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Garbage Characters Replacing English Characters


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#1 chrisng0719

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 06:12 AM

HI. I have garbage characters replacing all the words appearing in xp home sp2.
Can't change language since garbage characters replacing all characters
in control panel.
Please help.

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 06:19 AM

Run Windows One Care Free Scan

Go to Windows Live Onecare Free Scan
It will say "Get a free PC safety scan"
http://safety.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm

Make sure you click "Full Service Scan" in the middle of the page and
not the "Try It Now Free" on the right side.

Allow it to download an Active X component.
Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opens
Click "Next"

Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.

Allow it to scan - it may take quite a while, maybe two hours or so depending on how big your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive are.

#3 fleamailman

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 06:32 AM

Hi,welcome to bleeps
this one interests me
remember I am working blind so bare with me
also if you haven't mentioned it yet:
- what model of computer = done
- what os, XPpro or home = done
- how old is it =

if you have someone elses laptop handy, open that one next to yours, the layout will be the same, using the one you can read, navigate the other
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Posted 20 October 2006 - 10:39 AM

. . . if you have someone elses laptop handy, open that one next to yours, the layout will be the same, using the one you can read, navigate the other


This is how I learned to read German. Also, there's something to be said for experimentation - I use a program called WinScroll that is written in Japanese. I can't read any of the menu choices, but after a bit of experimentation I'm able to recognize the characters on the context menu.
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#5 laura85

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 07:24 PM

hi, have the same problem but only with some icons in control panel and other random places, arabic i think, the link didn't work for the full service scan it says i need an upgraded operating system (have windows XP media fully updated - new dell inspiron laptop). Otherwise no problems, no viruses etc, i can live with it but its just really irritating! did you manage to find a way to fix yours in the end?

thanx :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 01:24 PM

I too am getting arabic characters on my system. Usually they are in dialog boxes, most recently in the "run" warning dialog box.
Additionally they are right to left.

System: XP Pro
No Language support active
Scanned with all AV programs, nothing found
scanned with SpyWare programs, nothing found
Scanned with Windows System Care, resutls but none that effected the rouge characters.

As it was said above, doesn't seem to be affecting the system other than frustration levels in my head... Any help appreciated.

#7 TheTerrorist_75

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 02:28 PM

Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Languages > Details > Settings > Add button. Set Input Language to English - United States. Set Keyboard layout/IME to United States-International. Press Apply and OK
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Posted 05 December 2006 - 02:50 PM

that's one I didn't see...

Does this require a reboot to fix after making the registry change?

Thanks for your reply.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 06:34 PM

that's one I didn't see...

Does this require a reboot to fix after making the registry change?

Thanks for your reply.


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