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Thread: StarFleet (Interstel 80s game), can't get it going!

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    Default StarFleet (Interstel 80s game), can't get it going!

    I played the crap out of this as a kid, both on my Tandy 1000 and later a 386.

    I recently setup a Tandy 1000 SX with an IDE compactflash setup, so naturally I started loading games.

    First one I can't get working..

    Starfleet.

    https://archive.org/details/msdos_St...ar_Begins_1985

    I seem to recall just being able to copy this to an HDD on my 386 and it worked. Apparently, not so. It goes to a black screen.

    Anyone able to help me out?
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    IIRC, it is necessary to use either BEGINS.EXE or BEGIN.EXE skipping the CYGNUS.COM on a hard drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krebizfan View Post
    IIRC, it is necessary to use either BEGINS.EXE or BEGIN.EXE skipping the CYGNUS.COM on a hard drive.
    Yes, BEGIN.EXE starts it, but it goes immediately to a black screen. The SETUP.BAT does this

    REM For 2 disk drives:
    REM 1. Put your STAR FLEET I diskette in drive A
    REM 2. Put your DOS diskette in drive B
    REM For 1 disk drive:
    REM 1. Put your STAR FLEET I diskette in whenever prompted for drive A
    REM 2. Put your DOS diskette in whenever prompted for drive B
    pause
    b:
    sys A:
    ren A:CYGNUS.COM A:COMMAND.COM
    REM SETUP COMPLETE
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    Quote Originally Posted by psquare75 View Post
    I seem to recall just being able to copy this to an HDD on my 386 and it worked. Apparently, not so. It goes to a black screen.
    I just copied the files to my HD and it runs fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    I just copied the files to my HD and it runs fine.
    Weird. I dug out my actual floppy.. and same thing.

    Then I tried booting from it (I remember that was a thing)

    and it did this.

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    I just now verified my copy by typing "BEGIN". It must be located on the A: drive or it won't start properly. If you have it in a hard disk directory, try SUBST A: c:\where\you\have\it and running it from "A:".
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