Doom III won’t let you install on Windows 2003. Since the box says “Minimum Requirements: Windows XP/2000“ I thought either it was an programmtic mistake in the install package OR the box is mislabeled.
I had a feeling it would run, but I had to get around the install from CD.
Voila. I found this at the Activision support site:
To do a manual install, do the following:
- Create a destination folder (for example, c:\program files\doom 3)
- Insert CD 1.
- Copy Doom3.exe from CD 1 (Setup\Data\Doom3.exe) to your destination folder.
- Create a “base” directory in your destination folder (for example, c:\program files\doom 3\base).
- Copy pak002.pk4 from CD 1 (SetupData\base\pak002.pk4) to the “base” folder.
- Copy game00.pk4 from CD 1 (SetupData\base\game00.pk4) to the “base” folder.
- Insert CD 2.
- Copy pak000.pk4 from CD 2 (SetupData\base\pak000.pk4) to the “base” folder.
- Copy pak001.pk4 from CD 2 (SetupData\base\pak001.pk4) to the “base” folder.
- Insert CD 3.
- Copy pak003.pk4 from CD 2 (SetupData\base\pak003.pk4) to the “base” folder.
- Copy pak004.pk4 from CD 2 (SetupData\base\pak004.pk4) to the “base” folder.
- Go to the base folder and create a text file called “doomkey”. NOTE: This file should not have any file extension.
- Open the doomkey file in notepad.
- Enter your CD Key exactly as it appears on the CD Key sticker. Use all capital letters and do not include any dashes.
- Save that file.
- Doom 3 should now be installed on your computer.
The final layout on the CD drive should look like this:
After I did that, then updated my year old GeForce drivers, it worked beautifully. Even set at Medium Quality it rocks!