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How to Fix Screen Flickering in Modern Warfare 2

Is your screen flickering or glitching in Modern Warfare 2?

Are you experiencing screen tearing, white flashes, or screen shaking?

If so, it will negatively affect your gameplay.

Here’s the full error message, “18 files failed to validate and will be reacquired”.

The error message happens when you try to verify the integrity of game files on Steam.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix screen flickering, glitching, tearing, or white flashes in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (MW2).

Why is my screen flickering in MW2?

Your screen is flickering in MW2 because there’s an issue with the latest Nvidia drivers (version 526.47).

According to @BeenoxCODPC on Twitter, they said that there are stability issues with the latest Nvidia drivers.

They suggest keeping the 516.69 or 522.25 drivers until Nvidia or MW2 fixes the issue.

Many players are complaining about the screen flickering and white screen issues.

“Is it just me or is #mw2 flickering so much when playing? @InfinityWard You guys are about to give me a seizure from this”.

“@InfinityWard My MW2 keeps glitching and flickering on the screen and blacking out. I am on a series X and it does not happen with any other game. I’ve tested Warzone 1, Persona 5, and Vanguard. It’s only happening with MW2 for me”.

How to fix screen flickering in Modern Warfare 2

To fix screen flickering in Modern Warfare 2, you need to roll back your Nvidia drivers to 516.69 or 522.25.

If you can’t roll back your Nvidia drivers, you can do a clean installation to 516.69 or 522.25 via the Nvidia website.

Fix 1: Roll back your Nvidia drivers

  1. Search for “Device Manager” using Windows Search and open it.
  2. Expand “Display adapters” and select your GPU.
  3. Go to the “Drivers” tab and select “Roll Back Driver”.
  4. Launch Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Source: @BeenoxCODPC on Twitter.

Fix 2: Do a clean Nvidia installation to 516.69 or 522.25

  1. Go to https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/drivers/.
  2. Search for your driver version.
  3. Download Driver Version: 522.25.
  4. Click on “Download” and run the installation.
  5. Select “Custom (Advanced)”.
  6. Select “Perform a clean installation”.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  8. Launch Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Source: @BeenoxCODPC on Twitter. Expand the screenshots above.

Further reading

How to Fix Lag, Stuttering, or FPS drops in Modern Warfare 2

How to Fix 33/39/45 Files Failed to Validate in Modern Warfare 2

How to Fix Modern Warfare 2 Stuck on Installing


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