true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert
When running Racer, a log of information, warning and
error messages is stored in the QLOG file. On Windows, you'll find this file
in c:\sims\racer\qlog.txt. Unix versions will use 'QLOG' for
the filename. When Racer crashes, scan the last entries in the QLOG file to
find hints of what went wrong. Also, when creating content, make sure to check
QLOG now & then for warnings on the car or track you are creating.
The QLOG file is an ordinary ASCII text file which you can view
with tools like Notepad, Wordpad or 'more' on Unices (Linux/Mac).
These warnings may appear due to content
that isn't 100% optimal:
- d3LoadTextureMap(); can't load '<filename>';
creating red/blue stub image
This error appears when trying to load an image which cannot be found.
You may recognize this onscreen by funny textures that are a mix of red &
Fix: Make sure that the image exists or remove the reference
to the image (for example, textures can be defined in shader files, such as
car.shd or track.shd).
- No splines found; minimap is disabled.
The track you're loading has no splines defined. Splines are used for AI,
the minimap and lots more. See this document
to learn how to create splines for a track.
- Empty chunk id in geode 'xxxxxx.dof'; probably an
old ZModeler buggy export; use dof_fix to correct.
A lot of DOF (geometry) files out there on the internet will give this error
message. Use 'dof_fix' (supplied
with Racer since v0.5.3 beta 8, in c:\sims\racer\dof_fix.exe
mostly on Windows) from a command prompt to fix the DOF files. Note that the
utility overwrites the original file, so making a backup is highly recommended!
November 13, 2012