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    Time Trial Online Transfer Guide by R-Jay

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    [for Sega Dreamcast]
    Time Trial Online Transfer Guide Ver 0.5
    by RJAY63 (rjay63@hotmail.com)
    This guide can be freely distributed as long as it remains intact.
    It cannot be used for profit making purposes.
    A)  Introduction
    B)  Time Trial Transfers
         B.1 Items required
         B.2 Working UK ISPs
         B.3 Make a Ghost Time Trial
         B.4 Time Trial Bugs
         B.5 Downloading Time Trials
         B.6 Emailing Time Trials
         B.7 Uploading Time Trials
         B.8 Sega's "New" Time Trials
    C)  My Youtube videos & Time Trial website (msr.netii.net)
    D)  Kerbing
    E)  Fast Start
    F)  How to get 262/262 tracks
    G)  Cheat Options
    H)  Speed Challenge
    I)  Old MSR Competitions
    J)  Bonus Vehicles in Street Race Mode
    K)  Hidden Tune
    L)  MSR Soundtrack: Pseudo Artists
    M)  Links
    N)  What I Need
    O)  Guide History
    P)  Shouts
    A) Introduction
       I bought MSR around the time of its UK launch but only played the game
       half-heartedly.  That changed in late 2007 when I finally made the effort
       to complete Street Race mode. Since then I've been playing Time Attack mode
       sporadically (with the occasional upload to Youtube), however I always
       wondered what the best players managed to achieve back in MSR's heyday.
       Earlier this year I also discovered Time Trial (TT) mode in the 'Internet'
       options (where you could vary the weather) and even managed to get my
       Dreamcast back online after finding some MSR TT's to compete against!
       Alongside this, I conducted a thorough search of the internet for the old
       Dreamarena rankings and even though I was unsuccessful, I did find plenty
       of MSR info scattered around.  So I decided to write a guide bringing all
       these items together plus instructions for creating, emailing and uploading
       Time Trials.
       So why play MSR when its offspring, Project Gotham Racing, has taken the
       concept to new levels of popularity and competitiveness?  Why bother with
       a decade old game when the PGR games offer incredible graphics, powerful
       supercars, a sensible kudos system, comprehensive VS/online play, bigger
       community, tournaments and for the select few the ability to earn a
       salary from playing a game?  Well, in short MSR's handling!  The game has
       a very 'coin-op racer' feel and being a fan of Sega's Outrun 2 SP, Daytona
       USA & Scud Race titles alongside Namco's Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune,
       this is something I really appreciate.  To enhance this feeling, I strip
       the game right down to a car, an empty track and a clock to avoid the
       flaws (slowdown playing against CPU cars, broken kudos).  It's ironic
       considering the strap line for MSR is "It's not how fast you drive but
       how you drive fast" yet the basic time attack modes are the reason I'm
       still playing today!
       As mentioned earlier, this document will focus primarily on Time Trials as
       well as other information that isn't covered by the many other fine guides
       available for MSR.  I'll also provide links to my various Youtube videos and
       some noteworthy MSR related websites (some now stored at archive.org).
       PLEASE NOTE: the ISP guide for Time Trial transfer is really aimed at UK
       users since I have no knowledge of foreign dial up services.  I may try to
       update this in my next revision.
    B) Time Trials Transfers
       NOTE: the following will also work for transferring vanilla MSR ghost
       files, ie the ones you can save in standard Time Attack mode.
     B.1 Items Required
         * Working DC dial-up modem: Should come as standard with your DC.  If
           not you can grab them on EBAY cheap.
         * BT Phone Line (UK users): The cheapest and best option to get your
           DC online.  You can do this through cable services but the ISP
           dial-up cost will be more.
         * Standard BT phone cable (UK users): To link your DC to the phone
           socket.  You can find a cheap 10m cable for between £1-£2, don't
           spend too much on this.
         * Dreamkey 3.0/Planetweb 3.0 disc: Required to amend your DC's ISP
           details and for obtaining/sending TT files.  Check EBAY for second
           hand discs or google 'dreamcast online'.  Planetweb 3.0 is essential
           for uploading TT files.
