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Grand Prix Legends (GPL)

Easy Installation Guide v1.6.1 (English)

 

© 2017 by Stefan Roess

http://www.gplworld.de (German)

http://www.gplworld.org (English)

 

 

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Please read the instructions of all README files of the linked updates and patches before you install them.

That's why they were written. Zwinkernd

 

 

1. GPL Installation

1.1. GPLPS GPL Installer 

 

 

Insert your Grand Prix Legends CD into your CD/ DVD/ Blu-ray drive.

 

Install the latest version of the GPLPS GPL Installer Beta 1.08:

http://gplps.wordpress.com/gplps-gpl-installer/

 

An important note to the newer installers. The newer installers will default to OpenGL v2 rasterisers. Please be advised that when you first launch GPL and you see the new driver information page please DON’T RELY ON A HARDWARE CURSOR ON TEXT INPUT FIELDS like Driver Name. Simply use the mouse to select it and type in your characters! Or use TAB key to activate but YOU WILL NOT SEE A HARDWARE CURSOR WHEN text input field has focus!

 

To install on Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10 you will need administrator rights.



 

 

 

Choose the path where you want to install GPL (standard is C:\Sierra\gpl).

You can install GPL to any directory you like, also to another partition.

If you use Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10 and install GPL to the “C:\Program Files (x86)” directory you need to have administrator rights!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please restart your PC when prompted!

 

Now you have updated GPL with the official GPL 1.2.0.2 patch, the GPLEA car updates, track updates for all 11 tracks, Carsound patch (for individual car sounds), Bandwidth patch (for enhanced online multiplayer support), newer Rasterisers (OpenGL v2 and Direct3D v2), Pribluda (for enhanced cockpit informations, tire temperatures, sector times, race positions, refresh rates in FPS), as well as the latest GPL 1.3 Community Patch, which also gives you long track support to drive tracks like the Targa Florio.

Tip: You will find a backup of all installed updates in the “repository“ folder.

All GPL readme files are available in your Windows start menu at “GPL”.

 

 

1.2. GPLSecrets (GEM+, iGOR, GPL Setup Manager)

 

Install GPLSecrets (GEM+, iGOR, GPL Setup Manager): http://gem.autosimsport.net/

Get the latest version of the GPL Setup Manager here: http://gplmotorworks.gplworld.de/

 

With GEM+ you can easily adjust GPL settings like sound, layout, graphics, seasons, tracks, etc. outside of GPL. GEM+ additionally patches GPL with each mod's physics. That means that you cannot drive GPL mods without using GEM+.

With iGOR you can join GPL online races with up to 20 drivers.

With GPL Setup Manager you can create and modify setups outside of GPL.

 

Do not install GPLSecrets into your GPL installation!

You need GEM+ 2.5.32 or higher to run GPL mods!

For GEM+ indexing needs to be activated (Windows default setting), because GEM+ needs to access the GPL player profiles!

 

 

 

 

To show the iGOR racelist you have to enter the new IP:

 

Go to the folder

…\Program Files\GPLSecrets\iGOR

 

and edit the iGOR.ini file.

Change the old IP = gplrank.info to:

 

[ RaceListServers ]

IP = blw.net

 

Enjoy the update of your iGOR racelist with all available server for online races.

 

 

If you have used an older version of the GPLPS GPL Installer than Beta 1.07, please also install:

 

1967 Update Patch for GPL (67 Patch v1.3 / GPL 1.3 Community Patch):

http://gpltd.bcsims.com/?ir=Mods

 

Nigel's New Rasterisers v2.5:

http://srmz.net/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=19

 

 

1.3 Updating GPL 

 

 

In case you have an outdated installation of GPL you can use the GPLPS GPL Installer Beta 1.08 to update it to the latest level.

 

Please create a backup of your GPL installation before!

Then you can install the GPLPS GPL Installer Beta 1.08 over your old installation and allow Windows to overwrite existing files.

 

If you need files of your old GPL backup you can copy them into your updated installation, like setups: ...\SIERRA\gpl\players

 

 

 

2. GPL Mod Installation

 

2.1. GPLSecrets (GEM+, iGOR, GPL Setup Manager) 

 

 

In case you haven`t done yet install

Install GPLSecrets (GEM+, iGOR, GPL Setup Manager): http://gem.autosimsport.net/

Get the latest version of the GPL Setup Manager here: http://gplmotorworks.gplworld.de/

 

With GEM+ you can easily adjust GPL settings like sound, layout, graphics, seasons, tracks, etc. outside of GPL. GEM+ additionally patches GPL with each mod's physics. This means that you cannot drive GPL mods without using GEM+.

