It's pretty near impossible for us to offer much advice here. Are you two using the same version of SAS?
For the asterisks issue where are you seeing the *******s show up? Is this output from some proc? Or are you in one of the built in data viewers. You might just not have the column wide enough if it's a data viewer. But really the only thing I know about your problem is that it works on your machine and you are thinking it's not working on another. But I don't even know what you're trying to do or what you mean by "information doesn't get picked up". You'll need to be more specific to hope to get some real help.
Then again SAS will probably be able to offer better help in this regard.