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Star Wars Episode I: Racer


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. The installer was updated on the 12th January 2015 with an updated graphics patch (see below).

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. 12/01/15 update – We’ve just pushed a significant update to this patch. The patch now uses the updated version of WineD3D as compiled by dosse91. This significantly improved the games start-up time on our PC.

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. If you find these enhancements don’t work well for you and you want to go back to the default, simply delete the entire video.cfg file. The game will create a new one with the default settings the next time it is started.

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 and Stardock Deskscapes if installed. Disable any secondary monitors, if present. The slow startup problem should be significantly improved with the latest version of the Episode 1 Racer graphics patch.

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 or 640×480 resolution:- Possibly related to the above, on some machines the game will not run in any other resolution. Try restarting your PC and then running the game as administrator. You can also try clearing the virtual store section in the registry (a tutorial on how to do this is coming soon).

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.

186 comments

  1. Arclite says:

    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.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      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.

    • Steve Stevenson says:

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

      • BuckoA51 says:

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

        • atoneapone says:

          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.

  2. Bassem says:

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

  3. patryckpo says:

    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.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      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.

      • patryckpo says:

        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.

        • BuckoA51 says:

          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.

  4. patryckpo says:

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

  5. patryckpo says:

    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.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      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!

  6. Tony abcdq2 says:

    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

  7. Friso says:

    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.

    • BuckoA51 says:

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

    • Friso says:

      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.

      • kido.resuri says:

        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.. :(

  8. Krazna says:

    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 ?

  9. Lukas says:

    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 :)

    • lennox says:

      Exactly the same problem!!

    • Halbam says:

      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.

      • jedi-ctx says:

        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.

  10. Pablo Cubero says:

    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

  11. BuckoA51 says:

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

  12. VitusCrusader says:

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

    Wonderful Website, i love it ;-)

  13. Ster says:

    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

  14. Ster says:

    “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?

    • Stranger says:

      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!

      • BuckoA51 says:

        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.

  15. Geliv says:

    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

  16. FeTo says:

    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 :)

  17. Jeroen says:

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

  18. thierry rodriguez says:

    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 !

    • ChrisNB says:

      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.

      • Halbam says:

        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.

  19. Jeffen8 says:

    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

  20. James says:

    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?

  21. James says:

    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.

  22. simon says:

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

  23. Skrogh says:

    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.

  24. Sebulba says:

    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?

  25. Steve says:

    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!

    • BuckoA51 says:

      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.

  26. FeTo says:

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

  27. Jonathan says:

    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!

  28. Dark_Tyr_3 says:

    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

    • BuckoA51 says:

      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.

  29. zixr says:

    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!

  30. Werefinding says:

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

  31. Mindbomber says:

    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.

    • Mindbomber says:

      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.

      • Mindbomber says:

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

        • BuckoA51 says:

          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.

          • Mindbomber says:

            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

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

  33. Beakman says:

    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.

  34. Pave64 says:

    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.

  35. Draken Stark says:

    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.)

    • BuckoA51 says:

      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.

      • Draken Stark says:

        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.

      • Draken Stark says:

        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?

  36. Winier_Kill says:

    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

  37. mike21895 says:

    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

    • BuckoA51 says:

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

      • mike21895 says:

        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”

  38. Olganix says:

    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.

  39. Nick says:

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

  40. Jon Snow says:

    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?

  41. HP says:

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

  42. Fire Ze Missiles says:

    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!

  43. rnz_ says:

    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.

  44. Chrno says:

    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

  45. cyb3rpic says:

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

    You just need the original exe and play the game

  46. jedi-ctx says:

    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!

  47. jedi-ctx says:

    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.

  48. jedi-ctx says:

    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.

