Call of Duty 4 Widescreen

A lot of gamers playing CoD4 will be doing so with a widescreen LCD – I know that I am.

With wide flat panels becoming so cheap,  everyone has one these days.

In order to get Call of Duty 4 working nicely with a wide screen, the first thing you’ll want to do is to pick a wide display setting, preferably one that is the native resolution of your screen. For example, I use a Samsung 931BW 19 wide display, and my default resolution is 1440×900 at 75hz – so I set the game to that and adjust everything else to fit it. That said, if your video card can’t handle it, you can use any display mode, just make sure to pick the  aspect ratio that suits your monitor. Most screens these days are 16:10, so try that first. This way it still looks a bit pixelated, but you won’t have any issues with the way people look in-game.

Another good tweak that I use is to set the field of view a little bit wider – this also helps for those knife fights at close range.

This can be done by editing your mp_config.cfg file, and adding seta cg_fov "80"

The default is 60 or so, but I typically set this to around 80 in the Call of Duty games, and I think you will find that it’s not too high, and just a bit wider than normal which is good. By all means, try other settings, but that’s what works for me.

Call of Duty 4 Cheats – Unlock All Ranks and Perks

Unlock everything easily!

Well someone was bound to do it…

The memory address that contains the CoD4 XP has been located, and you can now modify it, making leveling up a much faster and easier process. This means that you can easily get the Commander Rank within a few hours of buying the game, and you can unlock all perks and weapons.

The memory address needed is: CBF0E68

You can use a tool such as Tsearch to edit the value of that address (your XP), so that you’ll only need one XP to get to the new CoD 4 rank.

Here’s how: open Tsearch, start a new script, enter the memory address, then enter in the XP you would like. Keep in mind – you’ll want to back up your Call of Duty 4 profile just in case something goes wrong – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! They also give you tips on what not to do which can prevent you from losing all of your saved data.

More details: if you just want to quickly go up a level, take your current XP from the Rank screen in the multiplayer mode, then add the amount of XP you will need to go up a level. You’ll want to subtract one or two XP in order to make it easy to gain a level. Then, go online and kill someone, or get an assist – BAM! – instant level up, and possibly a new rank.

Overkill perk, here you come!

Seriously, though, I tested this method, and found it much more enjoyable to play through multiplayer the real way – it’s more of a challenge, and fun!

Call of Duty 4 Online Ranks

A more complete list of ranks in CoD4, with levels associated:
Level Rank
1-3 Private
4-6 Lance Corpral
7-9 Corpral
10-12 Sergeant
13-15 Staff Sergeant
16-18 Gunnery Sergeant
19-21 Master Sergeant
22-24 Master Gunnery Sergeant
25-27 2nd Lieutenant
28-30 1rst Lieutenant
31-33 Captain
34-36 Major
37-39 Lieutenant Colonel
40-42 Colonel
43-45 Brigadier General
46-48 Major General
49-51 Lieutenant General
52-54 General
55 Comander

CoD4 “Connection Time Out” Fix

If you are trying to connect to an online server in Call of Duty, you have probably noticed that you will wait through “Awaiting Connection” for about 10 or 11 seconds, then the connection times out. This is due to the Activision master server browser having issues (presumably because Call of Duty 4 has been more popular than they thought).

A quick remedy for this connection problem is to set the timeout to be longer in your CoD 4 multiplayer config file, found in the profile folder of your player. For example, mine is: C:\Program Files\Activision\Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare\players\profiles\string\config_mp.cfg Yours could be C:\Program Files\Activision\Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare\players\profiles\YOURNAME\config_mp.cfg

Open the file up in notepad or any other text editor (I use ConText), and add this line: seta cl_connectionAttempts "30" – this will give the connection 30 seconds, and normally fixes the problem.

Happy Call of Duty 4 playing!