With iGOR you can join GPL online races with up to 20 drivers.

With GPL Setup Manager you can create and modify setups outside of GPL.

 

Do not install GPLSecrets into your GPL installation!

You need GEM+ 2.5.32 or higher to run GPL mods!

For GEM+ indexing needs to be activated (Windows default setting), because GEM+ needs to access the GPL player profiles!

 

 

 

 

To show the iGOR racelist you have to enter the new IP:

 

Go to the folder

…\Program Files\GPLSecrets\iGOR

 

and edit the iGOR.ini file.

Change the old IP = gplrank.info to:

 

[ RaceListServers ]

IP = blw.net

 

Enjoy the update of your iGOR racelist with all available server for online races.

 

 

2.2. Creating a GPL Player

 

 

Start GPL via Start -> Programs -> GPL -> Grand Prix Legends 1.3 and create a new player for each mod, e.g.:

 

Firstname_Lastname55               (1955 Formula 1 Mod) 

Firstname_Lastname65               (1965 Formula 1 Mod)

Firstname_Lastname66               (1966 Formula 1 Mod) 

Firstname_Lastname67             (1967 Formula 1 Original)

Firstname_Lastname67x             (1967 Formula 1 Extra Mod/ Historical Mod) 

Firstname_LastnameF2              (1967 Formula 2 Mod)

Firstname_Lastname69               (1969 Formula 1 Mod)

Firstname_Lastname69x             (1969 Formula 1 Extra Mod)

Firstname_LastnameCA66          (1966 Can-Am Mod)

Firstname_LastnameCA71          (1971 Can-Am Mod)

Firstname_LastnameGT              (1967 Sportscars Mod)

Firstname_LastnameRX              (Stratos Mod)

Firstname_LastnameTC              (ThunderCars Mod)

Firstname_LastnameN65           (1965 Formula 1 Night Mod)

Firstname_LastnameN67           (1967 Formula 1 Night Mod)

 

 

Calibrate your wheel, deactivate all driving assistants, adjust your resolution and activate the Grand Prix race mode in GPL.

GPL chooses for every new created driver the slowest car type “Basic Trainer”. Therefore you should change to the “Grand Prix” race mode in GPL at the track selection menu for all mods.

 

 

2.3. Download and Installation of GPL Mods

 

 

Please run all installers as administrator (via right click on the installer file)!

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GPL 1955 mod
http://55f1.gplworld.de/ 

 


 

 

 

GPL 1965 Mod

 

GPL 1965 Mod Installer 2.0.2 

and

GPLPS Track Installer for F1 1965 season 

http://gplps.wordpress.com/gplps-gpl-installer/

 

 


 

 

 

 

GPL 1966 Mod
http://srmz.net/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=39

 

66 Patch: http://gpltd.bcsims.com/?ir=Mods

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GPL 1967 Extra Mod/ Historical Mod

http://srmz.net/index.php?showtopic=11180 

 


 

 

 

 

GPL 1969 Mod
http://srmz.net/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=40

 

69 Patch: http://gpltd.bcsims.com/?ir=Mods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GPL 1969 Extra Mod
http://srmz.net/index.php?showtopic=6918

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GPL 1966 Can-Am Mod

http://canam66.gplworld.de/ 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GPL 1971 Can-Am Mod

http://canam71.gplworld.de/

 

CA71 Patch: http://canam71.gplworld.de/

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GPL F2 Mod (1967 Formula 2)

http://www.f2legends.net/

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GPL GT Mod (1967 Sportscars)

http://www.sportscarlegends.net/

 

 


 

 

 

 

GPL Stratos Mod (RX)
http://srmz.net/index.php?showtopic=5624&st=0

 

Click here for the

Installation Guide GPL Stratos Mod (RX)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

GPL ThunderCars Mod (TC)
http://srmz.net/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=41

 

 


 

 

 

GPL Night Mod (N65/ N67)
http://srmz.net/sub/ftommi/index.html

 

Note: Check that the installer points to the right path, like
X:\...\SIERRA\gpl
and not

X:\...\SIERRA\gpl\gpl 

 

 

 

2.4. GEM+ and GPL Settings

 

After installing the mods start GEM+ and close it again and allow GEM+ to save.

Start GEM+ again and activate the carset of each mod via the button “Carsets“.

