NewDeal Technical Support Document 235
You can run NewDeal software on a system
with Hercules, CGA, EGA, MCGA, VGA, or selected Super VGA graphics
capabilities. The Setup utility will ordinarily select the highest
mode it thinks your hardware can handle, unless you have Super
VGA. If you have Super VGA, Setup will select regular VGA mode
and you will have to manually select the appropriate Super VGA
mode. When you first install NewDeal, we recommend accepting the
default standard VGA mode, and then trying the higher resolutions
later from Preferences, Video after NewDeal is up and running.
All about using your video board and monitor with NewDeal
Changing your video setup
Once you are running your NewDeal software,
you can change your video selection in Preferences, Video. Or you can
change it directly from DOS by typing SETUP at the DOS prompt
in the directory where you installed NewDeal. This
will take you through the entire setup procedure. Press F10 to
get to the list of available video drivers.
Original IBM EGA video cards
Some of the very first EGA cards that came
with the IBM PC had only 64K of video memory. NewDeal does not
support this video adapter in color. Your only options
are to run the software in CGA monochrome or purchase a video card
with at least 256K of video memory.
Color Monitors that only show black and white
If you're using a CGA or MCGA-type video adapter, NewDeal will appear
only in black and white. Both CGA and MCGA offer monochrome resolution of
640x200 lines and 640x480 respectively, but in color their resolutions
both drop to 320x200 lines, too low for NewDeal color graphics.
Super VGA Monitors that only work in normal VGA
VESA super VGA is the closest thing to a super VGA standard. If you're
not sure what kind of super VGA adapter you have, try the VESA-compatible
super VGA drivers. If none of the VESA drivers seem to work,
the video board itself may not be prepared to utilize super VGA
mode. You may be able to fix this by running the setup program
that came with your video board. If even then super VGA mode
doesn't work, you may need to use standard VGA at 640x480.
In VESA compatible mode, the Matrox Mystique card uses a random frequency
setting (50 Hz or below). Although it creates a nice visual effect,
it is counter-productive. One solution is to load the DOS drivers
for the video card, even if you use Windows 95 or 98.
Select the monitor to function under DOS mode then add these lines to
your NEWDEAL.BAT file, before the line that runs LOADER.
Orchid Pro IIs
If you're having problems using the Orchid Pro IIs, locate the
ORCHDVSA.COM driver, copy it to your hard drive, and run it
before you launch NewDeal. The driver is included on
the disks that come with the video board.
NewDeal is not compatible with most screen blankers. Once they blank the
screen, you'll probably have to restart your computer before you can use
it again. Disable all screen blanking software before you run NewDeal.
We have included our own screen savers with this program. To select
a screen saver, run Preferences and click on the Lights Out button.
Vertical Line Next To Each Character
If you notice a colored vertical line to the right of each character,
and a trail of vertical lines that follow the mouse, it may be the
symptom of a broken video board. Until you replace the video board,
you may be able to run NewDeal using the monochrome VGA driver or
the CGA driver.
Video problems or "Error in script line 244"
If you see the message "Error in script Line 244," or
if your video display is distorted, or if you see the NewDeal
logo and nothing else, you're probably having video trouble.
NewDeal software provides several LOADER.EXE files - one for each
supported video device:
LOADERHG.EXE for Hercules
LOADERMC.EXE for mcga
LOADERCG.EXE for cga
LOADEREG.EXE for ega
LOADERVG.EXE for vga
During installation, the installer program renames the correct file for
your video type to LOADER.EXE. For example, if you have a VGA monitor,
LOADERVG.EXE would be renamed to LOADER.EXE.
On rare occasion, the installer program cannot rename the
file and there is an error message such as "Error in script
line 244 - error renaming file." If this happens, follow
- Use the Installation Tools option of the install program to install
the correct loaderxx.exe file for your video card per the above list.
- Rename the file to LOADER.EXE by going to the DOS prompt in the
NEWDEAL directory and entering:
REN LOADERVG.EXE LOADER.EXE
Substitute the correct LOADERxx.EXE in the place of LOADERVG.EXE
if you are using a different video mode.
Check to make sure the GEOS.INI file has the correct driver lines in
the [screen 0] section.
The driver lines for VGA will look like this:
For a Hercules-compatible adapter, use:
device = VGA 640x480 16 color
driver = Standard VGA Driver
For an EGA-compatible adapter, use:
device = Hercules HGC Compatible: 720 x 348 Mono
driver = Hercules Monochrome Driver
For a CGA-compatible adapter, use:
device = EGA: 640x350 16color
driver = EGA Driver
For an IBM-MCGA adapter, use:
device = CGA: Compatible: 640x200 Mono
driver = CGA Driver
Once your NewDeal software is up and running, you
can launch Preferences and use the video module to change your
video display type.
device = IBM MCGA: 640x480 Mono
driver = MCGA Driver
Windows 95 or 98 and NewDeal video
On some computers, if you run NewDeal from Windows,
you may experience video-related issues ranging from the inability
to use certain video modes in NewDeal, to screen artifacts or corruption
when taskswitching between NewDeal and Windows or when exiting NewDeal
and returning to Windows, to crashes or memory errors in NewDeal.
These kinds of problems are rare, but when they happen, they are
most often due to proprietary Windows video drivers which do not
provide standard support at the DOS level. Here are a couple
approaches which have resolved these issues for some of
- If you experience difficulties running NewDeal from Windows, especially
when taskswitching between NewDeal and Windows, try the standard VGA 640x480
16-color driver in NewDeal. This video mode is the most compatible with all
Windows drivers and all video boards.
- In Windows, My Computer, Control Panel, System, Performance tab,
Graphics button, try moving the slider to None for Hardware
Acceleration. If this solves the problem, try moving it back
toward Full, one step at a time (you must reboot between each
move). If the problem returns, move it back down one level and
leave it there.
- Check with the manufacturer of your video board to see if a
newer Windows driver is available. Most video board manufacturers
have web sites where you can download the latest drivers. Most
often the newest driver will work better than the older ones.
Last Modified 16 Feb 1999