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How to run Old MS-DOS based software designed for CGA/EGA graphics on New Pentium III computer, Super VGA adapter.

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I have a old MS-DOS program which was made for old X86 models having EGA/CGA graphics card. I would like to run this program on new PC (Pentium-III, IBM Netvista, Windows 98). When I am running this particular software on the new PC, it is running OK. However, the graphics pages of the software are appearing scrambled i.e. Texts are appearing as symbols. How can I configure my new PC or Win-98 to avoid the above problem? The old DOS software is not configurable.  
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by:slink9
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Many years ago there were utility programs that allowed your video card to change modes.  Trident is famous for this.  What type of video card do you have?  Have you checked with the manuf of the card?
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by:WiZaRd
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what is the program? it may have been rewritten and available for download in a new format compatible with newer machines.
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by:RoadWarrior
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Try MAME > multi arcade machine emulator, it is a package with emulators for many old computers, including the original IBM PC. Should run any old software correctly.
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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Hmm...I would guess you could load ANSI.SYS to emulate the EGA graphics mode, but you would probably need to run the application full screen.  See this MS KB article for details...ANSI.SYS is the first MS DOS utility covered:
http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q191473

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The cheap way - Buy a old used computer and run it there.  Pick one up at the Salvation Army.  Last one I got cost me $5.00 and a few hours of troubleshooting.
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by:WiZaRd
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repeat what is the program?
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by:pprasanta
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Posting this comment in response to clarification sought by WiZaRd.

The software is used for running test equipment for high temperature analysis of materials (Thermogravimetry). It was supplied by M/s Setaram, France in 1995. Though the Upgrade (Windows) version is available, it would require hardware up-gradation also which is expensive. What we are looking for, is to run the old software (which is serving our current purpose) with some cheap alternative solution.
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Willinois gave you a cheap alternate solution.

The cheap way - Buy a old used computer and run it there.  Pick one up at the Salvation Army.  Last
one I got cost me $5.00 and a few hours of troubleshooting.
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Agreed
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