Factory Five Challenge Series 3D Screensaver

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Back in 2007 we released a screensaver program called Screenracer. It was our first 3D software release of any kind. The program was well received and earned a several awards. Over the years this program has slowed in downloads. Since this screensaver is now well over 5 years old, it seems like a good time to just release it for free. The team at Factory Five has been great to us over the years, so it only seems appropriate to release this archived software for free.

Just click on the download and install the screensaver. The default settings are set very low. With today’s newer computers, you should be able to increase the car count to very high, click on “settings” to increase the detail level and set the display resolution to the highest setting with no problems.

The program was built to only work on windows based PC’s. *Note! This is an older program. And is untested on the latest windows 7 platform. So if you have any issues running it, I am very sorry. This program is unsupported and released as-is.

                                                                                                                                 

Check out the Licensed Factory Five Racing 3D Challenge Series Screensaver! Compatible with other all other versions of ScreenRacer, purchasing more tracks and cars will add them to your settings lists. It runs on Microsoft’s DirectX technology using an advanced AI and physics system. The Challenge Series Screensaver comes with two new tracks as well twelve unique Factory Five Racers.

Product specifications and additional details:
Real time physics controlled by a ridged AI system.
Uses Microsoft’s DirectX render engine.
Select short, medium or long races, and after each race, the screensaver will quickly load a new event.
Enable/Disable all sounds, if you want to run the screensaver silent.
Scalable settings allow users with slower computers to run the program, while fast computer can push the graphics.
Minimum Requirements: 1.2 GHz Computer, with 128MB of free RAM and 32MB 3D video card.
Supports resolution up to 1600×1200.
Comes with 2 race tracks, 1.5 mile road course & 2.5 road course.
Included are 12 unique race cars, with free car updates.
Random car and track selection.

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FAQ Help Section:

Is this going to be a GAME, or a screen saver?

A screen saver. When we started this project back in Feb 05. Our goal was to build a great full 3D stockcar screen saver. Over time we have grown, and we now have 5 total race car types, and 5 track locations. But our first goal is still in place, to create great 3D racing experience for you!

Sponsors, and Sponsoring Screen Racer?

Auto Racing is the worlds largest spectator sport, and screen savers are running on millions of PC’s all over the world. Our goal is the build the best 3D Racing screen saver, and we are looking for sponsors to help us reach out goal, in turn helping them reach millions of users and potential customers.

Will people be able to add tracks and skins to the screen saver?

That is a interesting question, one I have not fully thought about. I plan on creating more tracks. As we get a larger install base, and allowing users the options to download them. As we get new sponsors, they will be included in updates, and new versions.

A combo question about car skins and marketing.

We are getting companies to sign up as sponsors. We are looking for motorsports related sponsors, not them evil web tracking popup types! Were looking for motorsports related sponsors because we want all the race cars to look realistic, not just have fake generic sponsors. The second part of this question, is about adding your owns race skins to the cars. I can only recommend you not doing this, because when you change data in any program anything could happen. But game mods help keep games going on for very long time, so you would be making a screen saver mod (now that is funny!). Most people that race in the leagues are very intelligent. So figuring out a way to crack open the DAT files and finding the race skins wouldn’t be that hard. That’s about all I want to comment on that for now.

“And, will there be add ons to this software down the road?”

Yes. New Tracks are in the plans. I’m not 100% sure what you mean by modes of play, We are considering doing a off road version, after the first release. But only time will tell.

“One last question. Do you REALLY expect us to be able to walk away from our computers…”

NO! The Screen saver runs on graphics engine with a awesome physics system, 100% AI driven. No fake pre-made animation racing! You’ll see passing, bump and runs, and perhaps a car getting moved out of the way and into the wall. We are not going to use yellow flags, if a car falls too far behind (from a accident) it will get moved to the pits and wait for the cars to come back around, and rejoin the race pack.

What are the system requirements for the ScreenRacer screensaver?

Minimum Requirements: 1.2 GHz Computer, with 128MB of free RAM and 32MB 3D video card.

 

How do I change the screensaver’s settings, how many cars it uses or screen resolution?

From Desktop in Windows 9X/ME/2000/XP

1. Right click on any empty space on the desktop background
2. Select Properties in the menu that appears
3. When the dialog box appears left click on the screen saver tab.
4. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
5. Now left click on the ‘Settings’ button to change the settings of ScreenRacer.

