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Star Wars: Episode I – Racer

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Star Wars: Episode I – Racer
Star Wars: Episode I – Racer cover
Developers
LucasArts
Publishers
LucasArts
Japan Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows May 18, 1999
Mac OS (Classic) December 16, 1999
Star Wars: Episode I – Racer at Wikipedia
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Key points

Installing the retail version on 64-bit versions of Windows requires a workaround. See Installing retail version on 64-bit versions of Windows.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Wookieepedia - A huge wiki dedicated to the Star Wars universe

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-patched with a DirectDraw to DirectX 9 wrapper
Windows
Steam
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Pre-patched with a DirectDraw to DirectX 9 wrapper
Windows
A demo is available (mirror 1/mirror 2)

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

SWEP1RCR.EXE updates the retail game to the latest version. Needed to run the game on Windows NT-based systems.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Star Wars: Episode I Racer\v1.0\
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/808910/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\player\
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/808910/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched from 4:3. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Additional video settings.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Some bugs exist at framerates higher than 30.[2]
GOG.com version has unlocked fps (at least over 440fps).

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]
Forces the game to run at your monitor's native resolution. Ultra-wide and 4K monitors supported.
Add widescreen support[3]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract the contents of the MS folder to the installation folder.
    • If using the GOG.com release, you may need to rename its ddraw.dll to ddraw.dll.BAK.
  3. Configure the emulation and additional graphics settings using dgvoodooCpl.exe.
  4. Download Star Wars Episode I Racer 3D Vision fix.
  5. Extract the contents to the installation folder.

Notes

By default, the fix is configured for 16:9; refer to the Helix Mod page to change the aspect ratio and FOV.
The game does not draw some elements outside the 4:3 area of the screen, resulting in geometry culling.

Additional video settings[edit]

In <path-to-game>\data\config\current\video.cfg, the following options are made available to be changed:
Setting Values
REFLECTIONS ON, OFF
ZEFFECTS ON, OFF
DYNAMIC_LIGHTING ON, OFF
VSYNC ON, OFF
LENSFLARE ON, OFF
ENGINEEXHAUST ON, OFF
TEXTURE_RES 1, 2, 3
MODEL_DETAIL 1, 2, 3
DRAWDISTANCE 1, 2, 3

Input settings[edit]

XInput-compatible controllers[edit]

Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]
Working triggers, D-pad, and configurable deadzone.
Add XInput support[citation needed]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus.
  2. Set the Target Program to SWEP1RCR.EXE.
  3. Go to DirectInput and check Enable DirectInput Output.
  4. Assign Right Stick to Z Axis/Z Rot.
  5. Assign LT/RT to Button 11/12.
  6. Click Apply and OK.
  7. Open the game's joystick settings.
  8. Under axis settings, assign Roll Left/Right to Z Axis.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0[4]

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Console versions only.
LAN play
8 Use IPXWrapper for modern systems (included with GOG.com release).
Online play
Use IPXWrapper and LogIn Hamachi

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Play Old PC Games has troubleshooting information on installing and running the game.

Graphical issues[edit]

e.g., low frame rate, black screen, white screen, green screen, artifacts, crash on startup, etc.
Use dgVoodoo 2 for proper emulated old DirectX support[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll from the MS folder into the installation folder.
  3. You may need to rename dxgi.dll to dxgi.dll.BAK.
  4. You can configure the emulation and additional graphics settings using dgVoodooCpl.exe.

Notes

Allows the game to run properly on Windows 8, 10.
dgVoodoo 2 requires a DirectX 11 graphics card.

Installing retail version on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Alternative installer for modern systems[5]

German website with the installers: website An alternative Inno Setup installer can be downloaded from MediaFire for CD-Version and DVD-Collection Version. This alternative installer includes many fixes listed below. It's the ultimate installer for English, German and French version for this game.

  1. Put the CD or DVD of the game in your CD/DVD-Drive, or mount an ISO of the game.
  2. Start this alternative setup from your HDD. Choose the language of your game.
  3. The setup will find the CD/DVD of the game and start the install from it.
  4. After the regular installation, additional files are copied:
  • The latest patch for the game
  • dgVoodoo v2.51 (allows the game run under Win7, Win8, Win10. DirectX 11 compatibile Graphic Card is required to emulate DirectX 6 API)
  • A new Launcher with Widescreen Patch GUI that also has additional configuration settings for the game.
  • Batch startup file to play the game with single core on multi core systems
  • Mouse Fix (nomousy) for dgVoodoo (fixes displaying two cursors)
  • IPXwrapper integrated for IPX->TCP-IP Multiplayer Games.
  • FFmpeg with batch files to extract/convert cutscenes and game music

This custom installer uses old dgVoodoo2 version. If you still have issues with graphics (like greenish screen), then download latest version, unpack it and copy everything from MS folder to the install dir replacing files.

