Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

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Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy cover
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
Windows September 12, 1997
Mac OS (Classic) October 31, 1997
Series Star Trek
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General information

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Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Available on 5 CDs as well as a later DVD-ROM release in 1998.
The Mac OS version did not get a DVD release with better video quality.
Mac OS
CD version
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CD version

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Chekov's Lost Missions The addon was released 1998 on 1 CD. Did not get a DVD release. Not included in digital releases.

Essential improvements[edit]

Official Patches[edit]

Latest patches are available here

Unofficial Patches[edit]

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (DVD edition) - Windows 10 Upgrade Patch
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - CD to DVD movie upgrade pack & compatibility patch for Chekov´s Lost Missions

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\options.cfg[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/364810/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\*.sav[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/364810/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 is the native resolution. dcVoodoo can be used to force widescreen resolutions, but the image is stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Windowed.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Windowed.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Game locks at 60fps.
120+ FPS


Use dgVooDoo to force higher resolutions, windowed mode, and anti-aliasing.
Installation instructions[1]
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2 and extract the archive.
  2. Open the MS\x86 folder and copy D3D8.dll, D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll files to the installation directory of sfa3d.exe.
  3. Paste the files into the game installation folder where the game executable is.
  4. Run the included dgVoodooCpl program and configure the following settings.
    • General
      • Fullscreen or Windowed
    • DirectX
      • Videocard: ATI Radeon 8500 (best results - no corrupted nebulars)
      • Filtering: Desired anisotropic filtering
      • Resolution: Desired output resolution
        Note: Widescreen resolutions cause the game to appear stretched.
      • Antialiasing: Desired AA level
      • Fast video memory access: Checked (the game has z-buffer issues unless this is enabled)
  5. Save the dgVoodoo config file to the installation directory of sfa3d.exe.
  6. Launch sfa3d.exe instead of sfa.exe. The latter uses software rendering.


Control settings.
Control settings.
Keybinding settings.
Keybinding settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech (On/Off toggle), Music, and General SFX.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0.[2] Requires the correct patch


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only; download for digital versions.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Unable to play MPEG-2 video on DVD version[edit]

The game uses the now obsolete MCI interface instead of the modern DirectDraw for videoplayback. MCI was fully supported only until Windows 98 (Me).
Install Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (DVD-Edition) - Windows 10 Upgrade Patch
  1. Incorporates gulikozas dxmci fix and prepares the game for a potential HD-Video-upgrade
  2. Works with Direct3D and Softwarerendering - using dgVoodoo2 by dege

Unable to use "Checkov´s Lost Missions"-addon with DVD version[edit]

If you install/integrate the addon with the DVD version, the game crashes when trying to play a movie-file from the addon
Install Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Compatibility patch for Chekov´s Lost Missions
  1. Replaces "Interplay MVE video" files with H.264/MPEG encoded movie-files which are compatible with the DVD Version.

Controller not recognized/working as intended in-game[edit]

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy can have issues recognizing gamepads and similar peripherals on modern operating systems.

Set a preferred device[3]
  1. Navigate to Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers.
  3. Find your controller in the list and right-click the device, then select "Game Controller Settings."
  4. Under Advanced, set the device to be your "Preferred device" for older games.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 150 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 185 MB
Video card (GPU) VESA compliant SVGA card
1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 3.0a compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/364810/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (364810) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.