Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Battlefield 2142... broken again

EA has broken Battlefield 2142 again and it has only been out a couple of weeks! Whats sad, is the fact that people are still buying this game. The patch problems with Battlefield 2 were bad at launch, but this mess with 2142 is taking the cake.

From AggravatedGamers:
Earlier today EA released a patch to the EA Downloader which effectively uninstalled EA Downloader and then installed the new “EA Downloader” which is called EA Link. Due to the uninstall it deleted all of the information associated with the cdkey of the game you purchased making the BF2142 that you had installed useless. By useless I mean whenever ANYONE connects to a server they are greeted with the message “Invalid CDKey”. If you are one of the lucky ones to manage to be able to connect to a server eventually 2-3 minutes down the line you will be kicked from the server by Punkbuster telling you that you have a “duplicate key”.
Once again, EA forces something to be rushed out untested and screws a game over. How do I know it is untested? Because I can look at Xfire and see that play time for BF 2142 is down more than %50 today compared to the last week. That pretty much indicates there is a whole lot of people having problems, and that only happens when OBVIOUS bugs are missed.

BF 2142 remains in a sad state. I can't believe I wanted to play it. I am damn glad I didn't though, and I will continue my fight against this garbage as long as EA is dumping it.


  1. Anonymous5:53 PM

    For those who suffer from that, a solution to the problem:
    For EA Link (or EA Downloader) version.
    Open My Computer.
    Open drive C:
    Open Programs Files
    Open Electronic Arts
    Open Battlefield 2142
    Open Support
    Double click on Battlefield 2142_code.exe
    Click on the Start button.
    Click on Run.
    Type regedit in the text field.
    Click File and then choose Export.
    Name the file Backup and make sure the Export Range is set to All.
    Click Save; you will now be returned to the Registry Editor window.
    Click the plus sign next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
    Click the plus sign next to Software.
    Click the plus sign next to Electronic Arts.
    Click the plus sign next to EA Games
    Click the plus sign next to Battlefield 2142
    Click on the ergc. On the right panel screen, double click on default.
    You should see a code under Value Data.
    Enter ‘x9392’ at left most part of the code.
    (eg. x9392DH34DF78WE35BV78AS69)
    Click OK
    You may now start playing the game online.

  2. Anonymous9:28 PM

    First telling people to uninstall security patches and now registry edits to fix their broke ass programs... sad.

  3. Anonymous3:21 AM

    hey can someone help me? whenever i start up battlefield 2142 to play online, it says that a patch is available even though i have the latest patch and it also says EA downloader is not installed. Then it says that im not connected to the internet even though i am. What should i do?

  4. Anonymous3:36 PM

    You just uninstall the game and install it again. it worked for me! :) Witch system are you running? Vista? then you should run it as administrator

  5. Anonymous10:01 PM

    I am running on Vista and it also says to me that I do not have the Downloader installed. I have already re-installed Battlefield once but I get the same problem. Also when I am able to play i can't get past recruit, probably because i can't get any of the patches.

  6. Anonymous1:18 AM

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it work?


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