Could not find exit.col

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Solution or Workaround


This error occurs when running the Understanding GIS introduction:

"Could not find exit.col"

The computer locks after this.


Wrong display driver. For example, the IBMVGA13.sys can cause this on some systems due to extremely large text in the graphics display mode.

If you add &echo &debug to ARCPLT.SML you will see 'Some of the popup window is off the CRT' at popup arcplot.mnu sml.

WARNING: The instructions below include making changes to essential parts of your operating system. It is recommended that you backup your operating system and files, including the registry, before proceeding. Consult with a qualified computer systems professional, if necessary.

ESRI cannot guarantee results from incorrect modifications while following these instructions. Therefore, use caution and proceed at your own risk.


Change the driver to a different one. HRVGA.SYS - Everex Viewpoint usually works.

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