Star Wars: Episode I – Racer

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Star Wars: Episode I – Racer
Star Wars: Episode I – Racer cover
Release dates
Windows May 1999
Mac OS (Classic) 2000
Star Wars: Episode I – Racer at Wikipedia
Star Wars
Series: Star Wars: X-Wing 1993
Series: Star Wars: Rebel Assault 1993
Series: Star Wars: Jedi Knight 1995
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 1997
Star Wars: Yoda Stories 1997
Star Wars: Rebellion 1998
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D 1998
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999
Star Wars: Episode I – Racer 1999
Star Wars: Force Commander 2000
Star Wars: Episode I – Battle for Naboo 2001
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds 2001
Star Wars: Starfighter 2001
Star Wars Galaxies 2003
Series: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003
Series: Star Wars: Battlefront 2004
Series: Lego Star Wars 2005
Star Wars: Republic Commando 2005
Star Wars: Empire at War 2006
Series: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2009
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes 2009
Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine 2016
Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay 2017

Key points

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

General information

Wookieepedia - A huge wiki dedicated to the Star Wars universe
Star Wars Racer at Play Old PC Games - general information and tweaks about the game


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Mac OS
A demo is available (mirror 1/mirror 2)

Essential improvements[edit]


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

IPX Multiplayer LAN support on Modern Windows[edit]

Download Download IPXWRAPPER, drag & drop the files, run 32 or 64bit reg and enable automatic windows firewall exception in ipxconfig.exe, any internet connection will link 2 computers

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)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\player\
Mac OS (Classic)

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See <path-to-game>\DATA\config\current\video.cfg.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Hex edit executable files[1]
  1. Open SWEP1RCR.EXE with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Search for a string 80 02 00 00 75 09 81 7f 08 e0 01 in a line 000883d0.
  3. Values 80 02 and e0 01 represent the resolution 640x480. Change them with values of a resolution you want to use:
    • 1280x720 - Replace 80 02 with 00 05 and replace e0 01 with D0 02.
    • 1280x800 - Replace 80 02 with 00 05 and replace e0 01 with 20 03.
    • 1366x768 - Replace 80 02 with 56 05 and replace e0 01 with 00 03.
    • 1440x900 - Replace 80 02 with A0 05 and replace e0 01 with 84 03.
    • 1680x1050 - Replace 80 02 with 90 06 and replace e0 01 with 1A 04.
    • 1920x1080 - Replace 80 02 with 80 07 and replace e0 01 with 38 04.
    • 2560x1440 - Replace 80 02 with 00 0A and replace e0 01 with A0 05.
  4. Save the file.
  5. Open RACER.EXE with a hex editor.
  6. Search for a string 80 02 00 00 00 a0 00 00 80 03 00 00 00 e8 00 00 80 05 00 00 00 08 01 00 80 06 00 00 00 68 01 00 80 0c 00 00 00 e0 01 in a line 00033010.
  7. The same values are at the beginning and end of the highlighted string - change them to your desired resolution, in a similar way you did it with SWEP1RCR.EXE.
  8. Save the file.
  9. Launch RACER.EXE. Click Hardware Configuration, and then Change Display Settings to select your chosen resolution (it should show up instead of 640x480).


HUD elements are stretched.
Race screen cuts off the top and bottom of the screen rather than expanding the sides.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0[2]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Console versions only.
LAN play
8 Use IPXWrapper for modern systems.
Online play
Use IPXWrapper and LogIn Hamachi

Issues fixed[edit]

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.


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

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Alternative installer for modern systems[3]

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 your 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:


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[4]

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[5]

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*

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:"
"Display Height"=dword:00000300
"Display Width"=dword:00000400
"Display"="Primary Display Driver"
"Fix Flicker"=dword:00000000
"Install Path"="C:\\Games\\RACER"
"Source Dir"="D:\\"
"Source Path"="D:"

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.


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]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

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