Command prompt misbehaving

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by BurrWalnut, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. BurrWalnut

    BurrWalnut Guest

    I have a number of important, old DOS programs (circa 1986) that run
    perfectly well on XP but don't on Vista beta 2.

    The problems are :-
    1. I can't make the window full-screen, even after selecting full screen,
    it's full height but only half width.

    2. When trying to run my programs, I get the message "NTVDM has encountered
    an error".

    Can anyone help and I don't mean ditch the DOS programs and rewrite them as
    it's too much work?

    Thank you.
     
    BurrWalnut, Jul 11, 2006
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  2. BurrWalnut

    unclebub Guest

    I'm not sure about the full-screen issue, but, I was also getting the message
    'NTVDM has encountered an error' when I tried to run DOS commands from the
    Command Prompt.

    My problem was the antivirus software that I had installed. I was using
    avast 4.7. Once I un-installed the program, the error went away.
     
    unclebub, Jul 11, 2006
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  3. BurrWalnut

    BurrWalnut Guest

    Thanks Unclebub,

    I'm running Avast so I'll give it a try later when I'm back at the Vista
    machine.
     
    BurrWalnut, Jul 11, 2006
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  4. BurrWalnut

    unclebub Guest

    According to the Avast Support forums, they (Avast) are working with
    Microsoft to address the issue.
     
    unclebub, Jul 11, 2006
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  5. Command Prompt in Vista doesn't run full screen.
     
    Michael Styles, Jul 11, 2006
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  6. BurrWalnut

    BurrWalnut Guest

    Do you have the same problem or are you stating that by design Vista doesn’t
    have a full-screen capability.

    If the latter is true, why does ‘Properties’ in the Command Prompt have an
    option to select ‘Full screen’?
     
    BurrWalnut, Jul 11, 2006
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  7. Try Alt + Enter (old shortcut to get to full-screen mode). I get a message
    saying "This system does not support
    fullscreen mode."
     
    Michael Styles, Jul 11, 2006
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  8. BurrWalnut

    BurrWalnut Guest

    Thank you Unclebub and Michael.

    I uninstalled Avast and my DOS programs are working, albeit in a
    ridiculously small window.

    There was a Microsoft fix last night so I'm going to try AVG as my AV
    software.

    Come on Microsoft, give us a fullscreen!
     
    BurrWalnut, Jul 12, 2006
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  9. BurrWalnut

    unclebub Guest

    The new version of Avast home edition, 4.7.871, fixes this issue.

    I can now edit files from the Command Prompt without any error.
     
    unclebub, Aug 16, 2006
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