Subject: Starflight on Windows PC
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 21:02:58 -0600
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (James Hanback)
One bug I encountered with StarFlight on a Pentium PC running Windows 95 is that every time I attempted to save my game I received the message "Please insert the disk with the correct STARA.COM." This happened whether I was running it from floppy disk or the hard drive. Here's the solution: In Windows '95, right click on all the StarFlight .COM files, one at a time. Select "Properties" from the context menu and then click on the "Program" tab. Click the "Advanced..." button, check the MS-DOS Mode box and then select "New Configuation." Click on the "Configuration" button and then turn on "Direct Disk Access."
Windows '95 will restart in a special MS-DOS mode whenever you run starflt.com. It will warn you that "Locking files" can cause damage if handled improperly, but if you only use this mode to play Starflt, and restart after you're done, everything should be OK.
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 12:14:35 -0500 (EST)
From: email@example.com (Pierre Savoie)
I am just starting the original Starflight game on an ancient 286 with only CGA -- but it has DOS 6.22. I was unable to save a game; I always got a message asking me to "insert disk with STARA.COM" on it, in an endless loop. I saw James Hanback's similar problem in Windows, and at his suggestion I turned off SmartDrive (a DOS cacheing program) by commenting out the line in AUTOEXEC.BAT. It seems I have to do more than that; taking out everything that is a TSR. I am not even able to use SFWHEEL.COM, the DOS program which bypasses the authorization codes, because that acts like a TSR too. This could bear more careful examination of what is compatible and what is not, but for the moment by taking out every TSR I can definitely save and resume the game.
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