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How to Fix Packet Loss Issue in MW3



While players are fully immersed in Modern Warfare 3, a packet loss issue has started to appear. But fear not, there are various steps you can take to address and potentially eliminate this issue in MW3.

Packet loss is a type of network error that can cause visual anomalies and in-game disruptions, such as delays or interruptions. Although players can clearly see the symptoms of this loss, a distinctive sign can often appear on the screen.

If you see three stacked squares on the left side of your screen, it means you are affected by packet loss. These squares can also be accompanied by an explicit message indicating “packet loss” to validate this diagnosis.

In order to fix this issue, here are a few ways players can try to mitigate the packet loss they experience while playing MW3.

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One of the simplest ways to resolve lag is to restart the platform you are connected to. By restarting your computer, Xbox or PlayStation, this gives MW3 a chance to reset. However, if the problem persists, there are other simple solutions that can help.

Six Ways to Fix Packet Loss Problem:

  1. Restart MW3 – Close the game and restart it to reset the servers, ensuring a fresh connection and resolving the packet loss error.
  2. Refresh Wi-Fi – Exit MW3 to access the main menu, then locate the reset button on your Wi-Fi router.
  3. Disable Crossplay – On PlayStation 4/5, navigate to MW Settings, select “Account & Network”, and turn off crossplay in the “Online” tab.
    • On Xbox One and Series participate in multiplayer games”.
    • Note that PC does not support disabling crossplay.
  4. Disable showing textures on demand – On consoles, go to your Settings, scroll down to Graphics, and turn off “Texture display on demand”.
  5. Switch to Ethernet – While your Wi-Fi router is on, connect an Ethernet cable between the router and your gaming rig for a more stable connection.
  6. Ask for help – If issues persist, contact Activision Support via their website for further assistance.

Hopefully these solutions have successfully resolved your packet loss issue that you encountered in MW3.

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