Freezing Map Loading, In-Game Lock Ups. Can load the map up to about 66% and stops. Then you have to ctrl-alt-delete out and restart.
Block port 17475 TCP and UDP. (This was a temporary fix)
PB reinstall – new pnkbstra,b.exe files
Block in game advertising port 17475 (worked temporally)
Reinstall 1.25 patch
Double check networking and firewall settings
Disable firewalls, anti-virus
Uninstall recent “conflicting” windows updates
COMPLETE uninstall of game, reinstall game, patch, NS, patch again…
None of these worked. I had no problem running 2142 on my old Dell, so that eliminated a lot of network and some OS “maybes”.
THE REAL FIX
program files/ Electronic Arts/ Battlefield 2142 / radial.cdb
I saw topics saying to delete the radial.cdb file, but I could never find it. It was listed as a hidden file, but even when you view hidden files it still wasn’t showing up. On either my Dell with XP, or my new PC with Vista. Doing a file system searches revealed nothing.
I COULD NOT SEE THIS FILE THROUGH WINDOWS EXPLORER.
*****You have to “View” it from a WinRAR browser*****
Then delete this file. When you restart, 2142 will make a new one. Problem solved.
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Radial.cdb records or creates a list of some type of data. Every time you start 2142 it adds to the file size. This file eventually reaches a “Bloating” point, where 2142 will no longer be able to properly run. Every copy of 2142 will most likey run into this problem. This problem has recently been happening to more and more people, I am willing to bet their file sizes are finally reaching their limit.
My file sizes
Size of old problem file, 15 MB
Size of new file, 1.4 MB
You might want to run winrar and check this file out, and delete it before you start having problems. It does not adversely effect any current settings.