Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops cover
Multiplayer Certain Affinity
Nerve Software
Pi Studios
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
OS X Aspyr Media
IW 3.0
Release dates
Windows November 9, 2010
macOS (OS X) September 27, 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops guide on StrategyWiki
Call of Duty: Black Ops on MobyGames
Call of Duty: Black Ops on Wikipedia


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Subseries of Call of Duty
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops III 2015
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII 2018

Key points

Windows and OS X versions cannot play online with each other.

General information

Official Call of Duty series site
Call of Duty Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Call of Duty game made.
Steam Community Discussions for Windows version
Steam Community Discussions for OS X version


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
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All Windows versions require Steam DRM.
Windows and OS X versions are sold separately and cannot play online together.[1]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
First Strike Included with the macOS version of the game.
macOS (OS X)
Escalation Windows only.
Annihilation Windows only.
Rezurrection Windows only.
Rezurrection Mac Edition OS X version of Rezurrection.
macOS (OS X)
Annihilation & Escalation Bundle - Mac Edition OS X versions of Escalation and Annihilation.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Black Ops Advanced Config Tool[edit]

Allows more control over graphics options and settings. Download here.
    • Provides script error, please add a fix**

Raising frame rate cap[edit]

Enter the config for single or multiplayer and change the 'seta com_maxfps' from the default 85 to raise the fps cap in the game.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Go to <path-to-game>\main\video then delete default.bik and treyarch.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42700/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\save[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42700/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
4K Ultra HD
comes font/ui scaling
Field of view (FOV)
65-80° (multiplayer only). Use Call of Duty: SCZ FoV Changer or FOV Changer; furthermore see Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 90 FPS.[2] Can be unlocked through the config files.[citation needed]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Modify FOV using the config[citation needed]
  1. Locate the config file in <path-to-game>\players
  2. Open the config file with a Notepad editor.
  3. Find the line bind W "+forward" and change it to bind W "+forward;cg_fov XX" where XX is your desired horizontal field of view (e.g. bind W "+forward;cg_fov 90").
  4. Save the file and exit the editor.

Now, everytime you walk forward, your desired FOV is applied; you will notice this once in every new level with your first step forward.

You don't need to set the config file to read-only.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Under Game settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
It mutes most of the sounds, but not all of them.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Fan translation, link #1, link #2.
Only available in Japanese retail release.
Retail CD Key gives subscription exclusive to single language.[4]
Only available in Polish retail release.
Retail CD Key gives subscription exclusive to single language.[5]
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
To enhance sound quality download DSOAL and put into the game folder.


Windows and macOS players cannot play with each other.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Local play is only available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS.
LAN play
Versus, Co-op
Supported but requires an internet connection for Steam authentication.[6] Co-op is Zombies mode.
Online play
18 Versus, Co-op
Co-op is Zombies mode.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Servers must be rented from GameServers.[7]
Direct IP
Open the console (~) and use /connect followed by the IP.[8]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3074, 27014-27050
UDP 3074, 3478-4380, 27000-27030
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See also Helix Mod: Call of Duty: Black Ops.
TriDef 3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.


The game has some compatibility issues with older operating systems such as Windows 7 due to the outdated graphics stack (WDDM).
Change operating system[citation needed]
  1. Back up your files and programs.
  2. Go to Microsoft site .
  3. Select at will the type of transition to Windows 10.
  4. Upgrade to Windows 10 or reinstall from scratch.
  5. Download and install the latest drivers for your configuration, in particular the video card.
  6. Turn off the transparency of the desktop interface in the system settings in the personalization color section.
  7. You can also turn on the game mode in the system settings to ensure a higher priority of the game in automatic mode.
This action is the cornerstone of stability and smoothness of the gameplay, as Windows 10 has more advanced basic elements that the game requires.
You can also disable the function of HPET which is a technology of high-precision timer in the motherboard.
This can sometimes cause performance problems.
Disable HPET[9]

Method 1:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, enter cmd, right-click cmd.exe in the results listing and select to run the command prompt with administrative privileges.
  2. To enable HPET as the only timer run the command bcdedit /set useplatformclock true
  3. To disable HPET in Windows run the command bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock
  4. Restart your computer.

Method 2:

  1. Search "Device Manager" on your PC.
  2. Scroll down to "System Devices" and open the sub-menu.
  3. Scroll to "High Precision Event Timer" and click it.
  4. Click "Actions" at the top of the window, and from that pop-up menu, click "Disable".
  5. Restart your computer.
Also, you can try using wrapper from directx 9 to directx 11.
Use dgVoodoo2 wrapping
  1. Download this: Latest stable version for regular usage.
  2. Unpack on folder with game from MS/x86 folder, only d3d9.dll
In addition, this will eliminate the performance drop after switching windows through the alt tab key combination.

Dark Characters[edit]

On the level Victor Charlie NPC's would turn dark when flashlight are shone on them.
The solution[10]
  1. Go to your game folder, on steam it should be %your steam folder%\steamapps\common\Call of Duty Black Ops\players
  2. Find config.cfg
  3. Open the config file with a Notepad editor.
  4. Find the line seta r_allow_intz "1", r_allow_null_rt "1" and change the "1" to "0" like so seta r_allow_intz "0", seta r_allow_null_rt "0"

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[11]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
AMD Phenom X3 8750
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon X1950 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum[12] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
ATI Radeon HD 3870
Intel HD Graphics 5000
512 MB of VRAM
PowerPC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported.
The following chipsets are not supported: Nvidia GeForce 7, 8 and 9 series, 100 series, 300M series, ATI Radeon X1000 series, HD 2000 series, HD 4670, HD 6490, HD 6630, Intel GMA (950/X3100), HD Graphics 3000 and 4000.
This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/42700/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (42700) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.