Fix: COD Modern Warfare 2 Not Using GPU

The new era of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II has been released, which offers players an improved first-person shooter gameplay experience. Meanwhile, fans can’t stop comparing the MWII and MW2 (2019) though they’re different in every aspect. However, it seems that several players are having some issues with the new Modern Warfare II gaming due to crashes, glitches, lags, etc. Now, some reports are claiming that COD Modern Warfare 2 Not Using GPU.

Well, if you’re also one of the victims to encounter such an issue then make sure to follow this troubleshooting guide to fix it. The chances are high that such a kind of issue can appear on the Windows system due to several possible reasons. Mostly issues with the PC compatibility, outdated graphics driver, outdated system software, outdated game version, issues with the installed game files, configuration issues with the graphics card, etc can trouble a lot.

Fix: COD Modern Warfare 2 Not Using GPU

Fix: COD Modern Warfare 2 Not Using GPU

Sometimes even issues with the 100% usage pattern of the CPU or RAM can also cause too many conflicts apart from the incorrect in-game graphics settings. It becomes one of the most common issues these days that you can’t deal with or understand initially. It’s also worth recommending using the Nvidia GeForce App for v516.59 or v522.25 drivers to minimize the stability issues with the Call of Duty MWII until the new patch update arrives.

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Once the issue starts appearing to you, there are a couple of possible workarounds mentioned below that can easily resolve the problem. So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.

1. Use a Dedicated Graphics Card

First of all, it’s highly recommended to use the dedicated graphics card on the PC to be able to run graphics-intensive games like COD MWII smoothly. It’ll basically reduce game stutters, lags, and frame drops. If you don’t know which settings you need to adjust then follow the steps below.

For Nvidia:

If you’re using the Nvidia graphics card then you can do the following.

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  • Right-click on the desktop blank screen > Click on NVIDIA Control Panel.
  • Click on 3D settings > Select Manage 3D settings in the left pane.
  • Select the Program Settings tab.
  • Choose COD Modern Warfare II from the drop-down list.
  • Now, select a High-performance NVIDIA processor.
  • Save changes and reboot the PC to apply changes.

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For AMD:

AMD graphics card users can do the following.

  • Right-click on the Desktop blank screen > Select AMD Radeon Settings from the context menu.
  • Now, click on System > Select Switchable Graphics.
  • Make sure to save changes and reboot the PC to apply changes.

2. Update GPU Drivers

An outdated or corrupted graphics card driver can trigger multiple issues with the games or system performance while running programs. It’s highly recommended to check the graphics driver update. To do so:

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  • Press the Win+X keys to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Click on Device Manager from the list > Double-click on Display adapters.
  • Right-click on the dedicated graphics card that you’re currently using.

Device Manager Update Display Adapter

  • Click on Update driver > Choose Search automatically for drivers.
  • If there is the latest update available, it’ll automatically download & install the latest version.
  • Once done, restart the computer to apply changes immediately.

Alternatively, you can manually download the latest version of the graphics driver and install it on the PC via the official website. Make sure to download the graphics driver file respective to your graphics card model and manufacturer. Nvidia graphics card users can update the GeForce Experience app via the Nvidia official site and AMD graphics card users can visit the AMD website for the same. While Intel graphics users can visit here.

3. Close Background Running Tasks

Unnecessary background running tasks or programs can eat up a lot of system resources like CPU or Memory usage literally reducing system performance. Hence, the startup crashing, lagging, and not loading issues appear quite often. Simply, close all the unnecessary background running tasks completely. To do this:

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open up the Task Manager.
  • Now, click on the Processes tab > Click to select tasks that are unnecessarily running in the background and consuming enough system resources.
  • Click on End Task to close them one by one.
  • Once done, restart your system.

4. Use the Best Performance Power Plan

It’s also highly recommended to change the power plan on the computer because the Windows system basically uses the Balanced power plan by default. But it reduces performance which can be improved by changing the power plan. Keep in mind that the performance plan can consume higher power. To do so:

  • Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type Control Panel in the field and click on OK from the search result to open it.
  • Now, search for Power Options (Power & battery) and open it.

  • Click on Best Performance > Reboot your PC to save changes immediately.

5. Tweak In-Game Graphics Settings

You can also change the in-game graphics settings to check if the problem is still appearing or not. Some of the in-game graphics settings may help you to play the game better and achieve a higher framerates count. Just head over to the COD Modern Warfare II graphics settings menu and then follow the settings or tweaks below to check for the issue.

  • Display Adaptor: Select your graphics card
  • Screen Refresh Rate: Refresh rate of your monitor
  • Display Resolution: Native resolution of the monitor
  • Dynamic Resolution: Off
  • Aspect Ratio: Automatic
  • V-Sync (Gameplay): Off
  • V-Sync (Menus): Off
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Brightness: 55
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR): Off
  • Quality Presets: Recommended
  • Render Resolution: 100
  • Fidelity CAS: On
    • AMD Fideltity CAS Strength: 75
  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Nearby Level of Detail: High
  • Texture Resolution: Medium
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Low
  • Particle Quality: High
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: On
  • Shader Quality: Low
  • Tessellation: Nearby Only
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: On
  • Streaming Quality: Low
  • Shadow Map Resolution: Low
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Cache Spot Shadows: On
  • Cashe Sun Shadows: On
  • Particle Lighting: Normal
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • SSR: Off
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: On + Boost
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Film Grain: 0.00
  • Field of View: 110
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Weapon Field of View: Wide
  • 3rd Person Field of View: 80
  • Vehicle Field of View: Default
  • 1st Person Camera Movement: 100
  • 3rd Person Camera Movement: 100

6. Verify Game Files

Sometimes corrupted or missing game files on the PC may trigger some issues with the game launching or running smoothly. Make sure to verify the game files and repair them via the Steam or Battle.net client by following the steps below:

For Steam:

  • Open the Steam client on the PC and log into the account > Head over to Library.
  • Right-click on the COD Modern Warfare II game from the left pane.
  • Click on Properties > Click on the Local Files tab.
  • Then click on Verify Integrity of game files…
  • Now, wait for the process to complete, and close the Steam client.
  • Finally, restart the PC to apply changes.

