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Genre: Racing
Release Year: 1999
Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts
Age Rating: Everyone
Playability Status: Playable (with significant issues)
Tested On: Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64
Availability: Copyright retained - Still sold

Star Wars Episode I may divide the opinion of Star Wars fans, but the fast and furious pod-racing scenes from the film remain a highlight. Of course, it didn’t take long before LucasArts gave us the chance to try our own hands at pod racing from the comfort of our PCs or games consoles. A long long time ago (well okay, only back in March 2013), we reluctantly told you that Star Wars – Episode 1 Racer didn’t work on modern systems. Now we’re back again with a possible fix for this old game, as well as an updated 64-bit compatible installer. However, Star Wars Racer is a game fraught with strange complications and problems and may not work on all PCs. Our only advice is to try it and cross your fingers!

Installation

While Star Wars Episode I: Racer will install without any issues on a 32 bit machine, if you are running the 64 bit version of Windows then the installer will simply not run. There is a replacement installer on the internet but it is rather over complicated to use and in our tests it didn’t work either. Help is at hand however, as we have written our own 64-bit compatible installer. The installer will also copy the fan-made patch, which makes it possible to run the game on (most) modern PCs. You can download the installer here. We have tested the installer on several PCs but of course there could always be bugs. If you have any issues please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and let us know.

Running the game

After installation with our new installer, you have two options for starting the game. You can use the “Play Star Wars Racer (Fixed EXE)” link to launch the fan-made patch version or you can use the original executable on its own or in conjunction with DXWnd. Only by trial and error can you find out which method (if any) works best for you.

Episode 1 Racer graphics patch

Thanks to an anonymous contributor (and to Patryckpo in the comments) for bringing this to our attention. The original Star Wars Episode 1 Racer game would not run on most modern PCs at all. The game had corrupt graphics throughout, making it totally unplayable. By using our replacement installer, the fan-made patch is installed automatically, correcting problems with the games graphics. The game should now run on the majority of PCs. Please read the troubleshooting section if you have any issues. To start the game using this patched version, use the “Play Star Wars Racer (Fixed EXE)” shortcut on your Start menu/screen or desktop. Be patient when starting the game as it can take some time. If the game simply won’t start for you even after you follow all the troubleshooting steps, you can try the DXWnd method detailed below.

Original executable

Since it was brought to our attention that the original executable file actually works better than the fan-made patch for some people, we’ve changed the installer so that it now installs both versions. If you need to run the original, unpatched version of the game for any reason, use the “Play Star Wars Racer (Original EXE)” shortcut. On a small number of machines, this original un-patched version may work without any additional steps.

Alternative method – DXWnd

Thanks to the community on Vogons.org for bringing this to our attention. This method of launching the game may help some of you that cannot run it using the provided patch. As stated above we have updated the replacement installer so that it now installs two versions of the game, the original version and the fan-made patch. To carry out this procedure please use the original version (SWEP1RCR.EXE) of the game.

Before you get your hopes up too high, we should point out that we have NOT been able to get this technique to work at all. We have tried three different PCs, two with Windows 8 and one with Windows 7 and it did not work on any of them. The game simply crashed as soon as we started it with DXWnd. Nevertheless other users around the internet claim it works for them, so if you are determined to try, here’s how to do it.

Start by downloading DXWnd. You can download DXWnd here. Click on the green “Download” button to get the file. The file is downloaded as a .rar archive. If you don’t have any software that can open this kind of file, we recommend 7-zip. You can download 7-zip here. Tutorials on how to use 7-Zip can be found here.

Once you have downloaded DXWnd, extract all the files from the rar archive to a folder on your PC. Now, run the DXWnd program by clicking on the “dxwnd.exe” file. A small window will open on your desktop. From the available menus, choose File->Import. A file requester window will now appear. Browse to the folder where you installed DXWnd and open the “exports” sub-folder. In this folder there are several files, find the one called “Star Wars Episode 1 Racer” and double click on it.

If you completed the above steps correctly, you should now see “Star Wars Episode 1 Racer” has appeared in the DXWnd window as per the picture below.

dxwnd-step1

You should now right click on “Star Wars Episode 1 Racer” in the DXWnd window and choose “Modify”. A “Target” window will then appear. Make sure the “Main” tab is selected. You need to check that the value entered in the “Path:” box is correct. This needs to point to the SWEP1RCR.EXE file within your Star Wars Racer game directory. If you installed to the default location, the path to the file will be “C:\Games\Star Wars Racer\SWEP1RCR.EXE”. Either manually edit this line or use the “…” button to browse to the correct folder. The screenshot below shows an example of a correctly configured path.

dxwnd-step2
Click on “OK”. You can now start the game by right clicking on the “Star Wars Episode 1 Racer” entry and choosing “Run”. If you are lucky, the game will now start and run without graphical glitches. If you don’t want to run the game in a window, right click on “Star Wars Episode 1 Racer” and choose “Modify” again and this time deselect “Run in Window” on the “Main” tab.

