The main layer stays black, but you need to add alpha layers that are white or something, (it's been a while) My sig has the link to instructions (Sunroofs).
Initially I used a windshield dds texture and tried it as a skin dds and then opened that file with photoshop and examined how it all worked (sunscreenALPHA.dds)
It only worked for SKINS though because the file MUST end with the string "ALPHA" eg: FZR_SunroofALPHA.dds
LFS detects files such with this ending string and then unlocks the alpha layers. Some sort of DirectX function I presume.
I've already tried with car interiors and car textures and they don't appear transparent because the filenames are already predetermined. Eg: Interior_1.dds You cannot modify the names to append the "ALPHA" text because then LFS will not locate them correctly.
Yes, week 13 there is hardly any base content races going on. The only races you can enter are street stock and Mx5 races. Don't use wk13 as a method to make any judgements on what's available in online iracing. It's really an off week for updates and some fun. Next week (S3,Week1) things will change.
Next week, I believe you will have access to racing Legends, Street Stock, SRF, Solstice and MX5 Roadster/CUP cars in online races.The tracks they use will be all of the free tracks. They change the tracks from week to week in each series. It's like a real racing series, the track doesn't change every day or every hour, only once a week, but eventually the tracks will cycle all the way through so you will get to race online on most of them. Races start every hour or every two hours depending on the series. There will be good participation in these races and most of the time they will be full. Remember though your time zone is way off that of EU and USA. 3pm-10pm AEST tends to slacken off a bit.
(Rookie) The mx5s and Legends only run on two tracks each alternating week by week, this is the rookie series and it's kept simple so newbie drivers don't have to learn 9+ tracks to stay competative.
(Rookie 3.0+ SR) The SRF/Solstice & Street Stock races run through all the free tracks swapping each week.
All this base content kept me quite busy for a full month & 1/2 non stop racing initially.
The web browser interface seemed weird to me at first as well and I didn't understand the point of it. After a while you realise that it is more powerful than a game user interface, everything is done through this - making hosts, looking for up upcomming races, checking your career and follow your friends where they are racing. It makes sense after using it for a while.
Yes you need an internet connection to even play alone. This is for authentification/anti priracy, but it is not that often your internet is down so while seemingly weird at first, it becomes negligible.
Yes you have to pay for server time to host sessions, but it's quite cheaper now (50c/hr) and you get a quality service (good ping and throughput). It's really much better suited to leagues running their own events. You might start a session and no-one joins it so you end up wasting the server time. If you have a server in LFS then usually you're paying for that through a hosting service as well.
I initially felt the same way as you when I first joined about the things you said. After a while it makes more sense. About the money making... I think they don't even make a profit yet, I might be wrong, but I thought they spent $18m on starting it up and still haven't broken even yet. Anyway I have no regret on the money I've spent there and I'm a pretty cheap tightarse when it come to cash.
Ok, here's some tips that might help you use Joy2Key to avoid those issues you have.
Create a different profile in Joy2Key for each different game you use. Use the Create button. When you do this and change to another game the next step will not cause trouble.
Set a higher number of joysticks to configure in the Others tab - depends how many controllers you have in total. Then go through each Joystick number and assign the G25 buttons that you want to use as shifters to each and every joystick Tab. That way, when you unplug/reconnect controllers it will not matter which joystick number the G25 set to. It will always work.
Notes: I have found you must quickly restart Joy2Key when you unplug/reconnect controllers. You must close Joy2Key to save changes to profiles.
The members site was intermittent prior to it going off again. I had to bypass the Dashboard page and go through the hosted page just to get back into our session. Feels like an overload problem. Oh well it was good while it lasted.
hmm Strange. I tested this and it does not seem to work. You can't get a /press key command to activate a key you have assigned to a car control. You can activate fixed controls such as N-Names, but not user defined controls.
So you can't use my solution which logically should work, but LFS just ignores it. Sorry, you're going to have to use Joy2Key and set the shifter and paddles activate keys such as "A" and "Z" and set those as gear keys in game.
Any reason you don't want to use Joy2Key. Maybe there is something I can help with there. Getting it to auto start, or having issues making it detect controllers?
I'm not sure what you mean when you say the logitech profiler doesn't see the stick shifter. I guessing you mean you can't assign a macro in the logitech profiler using the stick shifter as events or something. I'm assuming that the LFS game can still recognise when you use the stick shifter and everything is working properly and you just want to make both the paddles and the stick shifter always control gears at anytime.
Not possible to assign a /press button command as far as I know. The available keys are in docs/Commands.txt
There is several other ways to do what you want though.
Simple method: (edit-this doesn't work see next post)
In Options>Control Menu
Assign Ctrl+F1 /press A [on shifter down event] Assign Ctrl+F2 /press Z [on shifter up event] Assign Ctrl+F2 /press A [on paddle right event] Assign Ctrl+F4 /press Z [on paddle left event]
Set LFS for Shift Up=A
Set LFS for Shift down=B
(Essentially making both the paddles and stick shifter complete a press of "A" or "Z" and that will in turn change the gears.)
Does this help?
I know you said, (not using Joy2Key) but you could if you wanted to do the same thing instead of using Ctrl+F1 etc commands in LFS. Just set the paddles and shifter to press "A" or "Z" in Joy2Key.
Another harder method:
Use GlovePie to write a script that forces a shifter button event when you press the paddle button.
I probably shouldn't have been so vague. What I meant was an external program like the realistic head movement mod that monitors(outguage?) ingame car position and modifies the cam position constantly. I'm sure you've seen it; but instead of in the cockpit, the view needs to be behind the car using custom view, and the camera is free to swing back and forth and re-centre itself smoothly based on car heading and velocity. BUT, you have to know how to program to make this kinda thing. Maybe someone reads this and understands.
I know man and I agree 100%. I'm just offering something to help in the meantime because there is nothing at the moment. It's just to check back now an again. Kinda like how you look left and right for a glance. I used to have a lot of fun playing in follow chase view - it felt more natural to drive in chase view with my joypad before I bought a wheel.
No it wont go away, even if you kill the mould. Turning it on may dry up the moisture, removing the mould's ability to survive, but the dead mould will still stay there in that pattern. You're lucky it was only an old 15 inch monitor.
[OT] You can kill shoe odor caused by bacteria by putting the shoes in a sealed bag and freezing it overnight. The bacteria dies and the smell goes away. [/OT]