restriction server communication error.

I cannot join any server unless its US OFFICIAL. I get kicked as soon as the map loads. This just started a few days ago. I did a complete clean windows install after trying to validate game files. I reinstalled PB Several times, I reinstalled the game after the format nothing works. does anyone have any ideas?


  • frankoffrankof Posts: 1,077Moderator
    edited December 2020
    Without a kick message it has to be guess work, none of the official servers run PB, but privates does, your kicked by PB, so get a kick message and post it.
    (it looks like a firewall/communication issue tho)
  • MewtwoMewtwo Posts: 307Player
    so i can tell you yesterday we was in one server i will not tell you the server namn but we did turn of punkbuster and aci and player was kick i think at this are your end AA becouse i guess at that are from your side and allso i will try to say at looking at the update files for that happing me for 1 Mon ago.if constipated_moose dont be kick when you dont have punkbuster on and we test it at turn that off and i guess at that are from your files.
  • ChickenChicken Posts: 15Beta Tester
    assuming he does not have a PB ban then I suggest he runs PBSVC (not setup)
  • -SD-DELTON-ACI--SD-DELTON-ACI- Posts: 1,518Player
    Did you install punkbuster A and B a lot of players are having this problem and only with windows 10 make sure you install both A and B .
  • -]H[-Feertti-]H[-Feertti Posts: 12Player
    You said that you installed PB several time.

    There is 2 different PB setups what you've to install
    1. PunkBuster Setup (PBSetup)
    2. PunkBuster Service Installer (pbsvc)

    In PBSetup you need to
    1. Choose Game: Ameriga's Army: Proving Gorunds
    2. Game Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\America's Army\AAPG\Binaries\Win32

    But it looks like that you have not installed PnkBstrA and PnkBstrB softwares.
  • I have windows 8 and I installed PB from not evanbalance. I installed the PBSETUP. The message I get is Restriction; Service Communication. this only happens on private servers not the official US servers. I have no PB bans for anything or ever have. I am frustrated and about to give up.
  • frankoffrankof Posts: 1,077Moderator
    PBSVS is punkbuster service setup, it needs to be installed as well, and allowed to communicate
  • MewtwoMewtwo Posts: 307Player
    edited December 2020
    RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrA.exe message.
    I finally fixed mine after reading lots of forums, i did a few of my own things, some probably not needed, and others probably noobish, but in the end mine works!
    i did:
    1. Open windows firewall
    2. click advanced settings( on the left) and then inbound (also left)
    3. Find PnkbstrA.exe and PnkbstrB.exe (if you have two of both, its fine)
    4. right click on each of them>properties>programs and services
    5. make sure that "all programs that meet the spesifications" is checked
    6. then go to the "Advanced" tab and check all 3 boxes. Domain, Private and Public.
    7. REMEMBER TO DO THIS FOR ALL PnkBstr Files. then save and quit.
    8. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\common\aapg and delete "Pb" folder.
    9. go to these 2 links:
    10. download and install both
    11. Run Pbsetup.exe (the first link)
    12. add a game (eg. aapg)
    13. check for updates.

    This should help

    PS: for some reason i can no longer launch aapg from chrome after doing this so i used firefox. (this is not the first time i have done this, although the first time was not the same error.)
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