Online Dirt Racing is not responsible for any changes you decide to make to your rFactor files. If you are uncomfortable finding/altering files within your computer, then don't do it. These are not requirements to race. Sorry for the disclaimer, I know they are lame.
To find your playername.plr, navigate to your \Program Files\rFactor\UserData\playername\ folder. Open your playername.plr with notepad, or similar text editor (I prefer notepad++). After you've made changes to this file, close it and select 'Save As' the current file name.
- Line 206: LCD Display Modes - This determines what is displayed as you cycle through your LCD. Decide which modes you want to see, then add their numeral value together and enter it.
- Line 213: Load Opponent Cockpits - This is a setting you can turn off to help your video card out. Unles you want to see your opponent's gauges.
- Line 318: Automatic Pit Menu - This is the setting that tells the game to automatically bring up your pit menu when you enter the pits. This is helpful in races where you actually use pit road, but I find it annoying. If you do as well, set this to a 'zero'.
- Line 323: Keep Received Setups - This is a personal preference setting, but if you've ever had a shared setup from someone, then lost it when the server advanced to next weekend, or was restarted...this can save you some frustration. Pick the option that works best for you.
- Line 336: Exit Confirmation - I know I said these settings were just some optional tweaks. Well, this one is not optional. You must have this set to 'zero'. If you have this set to something other than zero (1 or 2), you will receive a pop-up box asking for a confirmation click when you hit ESC. This is extremely hazardous during races. Set this to 'zero'.
- Line 341: Show Extra Laps - This controls what you see in your live Race lap counter. I prefer to see the lap I'm currently running, not the number of laps I've completed. When I see 6/60, I know I'm on lap 6. If this is set to a 'zero', you would see 5/60 to tell you that you have completed 5 laps so far. Choose which makes sense to you.
To find your multiplayer.ini, navigate to your \Program Files\rFactor\UserData\playername\ folder. Open your multiplayer.ini with notepad, or similar text editor (I prefer notepad++). After you've made changes to this file, close it and select 'Save As' the current file name.
- Line 14: Allow Chat In Car - This is just warning not to change this setting from the default '1'. In game chat is vital, if you set this to 'zero', you will lose the 'YELLOW/GOING GREEN' admin commands during the race.
- Line 18: Delay Vehicle Graphics - This defaults to '1' to save everyone from video stutter when practicing in a server with people entering/exiting often. It is what makes the cars of newcomers entering the server look like dinky little cereal boxes on wheels. If that really bugs you, you can set this to a 'zero', and each vehicle's graphics (paint job and car model) will be loaded as soon as they enter the server. This does cause lag on your screen.
- Line 26: Concurrent Server Updates - Default is 400, max is 999. Setting this to 999 increases the number of servers that populate the server list in Matchmaker. Which is helpful to avoid the constant 'refreshing' of the list to find the server you are looking to connect to. There is no performance hit anywhere for doing this.
- Line 38: Lobby Chat Nickname - This is the name that is displayed in Matchmaker's lobby. Most people just leave it set to the default 'player name' that you use in the server. But if you prefer to show something other than your full/real name to the entire rFactor community while you are racing, this is how you can change it. This does not change your 'player name' in the game, or the server you connect to, it simply sets the name shown in Matchmaker chat lobby (which you still show up in after you've joined a server).
If you want to avoid using Matchmaker to 'refresh and find' our race server, you can create a 2nd rFactor desktop shortcut (or Quickstart icon) that will take you directly to our race server. You will only need to verify your car, and click 'Join Server' after you double-click your desktop shortcut. No fuss.
- Copy your current rFactor shortcut and paste the copy to your desktop
- Rename your new rFactor shortcut something that works for you (mine is OLDR_Server)
- Right-click on your new shortcut and select 'Properties'
- Click on the 'Shortcut' tab
- Cursor the 'Target' path of the 'Shortcut' tab
- Type the following after the quotation mark (") that completes the default target line:
- +connect 188.8.131.52:2901
- be sure to leave a space between the trailing quotation mark, and the plus(+) sign
- Click Apply then 'OK'
And that's it, you've just created a direct IP connect desktop icon in rFactor. Now, when you want to join the OLDR server, simply double-click on your new icon and click 'Join Server' when prompted.