I'm Back... After A Gap Of Over Ten Years.
Posted Apr 17 2020 - 05:40 AM
I'm back. I used to drive on VROC at 2pm GMT every Saturday with the likes of Alison Hine and other legends of GPL. That all seems an awfully long time ago now. I had a Pentium I processor, Voodoo2 GFX card and a Saitek steering wheel all running at 800 x 600. I was in heaven. I also raced in an FD league - Glen Field or something; anyone else remember that? It all seems a bit hazy...
I did upgrade things about ten years ago to a PC with Windows 7, 4GBRam, Nvidia8800GT, Logitech G27 wheel & shifter with Fanatec Clubsport Pedals: All Perfect for GPL but packed away in a box in the attic.
But now I've had time to unpack the boxes, build a dedicated desk in the attic, add power to the system, drill holes in the desk to hide all cables and re-load GPL. It's all just as I left it and works brilliantly. A PC dedicated to GPL - just turn it on and it works.
I was always obsessed with lap-times but now I'm more interested in the historical aspect and racing the AI at tracks which no longer exist in real life.(I have to stay off-line as the PC grinds to a halt if I try to use the internet.) So, what do you recommend in terms of setting my installation up again? 60FPS or 36FPS? Should I use GPL GLANCE? How do pit-stops work, I don't remember ever having had those available before? Which other utilities have I missed out on and which do you recommend? What FFB settings should I be using for the most REALISITIC experience? At the moment it all feels too light, a bit like driving a modern car with power steering.
So, any advice gratefully received - I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel.
Pete (aka Tobodestroyer)
I had to change my username as I couldn't remember how to log into my old account on here. So, I'm now Tobodestroyer2020.
Posted Apr 17 2020 - 05:57 AM
Posted Apr 17 2020 - 06:57 AM
Welcome back, Pete!
Check Milestones page on Weekly to see what happened in the past years Most of the 'stones' have links to release topics with downloads and manuals.
Posted Apr 17 2020 - 08:32 AM
Given how cheap gigabytes of storage are these days I can't conceive why you wouldn't want everything available. With GEM as a front end all the ini editing of the past is done away and changing mods is a click.
The only issue with 60fps is that the AI can't handle it and is near unusable with it. If you are only interested in hotlapping than its good, online too. But for racing the AI you still want 36fps.
GPL Glance is a matter of taste, personally I found it too distracting when countersteering, but trying it didn't hurt.
Pit stops, you got two options either Lees pitstop patch or Olafs dirtgear patch. Both come with a good manual describing the various features and how to use them. Basic operation is to stop at your pitboard and initiate the stop by pressing a button. The most finicky part is stopping at the right place.
GEM is a must, GPL Replay Analyzer, most of Lees patches are good to have too.
Regarding FFB, look for FFB2 or FFB3 patch floating around here somewhere. There should be at least a rudimentary explainer what the settings do along with it. Keep in mind non DF cars would have rather light steering.
Posted Apr 17 2020 - 10:04 AM
Posted Apr 17 2020 - 12:13 PM
I've tried to introduce others to GPL but they usually say that it's silly and like driving on ice. Basically, it requires practice and they just want an instant fix. However, my son who is now 14 yrs old is mad keen on GPL and has just set out on his GPL career. It won't be long before he has a better GPL Rank than me. GPL is still the ONLY sim worth considering; everything else is just a game. I can still smell Castrol One engine oil when I'm sitting in the cock-pit. Great memories of visiting Silverstone and Mallory Park in the 1970s with my parents.
So, back to GPL, this fab community and perhaps some online racing if I can increase the speed of my PC.
Thanks for your support and assistance. Long live GPL!
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