  49. kschab says:

    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)

  50. qpalzm says:

    works good for me. windows 7 lap top 64bit.
    But…
    I race for like 30 sec then i cant turn right. but i can turn left. some wierd complex prblems on this one lol

  51. Ferdish says:

    Hi, I tried Dxwnd for running the game and it works, however, an annoying thing in the game is happening – in the game I always see two mouse cursors, a Windows-one and In-game one in every part: in main menu, options menu, select racer menu, I can see the Windows one even through the race and I still have to move it on the edge of the screen. I tried to play with “hide cursor” and “show cursor” options in Inupt tab, but nothing works so far. Any suggestions how to get rid of that?

  52. Cristian says:

    Thank you so much! It work really good, with the fixed launcher in windows xp sp2 compatibility mode, on 8.1. First real good solution for this I found.

  53. Clemente says:

    Ok. I downloaded the first link and run it. It says I need the CD. I don’t have the CD and I don’t know where to get one through internet. I’m sorry :(

  54. William says:

    Hi guys, I downloaded the game, tried to install……
    system says (I can`t Find Star Wars Racer CD!)
    What now?

  55. Kyle says:

    The fixed installer works for me! Windows 8.1 x64 AMD 1100t with Radeon HD6850. Running it in compatibility mode (Win xp sp2). It takes a good 2-3 minutes to start. But once it does, it plays great! Thanks! Well…except there are two cursors. But I just shove them in the corner and ignore them.

  56. Sebulba says:

    If you guys want to play the game online, i’ve created a forum at :

    http://www.starwarsraceronline.com/

    The current server can have 32 players online on Racer!
    Feel free to join!

  57. Leggir says:

    Initially I used your installer and tried both SWEP1RCR.EXE files. The patched one just hung and did nothing. The original worked but only at low resolution. Playing around more I found the best way below:

    Mounted the IMG. Used your installer. Made a backup copy of the original SWEP1RCR.EXE. Installed the graphics patch. Then deleted the patched SWEP1RCR.EXE with the one from the backup. Works great. Thanks for everything.

  58. BUDA20 says:

    I managed to make the game work perfectly fine using DXWnd and a custom config in Windows 7 x64, I notice since I have a GTX 970 (the installer with wine emulation in this page stop working after I replace my old AMD card) that:

    *the game needs to be limited to 60 FPS in Nvidia Inspector in order to work, if not, the white bug appears again (vsync is not working so fps limiting is needed)

    I copied the music folder too, so no need for the CD.

    I use the NoCD exe version from *SNIP – Warez sites not allowed here*.

    I also override “16xS [Combined: 2×2 SS + 4x MS]” + “Supersample” to improve the anti-aliasing and image quality.

    The Game works ay 62 FPS (when limited to 60) this is actually good because it reduces screen tearing.

    My dxwnd.ini: (correct the path matching your own)

    [target]
    title0=Star Wars Episode I Racer BUDA20
    module0=
    opengllib0=
    path0=J:\Star Wars Racer\SWEP1RCR.EXE
    launchpath0=
    ver0=0
    coord0=3
    flag0=142622721
    flagg0=4096
    flagh0=20
    flagi0=2097168
    flagj0=0
    tflag0=0
    initx0=0
    inity0=0
    minx0=0
    miny0=0
    maxx0=0
    maxy0=0
    posx0=0
    posy0=0
    sizx0=1280
    sizy0=1024
    maxfps0=0
    initts0=0
    winver0=0
    maxres0=0

  59. VirtuaIceMan says:

    Just to add my confusion to the mix… I get random crashes back to desktop as any version of the game starts, but I get the same with a selection of games from the era, so I suspect there’s something else amiss with my PC setup, which I’ll use other games to debug, eventually.

    Anyway just to add I managed to install the game by copying the CD contents into a desktop folder named the same as the CD-ROM (racer100_0) then replacing the setup.exe with the InstallShield 3 setup32.exe from http://www.reactos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10988, the game then installed fine.

    I had to edit the Registry strings though, to get the correct source paths (as it thought the CD-ROM was the desktop folder).

