Call of Duty 2

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Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 2 cover
Infinity Ward
macOS (OS X) i5works[1]
OS X Aspyr Media
IW 2.0
Release dates
Windows October 25, 2005
macOS (OS X) June 1, 2006
Metacritic 86
Call of Duty 2 on HowLongToBeat
Call of Duty 2 on IGDB
Call of Duty 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Call of Duty 2 on MobyGames
Call of Duty 2 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.
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Key points

Requires manual PunkBuster update to play on protected servers.

General information

Official Call of Duty series site
Planet Call of Duty - Very old hub for all Call of Duty games. Has mods, guides, and news on the Call of Duty communities. Hasn't been updated for a while.
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1], CD-ROM edition with 6 discs and a DVD-ROM version. Multiplayer has no DRM.
macOS (OS X)
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Mac App Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
The North American retail edition has 6 CD-ROMs to install, while the European retail edition and all special editions are just a single DVD-ROM.

Essential improvements[edit]


LuKeStorm's Custom Patch[edit]

Fixes startup issues (e.g. long black screen startup), removes "Optimal Settings" and "Run in Safe mode" messages and disables intro, it can be downloaded here.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the seta com_introplayed "1" command line argument[4]


There are 3 ways to insert commands.

Use the in-game console[4]
  1. Enable console in the "Game Options".
  2. Open it with ~.
  3. Type command and press Enter.


If commands aren't sticking, try putting "seta" before them.
If you are in the multiplayer part of the game, you need to place a common slash / before the commands.
Use command with +set prefix as command line arguments[4]
Edit directly the .cfg files[4]

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\main\players\<user-id>\*.cfg[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2630/pfx/[Note 3]
config.cfg contains single player settings.
config_mp.cfg contains multiplayer settings.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\main\players\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2630/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game texture settings.
In-game texture settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry or use Widescreen Fixer
See the WSGF entry or use Widescreen Fixer
4K Ultra HD
Set resolutions above 2715x1527 in-game if you encounter a crash to desktop.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Default is x8. It can be increased up to x16 with r_anisotropy, or editing the config file.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA, can use SSAA with r_aaAlpha "2"
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Called Sync Every Frame
60 FPS
No frame rate cap in single player. A FPS cap be specified using the com_maxfps command.
120+ FPS
Multiplayer is capped at 91 frames per second.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Change FOV with console command[5]

Use the console command cg_fov XX

Change FOV with hex editor[6]
  • To change FOV for singpleplayer:
    1. Open CoD2SP_s.exe (v1.2 latest) with a hex editor such as HxD.
    2. Go to address 000A11A0 and change A0 42 (which is 80) to B4 42 for cg_fov 90.
  • To change FOV for multiplayer:
    1. Open CoD2MP_s.exe (v1.3 latest) with a hex editor such as HxD.
    2. Goto address 000BDF00 and change A0 42 (which is 80) to B4 42 for cg_fov 90.


To get a higher value than 90 use this Floating Point Converter.


Enable windowed mode using the console.[7]
  1. Press ~ and the in-game console will appear.
    • If it doesn't appear go to Game Options and make sure the console is enabled.
  2. In console, type in /r_fullscreen 0 to enable windowed mode (or /r_fullscreen 1 to enable fullscreen mode) and press Enter.
  3. Type in /vid_restart and press Enter to restart the game's renderer and apply new settings.
This only applies to the single-player component of the game. For multiplayer component of the game, use the CoD2MPWindowed.

Frame rate (FPS)[edit]

Remove 91 FPS cap in multiplayer.

Look for seta com_maxfps 85 in your config_mp.cfg file and set 85 to 0.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
On/Off toggle in "Look" settings. Can be further adjusted with cl_mouseAccel parameter.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 1.0, 2.0, 3.0; A3D 1.0 and 2.0 can be forced with mss_3d_provider Aureal A3D 2.0 (TM) or mss_3d_provider Aureal A3D Interactive (TM) and snd_restart commands.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Only available in China Mainland (People's Republic of China) retail release.
Traditional Chinese
Only available in Taiwan (Republic of China) retail release.
Only available in Czech/Slovak retail release.
Fan translation, link #1, link #2.
Only available in Japanese retail release.
Only available in Korean retail release.
Only available in Polish retail release.
Only available in Portuguese retail release.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Use unofficial Slovak language file (Windows). Also contains localized textures and videos.
Only available in Thai retail release.
Use the Indonesian Subtitles mod.


In-game multiplayer settings.
In-game multiplayer settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Xbox 360 version only.
LAN play
Online play
64 Requires manual PunkBuster update for protected servers.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 28960
UDP 20500, 20510, 28960
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Possible fixes for general crashing[edit]

Crashes when launching the game (possible fixes)[citation needed]
  • Turn Steam overlay off in properties.
  • Turn off any program that overlays a GUI in the game (teamspeak GUI overlay) etc.
  • Turn on stereo mix under recording tab in sound properties.
  • Plug in a microphone.


