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Warthog Games
Digital Anvil
Microsoft Game Studios
Release dates
Windows April 27, 2000
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

Problems running the game on modern hardware, but all problems can be fixed.[citation needed] (see Issues fixed).


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\starlancer.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVES[Note 2]

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, speech, sound effects and music sliders.
Surround sound
Up To 7.0, may require DirectSound3D restoration and dsound fix for surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 1.0, A3D


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available on French version
Only available on German version


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus, Co-op
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
MSN Gaming Zone support has been discontinued but Direct TCP/IP still available. 4 players Max in coop, 8 max in versus

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 47624 (inbound, outbound)
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Graphics/colors problem[edit]

Color banding problem without wrapper
Color banding problem without wrapper
Depending of your video card you could have some graphical problem ingame. A graphic wrapper can fix this problem. The wrapper can also improved the graphics of the game by forcing a superior resolution, AA that is not possible though ini.
Use dgVoodoo[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo.
  2. Copy the 3 dll's from the MS folder to the game installation folder. For convenience you can also copy dgVoodooSetup.exe but it's optional.
  3. Launch the dgVoodooSetup.exe and verify the "config folder/ running instance" is showing the location of the dgVoodooSetup.exe, config file will be created there.
  4. In the DirectX tab, choose an TI4400 or a Radeon 8500 videocard or dgVoodoo Virtual 3D Accelerated Card and max VRAM.
  5. Optional :Force Anti Aliasing Anisotropic Filtering And Force Higher Resolutions.
  6. Apply any changes, you can exit the configuration application and launch the game. If you have "dgvoodoo Watermark" selected in DirectX tab you will be able to easily verify that the wrapper is running. After that it can be deselected to remove the watermark from the game.

Can't Select Eax or Surround sound After Surround sound Restoration[edit]

By default the DSOUND.dll of the creative alchemy and other sound wrapper is ignored by the game. So no surround sound or EAX can be selected.
  1. Download the Dsound fix
  2. replace the mss32.dll file of the game by the one in the zip
  3. Creative alchemy and any other ds3d wrapper should now be working as intended.
  4. Surround sound should be working and you can now activate EAX if want.

Game crash when closing the medal case[edit]

This game crashes when you want to close the medal case on modern windows OS, a patch exists to fix this problem.
This fix also forces the game to run on one core, so no need to use the imagecfg after that.
Use unofficial patch[citation needed]
  1. Download StarLancer Crash Fix.
  2. Install the Application Compatibility Database with the batch included in this file.
  3. Do not use any compatibility mode on the Game exe after that.
  4. The medal case should now be usable without any crash of the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) Super VGA card which supports 256 colours
2 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).