Tweaking visual settings

There are some basic visual settings you can tweak in the game. To do this, start the game and from the title screen, go to Video settings. On a modern PC you can turn on all options. Leave “Lens Flare” off if you are tired of fake lens flare effects (who isn’t these days?). We’ll look at some advanced, hidden settings later in the article.

Configuring controllers/gamepads

Star Wars Racer supports modern controllers, though configuring bindings is a bit of a bind in-game. From the games options menu, you can configure controller settings, though you can’t clear bindings and you can only invert the first three axes on your controller (inverting all the axes is required for Xbox 360 controller). If you installed the game using our new installer, it should have been pre-configured for Xbox 360 controller use (hint – pull back on the right stick then click it down to boost). There are several controller settings you can configure by manually editing configuration files too.

Manually editing settings

The in-game settings menu leaves a lot to be desired. True Jedi masters will want to delve into the games configuration files and edit them manually for best results. To access these options, browse to the games installation directory and look for a folder called “Data”. Open this folder and look for a sub-folder called “config”. Inside this folder there should be another sub-folder called current. Inside current are the games configuration files. You can edit these manually. Unfortunately, doing so in the standard Windows notepad tool proved exceptionally difficult since the files formatting became corrupt. We recommend you download and install the Notepad++ tool here. With this tool installed, simply right click on any of the files in this folder and choose “edit with Notepad++”. The files we are most interested in are current_control.map and video.cfg.

By editing the file called “current_control.map” you can change joystick bindings. The easiest way is to edit as many bindings as you can in-game then tweak the file here. To delete a binding simply delete the entire line in the text file.

By editing video.cfg you can enable some hidden graphics settings. For the highest quality video, set the following options in the file.

VIDEO                       REFLECTIONS=ON             
VIDEO                       ZEFFECTS=ON                
VIDEO                       DYNAMIC_LIGHTING=ON        
VIDEO                       VSYNC=ON                  
VIDEO                       LENSFLARE=ON               
VIDEO                       ENGINEEXHAUST=ON           
VIDEO                       TEXTURE_RES=1              
VIDEO                       MODEL_DETAIL=3             
VIDEO                       DRAWDISTANCE=3



If you choose “Enable undocumented graphics enhancements” when using our custom installer, these options will be set for you already.

Widescreen support

Supposedly, it is possible to run Star Wars Racer in widescreen by hacking the executable. However, in our tests this simply did not work. For anyone who wants to try the widescreen hack themselves, the details are available here.

Troubleshooting

pod-racer

This game is extremely problematic and may require Jedi levels of patience in order to get it working. In testing and configuring we found the following additional issues.

Corrupt videos:- Happens particularly on Windows 8 machines. Sometimes setting compatibility options to run the game in reduced colour mode (16-bit 65535 colour) can help.

Game takes a very long time to start:- This can happen if your game CD is dirty, damaged or the PC is having a hard time reading it. Be patient when starting the game! On some machines it takes several minutes to load.

Game freezes on or before the intro:- Be patient when starting the game! On some machines it takes several minutes to load. If the game locks up before the intro plays, or as the intro is playing, try restarting your PC. Make sure that no other applications are running that could overlay graphics onto the game. Disable as many other programs as possible (instant messengers, web browsers, e-mail programs etc). Add the game to your Windowblinds exclusions and disable/hide Stardock Fences, if installed. Disable any secondary monitors, if present.

No sound card detected:- Sometimes the game will play audio just fine in the introduction, then fail to play any sound whatsoever in the main game. Going into the audio settings, the game displays a “No sound card detected” message. To solve this problem, you will need to run the game as administrator.

Configuration tool doesn’t start on some PCs:- To set the games screen resolution and various other options, you need to start the games configuration tool (which we called “Configure Star Wars Racer” when using our new installer). However on some machines this tool simply will not launch. We found that the configuration tool would not run at all when we were running Windows 7, but a switch to Windows 8 on the exact same hardware and the tool ran without a problem. On other Windows 7 PCs it ran just fine too. If you cannot start the tool, you can run our installation utility to set the screen resolution.

Configuration tool doesn’t allow screen mode changes:- Instead of being given a list of available screen-modes, the configuration utility just shows an empty list. Use our custom installer to set screen modes instead.

Game defaults to 800×600 resolution:- Possibly related to the above, on some machines the game will not run in any other resolution.

Problems saving games and configuration files:- Like many old games, Star Wars Racer saves configuration files to the same directory as it is installed to. That means that if you install the game to your program files directory, you may have trouble saving your progress. Either install the game to a different directory (e.g C:\Games) or configure the permissions on the games installation folder to give you read/write access. A tutorial on how to do this can be found here. When using the games configuration tool, run it as administrator to ensure that changes get saved properly.

121 Comments ON " Star Wars Episode I: Racer "
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    Arclite April 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    Bummer. I still have this game and was planning on giving it a run through again now that my son is getting older. It was a lot of fun back in the day.

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      BuckoA51 April 8, 2013 at 10:21 am - Reply

      It may be possible to get the game working using what’s known as a virtual machine. It’s something I will look into sometime in the future.

