Bad Company 2: Vietnam PB Client Error, Crash on Login Screen, Failed to Connect Fixes

Here are some of the issues you may come across while playing Bad Company 2: Vietnam DLC. To fix these...

Here are some of the issues you may come across while playing Bad Company 2: Vietnam DLC. To fix these errors, just follow the instructions!

Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam Bug Fixes

If you come across any issue while trying to play the game. Or have problems installing Vietnam DLC along with your previous standalone Battlefield: Bad Company 2 installation, browse through this troubleshooting guide with tips on how to fix those issues!

Timeout Trying to Update PB Client Error – 0 minute kick
If you are getting kicked with the error message “Timeout Trying to Update PB Client Error” make sure you have the game in your Firewall Exceptions list . Just in case, do disable the antivirus too.

Afterwards, try connecting to your desired server. If it still doesn’t connect and the issue still persists: update the punkbuster manually, go to, download the files and put them in your local pb folder.

Vietnam Expansion Pre-order Activation Issues
If you preordered the DLC and have yet to receive the activation code via obvious channels, you should probably contact the EA support at

Vietnam DLC was pushed in the recent Battlefield: Bad Company 2 patch so all you need to unlock it is by redeeming the code.

Can’t Login to EA Download Manager
If you have patched the game recently and can’t login to EA Download Manager, make sure there aren’t any firewall or antivirus blocking the download manager.

Re-add EA Download Manager to Firewall and your preferred antivirus’ Exception list. If the issue still persists, you can try the workaround below:

Download an old version of EA Download Manager via filehippo. Before launching Download Manager, block all the network traffic. It will not show the ‘Upgrade’ message. Now you can login and download the game.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam Purchase Not Showing Up in EADM
These games/dlc don’t actually appear in EADM – try patching to the latest version of the game and playing. You should be able to play with the new content.

To see your purchase history, go to and look at order history (it should be the first link).

How to Install Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam on Steam
Right-click on BC2 in your Steam games list and select “View Game CD Key”. You should see a key for BC2: Vietnam. Write it down.

Note: You can also access this key in-game using the Steam overlay by pressing SHIFT+TAB if you prefer.

  1. Launch Bad Company 2 and log in.
  2. Click the “Vietnam” button along the left side of the Main Menu. The game should switch over to Vietnam mode and ask for a product key.
  3. Enter the key you copied down in Step 1.
  4. Bad Company 2: Vietnam should now be activated and playable.

Note: The STEAM version of BC2: Vietnam requires the Steam version of BC2!

Bad Company 2: Vietnam Activation on Steam
Right-click Bad company 2 from your library, click “View Downloadable Content”, copy your Vietnam key and redeem it in-game. Now, Restart Steam.

Failed to Connect to EA Online
Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Vietnam DLC servers have finally been shut down. There is no fix to this.

In-Game Radio Not Working – Can’t Hear Sound Tracks
If Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam started fine, and you successfully binded the key for the radio and still it doesn’t work. You can do the steps below to fix this issue.

  • Go to your documents folder.
  • Select BFBC2 folder.
  • Double click on Gamesettings.txt.
  • Look for: “CarRadio=” it should be on the top.
  • Set “CarRadio=1” to fix this issue.

Bad Company 2: Vietnam Missing Chat Box
In the latest patch, they changed the way chat box will work now on. Basically it won’t auto show any chat in the game. You will have to press ‘~’ to get the chatbox.

Losing Connection to Vietnam Servers
There are certain ports that needs to be opened before you can play Battlefield: Bad Company 2 smoothly. These ports are:

TCP:80, 13505, 18800, 18805
UDP:53, 10000, 11000-11030, 18805

Crash to Desktop on Vietnam Login Screen
Verify integrity of game cache. Right click on ‘Battlefield: Bad Company 2’ in Steam > Properties and Local Files > “Verify Game Integrity of Local Files”.

Failed to Connect to Key Server
EA Servers may be busy, wait for a while and it will be fixed. Edit: servers have been shut down. There is no fix for this issue:

Server Browser Freezes/Returns no Results
Uninstall your antivirus software, and the game should work fine again. R8 client doesn’t really work well with some antivirus products. Just disabling the antivirus won’t help either, and nor will adding the game to the exceptions list.

Bad Company 2: Vietnam “Crashing to Desktop” Fix
Open “settings.ini” and find “DxVersion= ” and change it to “DxVersion=9″ or “DxVersion=10”: whatever you are using. This should help with the Bad Company 2 Vietnam Crash Fix.

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