?
Solved

dBase III Plus for DOS in Vista

Posted on 2008-10-10
5
Medium Priority
?
1,243 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I was able to use dBase III Plus for DOS in Windows XP in full screen mode. In Vista, it runs only in a very small DOS window. Is there any way to use it in Vista in full screen mode?
0
Comment
Question by:ClaireJ
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 

Author Comment

by:ClaireJ
ID: 22691511
I finally found the answer for myself. My 16 bit system will not support full screen mode for dBase III Plus. So I guess the problem wasn't with Vista after all.
0
 
LVL 33

Accepted Solution

by:
CarlWarner earned 1000 total points
ID: 22692009
Some 16-bit DOS-based Programs and the Command Prompt will not run in full-screen mode in Windows Vista
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926657/en-us
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:ClaireJ
ID: 31505221
Thanks for confirming what I'd discovered, although I'm very disappointed. Can you tell me, is the 16-bit MS-DOS subsystem a function of Vista or the hardware? I'm just curious about that. Thanks!
0
 
LVL 33

Expert Comment

by:CarlWarner
ID: 22694701
It is a Vista issue in this case.  And Vista loves to control everything including the hardware.   Vista actually is more secure than previous Windows versions and they have taken over everything to get as secure as it is today.

Anecdotal-- I actually tried to (re)install the video driver to see if the MS KB recommendation could overcome this with an older version of the video driver; i.e., a non-Vista video driver.  But, since I was at a paying customer's site and was "on the clock", after two tries on a Dell where it merely "remembered" what was there before I uninstalled it, I gave up since I was pretty much wasting time and not getting to the result I was looking for.  This customer is still running an old Clarion database that is DOS-based.  I simply played with the screen resolution and DOS window size to make it better than when I first worked on this one user's PC.  The rest of the office is pretty much still WinXP.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ClaireJ
ID: 22694797
Thanks, Carl. This has been educational for me. Now my choice is between dBase III Plus in a tiny window or face the learning curve of Access, which isn't nearly as user friendly. Microsoft has dragged me kicking and screaming into Vista, so I'll just accept it. But, I still yearn for the good old days of MS-DOS!
0

Featured Post

Enroll in August's Course of the Month

August's CompTIA IT Fundamentals course includes 19 hours of basic computer principle modules and prepares you for the certification exam. It's free for Premium Members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Problem: You created a new custom form in Outlook for your contacts (added fields, deleted fields, changed the layout of fields, whatever) and made it the default form for contacts. The good news is that all new contacts will utilize the new form. T…
I'm a big fan of Windows' offline folder caching and have used it on my laptops for over a decade.  One thing I don't like about it, however, is how difficult Microsoft has made it for the cache to be moved out of the Windows folder.  Here's how to …
The viewer will learn how to create two correlated normally distributed random variables in Excel, use a normal distribution to simulate the return on different levels of investment in each of the two funds over a period of ten years, and, create a …
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…

762 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question