    My findings for the game were (when the game booted and didn’t crash on opening loading bar):

    – Original game (or patched 1.1 version or one supplied in installer above) = lots of black in bar scenes and white in racing
    – Original game using dgVoodoo’s latest WIP scaling dlls (from http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=34931&start=340#p399824) = bar scenes fine, but racing has white screen, however it does enable GSYNC on my monitor, meaning the rendering is working at least properly
    – Original game with WINE patch above = all graphics fine enough, but runs too fast framerate

    I’ll come back to this one in due time, once I’ve solved the “random crash” bug I get (with games like NFS Porsche 2000/Unleashed, NFS Hot Pursuit 2, Breakneck, Carmageddon TDR2000, Grand Touring, South Park Rally, Supercar Street Challenge, etc. I know many of these work on Win7 64bit but not on my specific PC (which is My PC spec: Win8.1, i7-4970K (not overclocked) MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, Creative Soundblaster ZX, 16GB RAM, Asus Z98-A motherboard, ROG Swift GSYNC monitor), so I think there’s something in my setup and/or background processes causing issues for these few games (hundreds of others work well)

  60. peapod says:

    i was having difficulties trying to play this game from the disc, so i’m extremely grateful to those involved with making this patch.
    i do, however, have a small problem.

    when trying to race, the ‘boost’ doesn’t seem to be able to function. the ‘bar’ simply flickers when the correct buttons are pressed, and is very rarely able to actually fill the bar (with the red colouration).

    i’ve searched around and others seem to have experienced the same problem. however, they did find a patch (made by LucasArts) which solved the problem (along with the ‘white screen’), but the patch has long since gone.

    can anyone offer any advice? i would be extremely grateful.

  61. peapod says:

    i’ve just uninstalled your original patch, and downloaded the latest version of WineD3D. i am, however, unsure of the next step.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Well as I said before, easiest way is to simply backup any save games then uninstall, then reinstall using the latest replacement installer.

      If you want to patch it manually yourself you will need to use a hex editor and follow the instructions in WineD3D.

  62. peapod says:

    i would appreciate a direct link to the newest installer, as i cannot seem to find it in the article above.

    either that, or i’ve been using the newest all along.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      The link is in the article above under “installation”, not really hard to spot I don’t think :)

      It was updated January 12th 2015 so unless you installed the game after that date you almost certainly have an old version.

      • peapod says:

        ah, no. perhaps i should’ve mentioned that i only just installed the patch (a couple of days ago), so i must be using the updated one.

        still, i have this boost problem. if LucasArts’ patch didn’t influence it, do you have any ideas?

        • patryckpo says:

          If you read the comments you can see that each person has a different glitch on running the game. Try reading up the comments to see if you can fix it.

          “… it’s almost as if this game needs a different setup for everyone’s PC.” BuckoA51

  63. peapod says:

    i’ve already read up, yes, but couldn’t find anything. there’s a couple of topics around about the subject, but none of them have been of much help.

    http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?p=2853428
    http://ambroseltd.co.uk/blog/star-wars-pod-racer-patch-xp.php

  64. Terrence M. Green says:

    2/6/15 Just used the new Installer you have created Jan 2015. Wow!! Windows 8 machine on a DELL XPS and using a 46″ HD TV. 1280 x 1080 resolution was selected as on option on the installer. It filled my Widescreen with no overscan issues. So that part seems to work ok. Marvelous!! The cut scenes have sound. Once running in the game, no sound. I clicked on the Fix-exe icon to run as administrator and it the sound did not take. Still messing around with it. Restarting the computer again just to make the sure the administrator feature sticks. I tried running the game using the original game icon provided with the new installer…no dice. Video is crappy and same sound issues. So, with the Fix_exe icon provided the screen display is gorgeous as I remember. Video is smooth as I have a GeForce 760 card. Cutscenes are just fun to watch with that incredible sound track, but when I am ready to race…no sound. That’s it.
    Everything else with the game seems to run marvelously. Just amazing. Thank you and everybody for getting to relive the game again. Just running the Boonta eve classic will be enough!!!
    Terrence

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Do you get “No sound card detected” in the games options then?