         * Working ISP with compatible SMTP: Required to download/upload/email TT
           files.  Two compatible UK pay-as-you-go ISP's are shown in the next
         * GMX email account: A basic email service just right for DC use, sign
           up at www.gmx.com.  Dreamkey 3.0 users should keep the email password
           in lower case.
         * PC with DCI_VMI installed: Required for uploading TT files.  DC_VMI
           is homebrew software that makes TT files 'web ready' and you can get
           it by visiting http://www.franken.de/users/deco/myfiles/myfiles.html
         * Free webspace at www.000webhost.com: If you wish to host TT file's
           and allow both Dreamkey/Planetweb users to download them, sign up at
           000webhost.com.  Keep your site basic to allow DC users quick
           loading times & lower call costs.
        NOTE: Once you have saved your ISP details to memory, you can even use
        MSR's own browser to download and email!  It has more or less the same
        functions as Dreamkey 3.0, bar the ISP set-up.  To jump to a URL, on
        the browser page hold A and press START 10 times.  Then move the cursor
        to the bottom status bar and press X+A together.  Check out my YT video
        at www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MqfZPGhuGU.
     B.2 Working UK ISPs
         Below are two UK ISP's that are compatible for Dreamcast web surfing
         and email.  The following details should be entered via the Dreamkey 3.0/
         Planetweb 3.0 disc and saved to memory.
         Aardvaak (http://www.aardvaak.net/free-isp-dreamcast.html)
          User login:      FREE1010
          Password:        dreamcast
          Dial Up Number:  0845 662 1009
          Backup Number:   0845 662 1309
          DNS 1: 
          DNS 2: 
          Login:          [whatever]@gmx.com
          Password:       [whatever]
          Email:          [whatever]@gmx.com
          POP3:           pop3.gmx.com
          SMTP:           smtp.smartemail.co.uk
         Inspiron (http://www.inspiron.co.uk/Default.aspx?ParentId=6&PageId=265)
          User login:     guest
          Password:       guest@inspiron.co.uk
          Dial Up Number: 0845 665 1888
          DNS 1:
          DNS 2:
          Login:          [whatever]@gmx.com
          Password:       [whatever]
          Email:          [whatever]@gmx.com
          POP3:           pop3.gmx.com
          SMTP:           smtp.inspiron.co.uk
         Cost on BT line: 2p per minute between 7am-7pm and 0.5p per min all other
         times (correct as of 18/8/2010).
         Source: http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumer/consumerProducts/
     B.3 Make a Ghost Time Trial
         **To access this option, your Dreamcast needs either ISP details saved to
         memory or the 'Open All' cheat activated.**
         NOTE: You cannot make Time Trials for the Free Roam courses.
         1. From the main menu, choose 'Internet'
         2. Select 'Create Time Trial'
         3. Make your selections (circuit, weather & car) and then choose
            'Trial Name'
         4. Choose a 3 character tag
         5. Save the file to VMU (2 blocks required)
         6. Go back to the previous menu ('Internet Options'), select 'Time Trial'
            and load up your file from the VMU.
         7. Race around the circuit until you get the desired lap time, then quit
            the race.
         8. Choose 'Save Trial' and select 'Yes' to overwrite file (18-20 blocks
         9. You have now made a Ghost Time Trial!  Check the ghost has not been
            corrupted by playing through the trial again (see below).
     B.4 Time Trial Bugs
         If you choose a special vehicle (bus, lawnmower etc) and select 'misty'
         or 'foggy', the weather is always clear when the trial is replayed.
         If you strike the wall/kerb too many times during your best lap, there
         is a chance the ghost car will become corrupt. By this, I mean the
         ghost will suddenly crash and accelerate against the side.  The only
         way to rectify this is by getting a new fast time.
     B.5 Downloading Time Trials
         You will need:
          * 33k/56k DC modem
          * BT Phone cord
          * BT line
          * Compatible ISP
          * Dreamkey 3.0 or Planetweb 3.0 web browser
         1. Go online with your DC using the above browsers or MSR's own Dreamkey
         2. Visit relevant webpage
         3. Click on file to download trial to VMU
         I would recommend checking out either http://matchingservice.dcarena.de
         (German Ranking) or http://msr.netii.net (my site).  They are both
         Dreamkey & Planetweb compatible.  Please note, some of dcarena.de's
         ghosts are corrupt as described in the previous section.
