HOW TO INSTALL GTR2 and PnG3 in 2019 ?

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| HOW TO INSTALL GTR2 IN 2021 |
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READ CAREFULLY OTHERWISE YOU WILL POST ON FORUMS THAT GTR2 DOESN'T WORK ON WINDOWS 10 WHICH IS WRONG !!!
CLEAN GTR2 INSTALL FROM DVD or STEAM + GTR2 HQ ANNIVERSARY PATCH WERE TESTED AND ARE FULLY WORKING ON WINDOWS XP/VISTA/7/8/10 !!!
ALL PATCHES ARE INCLUDED IN HQ ANNIVERSARY PATCH SO DO NOT INSTALL SIMBIN PATCH 1.1 OR NOCD OR 4GB PATCH !!!

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM TO RUN GTR2.EXE IS TO FIND THE GOOD COMBO WITH COMPATIBILITY MODE (SOME PC NEEDS WINDOWS XP COMPATIBILITY, BUT OTHERS WINDOWS 7, AND OTHERS NO COMPATIBILITY MODE AT ALL) AND ADMINISTRATOR MODE (SOME PC NEEDS ADMIN TO BE CHECKED BUT OTHERS NEED ADMINISTRATOR RIGHTS TO BE DISABLED) : THERE IS NO ABSOLUTE RULE, IT IS CASE BY CASE SO YOU MUST TRY BY YOURSELF TILL GTR2 STARTS.
MOREOVER, CREWCHIEF PLUGIN CHANGES THIS BEHAVIOR.

Note that you will need to install :
- latest 7zip archiver to create/open archives : https://www.7-zip.org
- Microsoft DirectX 9c June 2010 : https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/microsoft-directx-9c-june-2010-sdk.39281/
(go where you have extracted files and run DXSETUP.EXE if install does not begin automatically)
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 (vcredist 2010) :
>> 32bits >> https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5555
>> 64bits >> https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=14632


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| 1a) PRELIMINARY FOR DISC VERSION ONLY |
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- insert GTR2 DISC

- choose any language : anyway you will have to COPY-PASTE the new language files from HQ Anniversary PATCH in the end

- install GTR2 directly at the root of one of your drives like D:\GTR2HQ

- DO NOT SET 3D CONFIG : UNTICK 3D CONFIG BOX at the end of install !!!

- DO NOT RUN GTR2 YET !!!

- REMOVE GTR2 DISC and follow 2a) or 2b) instructions


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| 1b) PRELIMINARY FOR STEAM VERSION ONLY |
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- install GTR2 from STEAM

- NEVER MODIFY ORIGINAL GTR2 STEAM INSTALL !!!
Because STEAM will check files integrity inside \steamapps folder and will restore originals anytime it detects a modification, and you will get big problems with patchs or mods you will install.

- Make an archive (7z/zip/rar) of your clean GTR2 from STEAM\steamapps\common\GTR 2 - FIA GT Racing Game

- extract your clean GTR2 archive directly at the root of one of your drives like D:\GTR2HQ

- follow 2a) or 2b) instructions


Note for both DISC/STEAM versions :
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you can have multiple GTR2 installs in multiple folders like C:\GTR2HQ, D:\GTR2-MOD-F1-79, D:\PnG3, etc... But in this case you will have to set Windows XP (or Windows 7) compatibility + Administrator rights to ALL EXE for EVERY FOLDER and not only 1 !!!
When you have many GTR2 folders you can try AppCompatibilityView (available in [OPTIONS]\f-[Windows TOOLS])


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| 2a) GTR2 INSTALL |
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- download and install GTR2 HQ Anniversary PATCH (click YES to overwrite ALL files/folders and check "APPLY TO ALL") : https://www.racedepartment.com/threads/gtr2-10th-anniversary-patch.152429/

- download GTR2 HQ MODS COLLECTION if you want 4k HDR skies or alt HUDs : https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/gtr2-hq-mods-collection.32658/

- right click on all EXE files inside GTR2 folder and set Windows XP (or Windows 7) compatibility + check Administrator rights. IF YOU DON'T DO THAT THEN GTR2 WILL BOOTLOOP AND WON'T START ON VISTA/Win7/8. If you use CrewChief plugin then this step is not required.

