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Star Wars: Episode I - Racer
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer cover
Japan Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows May 18, 1999
Mac OS (Classic) December 10, 1999
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Art styles Stylized
Themes Sci-fi
Series Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer on HowLongToBeat
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer on IGDB
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer on MobyGames
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer on Wikipedia
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Star Wars: Episode I - Racer is a racing sci-fi game set in the Star Wars universe. Its sequel Star Wars Racer Revenge was never released on PC.

The game was initially released on retail disc for Windows on May 18, 1999 in North America and June 4, 1999 in Europe, alongside the Nintendo 64 version. The MacOS version was released later that year on December 16, 1999. It did not receive a modern digital distribution release until it was released on GOG.com on May 1, 2018.[1] It was released on Steam on November 16, 2018,[2] and later on Origin.

On PC, there is a small but active modding and speedrunning community based around this Community Discord server and uses this modded exe for multiplayer.

Frame rates above 30 may introduce glitches or game-breaking bugs.[3][4]

Key points

Installing the retail version on 64-bit versions of Windows requires a workaround. See Installing retail version on 64-bit versions of Windows.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Mac OS
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Pre-patched with a DirectDraw to DirectX 9 wrapper
Humble Store
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Included with EA Play.
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Pre-patched with a DirectDraw to DirectX 9 wrapper
A demo is available (mirror 1/mirror 2)

Essential improvements



SWEP1RCR.EXE updates the retail game to the latest version. Needed to run the game on Windows NT-based systems.
The latest official patch 1.01 for Mac is available at soggi.org.


SWE1R Patcher Adds higher resolution fonts and some multiplayer features.
Peixoto's patch
  • Fixes a black screen z buffer bug that makes the game unplayable
  • Forces the game to run - pillarboxed - at your desktop resolution or higher - ultra-wide and 4K monitors supported
  • Forces the game to run in 32 bit color depth
  • Fixes z fighting artifacts
  • Better compatibility with Xinput gamepads
  • Gets the installer running on 64 bit windows
SWE1R HD Upgrade Pack Adds higher resolution cinematic cutscenes. Includes Patcher features and aims to add HD in-game textures to models and environment.

Skip intro videos

Use the -i command line argument[5]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Star Wars: Episode I Racer\v1.0\[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/808910/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\player\[Note 3]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/808910/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched from 4:3. Use the Patched EXE.
Use the Patched EXE.
Use the Patched EXE.
4K Ultra HD
Use the Patched EXE.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Star Wars Episode I Racer 3D Vision fix.
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Additional video settings.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game physics designed for 24 FPS.[citation needed] Frame rates above 30 may introduce glitches or game-breaking bugs.[3][4]
GOG.com version has unlocked fps (at least over 440fps).
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Additional video settings

In <path-to-game>\data\config\current\video.cfg, the following options are made available to be changed:
Setting Values


XInput-compatible controllers

Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]
Working triggers, D-pad, and configurable deadzone.
Add XInput support[6]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus Ver4.14.3.
  2. Set the Target Program to SWEP1RCR.EXE.
  3. Go to DirectInput and check Enable DirectInput Output.
  4. Assign Right Stick to Z Axis/Z Rot, LT/RT to Button 11/12, and Guide to Button 13. Click Apply and OK.
  5. Open the game's joystick settings. Under axis settings assign Roll Left/Right to Z Axis.
The controller will not be detected with XInput Plus Ver4.15.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Require DirectSound restoration on vista/7/8/10
Only in taunts cutscenes before a race.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0[7]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only
Retail only. Download


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Use Nucleus-Coop Unofficial mod.
LAN play
8 Use IPXWrapper for modern systems (included with GOG.com release).
Online play
Use IPXWrapper and LogIn Hamachi

VR support

Issues fixed

Play Old PC Games has troubleshooting information on installing and running the game.

Graphical issues

e.g., low frame rate, black screen, white screen, green screen, artifacts, crash on startup, etc.
Use dgVoodoo 2 for proper emulated old DirectX support[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll from the MS folder into the installation folder.
  3. You may need to rename dxgi.dll to dxgi.dll.BAK.
  4. You can configure the emulation and additional graphics settings using dgVoodooCpl.exe.


Allows the game to run properly on Windows 8, 10.
dgVoodoo 2 requires a DirectX 11 graphics card.
Edit dgVoodoo2 config file to eliminate z-fighting (Requires at least version 2.55.1 of dgVoodoo2)[8][9]

dgVoodoo2 2.55.1 introduced the ability to force the internal bit depth of D3D depth buffers. The setting must be edited in the dgVoodoo.conf config file.

  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll from the MS directory to the game's installation directory. If using the GOG release, rename DDraw.dll in the game's installation directory to DDraw.dll.BAK before extracting.
  3. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe from the dgVoodoo2_x directory to the game's installation directory.
  4. Open dgVoodooCpl.exe in the game's installation directory and click .\ under Config folder / Running instance to create a dgVoodoo2 config file in the game's installation directory.
  5. Open dgVoodoo.conf in the game's installation directory. Use Notepad++ or another text editor and locate the DepthBuffersBitDepth setting.
  6. Set DepthBuffersBitDepth to equal forcemin24bit. Save the config file.