         Note: Other webpages may not be Dreamkey compatible so you will need to
         use the Planetweb browser instead.
     B.6 Emailing via Dreamcast
         You will need:
          * 33k/56k DC modem
          * BT Phone cord
          * BT line
          * Compatible ISP with working SMTP
          * Dreamkey 3.0 or Planetweb 3.0 web browser
          * GMX webmail account
         1. Select email function then 'compose' to go online
         2. Select TT file as attachment (Planetweb 3.0 users can send more
            than 1 attachment per mail to each other)
         3. Send email to recipient
         The recipient MUST have the same browser type as you, ie Dreamkey to
         Dreamkey (inc MSR's own browser) or Planetweb 3.0 to Planetweb 3.0
         The file transfer will not work Dreamkey to Planetweb or vica versa.
     B.7 Uploading
         You will need:
          * 33k/56k DC modem
          * Phone cord
          * BT line
          * Compatible ISP with working SMTP
          * Planetweb 3.0 web browser (Dreamkey WILL NOT work)
          * GMX webmail account
          * PC with DCI_VMI installed
          * Free webspace at www.000webhost.com
         1.  Create Time Trial with ghost & save to VMU
         2.  Load Planetweb 3.0 and email Time Trial file to yourself.
             You can send multiple files if you like however this will increase
             the waiting times.
         3.  Access GMX email from PC and download Time Trial file to your PC
         4.  Make a note of the original file name eg. MSRCHALL.GTV
         5.  Change TT filename to something unique & the extension to .VMS
             (eg. MSRCHALL.GTV becomes MSRALFA.VMS).  The default file name for
             TT's will always 'MSRCHALL' so changing avoids overwrite issues if
             you're uploading more than one challenge. *CAPITAL LETTERS
         6.  Move renamed file to the same directory as DCI_VMI
         7.  Open Command Line from Windows Start (type CMD in run box) and
             change directory to the one holding DCI_VMI.
         8.  Type DCI_VMI [file name].VMS
         9.  Press 'd' for data file.  The 'file description' sections will
             automatically be pre-filled.
         10. Choose anyname for DCI file, this is not required.
         11. Press 'y' for DCI Copyable.
         12. Type the original file name in the next section. This must be EXACT
             so in this example it is MSRCHALL.GTV
         13. Type 'none' for VMI Program Description
         14. Type 'none' for VMI Copyright Information
         15. You should now have 3 files - MSRALFA.VMS, MSRALFA.VMI &
             [whatever].DCI.  Delete the DCI file
         16. Upload both MSRCHALL.VMS and MSRCHALL.VMI files to your webspace
         17. Add the relevant HTML code to your webpage for a download link to
             the .VMI file, ie <a href="http://mywebsite.com/MSRALFA.VMI">Alfa
             Romeo GTV Trial</a>
         Some webpages do not automatically allow Dreamkey users to download the
         file.  In this case you will need to create an .htaccess file containing
         the following code:
             addtype application/x-dreamcast-vms-info vmi
             addtype application/x-dreamcast-vms vms
         See http://rvmu.maushammer.com/faqindex.html for more info.  Some
         webpages (like Angelfire) do not allow you to change the .htaccess
         settings especially on free accounts.  www.0000webhost.com does!
     B.8 Sega's 'New' Time Trials
         On the old MSR webpage at Dreamarena, there was a section about time
         trials taking place on an 'exclusive circuit'.....
         I found the VMU files for these 'New Time Trials' on an old download
         page and discovered they DID NOT take place on unique tracks but on the
         existing 'Challenge' courses. There were also no accompanying ghosts,
         just empty trials.  All cars drive with manual gears, no ABS and 'MSR'
         on their numberplates.