- use Nvidia Profile Inspector (available in [OPTIONS]\f-[Windows TOOLS]) to set AA/AF : set Antialiasing compatibility to Diablo III and select "replace application setting" to override the application AA settings, you can also enable DSR X4 on GTR2 to remove pretty much all aliasing without any noticeable frame drop. Borderless windows mode is pretty good too.
Moreover on a LAPTOP you need to set both GTR2Config.EXE + GTR2.EXE to your GPU instead of poor integrated graphics.

- now run GTR2config.EXE (choose 32bits resolution, dx9) but Do NOT choose AA/AF here because the antialiasing/anisotropic settings in gtr2config are basic/outdated and doesn't manage advanced AA/AF that you have got with recent nvidia/AMD panel.
Turn off Vsync as FFB in GTR2 is tied to refresh rate (HIGHER FPS = BETTER FFB), moreover Vsync is never a good idea as you get lag.
Nevertheless, if you have +400 fps then you can get missed gear changes so try to limit the fps to 120 with nvidia/AMD panel.

- Install Bill's process manager or Bitsum Process Lasso, and set GTR2.EXE "CPU AFFINITY" to use at least 2 cores of your CPU
You can either do it manually just after launching GTR2 by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC then click on PROCESSUS tab, right click on GTR2.EXE and set AFFINITY to ALL CORES. If you use CrewChief plugin then this step is not required.

- RUN GTR2_SETUP.CMD* >> choose a NOCD at page III >> choose defviews at page IV >> choose PLR at page V (you can rename PLAYER with your NAME as described in setup) >> set other options as you like or skip them with S key and RUN GTR2

*you may need to right click on GTR2_SETUP.CMD then left click on "Run as Administrator" otherwise it won't overwrite files because of insufficient privileges on some PCs : run without Admin first, and only if it doesn't work then run it as Admin.

- AGAIN, right click on GTR2.EXE (because GTR2.EXE has been overwritten by NOCD) and set Windows XP (or Windows 7) compatibility + check Administrator rights. IF YOU DON'T DO THAT THEN GTR2 WILL BOOTLOOP AND WON'T START ON VISTA/Win7/8. If you use CrewChief plugin then this step is not required.

- from now you can run GTR2.EXE safely


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| 2b) Power & Glory 3 (PnG3) INSTALL |
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- follow STEP 1a) or 1b) to create a clean GTR2 install in D:\PnG3 by example

- right click on all EXE files inside GTR2 folder and set Windows XP (or Windows 7) compatibility + check Administrator rights. IF YOU DON'T DO THAT THEN GTR2 WILL BOOTLOOP AND WON'T START ON VISTA/Win7/8. If you use CrewChief then this step is not required.

- use Nvidia Profile Inspector (available in [OPTIONS]\f-[Windows TOOLS]) to set AA/AF : set Antialiasing compatibility to Diablo III and select "replace application setting" to override the application AA settings, you can also enable DSR X4 on GTR2 to remove pretty much all aliasing without any noticeable frame drop. Borderless windows mode is pretty good too.
Moreover on a LAPTOP you need to set both GTR2Config.EXE + GTR2.EXE to your GPU instead of poor integrated graphics.

- now run GTR2config.EXE (choose 32bits resolution, dx9) but Do NOT choose AA/AF here because the antialiasing/anisotropic settings in gtr2config are basic/outdated and doesn't manage advanced AA/AF that you have got with recent nvidia/AMD panel.
Turn off Vsync as FFB in GTR2 is tied to refresh rate (HIGHER FPS = BETTER FFB), moreover Vsync is never a good idea as you get lag.
Nevertheless, if you have +400 fps then you can get missed gear changes so try to limit the fps to 120 with nvidia/AMD panel.

