Punkbuster Webupdater

PBweb is a tool to update Punkbuster (for SOF2) via the web! It is a very handy tool for players who have problems with PunkBuster (no auto...


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PBweb is a tool to update Punkbuster (for SOF2) via the web! It is a very handy tool for players who have problems with PunkBuster (no autoupdate, or no update at all).

Place pbweb.exe into your sof2/pb directory, then run it... it should update PB till the latest version.

Sadly there seems no info available about the differences between version 1.0 and 1.5...

There are also special versions available for other operating systems (Linux and Mac OSX). Get those versions here!

Have fun :beer:

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Download 'pbweb15windows.zip' (50KB)

Updating PunkBuster 
There are two major components to the PunkBuster system: The PunkBuster Server (runs on game servers) and the PunkBuster Client (runs on the players' playing machines while they play the game). Both components are designed to automatically keep themselves up to date with the latest versions of PunkBuster. 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". 
In almost every case where PB cannot keep itself up to date, the problem is a firewall or some type of security software that blocks communication with the master PB Servers. In order for PB to be able to keep itself up to date, the following ports must be open: UDP ports 24300 through 24350. If this can be resolved, then PB will be able to auto-update and function properly the way it was designed. 
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, there are basically two ways to manually update PunkBuster. The old way is to visit the download page on this website linked from the appropriate game's support page. 

The new way to update PunkBuster manually is to use the PBWEB program that we developed to emulate a web browser and download the proper files directly from our website's download pages. 
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. 
Download the appropriate PBWEB for your operating system from the links provided below. Be sure to save into the home "pb" directory on your hard drive and then launch PBWEB. 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.

For Windows: pbweb.exe or pbweb.zip 
For Linux: pbweb.x86 
For Mac OSX: pbwebmac.zip (thanks to Timothy Wood for designing the nice Mac shell)

All version can be downloaded at http://www.evenbalance.com/index.php?page=updatepb.php

Troubleshooting PBWEB 
PBWEB can take a few minutes to initialize (especially the first time it is launched); this is normal 
PBWEB creates a file called pbweb.log that holds all of the output and any error messages that may help resolve a problem.

The message 'cannot find PB files' usually indicates that PBWEB is not being launched from the correct home "pb" directory, the files it is looking for are pbcl.db and/or pbsv.db one or both of which should be present in every PunkBuster installation after PB has been enabled from inside the game - use the /fs_homepath game console command to find the exact location of the PB home directory on your system 
If you get a 'htm to binary conversion failure' message, please try running PBWEB again; this error message is usually caused by a timed out download from the website and re-running PBWEB almost always works the second time in this case.

For help with PBWEB or to report any problems with PBWEB, please email us at support@evenbalance.com; be sure to attach your pbweb.log file to the email along with any other information that may be helpful

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