Installation Guide

A few important points before we start:

  • CPMA is a free modification (mod) for the commercial game Quake III Arena.
  • CNQ3 is a free improved executable (engine) for running Quake III Arena on Windows and Linux. It is the official engine for CPMA. It is not necessary, but highly recommended when available for your platform.
  • This guide is for Windows Vista and later.
  • MacOS X users will want to look at the ioq3 engine to replace the original one.
  • Windows XP users should look at the quake3e engine.

Installing on the Steam version

Installation steps:

Extra steps to launch CNQ3 instead of the original client from Steam:

  • Delete or move quake3.exe and testapp.exe.
  • Rename cnq3-x64.exe to quake3.exe.

Use cnq3-x86.exe instead of cnq3-x64.exe if you have a 32-bit Windows installation.

Installing from the original Quake 3 CD

  • Run the original installer.

    • Make absolutely sure not to install in Program Files or Program Files (x86) as it will prevent the game from saving files to disk.
    • Opt not to install Punkbuster when prompted for this and any further installation.
  • Download the 1.32 point release patch from our download section.

  • Locate the game's folder.

  • Download and extract the following archives

    File Destination baseq3 root root
  • If you don't have a file called q3key in your game's baseq3 directory:

    • Create an empty file called q3key in your baseq3 directory.
    • Edit the file to add your own CD key in it and save it.
    • It will look a bit like this: 0123456789ABCDEF (16 contiguous characters).
  • You can now run cnq3-x64.exe to launch CPMA.
    Use cnq3-x86.exe instead of cnq3-x64.exe if you have a 32-bit Windows installation.

Alternative sources

Quake 3 can also be bought on GOG if you don't want to be tied to Steam's DRM platform.

Configuring the game

Once you have CPMA up and running, you will probably want to configure the game to your liking.
For this, please consult the following guides: