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Colin McRae: DiRT

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Colin McRae: DiRT
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Developers
Codemasters
Engines
Neon
Release dates
Windows June 15, 2007
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Key points

The game features full keyboard support but an Xbox 360 Controller is recommended.
Multiplayer servers were shut down

General information

Colin McRae Rally and DiRT Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 4.7 DRM.[1] Removed in Patch 1.22.
Windows
No longer available due to licensing reasons.[2]
Demo is available

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.22 requires the installation of patch 1.21 first.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Documents\Codemasters\DiRT\hardware_settings_config.xml
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/11440/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Documents\Codemasters\DiRT\savegame\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/11440/pfx/[Note 1]
Location can be changed in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Codemasters\DIRT\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphical settings.
Graphical settings.
Graphical settings continued.
Graphical settings continued.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use FOV Changer[citation needed]
  1. Search in the installation folder for cameras.xml.
  2. Select all files (47 in total), right-click and open properties.
  3. Untick the read-only option and click OK.
  4. Download and extract Dirt3FovChange.
  5. Run Dirt3FovChange.exe as administrator.
  6. Specify the base installation folder.
  7. Adjust the settings to your liking and click start.
    • Vertical FOV: a larger number will translate into a wider field of view.
    • Adjust FOV for: selects the in-game camera or cameras you want to edit.
    • Head Offset: affects the position of the head-cam (cockpit view). A modification of 0.1 will yield a noticeable change. It is to be noted that the point of view can be placed outside of the car.
      • X: affects the lateral position. A positive value will move the point of view to the left.
      • Y: affects the vertical position. A positive value will move the point of view upward.
      • Z: affects the front/back position. A positive value will move the point of view closer to the dashboard.
    • Head Tilt Change: affects the vertical angle of the camera. Compared to the position values, the tilt value works on a different scale: a modification of 1 will yield a barely noticeable change.
      • A positive value will tilt the camera up.

Notes

Modifying certain settings may not be supported and can cause errors.
Modifications made during a race require quitting and restarting the race.

Windowed[edit]

Change config file setting[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open hardware_settings_config.xml.
  3. Change fullscreen from true to false.
  4. Save the changes.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
7.1 supported[3]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5[4]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Colin McRae's DiRT.
iZ3D

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes after the race finishes loading[edit]

Edit file[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system\
  2. Open hardware_settings_restrictions.xml in text editor
  3. Replace system/workerMap8Core.xml with system/workerMap4Core.xml
  4. Save the file

Fix Lag in Races in CPU 4 Cores + 8 threads (like i7 4790k)[edit]

Set affinity
  1. Go in windows task manager, right-click on DiRT.exe process
  2. Define affinity for 7 CPUs theads (unmark one).
Method may work on other CPUs

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer DemonWare

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3.0 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 3800+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X1300
Shader model 3.0 support
Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon X1950
Shader model 3.0 support

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/11440/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (11440) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References