If you receive a global hardware ban If you are so unlucky as to get a ban from Punkbuster, a global ban, hardware ban, in your computer game, there is a solution for you. It takes a little knowledge, but most people can do it, or know someone that can help remove the ban. Punkbuster is surely not there for you, nor Evenbalance, that handles the bans for Punkbuster (PB).
Banmessages from PunkBuster
You ban-message could be like one of these:
“You have been permanently banned”
“You have been permanently banned from this Game Server via PunkBuster GLOBAL PunkBuster GUID BAN”
This usually means that: * Punkbuster has scanned your harddrive for a “hardwareserialnumber” and has saved it * Punkbuster has scanned your “MACadress” and saved it (taken from your identifiable networkcard) * Punkbuster has saved your CD-key or DVD-key
How to remove hardwareban
- Install a new Harddrive (HD). You need a new Harddrive-serial. The only was is a new harddrive. You could also set the old HD to “RAID 0” in your BIOS.
- Disable “LAN” in “BIOS”
- Install a new Networkcard, or at first put it in another slot. This is to change your MACadress.
- You can also change your MACadress with many freeware tools online
- You can try to play the game now. If you get a window/message mentioning a “GUID BAN”, your gameserial is banned. Then you need a new serial for the game also. Buy a new game. Some have the extra hardware needed, but most need to get a new game CD. Make sure you have no cheats installed, and good luck.
Games supported by Punkbuster Download:
America’s Army, Battlefield 1942, Battlefield 2, Battlefield Vietnam, Call of Duty, DOOM 3, Enemy Territory, Far Cry Joint Operations: Typoon Rising Quake III Arena, Quake 4 Return to Castle Wolfenstein Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield Soldier of Fortune II
PB keywords and misspellings:
Punkbuster, GUID Ban, hardware ban, global hardware ban, evenbalance, pb, Hardwar ban, Hardwareban serialban, GUI BAN, GUIDBan, battelfield 2, battlefield 2, battlefield 2, punkbuser, punk Buster
In order to get you unbanned, you can obtain a new CD key from EA-games, if you i.e. have been banned from BF2. Read this support page from EA-games: