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Asian Characters Not Consistently Showing

Question: Asian Characters Not Consistently Showing

I have this weird problem where my computer will sometimes show Asian characters (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc.) and sometimes it'll show them as blocks. It's really annoying because I can't see what the song names are in iTunes and some of my folders in Chinese are just blocks. I've already tried installing the language packs but that didn't help. I've also asked this on Microsoft's forum but they didn't help much either. I can see the fonts clearly on webpages and I can type in Chinese perfectly but I can't see the characters in places like folder names, file names, etc.

I currently run Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Answer: Asian Characters Not Consistently Showing

Quote: Originally Posted by Timchoi89

I have this weird problem where my computer will sometimes show Asian characters (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc.) and sometimes it'll show them as blocks. It's really annoying because I can't see what the song names are in iTunes and some of my folders in Chinese are just blocks. I've already tried installing the language packs but that didn't help. I've also asked this on Microsoft's forum but they didn't help much either. I can see the fonts clearly on webpages and I can type in Chinese perfectly but I can't see the characters in places like folder names, file names, etc.

I currently run Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

It may be as simple as the font itunes is using doesnt support foreign characters. Have you tried changing the font?


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I have a user with a PP presentation that shows Asian characters for the bullets. I changed them using the Bullets and Numbering menu.

However, we kept two copies of the PP presentation (this is a default company profile PP template)...and when the presentation is viewed under XP the Asian characters appear as normal bullets...but under Windows 7x64 they remain Asian.

Has anyone seen this before? Is there something we may have done in the original template that is making it different under each OS?

Answer:Office 2007 Bullets Showing as Asian Characters in Win 7 only

Time to become a detective! Likely you have a combination of conditions that result as you posted.

First, look at the templates, both Word and PP, to see what character set is used for the bullet style in question.

Next, check all workstations to see if they have the character set installed (you can bet they don't).

If not installed, check to see what set is used to substituted for the missing character set.

My guess is you will find the problem this way.


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Alright, I have Windows XP Professional... and I can't seem to get the Asian Characters to install. It's asking for xjis.nsl, which I saved onto my computer from: 2000/SYSTEM/XJIS.NLS
Install disc? I basically have the Open License ver. from my school's computer lab, but I don't have that install disc, or the one that came with my computer. I openned up Regional/Language Options, click Install East Asian Languages, then browse and pick the copy of XJIS that I have on my system. The exact text of the error is "Setup cannot copy the file c_10001.nls", followed by "Ensure that the location specified below is correct, or change it and insert 'Windows XP Professional CD-ROM' in the drive you specify".
I received the same result with a copy of the file that I received directly from a friend of mine, so I'm not sure what's wrong.
So, erm, is there anything that can be done here?

Answer:Win XP Pro. Asian Characters' problem

Try using PHIME2002A and PHIME2002ASync at startup to use Asian characters. Google them to get more information. My wife is Asian so I know these are needed.

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I recently used Vistalizator to install the Japanese language to my copy of windows.Since I got rid of it, some characters in certain programs appear as Asian characters - for example, in uTorrent, backslashes appear as an Asian character.Also, I've noticed that in Spotify if I right click, I get language options such as 'Left to right reading order,' and possibly as a consequence of this, i'm unable to type in the Username field.I have checked all of my language settings and everything is set to English, including my keyboard settings, and I'm unsure what to do.

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Could anyone please help me with this problem?
My fren try to tune the Windows OS font, but somehow, he can't get the aspect ratio right.

He is trying to set the OS in Chinese font - SimHei- in height 24 and width 24, but it comes out height 24 and width 28.
We did try to look for SimHei.ttf in 24*24, but couldn't find any.

Or is there another way to tune font size?

Thank you

Answer:Problem with tuning Asian characters in OS

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hi guys .. really need ur help ..
as u can see i'm new to this forum and new to windows 7 ..

and i been googled around for whole week .. trying everything .. and my windows still show those east-asian characters as "boxes"

i think this is the right forum to get the right help .. hehehe

this is the list i already tried ..
1. changing the system locale to chinese PRC
2. downloading chinese/korea/japanese language packs
3. downloading chinese fonts
4. unhide the fonts
5. and few others method i found googling around

really pissed off right now .. why microsoft makes it so difficult just to display east-asian characters .. when i'm using xp .. its so much simpler ..

i don't need to type those characters .. hell . i don't even know how to read korean or japanese .. hehe

i just want it to properly displayed when i'm playing korean song or surfing to chinese site ..

anyway .. big thanks in advance ..

Answer:[help] displaying east-asian characters

If you just want to see the characters, then use Google Translate;

Google Translate

Chinese translation of the above.


It will also translate any site for you.

Regards....Mike Connor

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Checked older posts and found a request similar to mine. I need to reconfigure my keyboard for Asian characters for my daughter's online Japanese course.

There was a reply to the older thread from Outlawstar15a2:

Anyway this website should help I found this via a forum post on another website apparently it's already copied to the hard drive all you need to do is tell XP to install them.

Theres the step by step process to follow. If you still need to find the files then I'll see if I can find them Ironically I have a XP CD I don't think this computer will be able to run XP unless I find XP drivers for everything on this computer but I should still be able to to find the files if I can find the CD. If you give me your email address I can make a better suggestion.

So here's where I'm at- I tried the link and it gives a walk-thru but after Step 4 it still asks for the XP disc to finish installing the files. I was able to get the language school to email me a zip file, but after unzipping and doesn't work either. I get to the same step (4) and again, it asks for the disc.

My pc was built for me...OEM Windows but it was a multiple license issue and I didn't get any recovery discs for it. The shop that built it went out of business a couple of years ago when the owner fell ill, so no chance of getting a copy at this point.

Any suggestions???? Than... Read more

Answer:XP keyboard config for Asian characters


As far as I can remember you do need to have an XP CD as it needs some files off it, does a friend or neighbour have one you can borrow to just get past this section.

Could try this and when it asks for the CD, see if you can browse to this location C:\i386 (its on your HDD and where most of the XP files on install are kept, but still think the ones you need are one the CD until needed)

As you did a copy and paste of that old post the link is dead so here it is for everyone to read

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I am using English Windows XP with SP2. I have installed East Asian langauge pack to view the websites.. but I cannot run any of the East Asian software applications. All the characters are displayed as '?'.

Answer:Displaying East Asian Characters


Are you still having this problem? If so, take a look at this, and see if it helps:

Windows XP in Your Language



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I noticed recently that at the end of my desktop's startup, it's making sounds as though it's processing something very resource hungry before quieting down again. I could never figure out what it was, but then I found under msconfig two odd entries at the end of the startup. I can't paste the characters so I took a screen capture here:

You'll obviously notice that it repeats itself twice. I have Malwarebytes and Avast. Both came up empty. After multiple scans and always after updates. I have also pasted my HJT log below and i think it caught a piece of what I'm talking about on the F3 line
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:14:18 PM, on 16/12/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
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Answer:Asian or Ascii Characters in Startup?

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weird...instead of Chinese/Japanese characters, they are little boxes with numbers and symbols in them

is there any way to fix this?



Answer:hmmm...asian characters in firefox?

goto tools options come down to languages and see if thats the problem. Other than that I'm as stumped as you are

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My computer is only a couple of weeks old. It's a T5100 and when i got it it was fine with displaying chinese and japanese characters which i am having problem with now. I didn't change any language settings or anything related to how the language would be shown. It shows totally fine on websites like chinese sites or youtube, but not on my computer programs, for example on itunes or skype, all non english words are shown with boxes. It only started recently. Yesterday i restarted my computer and it was normal but today when i opened the computer it started again. I don't really want to keep restarting my computer everytime it happens and i have a lot of songs that are boxed so it really bothers me. Any help would be greatly appreciated! 

Answer:T5100 chinese/asian characters problem

it is T510, not T5100.
What OS do you have? and whether it is Home Premium, Professional, etc.
What is the default language for non-unicode programs that you set in the language and region setting? (access this through control panel). 

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I have to re-start Firefox to get rid of the Asian characters.

Answer:Asian characters appearing on my Firefox browser...

