Colin McRae Rally

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Colin McRae Rally
Colin McRae Rally cover
Developers
Codemasters
Release dates
Windows July 15, 1998
Colin McRae Rally at Wikipedia
Colin McRae Rally
Colin McRae Rally 1998
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 2000
Colin McRae Rally 3 2003
Colin McRae Rally 04 2004
Colin McRae Rally 2005 2004
Colin McRae: DiRT 2007
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 2009
DiRT 3 2011
DiRT Showdown 2012
Colin McRae Rally (2014) 2014
DiRT Rally 2015
DiRT 4 2017

For the 2014 game, see Colin McRae Rally (2014).

Key points

Needs unofficial patches to run on modern operating systems.
Has some issues on Windows 7 and later. See the fixed issues and unresolved issues sections below.

Availability[edit]

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

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.5 is the latest version

Unofficial[edit]

CMRONW2K by Krister Brus makes the game compatible with Windows 2000 and XP
kFYatek's Unofficial Windows 7 Patch makes the game compatible with Windows 7 and later

Skip intro videos[edit]

You can skip the intro by launching the game from <path-to-game>\rally.exe.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use the Alt+ Enter shortcut.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Borderless Gaming doesn't seem to work
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through driver control.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced through driver control or through dgVoodoo2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced through driver control or through dgVoodoo2.
60 FPS
Turn Motion Smoothing off in the settings to disable the 30 FPS cap
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 111 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix[2]
  1. If the Windows 7 patch is installed, uninstall it by installing Patch 1.5.
  2. Download and extract dgVoodoo anywhere.
  3. Open the MS folder and copy its content to the game folder.
  4. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe.
  5. Click "Add" and set the game folder.
  6. Set "Scaling mode" to "Stretched".
  7. Go to "DirectX" tab.
  8. Select your resolution and uncheck the "dgVoodoo Watermark" option.
  9. Apply your changes.
  10. Open Rally.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  11. Press Ctrl+F, change the "Datatype" option to "Hex-values" and paste FF000080BF in the text field.
  12. Replace the 000080BF value with:
    • 000070BF for 5:4
    • 000096BF for 25:16
    • C5719CBF for 16:10
    • 0000A0BF for 15:9
    • ABAAAABF for 16:9
    • 398EE3BF for ~21:9
  13. If you can't edit the file because of no permissions, right-click Rally.exe, click on Properties and uncheck "Read only".
  14. Press Ctrl+F, change the "Datatype" option to "Hex-values" and paste 00000040 in the text field.
  15. Replace the 00000040 value with:
    • 0000F03F for 5:4
    • 00001640 for 25:16
    • C5711C40 for 16:10
    • 00002040 for 15:9
    • ABAA2A40 for 16:9
    • 398E6340 for ~21:9
  16. Save your changes.
  17. Right-click Rally.exe, click on Properties, go to the "Compatibility" tab and select "Windows 98 / Windows Me".

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Direct IP only
Online play
Dial-up only

Issues unresolved[edit]

3D elements on the menus don't show properly on Windows 7 or later[edit]

When using the dgVoodoo2 wrapper the intro videos for the Rally School courses have sound but no image when the game runs in fullscreen[edit]

Make sure the Alt-Enter shortcut is not disabled in dgVoodoo2's settings so you can switch to windowed mode when you want to see those videos

Issues fixed[edit]

Game occasionally crashes when loading a stage on Windows 7 and later[edit]

Use the dgVoodoo2 wrapper[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo2, copy dgVoodooSetup.exe and the contents of the MS folder into the <path-to-game> folder
  2. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe, select DirectX, uncheck dgVoodoo Watermark (and change some settings if you want to force antialiasing and VSync)
  3. Run the game

Notes

If you use dgVoodoo2 and play the game in fullscreen mode the Rally School videos may not play properly so make sure the Alt-Enter shortcut is not disabled in dgVoodoo2's settings so you can switch between fullscreen and windowed when needed

Game crashes when loading a stage on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Start the game in Windows 7 compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Right-click <path-to-game>\game.exe.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select Properties.
  3. Once the window is open, select the Compatibility tab.
  4. Check the box next to Run the program in compatibility mode for.
  5. From the dropdown menu, select Windows 7.
  6. Repeat the process for <path-to-game>\rally.exe.

Notes

Make sure you have the Unofficial Windows 7 patch installed

Intro videos have sound playing but no image on Windows 7 or later[edit]

Add compatibility for old Indeo codecs[citation needed]
  1. Open a 'command prompt' by typing cmd on search and,using a right click, select 'Run as Administrator'
  2. (32bit users can skip this step) Type cd %WINDIR%\SysWOW64 and press enter
  3. Type regsvr32 ir50_32.dll and press enter

Notes

Repeat the process but type regsvr32 /u ir50_32.dll to undo what you have done
Alternatively you can use these bat files(make sure you run them as the administrator)

The service menu before the stage starts is very laggy on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Use the dgVoodoo2 wrapper[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo2, copy dgVoodooSetup.exe and the contents of the MS folder into the <path-to-game> folder
  2. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe, select DirectX, uncheck dgVoodoo Watermark (and change some settings if you want to force antialiasing and VSync)
  3. Run the game

Notes

If you use dgVoodoo2 and play the game in fullscreen mode the Rally School videos may not play properly so make sure the Alt-Enter shortcut is not disabled in dgVoodoo2's settings so you can switch between fullscreen and windowed when needed

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.0 compatible
4 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2016-11-25
    Email received from Codemasters customer service.
  2. Colin McRae Rally - HD/Widescreen Tutorial (NEW) - YouTube - last accessed on 2017-02-03