Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 box art.png
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
November 8, 2011
OS X
May 20, 2014
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at Steam Charts
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at SteamDB
 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at Wikipedia
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Variety Map Pack
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Champs
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009
Stimulus Package
Resurgence Package
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First Strike
Escalation
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Content Drops 1-24
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General information

More information Official Call of Duty series site
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information Call of Duty Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Call of Duty game made.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Steam Steamicon.png
Retail Steamicon.png
Information All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Utilities[edit]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\players2\*.cfg
OS X
Information config.cfg is for single player, config_mp.cfg is for multi-player

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows
OS X

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg Set "Image Quality" to Native and use Widescreen Fixer.
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg Set "Image Quality" to Native and use Widescreen Fixer.
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Default is 65°; use CoD: Modern Warfare 3 FoV Changer.
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Change r_texFilterAnisoMin and r_texFilterAnisoMax in the config files
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Impossible Spec Ops and single player are uncapped; multiplayer has a 91 FPS cap.
Color blind mode Native Set in Options; changes colors for player names.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Unknown
Mouse input in menus Unknown
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Controller support[edit]

Game pad controllers are not supported by Modern Warfare 3. Please check our controller page for information about how to hack controller support into the game.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Impossible
Surround sound Native Manually set up to 5.1.
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Japanese Native Native Native
Polish Native Impossible Native
Russian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Turkish Native Native Native A Turkish fan patch is available here.

Network[edit]

Information Self-hosted servers are available through the Steam client's server browser or the in-game server browser found under the Servers menu.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native 2-18

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Native
Self-hosting Native Use iw5mp_server.exe (configure with server.cfg).
Direct IP Hackable Go to the Multiplayer launch options and add +connect followed by the IP.

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 3074
Disadvantage This game does not support Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues fixed[edit]

Information A small tweak guide is available at PC Gamer
Information A collection of potential crash fixes are available at Crash Fixes

Black screen on start-up[edit]

Fix Black Screen on Start-upLink

With some users, a black screen will display on start-up, though game music can be heard in the background. This is caused by a collision with the Mumble voice client. Within Mumble, be sure to disable the in-game overlay.

PC crashing/freezing in-game[edit]

Fix Reinstall DirectXLink

  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\redist\directx\
  2. Run dxsetup.exe

Fix Disable Steam CommunityLink

  1. Open Steam
  2. Right click on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and select Properties
  3. Disable Steam Community In-Game

Game freezes during the intro video[edit]

Fix Game Freezes during the Intro VideoLink

  • Verify the integrity of your Steam game cache.
  • Update DirectX and GPU drivers.
  • Delete ModernWarfare3.bik in the installation folder

Crash to Desktop[edit]

Fix Crash to DesktopLink

Information If you’re game randomly crashes upon launching the game, ensure or try the following:
  • Update DirectX and GPU drivers.
  • Turn off SLI / Crossfire.
  • Use only one GPU first (turn the other one off via your graphics control panel).
  • Disable anti-aliasing and filtering.
  • Disable V-sync.
  • Disable background applications; turn off your anti-virus software.

Windows XP:

Fix Turn down sound accelerationLink

  1. Navigate to Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Volume -> Speaker settings
  2. Select Advanced
  3. Open the performance tab
  4. Reduce sound hardware acceleration to basic, the 2nd notch from the left.

DirectX error while loading[edit]

Fix DirectX error while loadingLink

  • Change texture quality to automatic in video settings.

Cannot install[edit]

Fix Cannot InstallLink

This is a Microsoft C++ bug so the quick fix is to uninstall your C++ files. If you see 2 instances of Microsoft C++, uninstall both of them. There are also a couple workarounds online if you don’t want to uninstall them.

Failed to run install script[edit]

Fix Failed to run install scriptLink

Information This is a common issue with Windows 7.
  1. Locate setup.exe for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the install disc and run it as administrator
  2. In Steam right click on COD: Modern Warfare 3
  3. Insert Disc 1 into your DVD drive and close Steam (File -> Exit Steam)
  4. Go to Start and type C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe -install D:
  5. Press okay and continue with the installation

Audio issues[edit]

Fix Disable communications activity sound reductionLink

  1. Open the Start screen/Start menu, type mmsys.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Go to the Communications tab.
  3. Choose Do nothing.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Multi-monitor issues[edit]

Fix Multi-monitorLink

  • Unplug other monitors and play on single screen.
  • Try playing in windowed mode.

Nvidia Optimus[edit]

Fix Nvidia Optimus fixLink

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Open 3D Settings on the left hand side under "Select a task..."
  3. Select Manage 3D Settings
  4. Click Program Settings tab
  5. Under "1" Select a program, click add, and navigate to the MW3 EXE file.
  6. Under "2" Select "High-performance Nvidia processor"
  7. Click apply and launch the game

Fuzzy textures[edit]

Fix Fuzzy TexturesLink

Set Image Quality to "Native", as "Extra" up-scales the textures resulting in poor image quality.

DirectX 9 compatibility with older video cards[edit]

Fix DirectX 9 Compatibility With Older Video CardsLink

Appended the game laucher with -dx9 to force DirectX 9 compatibility mode.

  1. "seta rRendererPreference "Shader model 2.0"" in the player config for single player or multi-player respectively.
    • Steam\steamapps\common\call of duty modern warfare 3\players2\config.cfg
    • Steam\steamapps\common\call of duty modern warfare 3\players2\config_mp.cfg

Mouse problems[edit]

Fix Mouse problemsLink

  • Shut down any software used for the mouse.
  • Also try a lower polling rate if the mouse has this function.
  • Turn off FRAPS

RELIABLE COMMAND BUFFER OVERFLOW[edit]

Fix RELIABLE COMMAND BUFFER OVERFLOWLink

  • Go through the building on the right with the broken glass, and stay in there until the end of the offices, and it will auto save.

"Steam Error – 55: This game is currently unavailable. Please try again at another time" error[edit]

Fix Steam Error – 55: This game is currently unavailable. Please try again at another time.Link

  • Restart Steam
  • Or the computer

"DLC content is required. Required map ... is missing or damaged." error[edit]

Fix DLC content is required. Required map (map name) is missing or damagedLink

  • Make sure both the single player and multi player versions of the game are installed.
  • Verify integrity of game cache
  • If the problem persists, reinstall the game while the anti-virus is turned off.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP 7
Processor (CPU) Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4000+
Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz
Pentium Dual Core E6600 3.06 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
8 GB
Video card (GPU) GeForce 210
Radeon HD 3650
1 GB of VRAM
GeForce 8800 GS
Radeon X1900 series

References