Hi Konadan The issue you're currently describing is a bit broad, vague. Is it possible for you to take a screenshot of your Firefox browser when you see these Asian characters. To take a screenshot, simply follow dc3's instructions here and attach it to your next reply, it would help a lot.

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D'you know when you click on a web-page, and a pop-up box say's... 'You need to install Chinese Language Characters to display this page corectly'...
Well, when i click OK, (yes) - to install the required language characters - It asks me to insert my windows CD - and then it fails, saying: the file xjls.nls cannot be found
And when i try to install East Asian Language Characters from my WinXP Pro CD, thru Control Panel/Regional and Language Options - The same thing happens !
My copy of XP pro doesn't auto-run - so when i want to - i have to start the install or repair using 6 floppies...(it being a dodgy copy the PC builder sent me)
The file isn't on the CD when i use windows search - (even when i use folder options to 'view all files')...
So - Can anyone tell me where i can get the file from, and whether it's just a matter of 'double clicking' it to install ?

Many thanks - Blo. :beard:

Answer:chinese/east asian language characters

I'm not sure if it works but you want to install the Language
packs in the Internet Explorer Browser. Go to Tools, Internet Options, select Languages at the bottom, then click add and
install the different Languages you want the Browser to support.

You will need to close and reopen Internet Explorer for this
to take effect most likely.

Good Luck.

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My computer doesn't show asian characters...including languages like Hindi, Arabic, Chinese(all), Japanese, Korean, Gujarati etc....

I have many files in these languages but because of problem it shows only boxes in file names....

There is no problem in displaying characters in browsers and word processors...

Sometimes it shows all characters correctly but sometimes it doesn't. After reboot it shows them correctly, but not every time.

I'm currently using Windows 7 Ultimate.

Answer:My computer doesn't show asian characters...

I'm just guessing, but it sounds like you may need to install the appropriate language packs.
You can usually do that though Windows update, with Ultimate.

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Hello all,

I have a weird bug that has appeared now in 4 games. These games are BF2142, Crysis, COD 4, and now Frontlines Fuel of war.
Occasionally it seems as if my keyboard has frozen. Then when pressing a key i see some weird asian characters appear in the top left corner. These characters seems to show through the graphics yet don't remain on screen. They dissappear after a moment yet reappear if i am constantly pressing keys.
The thing is that my keyboard has not frozen. If i press shift i will crouch (it's my choice for crouching) yet will not be able to crouch up again or move at all. I can shoot but not move (wsad) or pan around using my mouse. I have to press esc a few times before the game reacts to reach the menu where i must exit the game and restart (the game not the computer) or else the bug continues. All the while the action unfolds around me yet i cannot move other than crouch which i've stated.
I play many other games without problem. This error does not always occur yet it is frequent enough to be a problem. I play in clan matches and cannot have this occur during this time.
Has anyone else had this occur? Do any devs have suggestions?

My patches and drivers are all up-to-date.

Thank you.

Answer:Odd asian characters in left corner and freezing

Well i would guess that your problem is keyboard related, perhaps an error in those drivers.

what keyboard are you using?

Does problem occur using another keyboard?

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Since we got Windows 7 back in Feb 2010 this PC was already language pack'ed ready. Displays Japanese characters, Korean, Chinese - you name it. I find this essential 'cause I have lots of songs in my music iTunes library that have those characters listed.

And after some windows update (or not sure what my mom did), it stopped showing those Asian characters and are replaced with those squares. What's even more weird is that when browsing any Eastern Asian sites (Korean, Japanese, etc) they display those characters fine and properly (I use Chrome). But the head of the browser which would list the title of the page you're at would display squares. So that's the same case with all my music collection right now - ones with Eastern Asian characters are now squared.

I don't get it the fact it used to show these characters bothers me and now it doesn't. I've tried downloading language packs again and no luck. And the "check for updates" procedure is doing no good for me (it's not showing up in "optional updates").

Help ?

Answer:Used to display Eastern Asian characters and now it doesn't?

If it doesn't show up in "Optional Updates", then the languages are installed. You can try removing the installed languages, then reinstalling. Try that, maybe with luck it could work.

