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How to Fix the MW3 Packet Burst Error

A certain packet error is back from MW2. Here's how to fix the Packet Burst error in MW3.

The Packet Burst error has plagued some Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 players all this time, and it continues here on Modern Warfare 3. There are a few potential solutions for this error. In this guide we’ll go over how to fix the MW3 beta Packet Burst error.

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How to Fix the Packet Burst Error in MW3

It should come as no surprise that the game’s servers are taking a beating under heavy player load. Modern Warfare 3 is one of the biggest games of the year, after all. Since this is essentially a server-based error, potential fixes mostly include adjustments to its connectivity. The full list of MW3 Packet Burst error fixes we have listed are:

Restart MW3

This is the first fix option because it’s the easiest, and it solves the problem for many since it disconnects and reconnects you from the game’s servers. Try this before messing with other settings or taking drastic steps.

Disable Crossplay

Disabling crossplay has been an effective fix on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Here’s how to disable crossplay in MW3:

  1. Head into the game’s settings.
  2. Navigate to Account & Network.
  3. Look for the Crossplay toggle and turn it off.
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Disable On-Demand Texture Streaming

This setting is used in general to improve the game’s textures without weighing down your SSD. Since it dynamically downloads textures from the game’s servers, it can sap a lot of bandwidth and cause higher latency regardless of whether you’re experiencing the MW3 Packet Burst error. Here’s how to turn off On-Demand Streaming:

  1. Head into the game’s settings.
  2. Navigate to Graphics.
  3. Look for On-Demand Texture Streaming and turn it off.

Restart Your Modem and/or Router

I don’t mean just pushing the power button twice. Unplug your modem and/or router for at least 10 seconds, then plug it back in. This gives enough time to entirely sever your connection to the internet and give you a fresh start.

Other Potential Packet Burst Error Fixes

The above three methods should be done first, but you might need to take more drastic steps if you frequently experienced the Packet Burst error in MW2 and are getting it with the same frequency in MW3.

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Reach Out to Activision Support

First, get in touch with Activision support using the chat function and see if they have any suggestions. If nothing else, it’ll increase the amount of reports of the problem for them to potentially fix it.

Use a Wired Internet Connection

Second, if support is of no help and you know you’ve seen this error across multiple Call of Duty games, it might be a good idea to either invest in a new router due to potential IPv4 or IPv6 conflicts. You may also want to consider running a physical ethernet cable to your console or PC, as this can sort out packet loss in many circumstances. Unfortunately it’s not an option for everyone.

Hopefully one of these MW3 Packet Burst error fixes work for you, since the early access and beta periods are always the most hype times to play Modern Warfare. We have a ton of guides on the game, check out our comprehensive MW3 guide hub to see what I mean.

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