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#1 44guy

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 11:05 AM

I have the wierdest script font problem on an IBM thinkpad, an older one, in which I installed a replacement disk drive from another IBM thinkpad. The disk worked normally in the other thinkpad before being put in this computer.

Now, although the disk works fine, get only this dopey basic computer type script font on it, on the desktop and everywhere...you know, the computer script where the width of the letters differs...some parts thick, other parts thin.

I tried changing font in the computer and other programs...no way, won't do it. By the way many other fonts are installed and show up as installed, but the computer will not run any of them.

I feel this might have something to do with the graphics card in the computer, but I don't know how to install a different graphics driver into the lap top.

Can anyone help me out> This is Windows 2000 operating system.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 09:00 PM

What model Thinkpad? When you said you swapped hard drives, did you reformat it and reinstall the operating system or use what was on the other hard drive?
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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:18 AM

Taking a hdd with a Windows OS installed on it out of one computer and putting it into another is asking for trouble. There are IDs in the registry that recognize the chipset of the original motherboard, when the hdd sees the IDs for the different chipset it gets confused. This usually will require reinstalling the OS.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 02:03 PM

No, I just swapped it out and left everything on the disk. It works fine, except for the font problem.

Additionally, I previously had windows 98 on the old disk I removed and it was having the same font problem.

It must have something to do with the other components in the computer...I suspect the graphics card.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 02:07 PM

h yeah, I forgot. The thinkpads are almost identical. Both have Pentium III processors. They are about six years old; I think the model is t43, but I don't have it here with me.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:18 PM

When you try to change the font, are you logged in as administrator?

Are all of the updates current and all 4 service packs installed?

Edited by garmanma, 16 June 2008 - 04:37 PM.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:20 PM

Sounds like the two systems are using different graphics cards. The drive has the drivers
for the old card which won't work for the new one.
If you can...put the drive back in the old system, boot it up and remove the video drivers.
When it asks to reboot just say no or cancel and shut it down. Put the drive back in the new
system and boot up. It should detect the video card and install the correct driver, or at least
one that is compatible enough to get it going so you can download and install the correct one.
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Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:33 PM

Thanks RAW. Makes sense. The only problem is that the old computer is now deceased, so I can't do what you suggest.

Any site where I can download assorted graphics card drivers????

Any guidance as to how to install a new graphics card on my Thinkpad....not sure where it is. Can I get a plug in graphics driver of any sort? I am surprised Windows doesn't have automatic driver library like it does for printers, for graphics cards.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:38 PM

When you try to change the font, are you logged in as administrator?

Are all of the updates current and all 4 service packs installed?



Yes on both counts. Any ideas on changing the graphics card or if there is a plug in I can install without opening it up?

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:20 AM

double-check the model number and post the correct one
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Posted 20 June 2008 - 02:40 PM

double-check the model number and post the correct one


the thinkpad ibm which I am now using with the drive from another one, is model T22.

The old one was a newer thinkpad laptop ibm ....I believe a T 43.

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 09:47 PM

Install/uninstall directions at the bottom of the pages:

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss...cid=MIGR-4JRNJB

For the T43, you need to do a little more homework
Intel chip

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss...ocid=MIGR-62899

ATI chip

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss...ocid=MIGR-61503

Edited by garmanma, 21 June 2008 - 09:51 PM.

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