Star Trek: Birth of the Federation

Retail version in English or German language, shipped as 1.0.2 or updated from 1.0 with the official patch

Application Details:

Version: 1.0.2
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.23

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

99% of the game works flawlessly;

  • Installation
  • Patching to 1.0.2
  • Starting game without requiring a no-cd patch
  • Music and sound effects
  • Battles are no more unstable then they are in windows (we've all had the crash against 200+ Ferengi ships...)
  • Joining a multiplayer game

What does not

Most noticeable; Videos. I haven't seen a way to get them to work... but saying that, they don't work on my win7 install either. Must be a case of a missing codec, will investigate.

The other issue is hosting a multiplayer game, not a huge problem if at least one player is on Windows (and they can do it). You can select host, the bit will load up properly where you can choose settings, other people can join you but after clicking start then your game crashes


What was not tested

Nothing much, game simply works.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Remember, unless you are hosting then the game is PERFECT (would get platinum rating almost; single player works perfect out the box) Multiplayer requires "winetricks directplay" which solves the joining a game issue, but remember, you can't host. Not being able to host and video's not working are why this game is getting a silver rating off me. Can't be saying a game is rated Gold when there is anything wrong with it.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy" x86_64Feb 03 20131.5.23Yes Yes SilverMaquis196 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Mar 25 20121.5.0Yes Yes SilverMaquis196 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Feb 09 20121.4-rc2Yes Yes SilverMaquis196 
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 27 20111.3.26Yes Yes SilverMaquis196 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jan 16 20111.3.11Yes Yes SilverMaquis196 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
4066 Online Play Doesn't Work (DirectPlay) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Multiplayer HOWTO

For multiplayer; simply run

"winetricks directplay" in your Birth of the Federation prefix as this will enable you to join multiplayer games over TCP/IP.

The following ports must be reachable on the host machine, and may need to be port forwarded if you are behind a router:

TCP 2300

UDP 2350, 47624

The game seems to hang when trying to "cancel" out of multiplayer configuration screens; if this happens, you may need to kill the game ("killall trek.exe" from the command line). Be sure to also kill any .exe processes which are still running (using a tool such as ksysguard) to ensure you can still use multiplayer later. If you are running fullscreen and killing the game leaves you with the wrong screen resolution, try issuing the following command:

xrandr -s 1280x1024

replacing "1280x1024" with your desired resolution.
Sound problems

The game's sound can work perfectly with ALSA, in later versions even with the default dmix (i.e. mixing sound with other apps like music players).

First, check you Wine sound settings in the winecfg configuration tool. Test your sound with some other application (like WinAmp). Some ALSA errors may show up on your console and sound will still work, so test it before trying to hunt all the errors down.

If you still don't have sound in the game, check that the option SOUNDON=ON is set in stbof.ini.


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by Alan on Sunday October 5th 2014, 13:46
Is there any way to use this 'cheat code' command in Wine on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS? I haven't had much luck and am fairly inexperienced with Wine (and Linux, for that matter).
RE: -Mudd
by Maquis196 on Sunday October 5th 2014, 15:33
hhmmm, I'd try

wine stbotf.exe -- -Mudd


wine "stbotf.exe -Mudd"

I cant recall exactly which will work but should be a variation of that. If nothing works let me know and I'll go dig out my copy to test for you.
RE: -Mudd
by Alan on Sunday October 5th 2014, 16:30
I tried a few variations but no luck.

The path on the virtual drive is "c:/botf/trek.exe" but if you try to use

wine c:/botf/trek.exe

or any of the seemingly logical variations, I get

The instruction at 0x00511398 referenced memory at 0x00000000.
The memory could not be read.

double clicking the icon from the virtual drive folder works fine, however, which likely does not mean much. I also tried to use RUN in the wine command prompt and had the same registry key output.
by Pavel on Saturday November 5th 2011, 14:29
I am unable apply any patches, is there some trick what I must now?
Who's up for a multiplayer game?
by Maquis196 on Wednesday January 19th 2011, 9:40
Might take an age to organise doing it this method but it's been so long... I'll even play it in windows if I have to!

Dibs on Romulans :P but will gladly play as Cardassians if against a non-cloaky side (even from lvl1 which as we know is a huge challange if against Feds or Ferengi, damn minor races)

Joys of MP botf... so badly balanced but would be fun with 5 people!

RE: Who's up for a multiplayer game?
by Chris on Friday January 21st 2011, 15:48
Count me in!
RE: Who's up for a multiplayer game?
by Daniel on Tuesday November 8th 2011, 13:51
I'd love to give it a go... but I haven't figured out how to host it anymore.. used to be able to a few years ago with wine... but i forgot what needed to be done... anyone have any suggestions?
RE: Who's up for a multiplayer game?
by Maquis196 on Tuesday November 8th 2011, 14:04
Well from testing the host would need to be on windows (ugh). but to get a multiplayer game with more then 2 players going... that would be fun.

I say fun, I still think this is one of the most imbalanced games going, from lvl1 the federation player would win, from lvl5 the Romulan/Klingon player (unless both players are Rom/Kli then it would be stalemate... stupidily easy to sacrifice one ship to take out other sides troop transports).

Still, I'm game :D