Players have been reporting the Dev Error 392 on PC and Sledgehammer doesn’t seem to have addressed this as of yet. Let’s go through this guide on how to fix Dev Error 392 in CoD MW3 potentially.
How to Fix Dev Error 392 in CoD MW3
The Dev Error 392 seems to appear at the beginning of Mission 2, “Precious Cargo”. I have experienced the error as soon as the first frame of the cutscene appears resulting in a freeze. Let’s try to fix it through some basic troubleshooting.
Skip the Cutscene or Replay Mission
Skipping the transition cutscene before Mission 2 can sometimes help avoid the error code. As soon as you finish Mission 1 start spamming buttons to skip the cutscene so it doesn’t play. Alternatively, some users have also reported that restarting the game and replaying from Mission 1 has also worked. The first mission isn’t very long and replaying could work but let’s combine that with some of the fixes below before you replay.
Update and Verify Files
Make sure you have the current version of MW3 by checking Battle.net or Steam. There should be a “Play” button, green for Steam and blue for Battle.net, instead of “Update“ when you load the game’s launcher page. If it says “Update”, take some time to download the latest version of the game.
If this isn’t the case, let’s verify our game files to hopefully fix them and therefore the Dev Error 392. On Steam, follow this process:
- Navigate to MW3 in your Steam Library.
- Right-click on it and select Properties.
- Open the Installed Files menu and click on “Verify integrity of game files”.
To do this on Battle.net:
- Go to the game’s page on Battle.net.
- Click on the little cogwheel icon next to “Play.”
- Select Scan and Repair and click on “Begin Scan.”
After the process is finished, relaunch the game and perhaps replay from Mission 1 to Mission 2 to check whether the issue is resolved.
Reinstall the Game
Re-downloading the game is a more tedious process than verifying but it can sometimes work. To do this on Steam:
- Right-click on MW3 in your library.
- Select Manage.
- Click on Uninstall.
For Battle.net, the process is similar and you can access the option via the cogwheel icon.
Related: How to Fix Extrapolation in MW3
Run the Game in Safe Mode
Running the game in safe mode might also be helpful and the option can always be turned off if it doesn’t work. To run MW3 in safe mode on Steam:
- Right-click on it in your Steam Library.
- Go to Properties and then the General tab.
- Scroll down below and type in “-safe” in the command box under Launch Options.
Restart the game and try Mission 2 again. If it doesn’t work simply navigate back to the Launch Options and remove the “-safe” command.
Update Drivers and Lower Graphics
Make sure your GPU drivers are up to date via the GeForce Experience or Radeon Software. For example, if you have an Nvidia card:
- Open up GeForce Experience.
- Go to the Drivers tab.
- Click on “Download” in the top right.
For AMD cards:
- Launch Device Manager from the Windows search bar.
- Open the Display Adapters menu.
- Right-click your AMD video card driver
- Select Update driver.
- Click on “Search automatically for updated driver software” and download any if available.
Speaking of GPUs, your game might be stalled due to intense graphic settings. Based on your system specifications, try lowering some options like Resolution, Texture resolution, Shadows, etc. Furthermore, I’ve found that lowering or disabling DLSS Quality, Anti-Aliasing, and On-Demand Texture Streaming helps with crashes.
At the end of the day, you can always submit a support ticket at Activision’s support page. We hope some of these tips on how to fix Dev Error 392 have helped you. It’s not a secret that Sledgehammer has a lot of work to do when it comes to bug and error fixes in future patches. You can find more of our MW3 guides here like fixing crashing.