The VROC race list is displayed using a proprietary Java applet. When you click the various buttons, Java functions are called to perform the requested actions.
Using the VROC Race List Applet
The path to your sim's executable is displayed at the bottom of the applet. Please confirm that this is correct.
If your path is not correctly displayed, make sure you have enabled Cookies in Netscape, and then run VROC Setup to correct it. VROC will not function correctly if your path is not correctly displayed here!
The IP address which VROC sends to other racers when you host a race is displayed at the upper right of the applet. Please verify that this address is correct. If it's not, you can over-ride the IP address by entering the correct IP address in IP Address Override in VROC Setup.
For a discussion of the IP address issue in Java, click here.
Problems with the VROC Applet
The chat window on the VROC page is a Java applet made available to the public by Leah.
Using the Chat Window
To join the VROC chat, enter a nickname in the nickname area (type over "YourName") and click the Connect button. Now you will see anyone else on the #VROC IRC channel.
Type a message in the text entry area, and press Enter to send the message.
Double-click on another user's nickname if you want to chat privately with them.
Before you host or join a race, remember to click the Disconnect button in the chat window to avoid having other peoples' chat messages consume the bandwidth needed for racing.
Here are commands you can issue in the chat's text entry area:
Problems with the Chat Applet
There are known issues with the buttons getting scrambled in Netscape. Also, I don't recommend Floating the applet in Netscape; strange things happen.
Usually the chat applet can be restored to normal by leaving the VROC page and re-entering.
What VROC Does
When you join a race, VROC moves your address.ini (Address Book) file to address.vro, and creates a new temporary address.ini with the IP address of the race you want to join.
VROC then launches GPL. When you exit GPL, VROC deletes the temporary address.ini and renames address.vro back to address.ini.
What may go wrong
If VROC is unable to perform this last move, due for example to your computer crashing while GPL is running, then your original Address Book exists as address.vro rather than address.ini.
If VROC finds address.vro when attempting to launch you into the race, it stops and gives you an error message rather than risk over-writing your Address Book data.
If, on the other hand, you start a multiplayer race outside of VROC, you may see the temporary VROC IP address entry rather than your own Address Book.
What you should do
Go to your GPL directory and open address.vro and address.ini with Notepad. Decide which one you want to keep, and make sure it is named address.ini. Delete the other or name it something other than address.vro or address.ini. That's all!