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*FIXED, PLZ READ* PunkBuster failed to initialize, COD4

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When I start multiplayer (via STEAM), it straight up tells me that punkbuster failed to initialize. I updated PB countless times. Is there a way to manually start PB and see if it works that way? I mean I honestly don't see why PB fails to initialize.

NOTE: I bought CoD4 via Steam, it's not a standalone.

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Do you see this processes running in task manager?

PnkbstrA.exe
PnkbstrB.exe
post #3 of 17
have you tried the manual update at evenbalance.com? when PB was updated a few months back on COD4 everyone had to manually update...

if you havent manually updated, read my post below
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oh god, why did you buy it on steam?

but yes, you should manually update it and try again.

(p.s. just wait until your next trip to the mall to buy it, don't give steam crap )
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I have been getting this sometimes lately, and i have the Retail version. I had to use the PB update program that comes with Americas Army and updated both games. Ive had to do that 2 or 3 times lately to play COD4.
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i had that issue when my firewall would block punkbuster.
    
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okay, for everyone having this issue this is what you do....i do this everytime i reformat my computer to play COD4 and it works 100% everytime, this is a manual update of your Pb files for COD4...

first you go to www.evenbalance.com,


youll see all the versions of punkbuster listed along the right hand side. Go to Call Of Duty 4 and it should bring up the support page....this page:

http://evenbalance.com/index.php?page=support-cod4.php

in that page you should see somthing that says "Software Updates: Download"...click on download

you will then be taken to the download page,... this page:

http://evenbalance.com/index.php?page=dl-cod4.php

you will see two security files, one for players and one for admins.

Quote:
For Players Filename: pbsec.htm
For Admins Filename: pbsecsv.htm
..click on "for players"

then you will be taken to a page that has a bunch of numbers some site code i believe. Dont make the mistake of thinking you have all ready made a mistake, your suppose to see this. It will show instructins on how to update your pb from there;

http://evenbalance.com/downloads/cod4/pbsec.htm

the instructions read...
Quote:
To Manually update your local PunkBuster Security Files, choose "Save As" from your Web Browser's "File" Menu and explore to find your game folder and the subfolder called "pb", then save this file in that location ([game path]/pb/pbsec.htm or [game path]/pb/pbsecsv.htm). The next time you start your game, your PunkBuster will have the latest security information necessary to accept auto-updates from PB Servers.
thats it, thats all you need to do, go to file, save page, and save it in your pb folder in the directory of where you installed COD4. After that all should be good. I hope this fixes your problem and any one else who is having this issue.
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yeah i had the same issue for me i had to open ports on my router for it to allow it rhough the firewall.

www.portforward.com
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Try typing this in chat:

/pb_security 0

That's what fixed it for me.
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Great help guys, but it's still not working

BTW, only PnkBstrA is running.
    
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