A few hours ago we reported how Call of Duty : World At War got leaked 3 days before the game’s official release date. Apparently a lot of people playing the pirated version are having problems with the game. I initially thought these were due to a bad crack from RELOADED but it seems like these are all in game glitches. So you may still encounter the issues even if you use the legitimate version of the game. Hopefully the following tips may help you resolve issues encountered with the game until a patch arrives.

Graphics corruption problems

One of the most common problems many users are experiencing with Call of Duty 5 seem to be graphics corruption (specially corrupted water graphics) issues; both nVIDIA and ATI GPU users have reported such problems. You can try doing the following if you encounter a similar error:

1. nVIDIA GPU users – upgrade to v 180.43 beta drivers.
Download Links (from Guru3d):

ATI GPU users – Upgrade to ATI Catalyst 8.10 WHQL.
Download Links (from Guru3d):

New drivers may not completely eliminate graphics corruption issues but they are known to reduce them. For example you will no longer have issues in some levels in the game.

2. Disable ‘Dual video cards’ in game option.

3. Disable anti aliasing. If you have forced anti aliasing from your video card’s control panel, set it to application controlled/automatic. Then disable AA from within the game as well.

4. Update DirectX to the latest monthly build. If you are playing the game on DirectX 9.0c under Windows XP, update to DirectX 9.0c November 2008 monthly build. You can download it from here.

Game not starting up or crashes at startup with error message

Many seem to be experiencing problems while trying to start up Call of Duty : World at War. The game either will not start or will crash to desktop with an error message similar to the one below:

‘Error during initialization – unhandled exception caught’ 

So far, I have only managed to find one culprit that causes this problem; the default audio format on your sound card.


If you set your sound card’s audio format to anything higher than 24 Bits, 48000 Hz, you may get that error message. Note that this is not an in-game setting. This setting should be changed from your audio card’s control panel (Realtek HD Audio Manager, etc).

You may also try updating your audio drivers to the latest available version. Also, update DirectX to the latest monthly build. If you are playing the game on DirectX 9.0c under Windows XP, update to DirectX 9.0c November 2008 monthly build. You can download it from here.

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  1. Saad // 11/11/2008 10:47:00 PM  

    How do I get to that audio format screen in Windows XP (the one with the bitrate and Hertz)?

  2. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 11/12/2008 02:28:00 AM  

    That screenshot was from Realtek HD audio manager (the software that comes with my sound card), not a standard windows xp feature. If you have a different sound card, the method to change the audio format may be unique to your card. If you can let give me the model of your sound card i may be able to help further.

  3. Muzammil Ahmed // 2/26/2009 08:24:00 PM  

    i set my sound settings lower but still my game crash and it only crash before starting the shuri castle mission.

  4. DonJuanDH // 4/10/2009 05:54:00 AM  


  5. DonJuanDH // 4/10/2009 05:55:00 AM  

    I bought COD:WaW but the game sound is not working. I have a ECS X48T-A Mobo with realtek HD sound, windows XP Pro SP3 and Directx 9.0c last build. Every game in my computer works fine except COD:World at War, it has no sound since the introduction video, in the menu, nor in the single player. I tried to use the realtek lastest driver (WDM_R221) and the ECS realtek ?HD driver (Realtek_1021). Tried what is described in the steam help titled "sound crash", but nothing seems to work.

    What do I do?


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