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      Steve Stevenson September 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Or grab an N64… Funny that this PC version has trouble running on a 64 bit system… Heh.

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        BuckoA51 September 2, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

        The N64 version runs at 320×240, even on an emulator you can’t really compare that to the PC version.

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          atoneapone September 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

          Agreed! I tried out the N64 & Dreamcast emulator before gettin the PC version to work, & PC is still the best fastest & easiest to play.
          The DCemu is 2nd best if you want more of a challenge due to less responsiveness & the N64 looks the worst of the 3 versions but still plays ok.

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    Bassem June 25, 2013 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Sadly, the following options do not work:
    -Windows XP Mode
    -XP virtual machien on Virtual Box

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    patryckpo August 18, 2013 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Hey, I found it!
    (link removed)
    Just extract it in game’s folder (try to have a FULL install) and run SWEP1RCR_nocd.exe
    It runs like a charm in my Windows Vista. Took some time to find a way to run it (patch or update), but now we can relive this classic!
    If the author wants to edit the main page, go ahead. It works.

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      BuckoA51 August 18, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Hi Patryckpo, we checked out the link and it appears to contain a virus and/or a no-cd crack. It is possible this is a false positive but we need more information first, thanks.

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        patryckpo August 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

        Well, that’s all I could find…
        No virus in file (scanned here with NOD32 and nothing found), but there is a no-cd crack, unfortunately.
        I couldn’t find any other link (with a “non patched” version), maybe you guys could download the original file and then update this post with a version without the no-cd executable (only the .dll files or something, I don’t know if it works, since my version was patched with the no-cd crack and I don’t have the original executable anymore, I lost the disc some years ago), anyways, this is a cool game to play, very addicting!
        … But I guess that the main deal is in the .dll files …
        Anyway, thank you.

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          BuckoA51 August 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm - Reply

          Hi again, we uploaded the file to a multi-virus checker and 1 out of the 32 virus checkers said that both the files contained a virus, so could quite possibly be a false positive. Could you possibly link us to an authors page (even if it is in Russian) so we can find out more about the fix? Thanks again for your contribution, sorry for being over zealous but I have to be cautious before I offer files for people to download.

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            patryckpo August 19, 2013 at 2:05 am - Reply

            Of course!
            http://www.old-games.ru/forum/showthread.php?t=13211
            I don’t remember the page, but it’s this topic.
            Probably it’s a false positive.
            NOTE: I didn’t read the whole topic, I just searched for attachments on topic and I got this one, was the only one that worked from the whole (I guess there are 4-5 attachments on it).

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              BuckoA51 August 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

              Hi Patryckpo, we’re getting an annoying constantly looping crunching sound when we use the fix you linked to, have you experienced that?

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    patryckpo September 5, 2013 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Well, where you experienced that? Anyway, I’ll test it here on my computer again, sorry for the late reply.

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      BuckoA51 September 5, 2013 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Honestly, I think it’s due to a bad installation, we’ll have to go back and check the new installer more carefully.

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    patryckpo September 6, 2013 at 2:27 am - Reply

    Yeah, probably, I tested here again, no problems. I got some video driver problems (what reminds me of upgrading my PC to Win7), but everything was resolved. Like I’d mentioned above, it works for sure. Let’s see if now it works for you.

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      BuckoA51 December 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Hi again, well I have updated the article. Using the fix I have written a new installer, but I still have a lot of problems with the game freezing on startup particularly. Still, at least it is playable now.

      Thanks for finding this fix for us all!

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    Tony abcdq2 December 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    THANKS FOR POSTING AND SHARING THIS NEW Installer with the graphic fixes. No more awful white screen bug,so the graphic fix worked perfectly and game plays great. I have been hoping for a fix for 2 years, and finally I can play it great on all Windows 7 systems.(runs great on my notebook with AMD A6 3400m APU +6650m(6720G2).

    -The only thing I have to tolerate is the slow buggy startup, but after 2 minutes of closing windows and letting it load up it works

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      BuckoA51 December 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Glad it worked for you! Yes the startup problem is bizarre, I’ve not been able to figure out what causes that but if I do I will update the article again.

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    Friso January 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I have a windows 7 32 bit. The normal installer gives me white backgrounds in the game (I think here referred to as the corrupt graphics). The patched version you made complains about me having ‘no 3d hardware found’. Do you have an idea what I can do? I’d really love to play this game again.

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      BuckoA51 January 12, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Can you use the “Configure Star Wars Racer” tool to select your video options?

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        Friso January 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm - Reply

        Yeah, but when I click on ‘Change Display Settings’ I get the same error.

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          Friso January 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

          With the normal installation (without your installer) I don’t have problems changing the display settings.

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            BuckoA51 January 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

            What are your system specs? Have you run the game and the configuration tool as administrator?

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            BuckoA51 January 14, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

            My installer doesn’t actually change the configuration utility at all so I can’t explain that. You could try renaming your Ep1 Racer install folder to OLD, reinstalling with the old installer then copying all files from the OLD folder back over.

