Darkstar One

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Darkstar One
Darkstar One cover
Ascaron Entertainment
cdv Software Entertainment
Kalypso Media
Strategy First
Release dates
Windows June 16, 2006
Darkstar One on Wikipedia

Key points

Some resolutions may cause crashes due to bundling an outdated DLL; see some resolutions crash the game for the fix.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Green Man Gaming
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Essential improvements[edit]


The latest patch for the retail version is the Retail 1.3 Patch. Digital distribution versions already include this patch.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use replacement ascaron.bik

Apply the Darkstar One intro skip.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ascaron Entertainment\Darkstar One\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ascaron Entertainment\Darkstar One\Save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
If the game crashes delete <path-to-game>\iphlpapi.dll.[2]
3D elements are rendered at a lower resolution.
If game has black graphics set in-game FSAA to Off.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Choose in Options.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Works with Borderless Windowed.[3]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA. Choose in Options. May cause black graphics at higher resolutions.[2]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Mouse-based space flight uses a cursor so can't be inverted.
Controller support
Enable in Options, Gameplay.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Click the red rectangle beside the axis to toggle inversion.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Supports vibration.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Ambient, Effects and Speech.
Surround sound
Set Speakers in-game accordingly.
Subtitles available for all dialogue (set under Options, Gameplay).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
currently german retails only

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see important hints on copy protection issues with retail game here: vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed[edit]

Some resolutions crash the game[edit]

Darkstar One may crash when using certain resolutions due to bundling an outdated version of iphlpapi.dll.
Delete Darkstar One's iphlpapi.dll[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename iphlpapi.dll
  3. Darkstar One will now use Windows' version of this file instead.

netman.dll not found error[edit]

This is caused by DarkStar One shipping with an outdated version of this file.
Delete Darkstar One's netman.dll and iphlpapi.dll[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename netman.dll and iphlpapi.dll
  3. Darkstar One will now use Windows' versions of these files instead.

Ship throttle is backwards[edit]

If your controller's throttle is detected the wrong way around (e.g. putting it at the full speed position makes the ship stop instead) invert the "Throttle" axis by clicking the red rectangle beside it.

Black graphics at higher resolutions[edit]

Disable FSAA[2]

Set in-game FSAA to Off.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 SP4, XP SP2
Processor (CPU) 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3
AMD Radeon 8500
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 1.1 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/12330/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12330) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.