We've come across a problems like this with older 15 inch
monitors. I'm guessing your resolution settings in Windows 95 is at
least 800x600. If you set your resolution back to 640x480 it should
fix your problem when getting in and out of DOS. If you need a
resolution greater that 640x480 you can run your DOS based programs
"Windowed" instead of "Full Screen". This will
also solve the problem.
The way you run your DOS based program Windowed is to
first create a shortcut to the executable file. So if you want the
shortcut on your desk top, right click on a blank part of your desk top
and select New->Shortcut. It will ask you where the executable is
and what you want to name your shortcut. Now right click on the new
shortcut and select Properties. Click the Screen tab and you can select
the Windowed option here. You can also adjust the initial size to
You should also check that you have the correct monitor
and driver for your video card set up in Windows 95. You can check
this if you go to the Control Panel and select the Display icon.
Under the Settings tab you can verify your monitor and video card
Problem Status: Fixed
Date: 08 Aug 1999
The problem is fixed but I wanted the opportunity to thank you and
fill you in on what I have done. This may help someone else in the
future. You were right-on about so many of your answers. My
resolution was set at 800 x 600, but when I changed to 640 x 480 the
screen was very small and I never could fill the monitor face. So I went
back to my original settings. Someone else mentioned having the
correct monitor and when I checked from Display
Properties/Settings/Advanced Properties/Monitor Tab The message said
my monitor (15 inch NEC Multisync 3V) is Energy Star Compliant.
(Whatever the heck that is) On that same screen I next clicked on Change
and the message said my monitor is compatible with the hardware. No where
did I see anything about a video card. Going back to the desktop and right
clicking to Properties/Settings/Advanced Properties, at the Adapter tab I
changed the setting from Optimal to Adapter default. Apparently that
did the trick, everything is now where it is supposed to be (including the
complete DOS text).
Again thank you for putting me on the right track and I must tell you
how impressed I am with your thoroughness and promptness.