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      Friso January 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Yes, I just tried it. The system checker says the game requires a 3d video card. Well, I guess that must be the problem then. So strange the game will run (with corrupted graphics) with the normal installer though.

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        kido.resuri January 13, 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        Hi!
        Same here. I’m running Windows 7 64 bit, with Radeon HD5450. With the normal 64 bit installer the game starts with corrupted graphic, but with the “new” installer it can’t detect 3d video card.. :(

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    Krazna January 15, 2014 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Hey guys all I seem to get is a white screen when playing I can just about see my racer but nothing in front of it just all white. I dont have my original cd anymore it is long lost and your installer asks for it. Anyway around it ?

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    Lukas January 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately it doesn’t work for me entirely. I can start the game, I can even play. Thats a big improvement for me (I wasn’t able to install the game at all). But there are ugly graphic bugs in the game that won’t let me see much. For example there is a big blue stripe from one side to the other, so i cannot see much of what is coming :(
    Similar situation in the menu. Green and other coloured surfaces hide most information about pilots and tracks

    I hope you can give a working solution
    but thanks a lot anyway and I hope you understand my denglish :)

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      lennox July 15, 2014 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Exactly the same problem!!

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      Halbam July 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Which language did you install the game in? When I installed it with my German disc, I got the same errors. After installing it with an English CD image, it worked.

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        jedi-ctx September 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

        I published a tutorial at the bottom of the comment page in order to get french/german/spanish/italian language over the english patched game. Hope it’ll fix your issue.

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    Pablo Cubero January 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    I can play now, the white screen is gone. But i have other bug: the minimap and que top bar are very big and I can’t see half of the screen. Thanks

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      pablo cubero January 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      I fixed my problem. To make it works you have to use que english version of the game

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        Olli March 16, 2014 at 1:48 am - Reply

        Could you somehow just switch to a different language, or did you use a different client?

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    BuckoA51 January 27, 2014 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Everyone having issues, are you all running ATI graphics cards?

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      Lukas January 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      No, NVIDIA

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      patryckpo February 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      I’m using ATI and the game runs smoothly with the fix I was talking about, maybe there’s an issue with the operating system, or something like that…

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    VitusCrusader January 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! I’m looking for the solution for months!!!

    Wonderful Website, i love it ;-)

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    Ster February 5, 2014 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Hi, i used the installer that you upload. when i want to run SWEP1RCR.EXE stay few sec black window and appear a window saying rdroid_gnome release build has stopped working.
    check online for a solution…, close de program, debug the progam.

    know whats wrong?

    i have win7 ultimate SP1 64bits

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      BuckoA51 February 5, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

      See the troubleshooting section above under “Game freezes on or before the intro”.

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    Ster February 6, 2014 at 1:09 am - Reply

    “On some machines it takes several minutes to load”
    it just take few sec for the error

    “try restarting your PC”
    Already did it

    “Make sure that no other applications are running that could overlay graphics onto the game”
    Already did it

    “Disable as many other programs as possible (instant messengers, web browsers, e-mail programs etc)”
    Already did it

    “as many other programs as possible (instant messengers, web browsers, e-mail programs etc). Add the game to your Windowblinds exclusions and disable/hide Stardock Fences, if installed. Disable any secondary monitors, if present.”

    i do not have installed.

    any suggestion?

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      BuckoA51 February 6, 2014 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Use the force?

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        Ster February 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

        haahahah i do now know how to use it :(

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          Pho February 8, 2014 at 11:22 pm - Reply

          I have the same problem, I tried every solution (even Force !) but the dark side of the force blinds me. Can you help me Master ?

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      Stranger May 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Hi, I used your installer but when I wanted to run SWEP1RCR.EXE the screen stays black and only my mouse cursor is visible. There is only a window (after I hit the windows key) with racer_error saying rdroid_gnome release build has stopped working.
      I checked every possible solution (and of course your troubleshooting guide), but nothing seems to help.

      I also tried a different approach with the installer from Markus Egger. With this installer the game works, but when I have to choose a racer there are no pods and no pilots visible and after that I have the whitescreen bug. So I tried the solution from this page (the program dxwnd):

      http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Episode_I_%E2%80%93_Racer

      But then I get rdroid_gnome release build crash too.

      I have win 7 64 bit and and ATI Radeon HD 5770.

      Would be great if someone has any ideas!

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        BuckoA51 May 9, 2014 at 12:28 am - Reply

        You need to use the original exe not the fixed version if you want to try with DXWnd. Markus’ installer doesn’t do anything only install the game (no patching) I’ll be revisiting this game soon as DXWnd has just had an update that people are reporting works for them.

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    Geliv February 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Hey I have the problem that when I want to start the Game in the reduced color mode, it wont start. I dont know why because without it, the game starts really fast and without problems. It’s not cool because the whole screen is covered in green. help pls

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      BuckoA51 February 11, 2014 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      Reduced colour mode should not be necessary.

