MS DOS codepage selection in Windows XP
Posted on 2004-10-21
Hi. I have an MSDOS program that I use a lot, which automatically runs in full-screen mode. Under MSDOS (or windows 95/98) it requires codepage selection to display text properly on some PCs. Codepages 437 or 850 both work, and need to be installed using lines in Config.sys and Autoexec.bat.
I have just started using Windows XP, and I cannot select the right codepage. The computer defaults to a codepage which gives garbled text in my program (a familiar symptom of incorrect codepage), and no attempts at selecting the right codepage make any difference. I have tried this using lines in Autoexec.NT and Config.NT, and in the command prompt window without success. What codepage does XP default to for DOS programs? How can I change this? I understand that font files such as DOSAPP and APP850 in windows/fonts are used by DOS, but how can I choose which one? Please help, this is driving me nuts.