Make sure each mod uses the correct physics!

Tip: In case you need a new patched mod .exe (gplc**.exe), just delete your mod .exe (gplc**.exe) in your “gpl” folder and let GEM+ create a new one by closing GEM+.

 

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Choose your player for a mod and the carset that belongs to the mod in GEM+.

 

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Adjust GEM+ options via the button “Configure“. Check “Link Carset to Player” and uncheck “Confirm Changes on Exit”.

 

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Administrate your tracks and “season.ini“ via the button “Seasons”.

 

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Set your graphics in GEM+ via the button “Rasteriser“ and “Graphics”.

Make sure you use the OpenGL v2 or Direct3D v2 rasteriser as they are needed to run the newer mods and tracks.

Tip: OpenGL v2 rasterisers usually give better results than Direct3D v2 rasterisers. But on some systems OpenGL v2 does not work with GPL so you have to use Direct3D v2. Test what works best on your system.

 

Tick “32 Bit Graphics” and untick “Enable VSync” as it can give you massive FPS (frames per second) hits.

In case you use the 60 FPS patch you have to activate “VSync”.

Please set in the configuration menu of your graphics card at your 3D settings the “Vertical Synchronization” to “Global Settings”. This is the best setting for GPL with 36 FPS and 60 FPS.

 

 

Tick “32 Bit Graphics” and untick “Enable VSync” as it can give you massive FPS (frames per second) hits.

In case you use the 60 FPS patch you have to activate “VSync”.

 

 

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In GEM+ “Graphics settings” set “Detail Level” to 99 or lower, or GPL won`t be able to load all polygons. The detail level steps are:

 

1)    0

2)    1-24

3)    25-74

4)    75-99 (works best)

5)    100

 

 

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If you are using a NVIDIA graphics card I recommend to use the NVIDIA Profile Inspector for enhanced graphics settings. Antialiasing Supersampling for example is not possible to set within the default NVIDIA System Control.

http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/nvidia-profile-inspector-download.html

 

 

In order to use the NVIDIA Profile Inspector with GPL you have to create a profile for each GPL mod.exe, e.g. for the 65 mod (gplc65.exe). Therefore you can use different graphics settings for each mod.

 

 

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The following settings are for a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card.

These are very moderate settings as a compromise between detail and good image refresh rate for online racing with a full grid.

Raise the values for „Antialiasing – Setting“ and „Antialiasing – Transparency Supersampling“ when you think your PC system can handle it. But do a quick offline test race with a full grid after each value you have changed to see if GPL still runs smoothly with full 36 FPS (frames per second).

 
Tip: I highly recommend to create a backup of your profiles for NVIDIA Profile Inspector! Click on the button "Export user defined profiles" and choose the option "Export all driver profiles". As it can happen that your time consuming created profiles are gone after a major Windows 10 update and also after a NVIDIA graphics card driver update.
 

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Set your wheel via the button “Controls”.

NOTE: The subsequent values for a Thrustmaster T500 RS wheel are just meant as a basis to start with! These values can be different from driver to driver and particularly for other wheels!

 

Set the value for “FF Maximum Force” to 800. Use higher values (like 1200) for heavy cars like GT (Sports Cars).

The higher the value the lower the forces!

 

 

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In GPL set the steering linearity at “Options“ to:

 

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In GPL set the wheel “steering ratio” of your car setup to 8:1, 9:1 or 10:1.

 

 

Windows Game Controller settings for a Thrustmaster T500 RS wheel:

 

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NOTE: As written before these values for a Thrustmaster T500 RS wheel are just meant as a basis to start with! These values can be different from driver to driver and particularly for other wheels!

 

 

 

3. Other Recommended GPL Updates and Patches

 

3.1. Spa67 

 

 

 

Please also install the track Spa67 which has been built from scratch:

http://spa67.gplworld.de/

 

 

 

 

3.2. Lee's GPL Motorworks Patches

 

And I recommend the patches of Lee's GPL Motorworks:

http://gplmotorworks.gplworld.de/

 

For example:

 

-       GPL Head Movement Patch:

Moves the driver's head in reaction to steering forces.

-       GPL No Letterbox Patch:

Removes the top and bottom black bars for a larger viewing area.

 

Tip: Install these patches in GPLSecrets in the folder „Options“

…\GPLSecrets\GEM+\Options

You can then activate and deactivate these in GEM + for each mod individually. 

