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Quite a while ago the official Master Elite Force II Master Server disappeared, as consequence players could not see any servers any more. This Post tells you how to fix this...

Posted by Chrissstrahl on Dec 23rd, 2012

On March 2010 the Star Trek Elite Force II Master Server disappeared the first time, it was then when GSIO, a Member of the Elite Force II community created a new Master Server. This new Community Master Server is now hosted by the SFU Clan.

That is the reason why you can't find any EF2 Internet Servers even thou there are currently 3 public servers online 24/7


You will need to make adjustments for the game to accept the alternative Master-Server!
This Article explains you how to make these alterations. These changes will make your computer use a different IP for the address of the Activision ef2 master-server, this is necessary since the game offers no option to change the master server from within the game it self.


The easiest method for all Windows Users would be to run the EF2 Master-Server Toogle fix patch.

For this process you will need to have administrative privileges
  1. Download and unzip the tool: Moddb.com
  2. You need to run that tool as Administrator
  3. You need to make sure your Virus Scanner does not block access to the file:
    Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
  4. You need to make sure your Firewall does not block access to the file:
    Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
  5. Follow the instructions of the tool

Otherwise the tool can not modify the hosts file and you will still not be able to see the new master server.

Please note that disabling the Virus-Scanner or Firewall will most likely not help to bypass the protection on the hosts file!


The next method would only require some attention and patience and a HexEditor: Chmaas.handshake.de

It is important that you do NOT use DELETE or BACKSPACE, this will damage the EF2.exe!

  1. Make a backup copy of your ef2.exe
  2. Open the ef2.exe with the HexEditor
  3. Search for the string: ef2master
  4. You should see the following string: ef2master.activision.com
  5. That string you will have to overwrite with: ef2master.sfu-server.de
  6. You will notice that the m of activision.com will remain it has to be overwritten
    by typing 00 on the HEXCode side where it says: 6D
  7. Save the changes to the ef2.exe

For Windows (XP,Vista,Win7)

For this process you will need to have administrative privileges

  1. You need to make sure your Virus Scanner does not block access to the file:
    Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
  2. You need to make sure your Firewall does not block access to the file:
    Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
  3. Open the file named "hosts" in "C:/windows/system32/drivers/etc"
    (assuming you installed windows on drive "c").
  4. Make sure you use Notepad.exe or any else text editor to edit the hosts file,
    Wordpad or Word or Office will !!! NOT !!! work!
  5. Scroll down to the bottom line and add the following line:
    88.198.74.83 ef2master.activision.com
  6. Save the file, and close the text editor.
  7. Open the hosts file again and check if it has been modified,
    otherwise make sure that your firewall or Virus-scanner do
    not block acess to the hosts file.
Please note that disabling the Virus-Scanner or Firewall will most likely not help to bypass the protection on the hosts file!


For MAC OS-X 10.2 and aboveĀ 

  1. You need to make sure your Virus Scanner does not block access to the file:
    /private/etc/hosts
  2. You need to make sure your Firewall does not block access to the file:
    /private/etc/hosts
  3. Access the TERMINAL
  4. Browse the directory using the command string:
    cd /private/etc
  5. Open the hosts file in the nano text editor:
    sudo nano hosts
  6. Scroll down to the bottom line and add the following line:
    88.198.74.83 ef2master.activision.com
  7. Press Control and X and save the file with administrative privileges.
  8. Open the hosts file again and check if it has been altred

Reboot your Operating System if necessary.


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