Zero servers. Anyone got a fix?

#1 Posted by AlexW00d (6198 posts) -

So I bought BF:BC2 on Steam yesterday as it was on sale, and I'd been waiting for such sale for a while.


Anyway, when I bring up the server list it claims there are no servers. I can log in fine, which is what most Google results claimed the issue was. I can view leaderboards too.
It is allowed through my Firewall. The game, and Punkbuster, are both updated.

I'm running through a wireless card to my BT homehub, no idea if that is the cause?

I'm also running W7 Ultimate 64bit.

Anybody have any fixes for this? I wanna play me some multiplayer darn it.
Thanks.
#2 Posted by phish09 (1109 posts) -

I don't know about the PC servers, but the 360 servers were very sporadic for a while a couple months back.  I remember I had to do something to get it working again properly.  Did you download the Vietnam expansion?  I think I had to delete that from my HDD and reinstall it.  Maybe just try reinstalling the game overall.  Sorry I can't be of more help.

#3 Edited by Keenblaze (470 posts) -

I had this exact same problem... I can't really remember what I did to fix it...

Maybe run the game/Steam as an admin?
#4 Posted by AlexW00d (6198 posts) -
@phish09 said:
" I don't know about the PC servers, but the 360 servers were very sporadic for a while a couple months back.  I remember I had to do something to get it working again properly.  Did you download the Vietnam expansion?  I think I had to delete that from my HDD and reinstall it.  Maybe just try reinstalling the game overall.  Sorry I can't be of more help. "
Nah it's just Vanilla BC2. Reinstalling will be a last resort for me as I have terrible internet speeds :( lol.

@Keenblaze said:
" I had this exact same problem... I can't really remember what I did to fix it...

Maybe run the game/Steam as an admin?
"
I think I run Steam as an admin already, but I haven't run BC2 as admin yet, I'll try that now.
#5 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

Update your punkbuster directly from the pb website. 

#6 Posted by AlexW00d (6198 posts) -
@Barrock said:
" Update your punkbuster directly from the pb website.  "
I did that.

Also running as admin didn't change anything, although I didn't expect it to.

Sigh.
#7 Posted by Infininja (881 posts) -

Does the Steam version have bfbc2updater.exe? If so, run that.

#8 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

Alright, try opening these ports:


Port: 80 TCP 
Port: 18121 TCP 
Port: 18126 TCP 
Port: 18126 UDP 
Port: 13505 TCP 


And also doing what Infininja suggested. 
#9 Posted by TheSmashing (313 posts) -

 There are no EA servers, leave that box blank 

#10 Posted by AlexW00d (6198 posts) -
@Infininja said:
" Does the Steam version have bfbc2updater.exe? If so, run that. "
It doesn't. Steam is set to update it though. Not sure whether that makes a difference.
#11 Edited by Keenblaze (470 posts) -
@Infininja said:

" Does the Steam version have bfbc2updater.exe? If so, run that. "

Ah, that's what I did to fix it. I ran that program as admin. Try finding that .exe in your steamapps folder.

EDIT: If you can't find that, try verifying the game's cache on Steam.
#12 Posted by AlexW00d (6198 posts) -
@Barrock said:
" Alright, try opening these ports:

Port: 80 TCP 
Port: 18121 TCP 
Port: 18126 TCP 
Port: 18126 UDP 
Port: 13505 TCP 


And also doing what Infininja suggested.  "
Ok I think this worked. It populated the server list finally. But only after I changed it to Europe only.

Thank you sir, and thank you everyone else who answered. :D
#13 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

Be sure to update PunkBuster or you get booted out of games left and right. It kinda sucks.

#14 Posted by 1momosauky (208 posts) -

this should solve you problem 
http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/506199.page

#15 Posted by iDarktread (1206 posts) -
@AlexW00d: Press 'Search' on the server page. It should be on the right side.
#16 Posted by fox01313 (5064 posts) -
@AlexW00d:
 It seems that the join multiplayer game (unlike playing this on the 360) is that it send you to a map server off somewhere in Germany with zero people in it. Try to search for servers to weed through the useless servers not working. GLHB
#17 Posted by Marz (5646 posts) -

Are you pressing the search button, the list will be blank until you actually search.   Otherwise i'm stumped because i was playing yesterday with no problems.

#18 Posted by AlexW00d (6198 posts) -

Of course I pressed fucking Search. Although it is still being a mardy bastard and now claims it can't connect to the main EA server or whatever. WILL PERSIST.

It populated the list and I got a few rounds in last night before bed.
#19 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -
@AlexW00d said:
" So I bought BF:BC2 on Steam yesterday as it was on sale, and I'd been waiting for such sale for a while.

Anyway, when I bring up the server list it claims there are no servers. I can log in fine, which is what most Google results claimed the issue was. I can view leaderboards too.
It is allowed through my Firewall. The game, and Punkbuster, are both updated.

I'm running through a wireless card to my BT homehub, no idea if that is the cause?

I'm also running W7 Ultimate 64bit.

Anybody have any fixes for this? I wanna play me some multiplayer darn it.
Thanks.
"
Apparently the serverbrowser has some problems with several Internet Security Programs.
#20 Posted by AlexW00d (6198 posts) -
@Seppli: Do you know if avast is one of them?

I read a thread about that on either BFBC2 forums or the steam BC2 forum, but it only listed Kaspersky and another one that wasn't Avast.
#21 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

I'm using the latest version of Kaspersky and have no problems, hence I didn't check the list. Forums are down, so I can't link the FAQ thread. I think it's a sticky there. Those dudes can definitely point you in the right direction. Just make a thread or search the forum. It's in there somewhere in great detail.

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