From Control Panel In Window 9X/ME/2000

1. Left click the start button located on the lower left hand cornder of the screen.
2. Left click the settings category, then left click Control Panel
3. Left click the icon named Display.
4. When the dialog box appears left click on the screen saver tab.
5. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
6. Now left click on the ‘Settings’ button to change the settings of ScreenRacer.

From Control Panel in XP (clasic mode Control Panel view)

1. Left click on the start button bottom located on the lowe left hand corner of the screen.
2. Left click on the ‘Control Panel’ button
3. In the window that opens double click the icon named Display.
4. When the dialog box appears left click on the screen saver tab.
5. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
6. Now left click on the ‘Settings’ button to change the settings of ScreenRacer.

From Control Panel in XP (cagetory Control Panel view)

1. Left click on the start button bottom located on the lowe left hand corner of the screen.
2. Left click on the ‘Control Panel’ button
3. You should only see roughly 10 different menus now. Left click on the ‘Appearance and Themes’ menu.
4. In the ‘Pick A Task’ section, left click on ‘Choose A Screen Saver’.
5. You should have a new window appear. There should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
6. Now left click on the ‘Settings’ button to change the settings of ScreenRacer.

From Desktop in Windows Vista

1. Right click on any empty space on the desktop background
2. Select Personalize in the menu that appears
3. In the new window that opens select Screen Saver.
4. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
5. Now left click on the ‘Settings’ button to change the settings of ScreenRacer.

From Control Panel in Windows Vista (categorized Control Panel View)

1. Left click on the windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.
2. Left click on the Control Panel button.
3. In the new window that opens left click on the Appearance and Personalization category.
4. In the new screen under the Personalation category select Change screen saver.
5. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
6. Now left click on the ‘Settings’ button to change the settings of ScreenRacer.

From Control Panel in Windows Vista (classic Control Panel View)

1. Left click on the windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.
2. Left click on the Control Panel button.
3. In the new window that opens Double click on the icon named Personlaztion.
4. In the new window that opens select Screen Saver.
5. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
6. Now left click on the ‘Settings’ button to change the settings of ScreenRacer.

 

How do I select the set of cars you want to see racing and the tracks you want them to race on?

In the settings menu left click in the boxes next to the name to put a tick in there or remove a tick. The boxes with ticks will be shown in a race, the boxes without will not be shown.

If you put a tick in the randomize box, then the computer will decide what is shown, if it is left unchecked then it will cycle through in the same order.

How do I select the amount of cars in a race?

In the settings menu just below the title ‘How Many Cars Per Race’ there should be a drop down box. In there you can select the amount of cars per race. Hint: The more cars selected the more CPU power ScreenRacer need to simulate them. So if your screenplay stutters then turning down the amount of cars will help it become smoother.

How to select the length of a race?

In the settings menu just below the title ‘How Many Laps Per Race’ there should be a drop down box. Select the option that you want to see.

How do I turn the sound on or off?

In the settings menu at the top there is a box with ‘Disable Sound’ next to it. Put a tick in the box to turn ScreenRacers sound off, or un-tick it to turn it on.

How do I change the detail in ScreenRacer?

In the settings menu at the bottom in-between the OK and Cancel Button there is a drop-down menu, for a smoother but not so graphically advanced screen play select Low Detail. For ScreenRacer to look its best select High Detail. Hint: If the screenplay stutters, then reducing the detail in this menu will help smoothen it out.

How do I change the resolution / Antialiasing / Rendering Device in ScreenRacer?

Go to the settings menu and go right to the bottom next to the detail menu. You should see a button labelled ‘Display Settings’. Left click on that and that should launch a new menu. If you’re running more then 1 graphics card then you can select which one you want it to run on in the Rendering Device menu. To change the resolution of ScreenRacer, then click on the arrow pointing down and select which resolution in-which you want SR to operate in. To change the amount of antialiasing in ScreenRacer, click the down arrow next to the resolution box. Hint: If your screenplay stutters then changing the resolution to 800x600x16 and the Antialiasing to None will smooth the screenplay out.

Windows Vista 64bit won’t install ScreenRacer correctly?