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    FeTo February 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Hi there,
    first things first:
    THANK YOU for this great installer, I can play it on W7 but i still have a problem…
    When i get to the point, where i can choose the podracer or the track the Interface is really messed up and is all over the screen…
    also while racing, the map and the temperature is also not like it should be – maybe someone has experienced the same problem and could give me some tips :)

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      Lukas February 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      i’ve experienced the same problem, but i can’t give you a tip ;D

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        FeTo February 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm - Reply

        Do you still have the problem or did you solve it somehow?

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          Lukas February 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply

          still the same problem :/

          But anyway i managed to get through thr game. I coulnd’t see very much but enough to win every cup

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            FeTo February 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

            Yeah, but I would like to play the game because of the great experience and not just to beat it :P

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    Jeroen February 26, 2014 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Oh my god. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou. THIS IS THE S*** <3

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    thierry rodriguez March 3, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot for your great installer tool !
    Now, this old game is working fine on my Windows 8 pc using a 650M Nvidia graphic card !
    Thanks again !

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      ChrisNB June 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      How did you manage to make it work, did you do something special ?
      I’m using Windows 8 with a Nvidia 860M and it is playable but with graphic glitches : 3D graphics are okay but the 2D ones are buggy either in the pod choosing menu or while playing.

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        Halbam June 16, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

        Which language did you install the game in? The German version had 2D texture glitches for me as well, while the English version worked perfectly.

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    Jeffen8 March 8, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Getting rdroid_agent has stopped working error when starting the game

    I did a clean boot and disconnected my other monitors

    setting the compatibility mode for XP SP3 i get up to the blue loading line before it crashes. without compatibility mode it crashes before i even get to that screen.

    system specs are
    4770k
    2x gtx 780
    32gb ram
    windows 7 ultimate 64-bit

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    James March 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I feel like I am Glued to the ground and I feel like I take god like damage from nothing as well, but On my last play through on an original XP system I do not recall it functioning like this. Also ramps feel more like stairs. Is this fixable? or am I crazy?

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    James March 9, 2014 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Another Symptom is during game play, Inside the Anti-Gravity Tunnels I cannot turn. I can Only go in the Exact middle. And when Especially on the credits screen, the video plays at about 100x normal speed, (this also happens during the victory scene after the 7th race for each division) Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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      James March 9, 2014 at 1:52 am - Reply

      I am running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.

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    simon March 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I get a don’t send error when i install the game with the provided installer.Im running on XP sp3…

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    Skrogh March 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Ah this is nice, I remember playing this a lot as a kid.

    One thing, does anyone else have problems with the hud? mine is all jacked up, wrong or stretched images all over the place, makes flying hard and upgrading impossible.

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      FeTo March 26, 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Yeah mine too, I’d love any suggestions! :(

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    Sebulba March 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I have windows vista and I got the white screen glitch, so I reinstalled it with this installer. But now whenever I try to start the game it won’t start at all and I get the message: unable to continue. Any ideas?

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    Steve March 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Play in Windows 8.1 64-bit SOLVED!
    STEP 1: Google “star wars episode 1 racer msi installer” and follow the instructions by Markus Egger to create a new CD
    STEP 2: Install the game in C:\games\
    STEP 3: Locate the folder RACER in c:\games\lucasarts\ and grant full control permissions to the current user e.g. user@hotmail.com so that the game can save progress.
    That’s it! It works perfect for me in Windows 8.1!

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      BuckoA51 March 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      That doesn’t work for the majority of people, on most new systems the graphics are completely corrupt when running on a modern PC.

      Also if you want to use our installer (which is far simpler) you can just copy the executable file back from your original CD if you want to use the un-patched version.

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    FeTo March 27, 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Hey BuckoA51
    Have you ever encountered this HUD-problem?
    http://imageshack.com/a/img69/7213/yqq3.jpg

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      BuckoA51 March 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Never seen that on any of our PCs no.

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        Cedric March 31, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

        Damn, I got the same problem with the messed up HUD. Could you find a way to fix it?

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          Lukas April 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

          same Problem. I tried to describe it earlier but no one reacted…

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            Halbam April 24, 2014 at 5:56 am - Reply

            Do you happen to have installed it with a German disk? When I used my German game disk, I got the same problem. With an English image I mounted, everything worked perfectly (including the widescreen hack mentioned in the article).

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    Jonathan April 6, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

    For years I’ve been trying to get this game to work on my PC, and the only thing I got was a white screen …
    Now, with this installer, I can play this wonderful game again …
    for the person who made this installer, all I have to say is: THANK YOU, you do not know how that made ​​me happy!
    this person and this site has my eternal thanks!
    I’m sorry if my English was not so good, I’m from Brazil, but I think you know what I mean! Any chance for making the same installer for The Phantom Menace?
    Thank you again!

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    Dark_Tyr_3 April 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    on a clean install (without your installer) i can play the game but i i can’t see past the front of my pod racer,

    but when i use your installer i don’t even get to the intro movies and the game crashed with a box saying
    “rdroid_gnome release build has stopped working”
    i’ve restarted my computer several times and made sure that as many programs are shut as possible
    i’m running Win 7 ultimate 32 bit

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      BuckoA51 April 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      See the troubleshooting section, you need to wait a long time for the game to start. Don’t click your mouse or hit keys as that can cause it to instantly crash.