For Battle.net:

  • Open the Battle.net client on your PC.
  • Click on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II game.
  • Now, click on OPTIONS (Gear icon) > Click on Scan and Repair.
  • Choose Begin Scan and wait for the process to complete.
  • Once done, close the Battle.net launcher, and restart your PC.

7. Update COD Modern Warfare II

In some scenarios, it’s always a better idea to update the game version because an outdated game patch version can trigger several potential issues on the gaming device that leads to crashes, lags, stutters, CPU/GPU-related issues, and more. To do so:

For Steam:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library.
  • Click on COD Modern Warfare II from the list of installed games on the left pane.
  • Now, the client will automatically search for the available update.
  • If there is an update available, you’ll see the Update option > Just click on it.
  • Wait for a couple of minutes or so until the game update completes. [Depends on the storage space and internet connectivity]
  • Once done, make sure to close the Steam client.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes, and launch the COD Modern Warfare 2 game again.

For Battle.net:

  • Open the Battle.net (Blizzard) launcher.
  • Click on the Blizzard logo from the top left corner.
  • Go to Settings > Click on Game Install/Update.
  • Click on Apply latest updates and download future patch data for recently played games to enable it.
  • Now, click on Done to save changes > Restart the Battle.net launcher to apply changes.
  • It should automatically update the game to the available version.

8. Chipset Drivers are Outdated

If in case, your chipset drivers are outdated on the PC then such issues might appear a lot. It’s always a better idea to check for updates and fix the low CPU usage or even not using the CPU while playing games. To do so:

  • Press the Win+X keys to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Click on Device Manager from the list > Double-click on System devices.
  • Right-click on the active chipset device from the list.
  • Click on Update driver > Choose Search automatically for drivers.
  • If there is the latest update available, it’ll automatically download & install the latest version.
  • Once done, restart the computer to apply changes immediately.

Alternatively, you can directly visit the official chipset manufacturer’s website and grab the latest version of the processor model based on its architecture (64-bit). You can check the links below.

9. Try Disabling Overlay Apps

Sometimes a couple of applications may come with an additional overlay app that basically helps the streamers or gamers a lot. However, these overlay apps can eventually conflict with the game files to run smoothly and may cause several issues like FPS drops, black screen issues, lags, glitches, etc. You should try disabling the overlay apps manually before launching the game again to cross-check whether the crashing issue has been fixed or not. To do so:

Disable Discord Overlay:

  • Launch the Discord app > Click on the gear icon at the bottom.
  • Select Overlay under App Settings > Turn on the Enable in-game overlay.
  • Click on the Games tab > Select COD Modern Warfare II.
  • Finally, turn off the Enable in-game overlay toggle.
  • Make sure to reboot your PC to apply changes.

Disable Xbox Game Bar:

  • Press the Win+I keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on Gaming > Go to Game Bar > Turn off Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using the Game bar option.

Disable Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay:

  • Launch the Nvidia GeForce Experience app > Head over to Settings.
  • Click on the General tab > Disable the In-Game Overlay option.
  • Finally, restart the PC to apply changes, and launch the game again.

There are some other overlay apps that can cause trouble for you something as MSI Afterburner, Rivatuner, RGB software, etc. You should turn them off as well.

10. Turn Off Antivirus Protection

You can also try turning off the Windows Defender option on your PC to ensure there is no antivirus software blocking the game files to run properly.

  • Press the Win+I shortcut keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on Update & Security > Click on Windows Security from the left pane.
  • Now, click on the Open Windows Security button.
  • Go to Virus & threat protection > Click on Manage settings.
  • Next, you’ll need to turn off the Real-time protection toggle.
  • If prompted, click on Yes to proceed further.

If in case, you’re using any other antivirus program on your PC then make sure to turn it off.

11. Reinstall COD Modern Warfare 2

If none of the methods worked for you then try reinstalling the COD Modern Warfare 2 game on the PC to check if that helps you to fix the lagging or FPS drop issue due to not using a dedicated GPU (graphics card).

For Steam:

  • Open the Steam client on your PC.
  • Go to Library > Right-click on COD Modern Warfare 2.
  • Select Uninstall > Click on Delete to confirm.
  • Wait for the uninstallation process to complete > Exit the Steam client.
  • Now, open the File Explorer application > Copy-paste C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common on the address bar and hit Enter to search for the location.
  • Go to the COD Modern Warfare 2 folder > Simply Delete the folder completely.
  • Reboot the PC to apply changes > Open Steam Store and Reinstall the COD Modern Warfare 2 game again. [Obviously, this may take enough time but you should try it out]

For Battle.net:

  • Open the Battle.net desktop app > Select the COD MWII game icon that you want to uninstall.
  • Select the drop-down menu next to the play button > Select Uninstall.
  • Once done, reboot the PC to apply changes.
  • Finally, make sure to open the Battle.net client > Select Install for the COD Modern Warfare II game.
  • Wait for the game to install completely and then restart the PC.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For additional queries, you can comment below.

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