ANSI driver and Win2k

Posted on 2002-03-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I have s DOS program that uses ANSI driver. It doesn't work properly under Win2000.
It drops the text of the sequence on the screen like it doesn't support it or can't interpret it.
Anyone had similar problem or knows the solutions for this?
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ID: 6848129
The W2K CMD application supports the ANSI driver natively.  It's not an option.  But I suspect your problem is a poorly behaved DOS program that is doing things on a way that bypasses W2K.

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ID: 6848543
It uses ANSI driver and works fine under NT4.0
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Expert Comment

ID: 6848557
I would check the DOS windows Options.
Try running it usiing a shortcut, and play with the different options for display size, memory and types of screen writing and other configurations.


Dos Compatible versions for win2k applications. DOS window Dos Applications
From: bcurtis         Date: 12/17/2000 09:42AM PST
  Just use Apcompat.exe on the Windows 2000 CD \support dir.  It works "most" of the time.

There are updates on the MS site for this also.

I hope this helps !
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by:Kyle Schroeder
ID: 6848752
You can also try running the app with the "forcedos.exe" command before the program, i.e:

forcedos c:\path\to\dos\program.exe /any options you use


Author Comment

ID: 6851651
The screen part of ANSi driver works fine but it wont read the keyboard right: numeric keyboard is mixed up (key '1' returns '@') and all other keys don't return what they should.
using forcedos and apcompat doesn't affect anything.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6853679
Then it may be something like a codepage or region setup problem.

Also check the keyboard definitions.

Is this a foreign program ( not desinged for USA keyboard ?

I hope this helps !

Author Comment

ID: 6898604
Nothing helped.
In the meanwhile I noticed that in EDIT, the console editor, keys don't work at all! I get different unexpected characters on the screen for each and everyone key!!!
Also when I start arj from command prompt keyboard gets corrupted. :(

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Expert Comment

ID: 6900564
It sounds like  corrupted file of virus.

SFC /scannow from a DOS window

I hope this helps !
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by:Kyle Schroeder
ID: 6900601
I think you may have to face the fact that Windows 2000 is not NT4.0 or DOS and it is just not going to work...sorry.


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