- Install Bill's process manager or Bitsum Process Lasso, and set GTR2.EXE "CPU AFFINITY" to use at least 2 cores of your CPU
You can either do it manually just after launching GTR2 by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC then click on PROCESSUS tab, right click on GTR2.EXE and set AFFINITY to ALL CORES. If you use CrewChief plugin then this step is not required.

- you must run GTR2 at least once before installing PnG3 MOD

- download and install PnG3 mod : https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/power-glory-for-gtr-2.21450/

- download and install GTR2 HQ Anniversary PATCH (click YES to overwrite ALL files/folders and check "APPLY TO ALL") : https://www.racedepartment.com/threads/gtr2-10th-anniversary-patch.152429/

- RUN GTR2_SETUP.CMD* >> choose a NOCD at page III >> choose defviews at page IV >> choose PLR at page V (you can rename PLAYER with your NAME as described in setup) >> DELETE GTR2 CARS AT PAGE X >> set other options as you like or exit with X key

*you may need to right click on GTR2_SETUP.CMD then left click on "Run as Administrator" otherwise it won't overwrite files because of insufficient privileges on some PCs : run without Admin first, and only if it doesn't work then run it as Admin.

- download GTR2 HQ MODS COLLECTION : https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/gtr2-hq-mods-collection.32658/ and install
>1- PnG3 HQ Anniversary PATCH v2_0 : overwrite both GameData+UIData
(if you want to remove pit chief sound as in original PnG3 mod then install [OPTION NO PIT CHIEF SOUND] )

>5- GTR2 HQ HUD COLLECTION v7_0 : install HQ HUD PnG3

- AGAIN, right click on GTR2.EXE (because GTR2.EXE has been overwritten by NOCD) and set Windows XP (or Windows 7) compatibility + check Administrator rights. IF YOU DON'T DO THAT THEN GTR2 WILL BOOTLOOP AND WON'T START ON VISTA/Win7/8. If you use CrewChief plugin then this step is not required.

- from now you can run either PnG3.EXE or GTR2.EXE safely


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| UNINSTALL |
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Just delete folder D:\GTR2HQ or D:\PnG3


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tutorial based on : https://www.racedepartment.com/threads/reinstalling-gtr2-best-approach.163691/
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Installing Bill2's Process Manager? I thougth the PnG3 launcher offers an option to enable all cores? Although I must say it doesn't work always...
 

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https://wj32.org/processhacker/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2925

it's a false positive and it's open source. don't trust blindly antivirus software. i'm using this tool for years. never had any problems with it.

I know antivirus will often report false positives but I get sketched out when more than a few programs, and some that are bigger names, are also reporting malware and viruses.

It's unfortunate but better safe than sorry.

That said, if enough other people I trust were to say it's safe I'd probably install it.
 

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Installing Bill2's Process Manager? I thougth the PnG3 launcher offers an option to enable all cores? Although I must say it doesn't work always...
As you said that doesn't work 100% for all people

Does the +fullproc command not work with this then?
no, it doesn't work sadly

I know antivirus will often report false positives but I get sketched out when more than a few programs, and some that are bigger names, are also reporting malware and viruses.

It's unfortunate but better safe than sorry.

That said, if enough other people I trust were to say it's safe I'd probably install it.
Moreover, same problem as Bill2's Process Manager for me : it is no more updated for many years so I stick to Bitsum Process Lasso :)
 
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more Essential ................

Copying the exes to another location loses any admin/ compat. settings or am I missing something ?
and fresh OS resets all admin /compat ..agreed ?
Which means you have to set all admin again for all exes all over or again am I missing some windows settings ?

AppCompatibilityView (ACV) will retain settings even in empty folders
Most useful when using OVGME even more so if you do gMotor2.0 installs as a GME mod
ie: disabled the folder will be empty apart from folder template but still retain rights ;)


When you have many gMotor2.0 folders ( or anything else for that matter ) keep a up to date copy of the ACV registry then next Fresh OS, one click to import reg and you good to go ;)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags

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Understand I am talking about people run many gMotor2.0 sims and folders not a few
 
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Shovas

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Just upgraded to Windows 10 Home 64bit and these instructions worked like a charm :)

I find I only needed to set Run As Administrator, I haven't needed compatibility modes yet, but I have already done 1.1 Patch + NoCD + 4GB so one of those may be the reason.