 

 

 

 

3.3. 4 GB Patch

 

If you are using a x64 (64-bit) PC system with at least 4 GB RAM (virtual memory) I also recommend using the 4 GB Patch: http://www.ntcore.com/4gb_patch.php

 

Several GPL drivers have reported that the 4 GB Patch has a positive impact on their system. For example the demanding Spa67 track runs smoother.

 

 

 

 

3.4. Force Feedback v2 (FFB2) Patch

 

Here you get the Force Feedback v2 (FFB2) Patch by brr (Petteri Pajunen):

http://srmz.net/index.php?showtopic=4226 

 

NOTE: This Easy Installation Guide does NOT use the Force Feedback Patch of brr (Petteri Pajunen). The Force Feedback Settings and Wheel Settings of this guide are NOT for the Force Feedback Patch of brr (Petteri Pajunen). If you are looking for settings for the FFB2 patch please go to SRMZ forums.

 

 

 

 

3.5. 60 FPS Patch

 

The patch modifies GPL to run at a maximum 60 frames per second instead of the original maximum 36 frames per second.

 

 

Here you can download the 60 FPS patches by brr (Petteri Pajunen):

 

60fpsaiv1

http://srmz.net/index.php?showtopic=4402&#entry32107

 

60fpsv1

http://srmz.net/index.php?showtopic=3821

 

60fpsv2 / 60fpsv2newmod

http://srmz.net/index.php?showtopic=4584

 

 

The 60fpsv2newmod patch is preferred as it contains an FPS check that prevents joining to a server with 36 FPS or a wrong patch.

 

GPL 1955 Mod -> 60fpsv2newmod

GPL 1965 Mod -> 60fpsv2newmod

GPL 1966 Mod -> 60fpsv2newmod

GPL 1967 Original -> 60fpsv2newmod

GPL 1967 Extra Mod/ Historical Mod -> 60fpsv2newmod

GPL 1966 Can-Am Mod -> 60fpsv2newmod

GPL 1969 Mod -> 60fpsv2newmod

GPL 1971 Can-Am Mod -> 60fpsv2newmod

GPL F2 Mod (1967 Formula 2) -> 60fpsv2newmod

GPL Night Mod (N65/ N67) -> 60fpsv2newmod

 

GPL Stratos Mod (RX) -> 60fpsv2 (also works at Targa Florio)

GPL ThunderCars Mod (TC) -> 60fpsv2

 

GPL 1969 Extra Mod -> 60fpsv1

GPL GT Mod (1967 Sportscars) -> 60fpsv1

 

 

The 60fpsv1 patch works with every mod.

 

To drive with the AI you have to use the 60fpsaiv1 patch.

 

Remember to deactivate the 60 FPS Patch in GEM+, when you want to join a 36 FPS server at iGOR.

 

Tip: In GPL, put the appropriate 60 FPS patch into the respective "Options" folder of the mod, for the 65 mod for example in…\SIERRA\gpl\Mods\GEM+\gpl65\options

If you do not have an "Options" folder, create one.

In GEM +, you can activate and deactivate the appropriate 60 FPS patch.

 

 

 

4. GPL Links

 

 

GPL Links
http://www.gpllinks.org/

 

SimRacingMirrorZone (SRMZ)
http://srmz.net/

 

GPL FAQ & Troubleshooting Guide
http://srmz.net/index.php?showtopic=3714

 

Grand Prix Legends Wiki
http://wiki.grandprixlegends.info

 

GPL Alternative Track Database
http://gpltd.bcsims.com/

 

GPLSecrets (GEM+ & iGOR)
http://gem.autosimsport.net/

 

GPLPS`s Blog

http://gplps.wordpress.com/

 

GPL Mods & Patches

http://gpltd.bcsims.com/?ir=Mods

 

Lee's GPL Motorworks

http://gplmotorworks.gplworld.de/

 

GPLworld (English)
http://www.gplworld.org

 

GPLworld (German)
http://www.gplworld.de

 

GPLworld YouTube Channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSimMagazine/videos

 

Recommended Driver Behaviour (English)
http://wiki.grandprixlegends.info/index.php?title=GPL_Recommended_Driver_Behaviour

 

Empfohlenes Fahrer Verhalten (German)
http://de.gplworld.eu/empfohlenes-fahrer-verhalten.html

 

GPLRACER - GPL Mods Online Racing League

http://www.gplracer.eu

 

GPL Weekly

http://www.freeleo.hu/weekly/

 

 

Thanks to the GPL mod team for their support in creating this guide!

 

 

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