      With the default install the games graphics will be stretched out of proportion in 1080p mode unless you put your TV/Monitor into 4:3 aspect.

      • Terrence M. Green says:

        Bucko A51…Hi I just responded in a brand new post.
        I still get the No sound card detected in the game option.
        All I had to do was enable my onboard sound. Years ago I must have turned it off.
        As far as the monitor goes….when your new game installer gave me a couple of boxes to check for resolution I went with the biggest I saw…I thought it was 1920 by 1080, but maybe not. Well…whatever that was…check it!!! Anyway the game plays in something that fits the widescreen fully. So, I don’t have any black bars at the top and bottom…ok, that probably is fullscreen, then not widescreen….but it looks great on the 46″. I have everything in High mode and through my Nvidia card got some anti-aliasing working for me. Now to try some 3D glasses with it. Samsung TV I have has its own built in 3D, I don’t use the Nvidia game card’s. That is an NVidia GT760 (from Nvidia itself) Well…anyway…your new Jan 2015 installer is the bomb!! I think I am with Windows XP compatibility SP3, I think that was. I also run the game with Administrator when starting it. I do believe I tried the Vista compatibility with it. Have not tried the Windows 8 compatibility option.

        Hope this helps!!

  65. Jeffen says:

    alwaqys had the rdroid gnome problem and after the latest patch i was finally able to enter the game for the first time after disabling my other monitors.

    now can get into the game with the Play Star Wars Racer (Original) shortcut but not the fixed one (odd)
    but i get this messed up graphics now..
    http://puu.sh/fxPep/758ce8e577.jpg
    Changing the compatibility colour mode didnt help as i just got the rdroid gnome error back again. :/

  66. Jeffen says:

    I got the Fixed version to work once.
    now im just restarting it to try and get it to work again but i keep getting stuck on the blue loading bar, sometimes it loads up a 1/4 of the way and sometimes 9/10 of the way but it never finishes.

  67. Jeffen says:

    got it to work once again but now its extremely slow to turn right but turning left works just fine

  68. Jeffen says:

    i got the steering to work by using a joystick instead of the keyboard.

    i notice now that the game moves at a faster speed, like 2x or 3x the speed or something… any fixes for the speed?

  69. SLAVEZERO100 says:

    I am having trouble with steering right as well and i can’t figure out anything also the menu controls with the keyboard move insanely fast.

  70. Terrence M. Green says:

    Game works perfectly now using the fix_exe Icon only. Trashed the original Icon that was given. Enabled the onboard Sound chip in BIOS in addition to a USB BOSE sound system by itself and or a HDMI cable from NVidia Game card to a Samsung TV.
    going into the Game settings and enabling all the Audio stuff. I have widescreen 1920 x 1080.
    and awesome sound. Using an xBox 360 controller for PC. It makes the turns a little scary but getting better. Loading the SAVE feature of the game too, this seems to keep my progress ok.

    Just have to say. It has been just over 10 years since I played this game. I am so glad you talented guys figured something out. I need to consider a donation. Thanks so much!
    Sincerely,
    Terrence M. Green

    • Terrence M. Green says:

      Like to make a correction that its FULLSCREEN but at some High resolution that looks very nice and a little forced anti-aliasing through NVidia is sweet. No tearing or distortions. Game likes to go to the disc every once in a while…just a very small delay in the screen but only once or twice.

      • BuckoA51 says:

        If you set 1080p mode with the installer it will fill the screen but it’s just the regular 4:3 assets stretched to 16:9. Some TVs/Monitors will let you put the bars back at the sides for proper aspect ratio.

    • Terrence M. Green says:

      Boost works fine on the X360 controller. Gotta get going real fast to enable the boost then down on the right mini joystick and away I go!

