View Full Version : I fixed my MW2 menu freezing problem (iw4mp.exe unresponsive)

11-17-2009, 11:32 AM
I may have found a solution to the multiplayer version of this problem. I have encountered an issue where the game freezes once the multiplayer(and singleplayer) menu comes up and is unresponsive so if you got the same issue read on.

I first did what valve has recommended in the announcement tag about to lower resolution and to close all startup programs and such, that didnt help me at all so i decided to do a little tinkering of my own.

I found that the iw4mp.exe file was not responding when i did ctrl alt delete to exit the frozen menu screen, and me NOT being a computer specialist i thought it had something to do with it and wanted to fix it myself since valve hasnt responded to anyones post on the forums about their troubles. I checked out the game validation read-me file in the MW2 folder -(right click Mw2 and open file location for vista users - and seen the list of all my failed game cache scan attempts was encountering when trying to validate the files.( btw one file wasnt validated and was downloaded multiple times and the same problem persisted)

I ran the c:\program files (x86)\steam\steamapps\common\call of duty modern warfare 2\iw4mp.exe from what i found in the game validation read-me file and there was two iw4mp.exe files, one was easily deletable while one wasnt deletable at all(even as administrator i wasnt able to delete it). After deleting the deletable one i did another game cache scan and made another desktop shortcut and i was able to play online again, no freezing menu. The onyl issue i encountered after i was able to get back into the game is that my resolution was reset to a low number, i just went into video settings and put it to my monitor resolution and it was back to normal.

i run vista 64bit SP1 if thats useful ><

This has worked for me and i hope it does the same for you, cheers and good luck.

11-17-2009, 11:49 AM
Bump, im very interested to know if this helps anyone else

11-17-2009, 11:52 AM
This don't help me :( but I have Win XP HE SP3

11-17-2009, 12:21 PM
The menu actually unfreezes after ~5mins, so if you can't fix the problem you can just wait a little bit and you'll be able to play the game :)

05-15-2010, 02:32 AM
Uninstall MW2 and steam and delete all steam folders and ♥♥♥♥. Then Reinstall MW2 and then you can play <3

05-15-2010, 03:00 AM
C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\call of duty modern warfare 2\main
Open -> games_mp
Select all text(Ctrl+A) -> Press Delete/Backspace -> Save and close.

The file just saves tons of unneeded information like when you connected and to what IP. Who you killed and at what time and with what weapon. The file gets very big after some time.
Having done this, I don't have this problem anymore.

05-26-2010, 05:12 PM
I have the same problem.

05-26-2010, 08:18 PM
we have now black screeen problem stuck in the beginning of the game ?