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I am getting so frustrated . I have run, Adware, AVG-AntiSpyware and all they find are stupid cookies. Here is what's been going on for almost 2 weeks. I cannot adjust the date and time on my PC. Everytime I finally can change the time but the date reverts back to 2005! Also when ever I use the PC, using internet or not the mouse turns into weird chinese characters instead of the hour glass when it is 'thinking". The ONLY time it stops is if I run one of the AntiSpyware. I figure it realizes I'm trying to find it and goes into hibernation or something...after a while hour to couple hours, it comes back. It keeps doing something and I cannot type or use the PC during this time. 3 secs or so intermittently. Norton also found: W32.Hitapop which it deleted....maybe it didn't get it all??? Also can't do a system restore because of the date difference. Won't let me run a backup...don't even see the option in System tools.PLEASEEEEE HELPPPPPPPPP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here are the results of the hijackthis log. Thanks in advance.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:52:02 PM, on 3/30/2005Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsas... Read more

Answer:Cant Adjust Date. Weird Asian Characters Appearing!

I apologize for the very long delay. We have a huge backlog of HijackThis Logs to handle and it has been taking us greater time than normal to get caught up. If you are still having a problem, and want us to analyze your information, please post a brand new HijackThis log, along with a description of any problems you are experiencing. If we do not hear back from you within a couple of days we will need to close your topic.When posting your logs please post them directly into the reply. Do not attach them.Thank you for your patience.

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When I try to install East Asian characters via Control Panel's Regional and Language Options, I get an error "the file xjis.nls on Windows XP home edition is needed. Type the path where the file is located."

But I have no CD, I bought my PC with Windows XP Home installed, so where to get this file?

Thank you so much!

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Usually, I can see Asian characters (specifically Chinese and Japanese) perfectly fine, but since the last time I restarted my computer none of them are showing up. They don't show in foobar2000 (a music player) either, unless I switch the font to Meiryo (a Chinese font). They used to show up with no problem.

They still show up in Chrome.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 900 @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1978 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 797 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 218854 MB, Free - 13441 MB; D: Total - 19315 MB, Free - 2802 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1605
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Enabled

Answer:Solved: Windows Explorer no longer shows Asian characters

I restarted my computer and the characters are now shown.

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Firstly, as you can see I am a noob and would like to take this opportunity to say Hi to you all.

I have just taken possession of a new notebook OS Windows Home 7 64 bit I have just installed Office XP and although it seems to be working fine except when I open a document margin marks or crop marks (these are NOT text boundary marks) appear on each corner of the page which is really annoying. I have researched this and see that it is a problem which occurs only if you have one of the following Asian languages turned on in Microsoft Office Language Settings. It says to remove all the Asian languages from the Enabled languages list but I have none enabled only English UK so am very confused. I also see that in tools option in word tabs for Japanese Find tab, Asian Typography, Asian Layout are showing. I have also read that this is also something to do with Windows 7 languages so maybe when I install Office XP it picks up on this.
I would like to disable these Asian languages but cannot see how to do this. Can anybody help?


Answer:Office XP-Asian Languages showing?

Hello Ziani and welcome to SevenForums.

This is just a guess so it may not help (sorry.) Have you looked in the Windows Features dialog box to see if there are any language packs listed that can be turned off?

Turn Windows features on or off

Another possibility is to try running Office XP in Compatibility Mode. Again, probably won't help but who knows.

Compatibility Mode

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I've been attempting for 2 days now to remove this trojan that seems to show back up after each restart. I've tried OTL, combofix, hitmanpro, tdsskiller, mbar, mbam, MSE and a few others but am willing to try every one again at your request.
In addition to this trojan (which, as far as I can tell, edited my hosts file to redirect all popular websites to a survey/phishing website [unless that was another virus]), I also seem to have been blessed by a bitcoinminer.
Any help would be lovely. I've attached the logs that the preparation guide requests.
Thank you.

 attach.txt   10.63KB

 dds.txt   19.84KB
  6 downloads consistently showing up in svchost.exe

I have attempted to use both TDSSkiller and MBAR in safe mode to no avail.

