Alright people, help me out Go ahead and tell me what's wrong with it, and if you could right some additions to it, I'd ve very grateful I think I'll probably be putting each of the four sections (do we need any more?) in different posts for the offical thread. Also, if someone's interested in starting that update checklist/tutorial kind of thing that was mentioned, please go ahead. This is what I've got so far for the FAQ: Table of Contents 1. General - Which version of Racer should I run?- Where can I download cars and tracks?- Why are there not many cars/tracks that work with the current version?- What are the minimum/recommended PC specs for Racer?- How can I change the time?- How can I change the weather?2. Cars - How can I change the version of a car made for an older Racer? (for recent versions)- How can I update cars for recent versions of Racer? (090 final)3. Tracks - How can I update tracks for recent versions of Racer? (090 final) 4. Shaders - How can I update non-CG shaders to CG-shaders? 5. Mac and Linux - How can I connect to a multiplayer host? 6. Troubleshooting/Common Problems - Game does not run.- The game has a low FPS(frames per second)/is slow or choppy.- Laptops powered by Optimus graphics cards (nVidia GT 520-550m). General Which version of Racer should I run?There are severall good versions of Racer you could run: v0.8.xx (beta): The most recent versions. They have fixes for previous bugs and run smoother, although require a relatively modern GPU (graphics card). Most content will not run unless it has been updated, this could be quick fixes or could be more complex. Requires a Windows operating system, although an emulator such as WINE for Mac/Linux could work. v0.6.5 (stable): The most recent stable version. Can run on older computers and more smoothly on computers with ATI graphics cards. Should support the older content, although may not support the newer. v0.5.4: The highest version with native Mac support, will not require a Windows OS or emulator. v0.5.0 (final): The last final release. Is quite out of date, but will also run on Mac natively and supports multiplayer on Macs. Where can I download cars and tracks? You can find most of the cars/tracks that have been made for Racer here on the official forum or here. Why are there not many cars/tracks that work with the current version? There have been a lot of changes in Racer during it's development that have caused the older content to no longer work without updates. There are however some easy fixes that can be done, see this thread. What are the minimum/recommended PC specs for Racer? These are the minimum and recommended specs for the most recent versions of Racer (0.8.x): Minimum: CPU: 2 Ghz Single CoreRam: 1GBGPU: Preferably nVidia, GT210 or similar. (although if you want to run Racer "out of the box", a GT240 or GT430 is recommended) Recommended: CPU: 3 Ghz Dual CoreRam: 2+GBGPU: Preferably nVidia, at least GTS250 or similar. (although if you want to run Racer "out of the box", a GTS250/GT450 or higher is recommended)How can I change the time? To change the time of day ingame, use the console: 'SHIFT' + '[' (or '@', '#', '`') to open the console, then type 'time 1800' to set the time of day to 18:00 for example. How can I change the weather? There are numerous codes for changing the weather. Open the console by pressing 'SHIFT' + '[' (or '@', '#', '`'), then type 'clouds 0.5', or 'rain 1', 'snow 1', 'thunder 1' for example. Cars How can I change the version of a car made for an older Racer?(for recent versions) If the car was made for an older version of Racer (such as 0.8.8) that uses CG-shaders, you can change the version number by opening the car.ini. Then in the car section, look for "version=" and change it to 090. Done! How can I update cars for recent versions of Racer? (090 final) Please see this thread. Tracks How can I update cars for recent versions of Racer? (090 final) Please see this thread. Shaders How can I update non-CG shaders to CG-shaders? The CG shaders found in newer versions of Racer aren't all that different to the old shaders. They mostly use the same format but with a few additions to how they are wrote. Click here for more information and how to update. (See '1.3 Shaders') Mac and Linux How can I connect to a multiplayer host? (Answer by 'macracer') 050f works with multiplayer. But only two macs. You have to turn off firewall on host and host should have a fix IP adress, for those create a new network environment and try 192.168.0.98 (TCP/IP). Then open racer.ini from joining mac, scroll down to "multiplayer" and enable=1. Server_remote=192.168.0.98 should be host IP; use_remote=1 and the other leave like it is. Now join both macs, open racer, host and join. Troubleshooting/Common Problems Game does not run. If you have an ATI card do the following: Open racer.ini with Notepad (or similar software), press 'Ctrl' + 'F'. Once you do that, type "ATI=". Change it from "ATI=0" to "ATI=1" unless this has already been done automatically. If you have an older PC or graphics card (or onboard graphics) you should try downloading an older version of Racer, such as v0.655 - a lot more cars/tracks will be compatible with that version as it is the last stable non-CG shader version. The game has a low FPS (frames per second)/is slow or choppy. If the game is choppy but does not have a low FPS, do the following: Open racer.ini with Notepad (or similar software), press 'Ctrl' + 'F'. Once you do that, type "auto_exposure". Below the "auto_exposure" title, you should find "enable=1", change it to "enable=0". This does not affect the graphics very much, it just means that the exposure level will stay the same while driving. You may have to change the time to accomodate for this. If the game doeshave a low FPS, there are a few things you can do to improve framerates: Disable shadowmapping: Open racer.ini with Notepad (or similar software), press 'Ctrl' + 'F'. Once you do that, type "shadowmapping". Under the title "shadowmapping" you will find "enable=1". Change that to "enable=0" and your FPS will improve, however you will not have as nice shadows. Disable motion blur: Open racer.ini with Notepad (or similar software), press 'Ctrl' + 'F'. Once you do that, type "blur_alpha". Change "blur_alpha=0.x" to "blur_alpha=0". Laptops powered by Optimus graphics cards (nVidia GT 520-550m): For Racer to run correctly, you need to go into the nVidia control panel and manually set racer.exe to run with nVidia graphics.