Looks like it's going to run smoothly, no issues so far after a few laps.

Oh, also, I have found that Bill's Process Manager and Boderless Gaming are running without issues.
 
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Durge Driven

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I run mods for 4 different resolutions and I must run compat. mode for GTR2config.exe

I use 1360x768 when I work on GME mods so i can boot GTR2 and do edits or check skins against mods in real-time
then 1920 for TV 2560 for Gsync monitor and 4K for both monitors with AMD or Nvidia dynamic features ( I run both)

Okay default files .... if I set windowed mode GTR2 boots and changes desktop res ( like it is bad for monitor ) then ends in 1366 full screen, looking at config.ini will show windowed mode has reset itself to = 0

If I set the config.exe to W7 compat mode the windowed mode mod works as it should and no weird sync flashing
W7 compat. shows 2GB of system ram where XP mode shows 1GB system ram
Also if you run both ways you will also see differences in video ram and object and texture detail levels
These USED TO affect texture detail in game with old graphics card ...does not seem to anymore

So every time video driver changes I make new res mods, edit config.ini then set read only
 

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I think I actually did start using compatibility modes. I think I used Windows XP SP3(?) because it defaulted to that when I initially set it on the EXE and it makes sense since I think WinXP was the main OS at that point.

I agree compatibility modes do seem like a good idea now. I don't quite understand it but I think they're providing old SDK APIs for things like old DirectX, etc.
 

Durge Driven

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GTL is same, set 1360 windowed and desktop bugs out then boots full screen
Set compat. mode to config.exe it works
All my gmotor/gmotor2 is on my 3200G / Vega 8
Nvidia did the same thing on 3900X/RTX2080

Other reason I set ini manually and set read only is 1/2 OCD
But in GTL and rFactor if OBJ and TEX are not set to maximum in video settings menu you will get different colour
when you select higher levels telling you these settings are not recommended with the GPU it thinks you got
Like config.exe was conceived for video cards with 512/1024mb ram or less as some people would be running 128 and 256mb cards

OBJDETAIL=3
TEXDETAIL=3

You won't get different colour as below ..... which is what it will reset to every time you do config.exe
Telling me I can only run medium anything higher goes white , red in rfactor I think

GTL MENU 2.jpg
GTL MENU.jpg
 

Durge Driven

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Doh
So setting both OBJ TEX to =3 you get all black like below like I said OCD lol

With old old cards it would actually lower the in game texture to match what config.ini said and looked horrible
Whether GPU gens or drivers changed or W10 I have no idea but ingame now is always =3 no matter what config.ini says

GTL MENU 3.jpg



P.S.

Oh yeah ....only gmotor I have that displays correct hardware info in config.ini are Automobilista and rFactor2
 
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I’m trying to install PnG as per instructions. Thanks for all the work on this mod, GTR2, and GTL. Much appreciate. I got the latter 2 working great per your instructions. Unfortunately my luck has run out. First of all the PNG download here at RD wouldn't work for me. I had to get it from another site. Seems to be the same file(s). Then when I ran the PNG installer, it got almost to the end and then said:

”#ERR: unable to open file ‘C:\Users\MyUserName\Documents\GTR2\CONFIG.INI’ for reading”

after creating a log folder and 2 dummy log files. I chose option #2 to slim down files. I musta missed something. I thought I’ve read, understood, and followed your instructions. Any suggestion, besides drink myself to oblivion? TIA.
Jim

Edit: 50 minutes later: I made a dummy CONFIG.INI file and put it in the right place and the installer completed and PnG runs successfully! You can delete or move this post depending on if it seems it might be of value to some other poor schmuck with a similar issue.

Thanks! Love having this installed and running again esp. with all the extra goodies.
 
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