The Unofficial Racer FAQ : Common Graphics Problems


5. Common Graphics Problems

5.1. Green and yellow debug dots
5.2. Weird black flickering in Car Select screen
5.3. Crashing to desktop when using trackcams ("C" on keyboard)
5.4. 1600 x 1200 behaves strangely
5.5. Voodoo3 users
5.6. My framerate is really low (<1 fps)


5.1. Green and yellow debug dots
To turn these off, use WordPad to open up Racer/debug.ini, and find the line near the bottom that says "show_car_points=1". Change this to read "show_car_points=0" and save.
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5.2. Weird black flickering in Car Select screen
This is a known bug - a problem with the shadow stencilling.
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5.3. Crashing to desktop when using trackcams ("C" on keyboard)
Another known bug - frequent crashing in Windows, especially when switching to/from trackcam. Now fixed, apparently!
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5.4. 1600 x 1200 behaves strangely
A bug, if you use Racer's config.exe to choose your resolution, there's a typo and it lets you select "1600x1280", not "1600x1200".

You can get round this. Quit config.exe and open up Racer/gfx.ini using WordPad. Change the resolution manually as below, save, and run racer.exe.....

;
; Racer - Graphics settings
;
resolution
{
; Resolution to play in
fullscreen=1
width=1600
height=1200
bits=32
; Frequency is NYI
frequency=-1
}

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5.5. Voodoo3 users
Turn off environment mapping (your card can't cope): use WordPad to open up Racer/gfx.ini, scroll down to the "envmap" section, find the line that says "enable=1" and change it to "enable=0". You may also find problems with textures larger than 256x256, in which case you will need to manually resize textures using a paint program.
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5.6. My framerate is really low (<1 fps)
Apart from the fact that you'll need a 3D card to enjoy Racer, the environment mapping seems a problem for a lot of people, esp. those running Windows98 and with ATI boards. Turn it off in gfx.ini (envmap.enable=0) and most probably your framerate will go up (symptom is a lot of 'bad enumerant' errors in QLOG.txt).
If this doesn't work, someone has reported that more has to be turned off: fog=0, mipmap=0, trilinear=0 and envmap=0 (this was on a 8Mb ATI Mobility M1 running on Win2K Pro).
Also, upgrading your drivers may help; the low framerate is often an indication that software rendering is used. A framerate below 1fps is NOT a result of Racer being too demanding on systems however; I developed on a PII-400/nVidia TNT2Ultra for a long time which gave framerates around 50 fps.
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