Microsoft KB Archive/106221

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Article ID: 106221

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

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If you run EDIT from a full screen Windows NT command window and then exit to the command prompt, on certain brands of computers you will find that the cursor appears four spaces to the right of where the actual letters are typed on the screen. Dell computers with Phoenix BIOS tends to be one kind of computer that exhibits this problem.


Windows NT is not properly initializing the cursor mode in certain instances and thus provides an inappropriate value. Depending on the BIOS of the machine involved and how it handles inappropriate cursor modes, you may see strange effects such as the one mentioned above. On most machines, the BIOS will revert to the default cursor.


To work around this problem, refresh the screen by toggling into Program Manager and toggling back. This returns the cursor to its correct mode.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT and Windows NT Advanced Server version 3.1. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Additional query words: prodnt VDM insertion point

Keywords: kbhardware KB106221