Anyone that has used M4/M48 software on Vista or Win7 know the DOS full screen and Graph screens do not work. This is because the display drivers stopped supporting DOS full screen and DOS graphics. On a rare occasion a driver will work, or an XP driver may work with Vista/Win7.
The generic windows (Standard VGA Graphics Adaptor) driver also allows DOS full screen and DOS graphic, and while it works perfectly on my Dell XPS running Win7 32bit, i don't know if it will work for all laptops.
This driver is very basic, slow and has no effects like transparency. Also doesn't allow multiple screens so it is not a driver you would prefer to use, but you can switch to this driver and back to your normal one without too many problems. It does require you to reboot and changes your screen resolution that can shift your desktop icons so it is not something i would like to do often, but if i was doing a lot of tuning i would switch for that time and switch back.
To change to the generic driver do the following -
1. Go to the windows Control Panel and select the Device manager.
2. Open the Display Adaptors branch and right click your current display driver.
3. Select 'Update Driver Software', then 'Browse my computer', and then 'Let me pick from a list'.
4. A box should appear with your current driver and the ‘Standard VGA Graphics Adaptor’. Select this driver and press Next.
5. The driver will install, screen will change and your will be prompted to restart your computer.
6. After restarting, run the M4/M48 software. Press Alt+Enter to toggle to full screen, or change the program properties to start in full screen.
Please note the program or your computer could crash, especially when switching to another program. There is no guarantees this will work, use at your own risk!
To change back to your original display driver, follow the steps above except select you original driver from the box in step 4.
If you try this, please reply to this thread and let us know if it has worked for you or any problems you encounter.
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