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    zixr April 17, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

    I can’t say this enough: Thank you so friggin’ much! I’ve been tearing my hair out for the past year trying to get this to work on Windows 7 x64. I ended up throwing together an XP machine just to play this game. Today, I got the itch to try to install it on my main rig and I found this page, much to my luck!

    Running perfectly on my machine:

    MB: Asus Gryphon Z87
    CPU: Intel Core i7 4770
    MEM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 660
    OS: Windows 7 x64 SP1

    P.S. THANKS AGAIN!

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    Werefinding April 19, 2014 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Ultimately, you can download the Nintendo 64 Emulator and play SWE1 over that.

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    Mindbomber May 31, 2014 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Hey guys.
    you did a nice job with the installer.
    the patched version has the bug that as the video sequence with the text starts (or you try to skip it) windows will say that the program isnt working.when you click the message away the game remains to be more white than normal (but the videos are working).after the videos but before the menu the game crashs then.and there is no sound in the video sequences.
    the original one is working but without sound.when you change compatibility to win 98 there is sound but most videos are in wrong coulors,size and speed.
    (slow,sth purplelike and in the left of the screen,tiny)
    I will now try to run without compability as administrator. (as you mentioned in the article)
    anyway thank you very much.

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      Mindbomber May 31, 2014 at 8:39 am - Reply

      ok i should have read the article better :D
      when i run as administrator sound and videos work fine.
      pls work at the patched version bug i would like to play it aswell.

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        Mindbomber May 31, 2014 at 9:15 am - Reply

        I made a mistake the videos before each race still have wrong coulors and size.
        the others work normally

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          BuckoA51 May 31, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

          Seems like everyone has a different issue with this game. I haven’t given up entirely on a fix but don’t hold your breath.

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            Mindbomber June 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm - Reply

            well i have to correct myself again some videos before races work fine :D
            anyway i give a crap about videos before each race i just love the game play and you did an awesome job there

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    potterman28wxcv June 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    A cool game to play ! A little easy still, once you have all the upgrades. Musics are awesome, as always in Star Wars

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    Beakman June 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    The DXWnd method worked for me. I had to, although, modify the DirectX detection. Instead of the default “DirectX Version Hook -> Automatic” I used the DirectX1~6 option. It has minor graphic glitches, but it’s completely playable. My computer is running Windows 7 x64.

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    Pave64 June 17, 2014 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot! So this is my pc:
    CPU: FX-6300
    GPU: 7790HD
    RAM: 8GB DDR3

    Fixed exe works good, but I have pauses between items in junkyard, and controls does not work good in anti-grav tunnels.
    Original exe surprisingly works too, but it’s like 15fps or less, very hard to play, but above issues does not apply.

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      BuckoA51 June 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      This game really is exceptionally troublesome. I will keep searching for a better solution but don’t hold your breath, sorry!

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    Draken Stark June 29, 2014 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I’ve got to say that over six years ago I searched long and hard for a fix to this game. I loved the game so much that I still have a laptop that really overheats just to play this game. I’ve even written an awesome Wiimote script to play the game with. I’ve yet to make any video of it as I’d like to.

    Finally I’ll get to why I’m really posting. The installer works awesome for me, I can play the game again with my wii controllers and plays like a dream, but there are still a minor issue. When I start the game the windows mouse and the game mouse are both on the screen and move at different speeds. Is there a setting to change hardware mouse on/off?

    Finally after running the game in Admin and enabling sound, you can exit and use the game without running it as Admin and still have sound it seems.

    Lastly it seems the file name is really important? When I change it to anything but “SWEP1RCRFIX.EXE” the screen stretches itself off screen. Reason I found this is because I have hacked the original EXE file to have various resolutions available for my laptop and HDTVs. Perhaps you may add it into your installer to have not only one EXE, but one EXE for each resolution selected? I’d be thankful if you would also include common widescreen resolutions as options. The cherry on top of this incredibly awesome gift! I’d also be willing to share my custom script for such a thing. (Been busy else it would have already been public.)

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      BuckoA51 June 30, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Hi Draken, glad the fix worked for you. I’ve noticed the two-pointer thing myself but it didn’t bother me that much, it’s easy to get used to.

      The filename shouldn’t be important at all, I only changed it so that we could include both versions of the game in the installer, as for a rare number of people the original Lucasarts version worked best.

      As for the Widescreen hack, it simply doesn’t work for me so I can’t test it, that’s why it’s not included. By all means if you’ve a nice easy guide to activating them let us know and I’ll update the article though.

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        Draken Stark July 5, 2014 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        I’d really prefer to have the windows mouse hidden as I show off my wiimote work in public parties. Once in game there’s no capability to use the mouse as the player is only using the wii controllers. (Yes they may quit the game on accident, but at that point someone goes out to find me to start the game again. If it’s just too difficult to implement, I can understand.

