What causes the darkness, The monitor, video card? I have a Compaq V500 Monitor and a Sis 32 mb video card on a celeron 2.26 Ghz machine with 256mb of ram.
I think it's the resolution. Is the regular gameplay like that, or is it just the ship selction screen? Also, what resolution do you use?
I am operating at 1024 by 768 with 32 bit color at 60 hertz and it's like that through the whole game.
What, the black around the menu?
Go into your Orion Pirates folder find "SFCOPSetupMFC.exe" open it, change the resolution, see if that makes a difference, and to the black around the selection screen , thats suppost to be there for higher resolutions but it should be in the the actual game(after clicking "launch" button).