         Here is the data for each trial (S-Short, M-Medium, L-Long):
          London: St James' Challenge (St James L-4)
          Car: MG RV8 (Racing Green)
          Weather: Foggy
          London: Trafalgar Challenge (Trafalgar M-7)
          Car: Vauxhall VX220 (Mandarin)
          Weather: Clear
          London: Westminster Challenge (Westminster M-7)
          Car: Mitsubishi Evo 6 (Grey)
          Weather: Clear
          San Francisco: Financial Challenge (Financial L-6)
          Car: Jensen S-V8 (Black)
          Weather: Raining
          San Francisco: Fisherman's Challenge (Fishermans L-4)
          Car: ???????
          Weather: ???????
          San Francisco: Pacific Challenge (Pacific M-8)
          Car: Mazda RX-7 (Vintage Red)
          Weather: Wet
          Tokyo: Asakusa Challenge (Asakusa L-4)
          Car: TVR Chimera (Yellow)
          Weather: Drizzle
          Tokyo: Shibuya Challenge (Shibuya L-4)
          Car: Audi TT Roadster (Denim Blue)
          Weather: Downpour
          Tokyo: Shinjuku Challenge (Shinjuku S-11)
          Car: Renault Spider (Sports Blue)
          Weather: Foggy
         Unfortunately the VMU file for Fisherman's Challenge was missing, however
         I have a feeling the car was probably the Toyota Celicia GT4 (only 2
         other 4WDs present) and weather was either misty or clear.
         You can find them at http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/gzaxxxskams/
         otherdownload/ogd.html.  There's no real point downloading though, just
         make your own copies!
    C> My Youtube Time Trial videos & download website (msr.netii.net)
       I have made various Youtube videos showing some of my best TT laps.
       They are as follows:
        Course: Tokyo-Asakusa-Long-Nishi Sumita Gawa (Asakusa-L2)
        Car: Nissan Skyline GTR
        Time: 0'51.024
        Weather: Clear
        Course: London-Westminster-Long-Bridge Street West (Westminster L1)
        Car: Mitsubishi Evo VI
        Time: 1'07.696
        Weather: Downpour
        Course: San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf-Medium-Taylor North
        (Fishermans M-8)
        Car: Jensen SV-8
        Time: 45.323
        Weather: Clear
        Courses: Speed Challenge tracks (separate TT files to allow manual
        transmission & no ABS)
        Car: Opel Speedster
        Times: 1.02.386 (San Francisco), 1.11.407 (London), 0.57.890 (Tokyo)
        Weather: Clear
       To compliment this, I also uploaded some of these Trials/Ghosts to a DC
       compatible website for you to download and challenge.  The URL is
       msr.netii.net and you can download these ghost/trials via Planetweb or
       Dreamkey.  Make sure you have enough space in your VMU before doing so
       (approx 20 blocks per Trial).
    D) Kerbing
       When exiting a corner a little too fast your car sometimes bounces off the
       kerb unscathed.  As well as preventing you from crashing into the sides,
       this quirk can be also exploited for faster lap times especially on narrow
       circuits.  Basically you need to turn so the tyres on your outer side hit
       the kerb, bouncing you away.  Practice is required to obtain the optimum
       speed and car position: if you drive too fast or hit the kerb too early,
       you will loose speed or crash.
       Please also note there has to be an actual kerb on the corner for this
       technique to work! ;)
       See my Time Trial videos on Youtube for some examples of kerbing (links
       in previous section).
    E) Fast Start
       Useful on Street Challenge/Quick Race mode but difficult to pull off.
       During the countdown, hold the accelerate so the needle is just at the
       start of the redline. Then the moment the announcer shouts "GO", floor
       it! Here's a Youtube video I made at www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRDgkU-YfAA
    F) How to get 262/262 tracks
       *You will need to have aquired the 'Open All' cheat (see next section)*
        1. Activate the 'Open All Cheat' within the Cheat menu to open the 3
           remaining courses (featuring in Speed Challenge mode).
        2. Go to Time Attack mode and set a fast lap on each of the 3 tracks
        3. After the final autosave you should have 262 tracks available.
        NOTE: Sometimes if you race the 'Speed Challenge' option, the above
        tracks will lock themselves off again.  Simply redo the above to release.