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I have a weird, new problem where certain characters are not showing up in my browser.
The screenshot below shows this problem: I made the thread shown originally and in the white spaces there should be a bunch of unicode characters. They don't show up since I reinstalled Windows a couple of weeks ago.
How do I get them back?

Image 2012-04-24 at 12.05.17 AM.png

Answer:Certain characters not showing up

Do you have font MS Gothic in C:\Windows\Fonts ?

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How do I get Korean characters to show up on chrome? It shows up just fine everywhere else (explorer, itunes etc)

I've tried
Changing system locale to Korea
unchecking "hide fonts based on language settings" in font settings

P.S. I think this problem is specific to chrome because Korean characters show up fine in IE 11

Answer:korean characters not showing up


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Hello i am having a serious problem. Windows XP won't show the characters on this page . Look at #7 and at the bottom it shows rectangles or blank spaces. Please Help !Do Your Self A Favor And Backup Your Computer , Remove That Junk , And Orginize your stuff :D

Answer:Ascii characters showing as rectangles

The characters at the very bottom of that post are control characters for which there is no graphic representation. How they will be show, if if they are shown at all, depends on the font in use. The font depends on your locale, the browser in use, and system configuration. Typically these characters will be shown as blanks or squares, possibly in some other form.

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There seems to be an issue with hebrew characters in IE11 in Apex 4.2. Previous versions and other browsers work fine.
Are there any suggestions to make this work globally within Apex?

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There seems to be an issue with hebrew characters in IE11 in Apex 4.2. Previous versions and other browsers work fine.
Is there any tweeks required to make this work?

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I'm a new guy around here so please pardon my ignorance.

I'm having a strange problem. I used to be able to enter ASCII characters anywhere, but recently I can only get the ones I want in msn messenger. In everywhere else, including notepad, they show up as japanese characters. For example, alt+0174 is "registered sign" normally, but nowadays I get a "ッ" when pressing alt+0174. By the way, my current default typing language is Japanese, but I'm using a standard US keyboard. The thing is, I had been typing with IME Japanese from way before this problem started, so I don't this is the cause.

When I checked character map, the keyboard shortcuts for everything seems to have disappeared, and only the japanese characters in fonts like MS Mincho have them. The last time i checked, which was before this problem started, the shortcuts were in all the correct places.

Can anyone help me with this problem? Thanks in advance.

Answer:ASCII special characters showing up as japanese

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I am trying to display Hebrew characters in php through mysql.
I have tried changing the collation settings in phpMyAdmin.
I tried utf8_bin and utf8_unicode. In both of these attempts the Hebrew characters would not show in phpMyAdmin.
Of course, no luck either when trying to display the characters through php.

I changed to utf8_general_ci:
Now the Hebrew does show in the insert paste in window
The Hebrew does show in Sql query report window as is shown below.

UPDATE `findthep_Comm4`.`Comm_Clarke` SET `Text` = 'The original term תהו tohu and בהו bohu, ' WHERE `Comm_Clarke`.`Index` =1 LIMIT 1 ; Click to expand...

When I call the record up in php, all I get are question marks.

Here is the php code.

//script under development for Commentary Project
// Quote variable to make safe
function quote_smart($SeeAlso)
// Stripslashes
if (get_magic_quotes_gpc()) {
$SeeAlso = stripslashes($SeeAlso);
// Quote if not a number or a numeric string
if (!is_numeric($value)) {
$SeeAlso = "'" . mysql_real_escape_string($SeeAlso) . "'";
return $SeeAlso;

if(empty($MTH) && empty($RWP) && empty($SCR) && empty($STD) && empty($VWS) && empty($WES) && empty($ACL) && empty($BRC) && empty($BRN) && empty($CAL) && empty($DAR) && empty($GBT) && empty($GIL) && empty(... Read more

Answer:Solved: Hebrew Characters Not Showing In Php Through MySql

I have solved this problem for me but I am not sure about what others see on their machine.

I changed the collation to the text field with the Hebrew characters to collation = utf8_bin

I inserted the following line above the php code.

