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we have just got bf2, had a nightmare getting into the game, once installed, even on single player.
anyway, we did get into it eventually, only by using the multiplayer icon and then switching to single player from in-game.

now...we decided to try it online...nothing
we get a messagesaying "no play now server found"
wha..?
not sure if we failed a port scan or something....firewall ?......

any ideas v. welcome.

i ordered the game for my son for xmas, it only turned up today, if we don't get him online soon we might have to tripple his medication
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I think even in single player you log onto the ea server.

Yeah, definately check your firewall. Xp has one built in. Try turning it off. (Start/control panel/---hit classic view--- then select the firewall icon, and turn it off.)

Are you using a broadband router? You may have to enable a certain port. I think the only port you need open is 16567 but I have found this on the net

Someone said:The ports for Battlefield 2 are as follows:

UDP ports:

27900
29900
29910
27901
55123
55124
55215
16567
1500-4999
TCP ports:

80
29900
29901
29920
28910
4711

I know you dont need all those open. Maybe 80 but thats it.
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yeah, i'm sure its something to do with ports or something, each time we try to play multi, we get a Norton warning that an attempt to access the PC was made from another computer, but it shows the same IP adress as the BF2 server IP, so i am that BF2 is doing a port scan, and our ports are closed off.
how do we find out which ports need to be open, and how do we open them.

also isnt it risky to leave the firewall off while playing online?
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I don't know about Norton's firewall, there is certainly a way to open specific ports for incoming traffic. It should be easy to find in the firewall's online help system, a search for "port" will probably turn it riught up.

Since Nytevizion doesn't to think that the list of ports on his list are all required, you should check the readme file and/or developer's web site for the true list of ports. It will be in there somewhere. (It can't be simply port 80 though, that is for HTTP web traffic by convention.)

And yes, opening the ports up exposes your PC to intrusion through those ports. Hopefully Norton has a way for you to group assignments into a group that you can quickly turn on and off as necessary. My hardware router has this functionality, not that I use it very much.
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Hi when i play bf2 which is quite alot i turn my mcafee firewall off and ive never had a problems with it.
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Originally Posted by performancepcs
Hi when i play bf2 which is quite alot i turn my mcafee firewall off and ive never had a problems with it.
Sure, but that's risky as heck. If all of those reports about how it takes an unprotected PC only 20 minutes to be compromised are even remotely true, then you can be 100% certain that your PC has at least been port scanned at some point when you had your firewall down.

I used to do the same thing a few years ago, I could not get ZoneAlarm to just let Dark Age of Camelot through for some reason. So I had to turn it off completely. But even a few years ago online threats were not as common as they are now, and I would certainly not do that again. Take the time to open the necessary ports only, then close them again when you are done.
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i run behind a router aswell which is firewalled so i guess that gives me some protection even when my firewall is off
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Quote:
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i run behind a router aswell which is firewalled so i guess that gives me some protection even when my firewall is off
I also run behind a router and the only port I opened for battlefield 2 was the standard 16567 which is what most of the game servers use. My brother also got it to work with just that port open. I have other ports open, but they are for other programs. I assume the game scans for available ports open but Im not sure. Its been a while since I bought and installed the game.

I only posted the message with all those ports because every time I search for an answer on the net for what ports it needs, that particular message keeps comming up on different threads and different forums. But like I said, I know you dont need all those open.
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