Is your Call of Duty Vanguard lagging and stuttering? In-game lag and stutters can be very annoying issues, especially for any game that requires fast reflexes. Although lag and stuttering are not new issues to COD Vanguard, it’s not also meant to occur almost persistently. The good thing is, there are known solutions for these problems and we’ll show them to you below.
How to fix COD Vanguard lag and stuttering?
Lag and stuttering when playing Call Of Duty Vanguard often occurs in Multiplayer and Zombies mode.
If you have lag-related issues only when playing the campaign mode, the most likely reason for the problem is your PC or the incorrect game settings.
This guide will not address FPS drop and lag due to hardware or settings issues. We will instead talk about solving network lag and stuttering during an online game or battle.
Below are the solutions that you can try:
Fix #1: Cancel or pause any downloads.
First and foremost, you want to ensure that your PC has all the resources and bandwidth while you’re playing an online battle. If it’s downloading and installing something while you’re playing, it may lead to slow connection and stuttering.
Make sure that all applications that can download updates are closed. For example, if you have a Steam application running, it’s possible that it may be downloading a game update and/or installing something at this time.
You also want to check if Windows is doing the same thing.
The idea is to make sure that there’s no on-going download and installation.
Fix #2: Check the COD Vanguard server status.
Call Of Duty game servers can suffer from unplanned outages from time to time. Be sure to check if there’s any maintenance or issue that’s related to the servers.
You can visit the visit the official Activision website to check the game’s server status.
Fix #3: Troubleshoot your internet connection.
The state of your internet connections at home can be a culprit too. If there’s no server issues at this time, you’ll want to perform basic network troubleshooting on your end.
Reboot the modem or router.
A quick power cycle might fix lag and stuttering. Sometimes, network equipment like modems and routers may not work properly if you leave them running for a long time. Turning them off and unplugging them from the power source for 30 seconds may get rid of lag spikes and other bugs at home.
Run a speed test.
Having a stable and fast enough internet connection is important, especially for shooters like the Call Of Duty Vanguard. Try doing a speed test to know the download and upload speeds on your PC. You need to maintain a minimum of 15 Mbps for both download and upload when playing COD Vanguard while also using voice chat.
Check the bandwidth.
If your network is too busy when you’re playing, like when there are multiple devices using the internet connection at the same time, a bottleneck may lead to network issues.
Try disconnecting other devices from your network or simply disconnect wifi and see if that will improve the situation.
Fix #4: Install the latest graphics drivers.
Keeping the graphics drivers updated has become almost automatic for most but many players may forget to allow the software updater like NVIDIA Experience to update on its own.
You can manually check if your graphics drivers are running their latest version using the Device Manager if you did not install NVIDIA Experience or AMD Radeon.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Press the Windows key on the keyboard.
- Type in “control panel” and select Control Panel.
- Change the View by dropdown to Small icons and click on Device Manager.
- Once the Device Manager is opened, click the dropdown for Network adapters.
- Find your network adapter and right-click on it.
- Select Update driver.
- Select Search automatically for drivers.
Fix #5: Use a wired connection.
If you’re playing COD Vanguard on your laptop, try to see if the lag goes away when you’re connected to the router via an Ethernet cable.
Going wired is a better setup compared to wireless, particularly if you’re playing online shooters.
Fix #6: Use QoS.
Some routers are capable of prioritizing game packets in order to lessen network lag in games. This feature is called Quality of Service (QoS). if your router has this capability, do some research using Google on how to enable QoS for Steam as exact steps vary for every device.
Alternatively, you can consult the documentation or manual of your router to know. If your router is provided by your Internet Service Provider, contact their technical support team to get help in enabling QoS.
Fix #7: Use a different DNS server.
Some players were able to fix lag and improve their internet speed when playing COD Vanguard by simply changing their ISP-provided DNS settings to a different one.
Sometimes, ISP DNS servers may go down, which can cause browsing, high latency and connection issues.
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
- Type in “control panel” and open the Control Panel app.
- Click Network and Internet.
- Go to Network and Sharing Center.
- Click on Change Adapter options.
- Right-click on Ethernet network and click Properties.
- In the Ethernet Properties window, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), then select Properties.
- In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) window, select Use the following DNS server addresses:
- For your preferred DNS server, type in: 184.108.40.206.
- For your Alternate DNS server, type in: 220.127.116.11.
- Make sure to enable Validate settings upon exit box, then click OK.
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