Call of Duty Multiplayer Crashing on Startup

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So I have been playing COD online the last few days. Yesterday we had a small power surge around here. Nothing big, but enough for my machine to die and reboot. It came back just fine which was good, but for some reason the game would crash every time I tried to start it in multiplayer mode. This was the weirdest thing I have seen lately.

I digged out my CD and reinstalled. After the whole lengthy process of reinstallation, the game crashed again! Furthermore the first time I run it the damn thing asked me if I want to start the game in “safe mode”. This was a fresh install, so I just knew that there must be some persistent config file somewhere.

I went and scanned through the registry, but I didn’t find any COD entries. Good to know that the game does not mess up registry. Next stop was the program folder. That’s where I found two suspicious looking files one was servercache.dat and the other one was __CoDMP. They certainly looked like persistent files that would store info between sessions. The servercache.dat obviously stored information about game servers, and the __CoDMP file seemed to be responsible for that “safe mode” dialog. It seems that it gets created every time the game starts, and then removed if the game shuts down properly. I don’t have it on the screenshot here because the game ended nicely this time.

I was willing to bet one of these files was causing the crash. I moved both of them out of the game folder, and lo – game started properly. So, if anything like that ever happens to you, go ahead and delete these files.

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6 Responses to Call of Duty Multiplayer Crashing on Startup

  1. Travis Chenault UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    That happened to me yesterday, i fixed (not like that though i had to get a new windows) the problem, but now ive had this other problem, with the grenades going off next to me it logs me off and says error with C:\Program Files\Activision\Call of Duty 2\cod2mp_s.exe, do you suggestions because it is pissing me off.

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    I have never encountered this issue. I googled around and most people suggest to uninstall the game, delete all remaining COD files from the C:\Program Files\Activision\Call of Duty2\ directory, and reinstall from scratch.

    I hope this helps.

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  3. TRavis Chenault UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    by the thanks and it helped a lot… sory it tokk a while to write back, but it worked

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  4. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Great! I glad it helped. :)

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  5. Travis UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    This is travis popping in again, been a year huh? since then ive bought and continue to play cod 4 multiplayer much better… lol

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  6. senid BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    heyyyy i have problem with cod2 multiplayer run in safe mode when i start the game
    pleaseeeeee helph meeeee

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