Update: Launcher 2.0 for CD, DVD or HDD versions of this Setup. Contain VB6-runtimes.
File: SWEP1RC_Res_Fix_Patch_v20.7z (Mediafire) (2,04 MB)

Optional for DirectX-9 User: Wine3D Emulation Files
This patch use the Wine3D emulation instead of dgvoodoo. Wine3D working with a DirectX-9 Emulation.
This patch files are only created for this alternative setup.

1. Make a backup and delete from the installation folder following files:

D3D8.dll
D3DImm.dll
DDraw.dll

2. Copy the correct Wine3D patch files for your Star Wars Racer Version in the installation folder and overwrite the existing files.
3. Run the game regular over the Launcher from this alternative installer

Wine3D emulation is not perfect. No fog, no reflections, no lensflare, more color banding, etc.
Wine3D is a pure dirt emulation for Star Wars Racer.

Use dgVoodoo for a perfect game emulation.
dgVoodoo is better than Wine3D or dxWND at this game.

Alternative installer[6]

An alternative MSI installer can be downloaded from his website. A guide on how to create a CD image with a new installer can be found here.

Manual installation[7]

1. Copy the gnome folder from Racer's CD to your hard disk and rename it to RACER
2. Copy RACER.EXE from the root of the CD into RACER folder on your hard disk
3. Copy DSETUP.dll, DSETUP16.dll DSETUP32.dll, SysCheck.exe, SYSCHECK.INI and Website.exe files from INSTALL folder into RACER folder on your hard disk
4. If for example you had placed the RACER folder in C:\Games then your folder structure would look like this:

C:\Games\RACER\data\ *files*
C:\Games\RACER\a3dapi.dll
C:\Games\RACER\DSETUP.DLL
C:\Games\RACER\DSETUP16.DLL
C:\Games\RACER\DSETUP32.DLL
C:\Games\RACER\IFORCE2.dll
C:\Games\RACER\Racer.exe
C:\Games\RACER\Smush.dll
C:\Games\RACER\SWEP1RCR.exe
C:\Games\RACER\SYSCHECK.EXE
C:\Games\RACER\syscheck.ini
C:\Games\RACER\WEBSITE.EXE<

5. Now for the registry entries. Copy the following text into Notepad

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Star Wars: Episode I Racer\v1.0]
"3D Device"="Microsoft Direct3D Hardware acceleration through Direct3D HAL"
"Analyze Path"="D:\\INSTALL\\SysCheck.exe"
"CD Path"="D:"
"DevMode"=dword:00000000
"Display Height"=dword:00000300
"Display Width"=dword:00000400
"Display"="Primary Display Driver"
"Executable"="C:\\Games\\RACER\\SWEP1RCR.EXE"
"Fix Flicker"=dword:00000000
"FullScreen"=dword:00000000
"GUID"="{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}"
"Install Path"="C:\\Games\\RACER"
"InstallType"=dword:00000009
"JoystickID"="1"
"Source Dir"="D:\\"
"Source Path"="D:"
"UseFett"=dword:00000000

6. You need to edit drive letters in this entries Analyze Path, CD Path, Source Dir and Source Path so they point to your CD/DVD drive. After that edit entries Executable and Install Path so they point to folders/files where you copied your game.

7. Now save that file as racer.reg and run it to import settings to registry.

8. You should be able to start the game.

Notes

If a launcher still shows only install option, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Star Wars: Episode I Racer and see if it's not empty. Keep in mind, that these entries must be located under Wow6432Node or they will not work.
If an error pops up asking to reinstall a game, it's probably, because entries in registry point to incorrect locations. Make sure you put correct paths Keep in mind to change only drive letters or C:\Games parts, not the whole entries.
Display Width/Height: Hex value of your resolution width/height. Yours may differ. i.e. 0x400=1024 decimal Use Windows calculator in programmer mode to convert decimal to hex or vice versa.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

PC Debug Menu[edit]

SWEP1RCR_CM - A customized trainer to re-enable the debug menu from N64, works with latest GOG release.
  • AI Difficulty Multiplier
  • AI Opponents Difficulty Spread
  • Invincibility
  • Mirrored Mode (Flip the levels left/right)
  • Configure Death Values (Min speed, Spawn Delay)
  • Tweak all pod racer stats

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D compatible graphics card
2 MB of VRAM

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>/808910/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (808910) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References