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        Draken Stark July 13, 2014 at 12:17 am - Reply

        I managed to get both 1920×1080 working along with 1366×768 (my laptop’s resolution). With a tweak to my wii controller scripting I was able to get the mouse hidden in the corner of the screen, but I’m still experimenting with that. For the most part everything is working like it did on my old laptop so now I no longer need it!

        Now BuckoA1, you said you weren’t able to get the Widescreen Gaming Forum’s hack to work? What ended up being the problem if you don’t mind my asking?

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    Winier_Kill July 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Hey.
    I have a problem with STAR WARS RACER..
    I open the game normally.. But when I go to RUN in RACER..
    I dont look none. I look the car only. all the map is white color. Help me how repair it

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      BuckoA51 July 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      None of the fixes mentioned in the article work?

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        Winier_Kill July 7, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

        No.. Im download the dxwnd and give me problem.
        The first. is the dxwnd.dll NO FOUND Error
        I did download. and paste on system32.
        After gave me the error Cant open a files to install dxwnd..
        me installed The patch. and cant open it.. Give me MORE error!

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          BuckoA51 July 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

          I can’t understand you sorry. You don’t need to put anything in a System32 folder.

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        Winier_Kill July 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

        No. I cant install the dxwnd because I need the file dxwnd.dll on PC
        I did download it. and paste on system32.. cant play again..

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          BuckoA51 July 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm - Reply

          Do not copy DLL files randomly around your PC. That DLL lives in the same folder as dxwnd you should not copy it anywhere else.

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            Winier_Kill July 7, 2014 at 10:22 pm - Reply

            Ok.
            You say me How repair this error White Screen?

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              BuckoA51 July 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm - Reply

              If you have followed the instructions above properly and you still get errors you’re out of luck.

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    mike21895 July 9, 2014 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I installed using the patched installed but even using the Fixed exe tells me to insert the CD? im confused..i havent tried the other method yet though

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      BuckoA51 July 9, 2014 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Make sure your CD is in the first optical drive, first as in the drive with the first drive letter alphabetically.

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        mike21895 July 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm - Reply

        Okay my mistake I thought the fixed exe meant you didnt need the CD..so I put the CD in the drive and ran the Fixed EXE icon and it crashes with rdroid_release build has stopped working..I tried the “original” one and the game runs etc but graphics dont work (green wall infront of pod) and “no sound card detected”

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          mike21895 July 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm - Reply

          **edit i fixed the sound problem..the graphics still do not work

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          BuckoA51 July 12, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

          Follow the troubleshooting instructions to avoid rdroid crash. Usually all you have to to is be patient.

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    Olganix July 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Dude, you are good.
    For many years I have tryed some solutions. I try DxWnd with no (or a little) hope on the modified installation, but it’s work , and very good!!!!
    Thank you a lot.

    Ps: my only old pc which could use the game begin to be hot when I play (same after cleaning fan). It is on the end of his live.
    So it’s cool to play it on my current pc.

    for informations, I’m on a Asus GW75, so win7, intel Core i7-3610QM with a Nvidia 670M.
    I’m use the version v2_02_85_build of DxWnd.

    I notice if a move the window, the blank screen come back again. May be a kind of “Device Lost”.

    I known what I will doing tomorrow (it’s 1 am) :)

    Thank you again.

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    Nick July 14, 2014 at 4:39 am - Reply

    do I need a CD to install this? If not how do I install?

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      BuckoA51 July 14, 2014 at 10:16 am - Reply

      You use your original game CD with the replacement installer.

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    Jon Snow August 13, 2014 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Hey guys, well, I almost ran the game well. I used your installer, and could open the game without crashing using the windows 95 compatibility mode (the 98 works too) on the original exe. The problem is that the videos look just… Bad, and in a little square on a side of the screen. Then, when I get to race, there’s a green screen covering all the front of my pod, so I cannot see anything that’s in front of me. Could you please help me?

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    HP August 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I can confirm that DXWnd method worked for my laptop with Win 7. Don’t hesitate to try it!

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    Fire Ze Missiles August 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Just to notify everyone of another possible variant in making this thing work: for me, the only way to get it to run without errors was a) through DxWnd, and b) using this website’s custom installer, but ONLY when installed on the lower resolutions. I initially tied to install at 1280×768 and it repeatedly CTD’d, but after uninstalling and reinstalling at 800×600 it now works fine. So that’s something else to try!

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    rnz_ August 27, 2014 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Hai, did anyone find a solution for the “missing” 3D cards? I think this problem shows up most of the time when you try to run it with integrated graphic cards (like i do on my laptop). I downloaded like 6 different versions (including yours), patched and non patched and all ends up the same: Either horrible white graphic bugs or I can’t even start it cuz of the video card :<

    SPecs: Win7 32bit, Toshiba satellite with integrated Vcard.

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    Chrno September 9, 2014 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    thank you very very much^^
    I’m searching for it since Windows 7 came out.
    I also get the FIX exe to a NO-CD mode. That is grate because I have only my External Bluray drive. That ist the most time in my bag.

