first I upgraded that video-savage as suggested by Uelsk. Starting X I got weird colors and system hang.
next I then changed the savage to vesa in xorg.conf as suggested by lagagnon, started X and yes, finally the 2 programs in question launched in full screen and went back to X after closing.
Thanks, what a relieve.
Now I have only the one complain left that the boot messages are 3 lines below the teminal frame. All other programs I am using work properly, the browsers, sound, CD, printer, Internet, flash, realplayer music streaming, mail programs, applix office suite. I guess that's it.
Rejoiced too early. Now I can't leave X anymore. The system freezes as I have reported in earlier posts on this sub-forum when xorg.conf-vesa was up and I tried to get out of X.