  71. Lee says:

    Thank you thank you! I have held onto my Star Wars Racer cd for 14 years in the hopes that one day I would be able to play it again.. and you have made it work! I ran the fixed EXE on Windows 8.1 with an Nvidia card and it works without any issues. (All my previous attempts on pc’s with nvidia resulted in screen white-out with sound effects.) Thanks again!

  72. Matt says:

    Really struggling to get this game running properly I can get the SWEP1RCR.exe to load up fine but upon starting a game I get the white screen problem that a few people including yourselves have mentioned. Frustratingly if I try to load up the SWEP1RCR-fix.exe program I instantly get an error message “Direct3D error – No 3D hardware found” when I first loaded up the original SWEP1RCR.exe I had a similar message on the pop up screen where you can configure your settings, start game etc. saying I needed to configure my 3D settings however no such luck when launching this .exe. I have tried the DXWnd method of running the game but have only got the game to load when I use the racer.exe extension to load the game rather than the SWEP1RCR.exe extension that the guide instructs. I’m running windows 8 on a laptop and have searched numerous websites downloading the last patch from lucas arts to downloading a direct x control panel that apparently can help lower the graphical capabilities in line for the game to run smoothly, unfortunately but nothing works. I know your guide makes it very clear of the difficulties that getting this game to work can incur and that even yourselves simply haven’t been able to get it to run on certain machines, but I’m desperate to play this classic game again and any other avenues or possibilities you can think of that I could try I would be willing to give it a go.

    • Terrence says:

      Hi, I think the 3D error is really odd and certaintly unexpected. Just a suggestion, remove the program entirely, clean up the clutter if you have a program that does that, then start over cleanly.
      Every great once in a while that helps. And go slow. Any virus programs interfere with stuff too. I usually disconnect from Internet, close any other running programs and then start game installs clean. Then I connect. Steam games are the exception, but for these old games, this is what I do.
      Also, when the new fix program runs and get the small splash screen, go slow to look at the options. Then select as you would. I almost missed my splash screen to tweak the settings, being so giddy about playing the game.
      Respectfully,
      Terrence

  73. LetsDoChaos says:

    I have a problem when i run “SWEP1RCR.EXE” my screen is black and i can´t see any cutscene then when the game is started i can see the menu but when i select my profile and start a race i´m getting the whitescreen problem :/

  74. FuzzyEarmuffs says:

    I keep getting the r_build gnome release not working. I have tried both the fixed version and the original with wnd version. I dont have a CD. Any help is greatly appreciated!

  75. Makowsky says:

    Hi!

    I have a problem with this game: I can’t run FIXED version, because it shows “Direct 3D Failure”.
    I don’t have nVidia/AMD GPU right now (I will buy some next month), I’m using integrated Intel HD Graphics.
    Do I need better hardware for fixed version? Original version works almost fine, but there are graphics issues, like big white area in front of my POD Racer, which makes this game unplayable ;p

    Thanks for any tips! Also thanks for making this game on modern PC’s. I really miss this game!

  76. Sieb says:

    Hi! This is the first time since 10 years ago I can play this game, this is awesome!!
    Sadly I have the steering problem too. When I try to turn right, the vehicle barely responds. Also, I can’t use the boost.
    Any idea how to fix this?
    Thanks!

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Keyboard or gamepad? Have you tried manually reconfiguring the controls?

