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Hi, I've installed Doom 3 on windows last day and it worked really fine, So I tried to install it on linux using the last official linux patch (v1.3) No ...
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    Doom 3 invalid cd key


    Hi,

    I've installed Doom 3 on windows last day and it worked really fine,
    So I tried to install it on linux using the last official linux patch (v1.3)

    No problems since I start the game for the first time: it asks me the cd key and says "invalid cd-key" when I enter the one I used for windows.

    What's wrong?


    Thanks for your replies

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    I seem to remember having this problem once or twice. There's a preference file in your /home/yourusername/.doom3/ directory. I think it might be called "doom3key.pref" or something similar. It's just a text file that stores your CD key. Open it up and make sure you typed it in correctly.
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    Thanks,

    I found the file you were talking about, it's called doomkey and located in ~/.doom3/base/

    The key was correct but the last 4 characters were missing.
    I wrote them but the game still asks me for the cd key.

    I re-checked the file and the last 4 character disappeared again.

    Why?

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    How did you go about installing the game?
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    First I installed doom3-linux-1.1.1286-demo.x86.run downloaded
    here: ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/doom3/linux

    Then I added all *.pk4 files on the CD in base/ directory

    I followed this howto :
    Doom3FrontPage - DOOM III GNU/Linux FAQ

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    Have you tried deleting the key file and re-launching the game? Will it not just prompt you for it again?
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    Doesn't work....
    The file is re-generated but the game asks me the key again


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    Quote Originally Posted by tructruc View Post
    Doesn't work....
    The file is re-generated but the game asks me the key again

    I'm not sure I follow. Are you saying you delete the file, launch the game and re-enter your code, and the next time you launch it the game asks you for your code again?
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    I deleted the file, restarted the game and entered the key but it says again
    "invalid CD key"

    The box where I should enter the key in the game is weird, no space between each part of the code...

    XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XX
    (no "-" or spaces in the box)

    I know it isn't important but it makes me asking if I entered the key correctly
    (This box allows you to enter 16+2 characters (the two last characters are into a separated box)).

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    Ok, I've some news.

    I patched the doom 3 installed on windows and I got the same error, it seems to be a patch problem (linux version is only available via patching a win32 installation...).

    I checked for a key that's working with this patch. Now the game works but it's not legal...

    So is there any other way?

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