alright, does this happen on any other programs, games especially. if so, it is more likely a problem with your computer than the game.
also, do you have a graphics card, or is it an integrated? also, what kind of monitor do you have, how new is it, and is there any special software that interfaces between your computer and monitor, or any other specialized graphics software on there?
I have had a similar problem when changing monitors used for my desktop.
And the game runs at 1024*768 by default. Always has, and there's no way to change it. SHIPMAKER runs at 800*600.
I fail. guilty as charged.
EDIT: I looked up the stats for the computer, and the screen does only run at 1024 by 600. that's most likely the problem right there. BSF runs 1024 by 768. doesn't fit. an external monitor *might* solve the problem if it ran at the appropriate resolution.
EDIT2: quoted from the site for SF
XP: 12GB Solid Solid State Drive
Linux: 20GB Solid Solid State Drive
30GB External HDD
he might just have given the external HDD by mistake?