    G) Cheat Options
       These are found inside the normal 'options' menu.  This list is
       assuming you have completed Street Race mode.
       Skip Car Challenge:     Self explanatory - required for obtaining the
                               Alfa Romeo GTV in the PAL version.
       Open All Cheat:         Unlocks remaining tracks and options.
       Time Of Day:            Self explanatory - sets the time of day overriding
                               the DC's internal clock
       Silly Cheat*:           Stretches the visuals making the game more or less
       Bubble*:                Makes the screen bounce up and down.
                               See www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJG3shmEpJ8 for an
       Grass*:                 Turns the road green but not to actual grass.
                               If you want to race on actual grass, drive on the
                               banks of the St James's Park courses!
       Adjustable Camera*:     During a race, pause the game and select
                               Options -> Camera -> Adjust Camera.  You can now
                               amend the distance, height and rigidity of a
                               particular viewpoint.  Once changed, you cannot
                               access this option again during the race.
       Widescreen*:            Enables 16:9 on a compatible TV, probably the
                               most sought-after cheat.
       * You will need to switch these options back on after each race.
       Try combining Silly, Bubble & Grass for the ultimate eye-bleeding
    H) Speed Challenge
       This mode formed part of Sega's MSR competitions when the Dreamarena
       portal was still active.  Found within the 'internet' option, the
       purpose is to gain the best lap on 3 pre set tracks for the lowest
       combined time.  You are forced to drive MSR's headline car, the Vauxhall
       VX220/Opel Speedster with automatic gears and ABS on.   Although this is
       not an ideal set-up, the world's best players managed some outstanding
       times during a competition in March 2001, easily beating my records set
       with Manual Gears and no ABS (see section below for more info)!  The tracks
       are as follows:
        Track 1: San Francisco-Financial Distric-Medium-Market West II
        Track 2: London-St James's Park-Long-Parliament Street South II
        Track 3: Tokyo-Shinjuku-Long-Higashi-Dori Kita II
       You can see videos of my times on the Speed Challenge courses on Youtube
       (see section C for links).
    I) Old MSR Competitions
       Dreamarena Vauxhall VX220 competition
        A European Dreamarena competition with an actual Vauxhall VX220 as first
        prize.  Basically you had to answer a series of questions with the option
        of gambling your correct answers for more 'kudos'.  From a business point
        of view this made sense as the money obtained from the Dreamarena phone
        charges probably paid for the competition.  However it's a shame they
        didn't have a similar challenge to the one that took place in France (see
        below) where the prize was won through actually playing MSR rather than
        winning a quiz.  The winner was featured in an edition of UK Dreamcast
       European DC Racing Wheel competition
        One of Sega's 'Speed Challenge' competitions.  Not much of a prize but a
        good idea to see what the best racers could achieve.  They managed some
        spectacular times, especially being forced to drive with automatic gears
        and ABS!  Here they are listed below:
        Track 1: San Francisco - 1.01.3 set by sirus (UK)
        Track 2: London        - 1.10.4 set by benvollo (France)
        Track 3: Toyko         - 0.56.034 set by manasel (Spain)
        The UK winner was also featured in an edition of UK Official Dreamcast
       French Opel Speedster competition
       http://www.micromania.fr/special/msr/dc_details.php (pop this URL into Google
        Now this is more like it: win a real Opel Speedster by actually playing
        MSR!  Basically a Kudos challenge, you needed to obtain the highest scores
        obtained without a joker on set circuits. The top 4 players progressed
        to the final in Paris where the eventual winner won the car.  You can
        read some of the participants comments archived on
        .htm, including this rather interesting topic from the alledged winner
        saying he wishes to sell his prize (http://www.jeuxvideo.com/forums/1
        Street Race-Chapter 18-Race 7/Old Palace Yard North
        Street Race-Chapter 19-Race 7/Parliament Street South II
        Grand Final:
        Street Race-Chapter 20-Race 7/West Jefferson IV
        Street Race-Chapter 20-Race 8/Nishi Shinjuku Restaurant
        (You also needed to finish 4th, probably to stop people exploiting the
        flaws in the Kudos system)
