Vista runs DOS program only in Minimize

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oldputerguy

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An old DOS program ran OK with XP, 98, and 95 in either Normal or Max window. Vista ran the first part of the BATCH file in the Normal window frame but then did not run complete with "16-bit MS-DOS Subsystem" dialog "This system does not support fullscreen mode. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application". Pressed 'Ignore', did not response until the third time then a dialog appeared showing "NTVDM.EXE has stopped working" and "A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available".

Went into that program's properties and tried Normal, Maximize, and Minimize. Vista ran complete only with Minimize but, of course, could not see anything.
 

JohnWill

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I run command prompts all the time in normal mode.

Start, Run, CMD

Try executing the program in that command window.
 

oldputerguy

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I did that and didnot work. I went there and did a DIR command and all other DOS commands, all were OK. That one BAT to kick off the program apparently called some addresses that Vista didnot like. It kept saying that the program did not support full screen mode. I do not understand the reason that the BAT went through OK to kick off the program ONLY in minized mode and not normal window nor maximize window.
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I'll take a stab at it. Are you running this from a shortcut? Or are you running the BAT file directly? When the file is running, does it only appear in the task bar meaning that your only options are to maximize it or not see it running at all?

If I've misread your post, let me know.
 

oldputerguy

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I did both, from a short cut with c:\enpak\enpak.bat and from comand.com or CMD as a DOS command. The file is very simple as below, before these last lines as just conditions which Visa ran OK in a window and then the window went blank when it tried to execute the following
DMSF -I78 -C
DMSF -I78 -S9C00 -D
ENPAKLIB -I79 -C4700 MASTER.EXE

That is when Vista said did not support full screen.
Could it be the MASTER.EXE forced the screen to go wide on Vista and not on earlier Windows OS?
Nick
 
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