Lego Racers

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Lego Racers
Lego Racers cover
Developers
High Voltage Software
Publishers
Lego Media
Release dates
Windows July 31, 1999
Lego Racers guide on StrategyWiki
Lego Racers on MobyGames
Lego Racers on Wikipedia

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Lego Racers
Subseries of Lego
Lego Racers 1999
Lego Racers 2 2001
Drome Racers 2002

Key points

The installer may not work on modern systems (see Installer doesn't run).
For the original 1999 release, when installed on a modern OS, the game will crash when attempting to change controls.

General information

Unofficial Lego Wiki
Brickipedia
Rock Raiders United - Unofficial game forum

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
DRM-free
The original 1999 release contains SafeDisc V1 DRM[Note 1]. The 2001 and later re-releases removed this, and can be run without the disc once installed as a result.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 2]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Use WillKirkby's launcher for high resolutions. The game crashes if the resolution is not 4:3. https://www.rockraidersunited.com/topic/4354-lr1-launcher/
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use dgVoodoo.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 83 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix[3]
  1. Download LegoRacers.exe and copy it to the installation folder.
  2. Download and extract dgVoodoo.
  3. Open MS folder and copy its content to the installation folder.
  4. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe.
  5. Click "Add" and set the game folder.
  6. Set "Scaling mode" to "Stretched".
  7. Go to "DirectX" tab.
  8. Select your resolution and uncheck the "dgVoodoo watermark" option.
  9. Apply your changes.
  10. Right-click LegoRacers.exe and open its properties.
  11. Make sure the "Read only" option is unchecked.
  12. Go to "Compatibility" tab and set compatibility with Windows XP SP3.
  13. Open LegoRacers.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  14. Press Ctrl+F and set Datatype to Hex-values.
  15. Search for ABAAAA3F and replace it with:
    • 0000A03F for 5:4 screens
    • 0000C83F for 25:16 screens
    • CDCCCC3F for 16:10 screens
    • 5555D53F for 15:9 screens
    • 398EE33F for 16:9 screens
    • 26B41740 for 21:9 screens
  16. Press Ctrl+F and search for C9400000803F.
  17. Replace the 0000803F value with:
    • 0000703F for 5:4 screens
    • 0000963F for 25:16 screens
    • 9A99993F for 16:10 screens
    • 0000A03F for 15:9 screens
    • ABAAAA3F for 16:9 screens
    • 398EE33F for 21:9 screens
  18. Save your changes.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
The music and sound effects can be adjusted separately.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Norwegian
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Swedish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Split-screen. Requires a controller.
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Installer doesn't run[edit]

Install using a fan-made installer[citation needed]
  1. Insert the CD.
  2. Download the Lego Racers Alternate Installer.
  3. Run the alternate installer and follow the instructions.

Unable to set message drain[edit]

Disable startup videos[citation needed]
  • First try to set compatability to windows xp
  • Launch with -novideo parameter.
  • Issue occurs as the Indeo Video codecs are disabled by default due to known security flaws that will not be patched.[4] The codecs can be manually re-enabled at the risk of system security.

Unable to open the video file lmicmp.avi[edit]

Disable startup videos[citation needed]

Out of memory error occurred[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  • Set the executable to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP3.

Game crashes when trying to set controls[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  • Set the executable to run in compatibility mode for Windows Vista.

-horzres and -vertres commands don't work[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  • Run the game once without them, then exit the game and re-apply them.

Transparent textures do not display correctly[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Command line arguments[edit]

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.[6]
Parameter Description
-novideo Disables startup videos
-window Run in windowed mode (16-bit depth only). However, it minimizes if it is clicked out of.
-primary Force use of primary display device
-alphatrans Force use of alpha transparency
-horzres Set horizontal resolution
-vertres Set vertical resolution

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MMX
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 210 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX-compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM drive

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 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).

References