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Enoff December 20th, 2013 08:34 AM

running Galactic using DOSBox
I thought I would try a quick tutorial for those wanting to run the DOS based Galactic on modern computer systems.

Galactic is a Traveller star map generator and display program. It was originally written for DOS using QuickBasic and displays on a VGA screen in 16 colors. Jim Vassilakos has released Galactic into the public domain.
DOSBox is emulator software
more info here from wiki:

It can be confusing to setup directly so I use a frontend interface called D-Fend. The D-Fend installer also includes DOSbox so it is a fairly easy setup. D-Fend website with information and download:

Once you have downloaded and setup D-Fend and DOSBOX, download Galactic. I first used Gal23 which I found at but I think this is the latest one I can find Gal24c at I thought Gal24 was a visual basic program but looks I was wrong.

You can load archived programs into D-Fend by a wizard but I like to install manually.

Unzip the program, open up the games directory in D-Fend and place the program file there.

Then click add and choose the program template you think works best, sometimes this is trial and error.

Fill in the name and choose the executable, go back to the main window and double click to run.

There are lots and lots of features and tweaks you can do. The program will also run full screen if you wish and you can play with resolution etc.

Yes I am running Windows 7 64bit, I just like the old classic look so it looks like Windows 98, showing my age I guess :)

Vladika December 20th, 2013 09:29 AM

Haven't downloaded either yet but was about to PM you to see how/where I could get them. I think your post saved you from a full inbox!:)

Enoff December 20th, 2013 09:37 AM

I forgot what a great little program Galactic was, I am glad Hans mentioned it :)

Just noticed it has stuff for Interstellar Wars in there also, my era of interest of of late :)

aramis December 20th, 2013 02:14 PM

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Enoff December 20th, 2013 03:48 PM

I forgot where I made a copy of these DOSBox commands, these affect the DOSBox window running your program. I thought I would post them here since some might not find them right away, especially nice is the first one to jump between full screen.

Special Keys:

ALT-ENTER Switch to full screen and back.
ALT-PAUSE Pause emulation (hit ALT-PAUSE again to continue).
CTRL-F1 Start the keymapper.
CTRL-F4 Change between mounted floppy/CD images. Update directory cache
for all drives.
CTRL-ALT-F5 Start/Stop creating a movie of the screen. (avi video capturing)
CTRL-F5 Save a screenshot. (PNG format)
CTRL-F6 Start/Stop recording sound output to a wave file.
CTRL-ALT-F7 Start/Stop recording of OPL commands. (DRO format)
CTRL-ALT-F8 Start/Stop the recording of raw MIDI commands.
CTRL-F7 Decrease frameskip.
CTRL-F8 Increase frameskip.
CTRL-F9 Kill DOSBox.
CTRL-F10 Capture/Release the mouse.
CTRL-F11 Slow down emulation (Decrease DOSBox Cycles).
CTRL-F12 Speed up emulation (Increase DOSBox Cycles)*.
ALT-F12 Unlock speed (turbo button/fast forward)**.
F11, ALT-F11 (machine=cga) change tint in NTSC output modes***
F11 (machine=hercules) cycle through amber, green, white colouring***

Enoff December 20th, 2013 03:51 PM

I probably didn't make it clear that D-Fend launches DOSBox and sets up the configuration files to tell DOSBox how to run the program in use. They are two separate programs.

aramis December 20th, 2013 04:04 PM

Galactic 24c runs just fine in dosbox, as an FYI.

Oh, and the source in 24c appears to be QBasic, not VB.

FreeTrav May 4th, 2014 03:46 PM

Yes, GALACTIC in all of its incarnations is written in QuickBASIC and compiled with the Microsoft BASIC PDS 7, according to JimV.

For people with Android tablets, there are a few ports of DOSBox to Android listed in the Play Store; I'm using the free one from HYStudio, and GALACTIC works well under it for viewing on my Nook HD+; there are some issues with keyboard mapping that cause problems if you want to update any of the data.

Enoff May 31st, 2014 09:28 AM

A bit of a pain in the ass to setup but I've finally gotten DOSbox setup on my android 7" tablet and running Gal24c

Enoff January 20th, 2015 03:19 PM

Sorry I stopped paying for my web hosting so all the pics are broken.

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