1. Go to the demo installation file and double click on it to start the installation proceedure.
2. If a box pops asking you to run or canel the install, click run.
3. You’ll probably get another box pop-up, click “Allow” to continue the install.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install ScreenRacer.
5. At the end, leave the box checked that asks if you want to make ScreenRacer the default screen saver.
6. Click finish
7. You should See the “Screensaver Settings”
8. Click on OK
9. Now go to your C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder and scroll down to the “ScreenRacer Stockcar Demo.scr” file (about 3/4 of the way down).
10. Right click on it.
11. Click install
12. You should have the screen saver settings dialog box in front of you.
13. Click OK

To Install the full version, make sure you have deleted the demo if you have installed it before the installation of the full version. Follow the guide above on how to install the full version but instead of looking for “ScreenRacer Stockcar Demo.scr” look for “Screen Racer.scr”.

How to manually start the screensaver?

From Desktop in Windows 9X/ME/2000/XP

1. Right click on any empty space on the desktop background
2. Select Properties in the menu that appears
3. When the dialog box appears left click on the screen saver tab.
4. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
5a. Then left click the Preview button to start ScreenRacer Running.
5b. A Alternative way is to change the ‘wait’ time to 1 minute and it will launch itself.
Hint: When ScreenRacer is loading make sure not to move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard as this will make ScreenRacer exit.

From Control Panel In Window 9X/ME/2000

1. Left click the start button located on the lower left hand cornder of the screen.
2. Left click the settings category, then left click Control Panel
3. Left click the icon named Display.
4. When the dialog box appears left click on the screen saver tab.
5. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
6a. Then left click the Preview button to start ScreenRacer Running.
6b. A Alternative way is to change the ‘wait’ time to 1 minute and it will launch itself.
Hint: When ScreenRacer is loading make sure not to move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard as this will make ScreenRacer exit.

From Control Panel in XP (clasic mode Control Panel view)

1. Left click on the start button bottom located on the lowe left hand corner of the screen.
2. Left click on the ‘Control Panel’ button
3. In the window that opens double click the icon named Display.
4. When the dialog box appears left click on the screen saver tab.
5. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
6a. Then left click the Preview button to start ScreenRacer Running.
6b. A Alternative way is to change the ‘wait’ time to 1 minute and it will launch itself.
Hint: When ScreenRacer is loading make sure not to move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard as this will make ScreenRacer exit.

From Control Panel in XP (cagetory Control Panel view)

1. Left click on the start button bottom located on the lowe left hand corner of the screen.
2. Left click on the ‘Control Panel’ button
3. You should only see roughly 10 different menus now. Left click on the ‘Appearance and Themes’ menu.
4. In the ‘Pick A Task’ section, left click on ‘Choose A Screen Saver’.
5. You should have a new window appear. There should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
6a. Then left click the Preview button to start ScreenRacer Running.
6b. A Alternative way is to change the ‘wait’ time to 1 minute and it will launch itself.
Hint: When ScreenRacer is loading make sure not to move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard as this will make ScreenRacer exit.

From Desktop in Windows Vista

1. Right click on any empty space on the desktop background
2. Select Personalize in the menu that appears
3. In the new window that opens select Screen Saver.
4. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
5a. Then left click the Preview button to start ScreenRacer Running.
5b. A Alternative way is to change the ‘wait’ time to 1 minute and it will launch itself.
Hint: When ScreenRacer is loading make sure not to move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard as this will make ScreenRacer exit.

From Control Panel in Windows Vista (categorized Control Panel View)

1. Left click on the windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.
2. Left click on the Control Panel button.
3. In the new window that opens left click on the Appearance and Personalization category.
4. In the new screen under the Personalation category select Change screen saver.
5. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.
6a. Then left click the Preview button to start ScreenRacer Running.
6b. A Alternative way is to change the ‘wait’ time to 1 minute and it will launch itself.
Hint: When ScreenRacer is loading make sure not to move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard as this will make ScreenRacer exit.

From Control Panel in Windows Vista (classic Control Panel View)

1. Left click on the windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.
2. Left click on the Control Panel button.
3. In the new window that opens Double click on the icon named Personlaztion.
4. In the new window that opens select Screen Saver.
5. On the screen saver dialog screen there should be a little arrow pointing down located on the left hand side of the settings button, left click on that and choose Screen Racer.

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