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I help run the LANFusion Counter-Strike Source servers and for the past few weeks, since the last update I believe, we are unable to get VAC enabled.

I've ran the HLserver update tool and verified the entire installation. I've even gone as far as installing a fresh copy of srcds to a new directory to eliminate any of our admin plug-ins causing the problem.

Below is the console log from the test install:

256.3 fps 0/ 2 on map de_dust2
Console initialized.
Attempted to create unknown entity type event_queue_saveload_proxy!
Game.dll loaded for "Counter-Strike: Source"
maxplayers set to 32
maxplayers set to 2
Network: IP, mode MP, dedicated Yes, ports 27015 SV / 27005 CL
Executing dedicated server config file
Error: Material "sprites/bubble" : proxy "AnimatedTexture" not found!
Summary: 331 resources total 15.88 Mb, 5.92 % of capacity
couldn't exec server.cfg
Adding master server
Adding master server
Could not establish connection to Steam servers.

There is the console message. I should note I also installed a pub on a server I have at home which is configured identically to the box we're using in respects to firewall and NIC settings (outside IP and DNS addresses obviously) and VAC enables for me.
I copied the shortcut command line from the server box and used that on mine changing the IP address the server uses.

The firewall on the 2k3 server box was configured correctly and working up till the last update. I've tried disabling the firewall and rebooting the box and I still get the same message. The server is up-to-date with the latest windows updates and patches.

I've had the owners of the server contact the data center the server is located at and had them verify and open ports 27000-27015.

I get the same result each time on all 6 of our pubs.

There are no additional 3rd party firewall programs installed and I've inspected the box and checked the registry for anything I could think of that might be causing network related issues.

I've checked every tcp/ip network setting I could find on the NIC and everything looks correct.

If there is anything anyone can offer to assist with this problem, I would be extremely grateful as all the VAC'd kiddies like to use our pubs as their personal playgrounds and our admin team is being over-worked banning speedhackers and aimbotters every 15 minutes.


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Try running the servers on default ports ( 27015 ), since 27011 is a VALVe port being used for additional srcds services.
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khjb007 Wrote:I suggest that you go to until you solve the problem with VAC. sharebans only has 8022 banned steamID's but people like us who run servers need to help this company grow.

If this is a compiled list of bans from admins on different servers I might hold off. I'm sure there are plenty of competent admins in that community, but I've come to realize over the past few years with CS that many admins are ban happy and not very accurate with the bans they make.
I will check it though and see what it's about.

Hollanda Wrote:Try running the servers on default ports ( 27015 ), since 27011 is a VALVe port being used for additional srcds services.

The pubs are and always have been run on the default port of 27015.
I'm also not that big fan from I had a little chat with the owner at and invited him to convince me why I should use his mod.

It seems to me they use HLstatsX VAC2 bans from their site: to have a hugh banlist (+8000). The owner told me they ban some VAC2 bans because else they still can connect to non-secure servers. Also: he told me that they review a lot of demo's. Still It's not clear how they can have 8000+ bans in only a few weeks.

Unfortunately he's not answering mine and other admins questions and trying to convince us from his anti cheat mod.
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how do you run the server on port27015, b/c I also get the same error message. I have port forewarded 27000-27020 TCP and UDP and still no luck. Help.

i have the same problem even though i forwarded ports 27000-28000. only thing i can think of is that when i start srcds i use my internal ip address?
add +hostport 27015 to your command line
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Check the output of netstat (in linux netstat -lp) for all listening ports and what process is doing the listening.

I had this problem and found hlds listening on port 26900 UDP. Opened the port up and voila, server secured.

See if your problem is the same.

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