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ToCA Race Driver 3 - how to get it running on Win7, Win8, Win8.1 without breaking your PC!

To Codemasters: the details below don't explain how to defeat the protection system on the game, nor do they provide any links to help do that, simply to remove it, in order to protect the user's PC. It's up to the user themselves to then find the required file to allow the game to work. I hope this doesn't contravene your rules, as I'm just trying to help people play all the ToCA and GRID games on their one PC (much as I do!).

This game relies on the Starforce protection system, which works fine in Windows XP and might work on Windows 7 if you install the SFUPDATE patch before running the game, which you can get from their official site here: http://www.star-force.com/support/drivers/ (find the link under "2. Versions before 5.5").

However, the early version of Starforce used will NOT work on Windows 8 (it may even prevent your system from booting) and won't work in Windows 8.1, so you'll need a workaround, as detailed below.

1. Install game from DVD-ROM (note: it takes a long time to decompress the 43 sections percentage part on Win8.1 64bit at least), then DO NOT START THE GAME.

2. If you installed the game from the autorun menu, Exit it.

3. Download and install the 1.1 patch, this can be found on the Patches Scrolls site, again DO NOT START THE GAME.

4. At this point, and if you're feeling brave AND running Windows 7, you can try the SFUPDATE mentioned above, then run the game. However if you're worried Starforce might break your PC then read on...

5. Download the Starforce removal tool from http://www.star-force.com/support/drivers/ (find the link under "2. Versions before 5.5"). Run this to ensure Starforce is removed. With any luck (i.e. you didn't run the game yet) then no Starforce drivers will be found!

6. You now need to locate a ToCA Race Driver 3 "No-CD" patch. I can't help you at this point, but searching online should help. Note: there doesn't seem to be a 1.1 version available, so you'll have to use the 1.0 version, which means some of the 1.1 patch fixes may not work. Also, please virus check whatever you download, as there's no guarantee it'll be virus free.

7. The file you download may be a replacement RD3.exe file, in which case, just copy it into the folder you installed the game into, overwriting the original.

8. Run the game's "Configure ToCA Race Driver 3" link, to set up the graphics and sound. Note: the maximum refresh rate available under "Graphic -> Advanced Settings..." might not be the highest your monitor can take. So once you've applied the settings you with, click "Save and Exit", then open the pchardwareconfig.ini file (in the "savedata" sub-folder of the game's install folder) and change the "FullScreenRefresh=" to the maximum refresh rate you wish to use (on my monitor it would only let me select 120hz in the settings, but I changed this to 144hz in the .ini file, which my monitor can take).

9. Run the game!

Note: on my graphics card (Nvidia GTX 980) there's some flickering all over the car bodies, unless reflections are turned off completely (which looks terrible too!) in the hardware settings. I think this is a driver issue, sadly, so it might be fine on an ATI card.

Also: if you select a widescreen resolution then the game will run at that resolution, but you'll lose some of the top and bottom of the image, including parts of the in-car cockpit view. So it's best to use a 4:3 resolution if you want to see the whole image, or go seek out the cam hack utility by Racer_S for more tweaks.


  • JackKeyJackKey Member Wheel Nut
    Sadly the camhack doesn't work für me (Win7 64bit, v1.1 noCD). But it's a nice Tutorial ;).
  • VirtuaIceManVirtuaIceMan Member Petrol Head
    You found a 1.1 noCD version? I didn't think one existed?
  • ChokDKChokDK Member, Drivers Wheel Nut
    Hi.. sorry to bring this old thread alive.
    Just bought a Toca 3 driver CD but PC with windows 10 didn't like it (had to recover to earlier version).
    Any news at all on this one please, or is this "the only way"?
    BTW Thanks for the tutorial @VirtuaIceMan !

    PC i7/12gb ram/SSD/GTX970/Asus ROG monitor/ Vsync = OFF ♥ Let's have TOCA 2 back ♥

  • ViXplayViXplay Member New Car Smell
    Okay, I have a small problem. So in the middle of the game I was trying to tune my car and then realized after setting some number in let's say suspension, after I press enter, nothing happens. It doesn't seem to apply anything and then I exited out of tuning and decided to go into Load/Save setup thingie before trying to go and race and nothing, it was COMPLETELY blank and totally game braking, because it wasn't just blank, the buttons were grey too and when I tried to press ESC it wouldn't exit out of damn thing, so I just killed the game using task manager. So then I was mad thinking was it like that and decided to check patch 1.1 notes and I saw this one line saying: "Cheat that allows a client to have different upgrades available to other network players has been disabled (car upgrades file is now checksummed locally and checksums must match the server)." Could that be somehow related to what my issue is. Because the problem I have with this game, is that I was doing world tour mode and 14% was turning too hard and I couldn't move on into the game, because I can't any of the 3 race in one tier, it was TOO hard for me, and the difficulty was set on normal. 
  • diamondax007diamondax007 Member New Car Smell
    i tried reliving back old memories i had to set my computer back to an earlier version a few times but i fixed the starforce ****, but now i am facing another problem it says i dont meet the minimum requirements(i have an [email protected] and an AMD Radeon r7 m340 on windows 10 home 64bit) does anyone know how to bypass this error? also i cant select my graphics card under hardware setup
  • VirtuaIceManVirtuaIceMan Member Petrol Head
    You could try dgVoodoo2's Direct3D replacement files, not sure how well they work for that game though.
  • diamondax007diamondax007 Member New Car Smell
    edited February 2018
    i did as said in the tutorial, but it still gave me the error, glad to see this forum be alive and i hope you can help me a bit more.

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