPU and power supply replaced. I have also checked the knowledge base on the EA website about firewalls, and temporarily disabled everything that had to do with a firewall, still it does not work. I run anti-virus software on my computer and have 3 different programs to detect spyware. My system is 100% clean of all viruses and spyware, but still... this game will not run for more then 10 seconds in multiplayer mode without freezing my machine completely. When I play a single-player game of Battlefield 2, Battlefield: Vietnam, and Battlefield: 1942 against computer controlled bots, I do not get these lockups after playing for more then 30 minutes. I have also checked all of my RAM in my Alienware system. With the help of a technical support agent, he had me download a program that checked to see if any of my ram is bad. I checked each stick 1 by 1 (only 1 stick was in the motherboard each time I checked it) for extended tests of 14 hours per stick of RAM. The test took about 4 1/2 days to complete. All 4 sticks of 512k RAM passed their test, and no errors of any kind were found. I also checked for over-heating issues. I have the AlienICE fan system, which keeps my system very cool. When checking my BIOS’ motherboard and CPU temperature readings after playing World of Warcraft for more then 8 hours and DOOM3 for more then 5 hours… they were still very low. So I know this is not an over-heating issue. I also have the same exact problem with multiplayer lockups when playing Battlefield: 1942 and Battlefield: Vietnam. I do not have the problem when playing my other multi-player games such as Everquest, Everquest 2, World of Warcraft, Half-Life 2, Counter Strike Source, Day of Defeat, Brothers in Arms, Doom 3, World War 2 Online, Planetside, Star Wars Galaxies, Quake 3, Call of Duty and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. If all of these games work for long periods of times without a single lock-up, that tells me there is an issue here with the Battlefield series that is a very serious issue indeed. This leads me to believe that there is a network issue with the Battlefield series, which needs to be addressed. Is there some type of option that I am missing in an .ini file and could it be that simple? Perhaps some type of True or False bool value that I need to set in a setup file that could cause this? For months I have tried to find a solution, as you can tell from the different things I tried in this letter, and all that I ask is for a solution to my problem so that I can play this great series of games. Thank you for any help that you can give me in this issue, and I hope after months of frustration, I can once and for all enjoy Battlefield 2, Battlefield: Vietnam, and Battlefield: 1942 on my Alienware computer in multiplayer games. On a side note, with all the games I mentioned that work perfectly fine in multiplayer mode, except for 3 made by EA, what does that tell you about the quality of EA's development team? I have been playing PC games for well over 15 years, and I have never had this many issues with a series of games such as the Battlefield lineup. Forgive me if I sound rude, but after having problems for this long... I am running out of ideas, and need to find a solution! Thank you and I hope to hear some solutions soon *prays to be able to play at least one day soon*
Waffle-Sprocket is broke
24th November 2003
It sounds as though you have extensively covered everything to do with your pc and to be honest im shocked you havent resolved the problem yet. AK is the best one to ask but i think he is away for a few weeks.
i had the lock ups on my new pc for bf42 but bf2 works fine but here is wat i did to fix bf42 i went in my bios and looked for something called CAS and put that to the next higher number dont know if it will work for bf2 but its worth a try :) and also try playing bf2 in NON PB server that was my friends prblm with bf2
Specs - AMD athlon 3200 1 gig ram nvidida 6600 GT PCI Express k8n neo4 mobo
Dread pwns me!
20th October 2005
Thats wierd cause my computer specs is half as much as his but mine runs bf2 a billion times better.
Dread pwns me!
20th October 2005
your video my not be 1 of the recomended cards for bf2 so it causes conflict with the game.
The#1Spotyour video my not be 1 of the recomended cards for bf2 so it causes conflict with the game.
I am looking at the Battlefield2 box right now and the system requirements say, "NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 or greater." My video card is a GeForce 6800 Ultra, which a year and a 1/2 ago was one of the best cards you could get for high-end gaming. I originally bought my Alienware as an SLI built machine. I was disgusted with SLI, so I took one of the GeForce 6800 Ultra cards out and switched the chip from duel mode to single mode on my motherboard, so that I would now be using a single video card setup. The video card(s) are not the issue. I have tried both cards 1 by 1 in each PCI express slot with no luck. I am able to play Battlefield2, Battlefield:1942 and Battlefield Vietnam perfectly fine in single-player mode. This is a network issue. I just can't believe how 3 games could cause this much of a problem. All 3 are published and developed by the same company, which has a reputation for releasing half-baked products with more bugs to count. If all 3 Battlefield games cause the same issue with lockups in multi-player, then something is very wrong here indeed. Does Battlefield2 derive some of the net code from Battlefield:1942 and Battlefield:Vietnam? If so, then this is a flaw in their source code, in which case there needs to be a simple fix for multi-player lockups. As I stated in the original post, I have played numerous other games online flawlessly for hours on end. Something is wrong with EA’s side of things and there has to be a simple fix to an issue like this! Wouldn't it be great if all it was that you needed to do was switch a Boolean value? Please keep the suggestions/trouble-shooting tips coming guys (and gals)! I know I can beat this and get this game going. I don't give up easy, and I’m bound to play this darn game some day!
UGSAcei had the lock ups on my new pc for bf42 but bf2 works fine but here is wat i did to fix bf42 i went in my bios and looked for something called CAS and put that to the next higher number dont know if it will work for bf2 but its worth a try :) and also try playing bf2 in NON PB server that was my friends prblm with bf2 Specs - AMD athlon 3200 1 gig ram nvidida 6600 GT PCI Express k8n neo4 mobo
I will try the CAS issue. Could you please explain to me what a PB server is though?
ok PB is punk buster which prevents ppl from useing hacks in the game in the server browser thier is like a lil blue guy with a red circle and a cross threw it taht is a pb server un check ur pb filter and search for a server with out pb :) understand ?
UGSAceok PB is punk buster which prevents ppl from useing hacks in the game in the server browser thier is like a lil blue guy with a red circle and a cross threw it taht is a pb server un check ur pb filter and search for a server with out pb :) understand ?
Yeah I know what Punk Buster is, I used it with some other online games. Just didn't catch the PB I guess, first thing I thought was... peanut butter?