Installing retail version on 64-bit versions of Windows

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The GOG.com version installs on 64-bit Windows without issue. For the retail version, read these installation instructions (click [Expand] to view).
Installation instructions
Alternative installer for modern systems[10]

German website with the installers: website An alternative Inno Setup installer can be downloaded from MediaFire for CD-Version and DVD-Collection Version. This alternative installer includes many fixes listed below. It's the ultimate installer for English, German and French version for this game.

  1. Put the CD or DVD of the game in your CD/DVD-Drive, or mount an ISO of the game.
  2. Start this alternative setup from your HDD. Choose the language of your game.
  3. The setup will find the CD/DVD of the game and start the install from it.
  4. After the regular installation, additional files are copied:
  • The latest patch for the game
  • dgVoodoo v2.51 (allows the game run under Win7, Win8, Win10. DirectX 11 compatibile Graphic Card is required to emulate DirectX 6 API)
  • A new Launcher with Widescreen Patch GUI that also has additional configuration settings for the game.
  • Batch startup file to play the game with single core on multi core systems
  • Mouse Fix (nomousy) for dgVoodoo (fixes displaying two cursors)
  • IPXwrapper integrated for IPX->TCP-IP Multiplayer Games.
  • FFmpeg with batch files to extract/convert cutscenes and game music

This custom installer uses old dgVoodoo2 version. If you still have issues with graphics (like greenish screen), then download latest version, unpack it and copy everything from MS folder to the install dir replacing files.

Update: Launcher 2.0 for CD, DVD or HDD versions of this Setup. Contain VB6-runtimes.
File: SWEP1RC_Res_Fix_Patch_v20.7z (Mediafire) (2,04 MB)

Optional for DirectX-9 User: Wine3D Emulation Files
This patch use the Wine3D emulation instead of dgvoodoo. Wine3D working with a DirectX-9 Emulation.
This patch files are only created for this alternative setup.

1. Make a backup and delete from the installation folder following files:


2. Copy the correct Wine3D patch files for your Star Wars Racer Version in the installation folder and overwrite the existing files.
3. Run the game regular over the Launcher from this alternative installer

Wine3D emulation is not perfect. No fog, no reflections, no lensflare, more color banding, etc.
Wine3D is a pure dirt emulation for Star Wars Racer.

Use dgVoodoo for a perfect game emulation.
dgVoodoo is better than Wine3D or dxWND at this game.

Alternative installer[11]

An alternative MSI installer can be downloaded from his website. A guide on how to create a CD image with a new installer can be found here.

Manual installation[12]

1. Copy the gnome folder from Racer's CD to your hard disk and rename it to RACER
2. Copy RACER.EXE from the root of the CD into RACER folder on your hard disk
3. Copy DSETUP.dll, DSETUP16.dll DSETUP32.dll, SysCheck.exe, SYSCHECK.INI and Website.exe files from INSTALL folder into RACER folder on your hard disk
4. If for example you had placed the RACER folder in C:\Games then your folder structure would look like this:

C:\Games\RACER\data\ *files*

5. Now for the registry entries. Copy the following text into Notepad

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Star Wars: Episode I Racer\v1.0]
"3D Device"="Microsoft Direct3D Hardware acceleration through Direct3D HAL"
"Analyze Path"="D:\\INSTALL\\SysCheck.exe"
"CD Path"="D:"
"Display Height"=dword:00000300
"Display Width"=dword:00000400
"Display"="Primary Display Driver"
"Fix Flicker"=dword:00000000
"Install Path"="C:\\Games\\RACER"
"Source Dir"="D:\\"
"Source Path"="D:"

6. You need to edit drive letters in this entries Analyze Path, CD Path, Source Dir and Source Path so they point to your CD/DVD drive. After that edit entries Executable and Install Path so they point to folders/files where you copied your game.

7. Now save that file as racer.reg and run it to import settings to registry.

8. You should be able to start the game.


If a launcher still shows only install option, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Star Wars: Episode I Racer and see if it's not empty. Keep in mind, that these entries must be located under Wow6432Node or they will not work.
If an error pops up asking to reinstall a game, it's probably, because entries in registry point to incorrect locations. Make sure you put correct paths Keep in mind to change only drive letters or C:\Games parts, not the whole entries.
Display Width/Height: Hex value of your resolution width/height. Yours may differ. i.e. 0x400=1024 decimal Use Windows calculator in programmer mode to convert decimal to hex or vice versa.

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

PC Debug Menu

SWEP1RCR_CM - A customized trainer to re-enable the debug menu from N64, works with latest GOG release.
  • AI Difficulty Multiplier
  • AI Opponents Difficulty Spread
  • Invincibility
  • Mirrored Mode (Flip the levels left/right)
  • Configure Death Values (Min speed, Spawn Delay)
  • Tweak all pod racer stats

SWE1R HD Upgrade Pack

A project that aims to upgrade the game assets to HD, starting with the cinematics. Progress can be tracked on the project's Discord server.

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D compatible graphics card
2 MB of VRAM


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/808910/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (808910) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).