|Hello Jennifer SUMN and M2,|
Thanks for you response.
At the moment here, in the UK, if you type 'chcp' at the DOS prompt, on some machines you get 437 and on others 850; it's pot luck. On those set to 437 ASCII 157 does nowadays give '¥', but 850 gives 'Ø', as did 437 at one time.
The block; 128 to 256 under 850 seems to contain more useful characters than the same block under 437, plus the fact that I have memorised a number of them over the years and would therefore like to switch my two machines, with Win 2000 and Win XP, to 850, but cannot.
[A third, really old machine, with DOS 6.2 and WFW 3.11 (yes, still in use for some jobs), is the same whether set to 437 or 850, where 157 gives 'Ø'.]
Anyway, the 'chcp' settng indicated in the DOS window of 2000/XP does seem to have some bearing on a machine's normal operation in 2000 or XP but, whatever it is set to, there seems no way of changing it, other than temporarily while in DOS mode, and only as long as the DOS window remains open.
Thank you both for your response.