The Unofficial Racer FAQ : Other "Getting it to Run" Problems


4. Other "Getting it to Run" Problems

4.1. QLog.txt information
4.2. Sound problems in Windows
4.3. "A required .DLL file, DINPUT8.DLL, was not found"
4.4. Mac OS X users
4.5. Racer won't run - once loading is complete it crashes or throws me back to the menu
4.6. My joystick/wheel isn't working (correctly)


4.1. QLog.txt information
As a general note; try opening the QLOG.txt file in your Racer installation directory; this often contains some messages which might help to diagnose the problem more clearly. New messages are appended to the end of the file, so look at the last section (which is recognisable by the "--- session separator ---" line).

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4.2. Sound problems in Windows
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4.3. "A required .DLL file, DINPUT8.DLL, was not found"
Racer on Windows requires at least
DirectX8.
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4.4. Mac OS X users
This thread might help with installation problems

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4.5. Racer won't run - once loading is complete it crashes or throws me back to the menu
Racer runs as a networked client/server even in singleplayer mode - if you have a firewall try turning it off, or at least give Racer full access. If this doesn't apply to you, try disabling sounds (use Wordpad to open up Racer/racer.ini, find the "audio" section, and set "enable=0").
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4.6. My joystick/wheel isn't working (correctly)
You may need to
create a new data/ctrlsets/*.ini file. A bunch of example files are available in the installation. Copy the one most likely to work on your system to data/ctrlsets/<yourfile>.ini. But first, use Config (Windows only) to select a preset controller file, and check if that works.
If this doesn't work, then for Windows2000 I noticed the following: plug in a different controller; the controller will be detected (you may have to run Control Panel -> Game Controllers first). Let it install drivers for the new device, then unplug the controller and replug your original controller. For my MSFF wheel, I swapped using a MS Joystick, and after that the ranges that my MSFF wheel produced were suddenly in spec (from -1000 to +1000).
On Windows, you can also run the 'Controller Test Utility' to see what axes are available and what their ranges are.


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