      • Sieb says:

        Hi, thanks for your reply. I’m using a keyboard, and I’ve tried reconfiguring the controls, but the problem still occurs. However, I found out that the problem seems to come from the game running too fast. It happens almost all the time (I managed to play normally only once, and it didn’t last). For example it makes some animations in menus or the countdown at the beginning of a race going faster than usual. I don’t know why, but the fact that the game runs faster seems to be related to the steering problem. The only time I could play normally, the game was running at normal pace and I could turn right as intended.
        Perhaps it’s because of my 64 bits Windows 7. I ran the game with my laptop (32 bits Windows 7) and the game works fine (though it can’t save my progress, which is a shame. I had to play the whole game without stopping to complete it :p)

        • patryckpo says:

          Try running the game as Administrator: Right-click the application and choose “Run as Administrator”; or else, try installing the game elsewhere in your computer (e.g. your user folder), it should save normally now

  77. Obert says:

    Hi!
    I tried the installer but it keeps asking me to put the cd in the reader (and yes, it’s in it!) I think it’s because i got 3 games on one dvd (Star wars Episode I DVD collection). any clue?

  78. Christ says:

    hi,

    Dunno if anyone reads this but I have a physics issue. The pod seems to be “glued” to the ground, meaning the pod doesnt shift smoothly to a surface in a different angle, and I cannot steer in the anti-grav tubes, meaning I will surely crash into each rock. It suddenly happened to be like that 3 days after I installed it on my Laptop. Any ideas how to fix that?

    • Strange indeed. Any other programs running in the background while playing. What I mean is something taking your video card’s attention. Now, for the fact that a laptop video card is built in and usually “streamlined for economy” in a machine like that otherwise it could bake an egg from being so hot. What to do now is just carefully check the settings in the game. Experiment only one change at a time and see how it performs for that particular race. Usual standard stuff is to have the latest video driver as well. Interesting to note that the device being used to control the pod racer could also be having some sort of glitch when switching to “tube arial” like that. For me one time my device was near failure…or so dirty…the contacts inside were filthy (dust boot was torn) and then also the contacts inside were just plain wore out from a lot of play. Remember when troubleshooting, simplify everything as much as possible to find the culprit. Reduce all the effects, minimize the number of keys….reduce the load on the game and the device your are using.
      Listen to your machine if it really starts to speed up to keep cool when this goes on. Right in there, the video chip is needing more power and can have game glitches when the rest of the laptop or pc tries to give the card or chip what it wants. When a game switches scenes…it could be a memory thing also. See if you have the Maximum memory going to the chip or card for gaming. Allow as much as you can.
      Post if you have continued trouble.
      respectfully,
      Terrence

      • BuckoA51 says:

        The amount of problems this game has is really absurd. Thanks to everyone in the comments for their suggestions and help.

        • patryckpo says:

          Different computers have different specs, and this game has compatibility issues with almost every single combination. Luckily some (like me, and you, I guess) can run flawlessly (almost) this game with that fix I’ve found. Anyway, too bad I can’t help anymore.

      • Chris says:

        thanks for your help Terrence,

        I indeed followed many steps and also included the ones of yours I did not think of yet. Also it should not be the problem with said copy, because I tried 2 others, all with the same problem. But thank you for your time, will keep trying.

        Cheers, Chris (not Jesus-Christ)

  79. YourDearestEigenvalue says:

    Except for a few graphical glitches now and then which I can live with (which might have disappeared since I put drawdistance back to 2) I have the game up and working on Windows 8, Intel Celeron, integrated graphics.

    I used DxWnd with Art of Nemesis’ config file and the original exe. It only works for 640×480 and 800×600 though, if I try this installer with 1024×768 the game doesn’t go fullscreen and appears as a windowed borderless 800×600 chunk of the game view (i.e. appears cropped). Yes, the video resolution limit in DxWnd is off. If you or anyone else has any suggestions I might try again but for now I’m pretty content with how it is working now :)

    As a big note for anyone who tries: Windows compatibility mode seems to break the zbuffer fix that DxWnd applies, i.e. I get the infamous white screen bug that way. I have no idea whether this is OS/hardware dependent.

    Thanks for your installer, I hope this article gets a follow-up with more tests someday!

  80. Kwijibo says:

    For those experiencing problems with ATI cards, to solve them just check “run in 256 colors” in the properties of the fixed.exe

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