    J) Bonus Vehicles in Street Race mode
       **You need to be driving a normal car & have a bonus vehicle in your
       1. Go to Main Menu
       2. Select 'Street Racing'
       3. Choose the chapter & challenge
       4. Select 'Change Car'
       5. Choose the bonus vehicle in your garage and away you go!
    K) Hidden Tune
       Very rare but sometimes after a completing a challenge/time attack, a
       hidden tune plays on the menu screen. I have only heard it 6/7 times in
       the past decade and have no idea what triggers it but luckily in 2007,
       my DVD Recorder was active while the tune played.  I emailed Richard
       Jacques about this music and he confirmed it is his work and was
       originally composed as 'credit' music with no name.  It's a smooth jazzy
       instrumental and you can listen to the track on Youtube at
    L) MSR Soundtrack: Pseudo Artists
       We all know the man responsible for the music is Richard Jacques, however
       the radio station DJs quote pseudo-artists for each track.  Here is the
       complete list:
       Song                            Pseudo Artist
       ----                            -------------
       Am I Only Dreaming              Undulator feat Kym Rogers
       California Demon                Zeffer
       Club Paris                      Earthburn
       Come On Baby                    Otis Cook
       Don't Wait                      Fay Douglas
       Fallen Angel                    Slipstream
       Freeway                         Shakka
       Heartlands                      New Dawn
       Holding On                      Sugar Free (??)
       I Can Still Believe             Helena Davidson
       It Doesn't Really Mater         Chantelle
       Let's Get It On Tonight         MC Momo
       Live Your Life                  Salford Keys (sic)
       Long Long Road                  Kurt Austin
       Low Lights                      Clarence Mitchell Quartet
       Outside In                      Defunct
       Overdrive                       Dominator
       Passion                         Infinity
       Push                            Atomhead
       Red Line                        Tomahawk
       Show Me Your Love               Capricorn
       Sold Out                        Elevation
       State Of Mind                   Intuition
       Think About It                  Black & White
       Time                            Shanice Williams
       When She Comes Back             The Jacque Richards Band
       You Can Love Me                 Gabriel Nelson
    M. Links
       German MSR rankings (with downloadable ghosts/trials)
       My Time Trial website
       My Youtube site
       Cyberscore MSR Ranking (Time Attack)
       MSR VMU Saves & Ghosts/Time Trials
       Old MSR Dreamarena website (rankings are not present)
       Bizarre Creations website & forum
       Archived Bizarre Creations MSR forum (many broken links)
       French MSR Discussion board
       French MSR fansite
       Edge Award 2001 (graphical achievement):
       Russian MSR records site (never took off)
       Unofficial VMU Guide
       DCI_VMI download and other VMU homebrew
    N. What I need
       * Dreamcast compatible ISP's from outside the UK (with working SMTP)
       * An archive of the old rankings from MSR's long dead Dreamarena page
       * MSR strategies and driving techniques.
       Email me at: rjay63@hotmail.com
    O. Guide History
       Ver 0.5 - Created sporadically between July-August 2010.
    P. Shouts
       Virtuaracing & Team 'Avit: keeping the Sega dream alive!
       Eric: you will play Daytona USA 2 again, don't give up hope!
       Archive.org: Giving dead websites eternal life!  For all the MSR info and
       proving there was a Daytona competition back in 1999.
       gzaxxs: For your download webpage that helped me solve the 'New Time
       Trials' mystery.
       Onlineconsoles.com: Helping me getting my Dreamcast back online.
       Aardvaak & Inspiron: Still allowing Dreamcast users access to the
       internet with working email.
       GMX: Providing a DC compatible email service
       000webhost: For Dreamkey compatible webspace
       Dreamcast-Talk: For the Planetweb 3.0 disc
       Bizarre Creations: For making MSR
       Sega: For the Dreamcast
       Silly Boi Singh: The man who thought a Wade gravy jug would make him a
       millionaire! :p
       Mac: Good luck in your studies!
    Metropolis Street Racer (C) 2000 Sega.
    Car names are trademarks of their respective owners
    This guide (C) 2010 RJAY63 (rjay63@hotmail.com)
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