The fix is to force the CoD2 exe file to only use one processor core, but that doesn't mean the problem is exclusive to multicore processors; the same thing happens even on a Pentium 4 with Hyperthreading. Note that opening the Task Manager after starting the game and setting the process CPU affinity from there does not work. We have to get a little more involved than that. One last thing: the following directions are for the singleplayer exe file. If you find you need to apply this fix to multiplayer as well simply repeat the steps for CoD2MP_s.exe.

FMV freezing[citation needed]
  1. Download imagecfg and extract it into the installation folder.
  2. Make a backup copy of your CoD2SP_s.exe since we are going to be altering it.
  3. Open a cmd window and move to the installation folder.
  4. Enter this command: imagecfg -u CoD2SP_s.exe.
  5. If it worked you should see a little report saying the affinity has been set to a single processor. The -u switch makes the application only run in uni-processor mode.

Getting automatically kicked from servers[edit]

Kicked from servers[citation needed]
  1. Turn Steam overlay off in properties.
  2. Update PunkBuster manually.

Game won't start on Windows Vista and higher[edit]

On some systems the game won't start on Windows Vista, 7 or higher.

Enable compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Enable the following compatibility settings for the CoD2SP_s.exe and CoD2MP_s.exe files: Compatibility mode (Windows XP (Service Pack 3)).
  3. Run the game (CoD2SP_s.exe for Singleplayer, CoD2MP_s.exe for Multiplayer).

Compatibility can be also enabled using a batch file, example:
start "" CoD2MP_s.exe

Low fps when using compatibility settings[edit]

Because running in compatibility-settings gives DirectX some unnecessary flags, in-game-fps can be highly reduced on some systems.

Advanced FPS fix for when running in compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Get the Compatibility Toolkit from this Microsoft page and install.
  2. Run the Compatibility Administrator (32-bit).
  3. Select New Database (1) and press Fix.
  4. Fill in the vendor name and the program name, as well as the location of the program. Press next.
  5. Tick Compatibility Mode and choose Windows XP SP3. Press next.
  6. Untick fix DXMaximizedWindowedMode. It will give a warning, press yes to continue.
  7. Select fix DXPrimaryEmulation, click Parameters, enter: -DisableMaxWindowedMode and press OK.
  8. Press Next. After that press Finish.
  9. Press Save, select the database name and save it to a location.
  10. Press File - Install.
  11. Close Compatibility Administrator.
  12. Because it will conflict with what we removed, you should now revert the compatibility fix you did to CoD2SP_s.exe and CoD2MP_s.exe above.

Game crashes when changing any graphics setting[edit]

In the graphics option menu, set the "Rendering Method Preference" to DirectX 9.

If the game crashes when trying to change the renderer, either modify the game's configuration file manually with a text editor or apply compatibility settings (see Game won't start on Windows Vista and 7 for details).

Alternatively, if none of the fixes above worked, and the game still crashes, then go into the compatibility settings for the CoD2SP_s.exe and CoD2MP_s.exe files and check the box that says Disable Fullscreen Optimizations. See how to disable Fullscreen Optimizations for details.

Another workaround is to start a new game and then change graphics settings from there.

"Failed to find Steam" error[edit]

Get the Steam.dll file[8]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>.
  2. Copy the Steam.dll file and paste it into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the game.

Fix popups textures (disable LOD)[edit]

  1. Use "gfx_d3d_x86_s.dll" from this mod

Other information[edit]


Back2Fronts visuals[edit]

A mod which adds new sounds, textures and more.


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7, 9
OpenGL 2.0 macOS only.
Shader Model support 3
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[9]


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System

Cutscenes RoQ [1]
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

Console commands[edit]

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.
Command Description
ai_corpsecount [1-64] Controls the amount of dead bodies on the screen.
g_brass 0 Disables the shells flying out of your gun when firing.
cg_marks 0 Disables bullet holes and explosion marks.
cg_drawFPS 1 Show FPS counter.
com_hunkMegs [num] Adjust the amount of memory used for graphics. Higher values may decrease loading times. It is not recommended to use more than half of your total memory.
com_maxFPS [num] Adjust the FPS cap.
r_drawsun 0 Disables the "sunblind" effect.
r_lodScale [1-4] Adjusts the rate that objects lose detail, lower is better.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1700+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.6 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7300
ATI Radeon X1600
128 MB of VRAM
Supported ATI chipsets: ATI Radeon 8500, ATI Radeon 9000, ATI Radeon 9200, ATI Radeon 9500, ATI Radeon 9600, ATI Radeon 9700, ATI Radeon 9800, ATI Radeon X300, ATI Radeon X550, ATI Radeon X600, ATI Radeon X700, ATI Radeon X800, ATI Radeon X850
Supported Nvidia chipsets: Nvidia GeForce2 Ultra, All Nvidia GeForce 3/Ti Series, All Nvidia GeForce 4/Ti Series, All Nvidia GeForce FX Series, All Nvidia GeForce 6 Series


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/2630/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2630) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.