Call of Duty 4 Unlockables

Here is the list of unlockable items in CoD4 (Call of Duty 4 via weapon challenges and such):

1 All Starting Equipment
2 Demolitions Class (Shotgun)
3 Sniper Class (Sniper Rifle)
5 Gun Challenges
6 New Playlists
7 M40 (Sniper Rifle)
8 Last Stand (Perk 3)
9 Boot Camp Challenges pt 1
10 M4 Carbine (Assault Rifle)
11 UAV Jammer (Perk 2)
13 Mini Uzi (Sub Machine Gun)
14 Bomb Squad (Perk 1)
15 Boot Camp Challenges pt 2
16 M1911 .45 (Pistol)
17 Martyrdom (Perk 2)
18 Boot Camp Challenges pt 3
19 M60E4 (Light Machine Gun)
20 Sleight of Hand (Perk 2)
21 Operations Challenges
22 Dragunov (Sniper Rifle)
23 Claymore (Perk 1)
24 Operations Challenges pt 2
25 G3 (Assault Rifle)
26 Iron Lungs (Perk 3)
27 Operations Challenges pt 3
28 AK-47u (Sub Machine Gun)
29 Double Tap (Perk 2)
30 Killer Challenges
31 M1014 (Shotgun)
32 Bandolier (Perk 1)
33 Killer Challenges pt 2
34 R700 (Sniper Rifle)
35 Eavesdrop (Perk 3)
36 Killer Challenges pt 3
37 G36C (Assault Rifle)
38 Overkill (Perk 2)
39 Killer Challenges pt 4
40 P90 (Sub Machine Gun)
41 3 Frags (Perk 1)
42 Humiliation Challenges
43 Desert Eagle (Pistol)
44 Dead Silence (Perk 3)
45 Humiliation Challenges pt 2
46 M14 (Assault Rifle)
47 Humiliation Challenges pt 3
48 Humiliation Challenges pt 4
49 Barret .50 cal (Sniper Rifle)
50 Humiliation Challenges pt 5
51 Elite Challenges
52 MP44 (Assault Rifle)
53 Elite Challenges pt 2
54 Elite Challenges pt 3

Modding CoD4

Modding Call of Duty 4 is not as easy as modding other versions, but here are some tips to get you started if you never done it before.

First off, in order to get into the IWD files, you simply need to rename them to have a .ZIP extension, and open them in WinRAR, WinACE or 7zip. Alternatively, I found that associating all of the files to WinRAR, then opening the Main folder in WinRAR, I was able to select all of the IWD files and extract them to a new location so I could play with them.

In order to open the IWI files that you get after extracting the IWD files, you can convert them to DDS by using this IWI to DDS converter.

The cfg files that you have extracted are plain text and easy to edit.

Once you are done modding, you can repack the files as a ZIP file – just make a new archive, and specify the name to be the same as before, for example:  C:\Program Files\Activision\Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare\main\iw_00.iwd would be  “”. Once the new archive is made, change the extension to IWD, the reload the Call of Duty 4 server.

Call of Duty 4 List of Unlocked Perks


Perk 1:

  • C4 x2
  • Special Grenades
  • RPG-7 x2
  • Claymore x2
  • Frag x3 – Unlocked at Colonel I (Lv41)
  • Badolier – Unlocked at Captain I (Lv32)
  • Bomb Squad

Perk 2:

  • Stopping Power
  • Juggernaut
  • Sleight of Hand
  • Double Tap – Unlocked at (Lv29)
  • Overkill – Unlocked at (Lv38) – Lets you carry two primary weapons!
  • UAV Jammer
  • Sonic Boom

Perk 3:

  • Extreme Conditioning
  • Steady Aim
  • Last Stand
  • Martyrdom
  • Deep Impact
  • Iron Lungs
  • Dead Silence – Unlocked at (Lv44)
  • Eavesdrop – Unlocked at (Lv35)

Call of Duty 4 Unlocked Weapons List

Assault Rifles:

  • M16A4
  • AK-47
  • M4 Carbine
  • G3
  • G36C – Unlocked at Lieutenant Colonel (Lv37)
  • M14 – Unlocaked at Major General (Lv46)
  • MP44 – Unlocked at General (Lv52)

Sub Machine Guns:

  • MP5
  • Shorpion
  • Mini-Uzi
  • AK-74u – Unlocked at 1st Lieutenant (Lv28)
  • P90 – Unlocked at Colonel (Lv40)

Light Machine Guns:

  • M249 SAW
  • RPD
  • M60E4


  • W1200
  • M1014 – Unlocked at Captain (Lv31)

Sniper Rifles:

  • M40A3
  • M21
  • Dragunov
  • R700 – Unlocked at Major (Lv34)
  • Barrett .50cal – Unlocked at General (Lv49)

Show Frames Per Second (FPS) in Call of Duty 4

In order to see what your videcard’s performance is in Call of Duty 4, you can use the command /cg_drawfps 1 after bringing up your console with ~

I typically get about 40fps with refresh at 72hz, and all settings turned down, on my ATI All in Wonder x600 Pro 256MB PCIE.