[TRLog] Size of text-mode area on laptop screen
Wed, 06 Feb 2002 21:14:14 -0800
Hi Ted and Scott:
I have several programs that run under DOS and hence no reason to start
up Windows. If you don't want to start up in DOS, just forget the
You can edit MSDOS.SYS to make it come up in DOS mode. Its default is
MSDOS.SYS most likely will be marked as a system, hidden, read only
file. So you will need to change its attributes in order to edit it!
First change to the root C: directory cd \
attrib -h -r -s msdos.sys
Then use notebook to edit msdos.sys don't mess with the stuff at the
back of this file. Only find the [options] section and change the
BootGUI to read as follows:
BootGUI=1 will start up Windows.
This way it bypasses Windows and starts up in DOS. Then you can have
DOS full screen and if you decide later you want Windows, just type
windows at the DOS prompt.
GL 73's JB
Ted Champagne wrote:
> Hi Scott--
> <excerpt from your original message of Sunday, 2002 Feb 03:>
> >My question: I finally got a laptop computer to use for my station. I
> >hate dos shells, so I hit F8 or whatever at boot up to get to "real mode"
> >dos, but the window is in the center of the screen, and only takes up about
> >1/3 of the full screen. How do I enlarge this window to take up the full
> <most recent message:>
> >>To toggle between a DOS window and full-screen, press alt-enter. I do
> >>this frequently at work and at home.
> >That works in a DOS shell. I don't think it works if you boot the computer
> >up in DOS and don't ever go to Windows, which is what I plan on doing. But
> >thanks for the tip.
> Sorry, Scott, I misunderstood your original message. I read it over
> again, and I now understand your question. I think your use of the word
> "window" there threw me off <grin>.
> The alt-enter toggle only works in Windows. I don't remember it working
> in any of the DOS shells I tried (long, long ago...).
> What you are seeing is the way the laptop hardware and video drivers
> handle normal text mode (as opposed to graphics, such as used by
> Windows) on the display. I have an IBM ThinkPad 755CD at home that uses
> most of the screen for the text mode display, and it runs TRLog
> beautifully. I have also used several older Compaq laptops that do just
> what you are describing, and boy, it's annoying. I owned one of them,
> and that was one of the two reasons that I sold it to get the ThinkPad.
> The two newer Compaq laptops (7400 and M700) which I now use at work use
> all of the screen in 25-line by 80-character text mode, so they would do
> just fine with it.
> Unfortunately, I am not aware of any way of changing the size. I think
> it's a hardware-related function, and therefore there may not actually
> BE any way to change the size, if my understanding of how the display
> hardware works is correct.
> I'm posting this reply to the list in the hope that someone with more
> exact knowledge can fill you in and either confirm or refute my
> assertion, and if the latter, provide you the answer you desire.
> By the way, the second reason I ditched the Compaq for the ThinkPad was
> that I dislike the mushy "feel" of the Compaq keyboards as intensely as
> I like the crisp ThinkPad "feel". And no, I don't work for IBM or sell
> --Ted N4TW
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