    PC Configuration:
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
    32GB Ram
    Intel Core i7-3770K
    ASUS P8Z77 WS
    ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti

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      Chrno September 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      And now I get Full HD to work^^

      Now I can play the game after 14 Years again, YEAH!

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    cyb3rpic September 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    If you have a radeon HD7XXX
    you needn’t the fix.ece or DXWnd.

    You just need the original exe and play the game

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    jedi-ctx September 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Oh my god!
    Many thanks for this, working perfectly on Nvidia Gforce GTX 770 with Windows 8.1 Update 1 !

    But you really should mention this :
    – French and German discs version doesn’t work completely (and probably Italian/Spanish), there is some of theses green color over the screen, making the game playable but without the possibility to watch everything (so, unpossible to play very well)

    – Everything worked for me after using an english game! (after reading some nvidia comments also)

    I’m going to try to patch sounds with french disc .wav files at least. (supposed to work i hope)

    From what i know, some files on the french disc differs from the english one when I tried long time ago to install it on the old 64bit tutorial, it may explains why your patch is not fully supported.

    If you have time to fix the other releases of the game, it would be so awesome! I can provide the french iso in private if necessary. If it works perfectly on the US version, it should work easily on the others game release, no reason to be buggy.

    By the way, does the multiplayer on Windows 8.1 works with IPX? I’ve never been able to get this game mode working on Windows Vista on my very old laptop. If you have a link/tutorial for this, please share :)

    Thanks again for all! You rule!

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      BuckoA51 September 15, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

      The graphics fix was done by an unknown Russian author so you’d need to track him down and ask! IPX support was dropped in Windows Vista I’m afraid.

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    jedi-ctx September 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I managed to get Multi-Players mode working with a Windows 7 computer and Windows 8.1 computer, here’s the tutorial :

    1) Download IPXrapper :
    http://www.solemnwarning.net/ipxwrapper/ipxwrapper-0.5.0.zip

    Copy all files into folder containg RACER.EXE except “readme.txt”, “license.txt” and “changes.txt”.

    2.1) If you are running 64bit Windows :

    Run the file “directplay-win64.reg” you have copied previously, then click on “YES”

    2.2) If you are running 32bit Windows :

    Run the file “directplay-win32.reg” you have copied previously, then click on “YES”

    3) Exec “ipxconfig.exe”, in Network Adapters, choose an adapter containing a word like “WIRELESS”, be sure to use the card using your current network

    4) Be sure that in options : “Enable Windows 95…” is checked and check “Automaticaly create Windows Firewall exceptions”

    5) Click on “Apply” then “OK”

    6) Disable your Windows Firewall for the test on the 2 computers

    7) Run your usual Star Wars Racer game (working on all kind of SWEP1CR!), if you can access to Multi-Players mode and host and launch a game, all is good, I don’t know if Star Wars Racer can display error for launching an hosted game.

    8) Do the same thing on the other computer, host a game on one computer, try to join on the second. If it’s unpossible to join a computer, try to host on the other computer and let the other join. This is know bug, only one computer can see the other connected.

    KNOW BUGS:
    – When you exit the game, if you have a Windows Firewall message and try to relaunch the game, else disable your windows firewall for the test
    – The friend pod racer can be displayed a bit laggy, even on original Windows 98 LAN it’s like this (and worst), don’t worry, this is still playable.

    EXIT A MULTI-PLAYERS RACE :
    – For exiting a race in Multi-Players, escap doesn’t work and the game say to use “Control+Q”, however on my french keyboard it’s “Control+A” despite i’m using the english version, weird qwerty/azerty bug.

    UNLOCK ALL MULTI-PLAYERS RACES (+4 BONUS) :
    – Launch the Multi-Players mode, if you don’t have the 4 last races, do this :

    Download this save : http://www.nicouzouf.com/public/download.php?jeu=starwarsepisode1racer&dl=all

    Copy the file NICOHOUSE.save to this kind of path :
    C:\YOURSTARWARSRACERPATH\data\player

    Go to Tournament mode with this save, do the second race Moon Gaza, finish it first and all multi-players races can be playable.

    Enjoy and good luck!

    Supposed to work also with 3 up to 8 players but not tested.

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      BuckoA51 September 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Very nice work! If anyone else gets this working leave a comment and say so.

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    jedi-ctx September 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Tutorial to apply french language over the english game previously patched :

    – Insert your original french game on your cd drive
    – Find the file “racer.TAB” in “DISK_LETTER:\gnome\data”
    – Then copy it to your star wars racer path in the data folder

    Supposed to work also on German/Spanish/Italian relase too since all is translated in this file!

    Enjoy!

    For people playing the no-cd, copy the CD data in “gnome\data\wavs\Music” to the game folder in order to have no glitchy music.

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    kschab September 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Great job! It installed without any issues and runs smoothly. I only had the “No sound card detected” problem but solved it with your hint – running as administrator. Thanks a lot!
    (Windows 7 64bit, Radeon HD6470M)

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