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-8-i">

When I loaded the web page with Hebrew characters, I received a message to insert the XPHome disc and install the Hebrew language pack/character set from the install disc. Therefore, I installed the Hebrew language pack.

For me on my machine, I can now see the Hebrew characters in the php page. 1:1
Thank you in advance.

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I got a game on my Win7 Professional SP1 that is in Chinese, but when I start it all the text is either squares or question marks. I have done everything I know of.

In the Regional and Language window I have change format to Chinese Simplified, the current location to China, the display language to Chinese Simplified, current language for non-Unicode programs to Chinese Simplified.
I also unchecked the "Hide fonts based on language settings" button under Font Settings.

Still the game shows squares and question marks while my entire PC shows everything in Chinese.

Is there anything else that I am missing?

Answer:Chinese game on Windows 7 not showing characters?

Hello welcome to TSF! What is the name of the game. Is this the first time this has happened? Is this the first time you have installed or played the game?

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I have problems inputting Chinese characters. (no problem in viewing Chinese characters though)
They show up as squares in the edit field. But once I hit enter, the chinese character will show up properly.

A bit confusing but I think the screen shot below will show the situation clearer.

Some details here
- Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1.
- 64 bit operating system
- Chinese Simplified Quan Pin (version 6.0)

Appreciate if anyone can help. Thanks!!

Answer:Chinese Characters Not Showing properly in edit text

Check encoding settings of your browser. Is it unicode? (I'm not sure enough).

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I am experiencing a problem with my keyboard, its a Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 every time I type a open/closed bracket will show in the with the following characters and letter p will show as well. This happen after I pressed some key on the keyboard and activated something.

b = pb
m = ]m
n = [n
p = pb

Procedures I have taken and not work:
1. stickey keys are off
2. no virius on computer
3. did a system restore
4. no stuck keys
5. re-installed driver
6. disconnected keyboard receiver and resync keyboard with receiver

Answer:Open closed bracket and p letter showing next to some characters

When that starts happening, normally the circuitry is bad. I'd say just get a new keyboard. Not worth/easily to be fixed.

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Any help to correct this problem would be appreciated.
I don't know if this is a hardware issue or a software issue. Whenever I press certain letters I get a numeric stroke. For example:


The only reason I'm able to type this is because I've connected another keyboard up to the laptop.

Answer:Solved: Fujitsu laptop keyboard showing wrong characters

Most likely you have some kind of number lock feature on. It's so you can use the letters as you would a number pad on a standard keyboard.

Try to find a key on your keyboard labeled "Num Lock" and press it (you may have to hold down something like an "Fn" key while pushing the Num Lock button).

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I have just bought an Acer laptop running windows 7 home premium 64bit. However, when running the preinstalled Windows Live Messenger 2011 on this system, special characters such as ☺ or ♫ do not show up correctly in the chat window, instead appearing as a blank box. They do however show up in the contact list for contacts that have such characters in their names or messages.

Does anyone have suggestions as to why this might be happening and what can be done in order to display these characters correctly? Thanks!

Answer:ASCII special characters not showing in Live Messenger 2011 chat

Hello bidetao, and welcome to Seven Forums

In what "Font" are you typing? Some fonts do not support ♥ or ♣ and things like that.

If you are using Arial then it should work without a problem.


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Hello, I have had this issue for a long time. I am using Windows XP. I was browsing a forum yesterday and some girl posted "I love you" with some weird letters (???? ???) but I just can't see it right. It is not another language like Chinese/Japanese/Korean, it is just some funny looking letters which my computer can't recognize. And it is the same with Firefox and Chrome, so it is not browser related. I have read a lot but can't really make it work. Does anyone know what this is about and can anyone help me ?


Answer:Some characters showing up as blank boxes/boxes with numbers inside

She probably used a language and font combo not on your computer.
For example, I copied this from the character map in Windows 7, using Microsoft New tai Lue. It shows as this in Windows: 2014-03-11 09.52.27.png

It shows like this on my mac:

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When I try to download a file from Internet explorer it replacec the white space with underscores and double quotation with weired characters. How can I avoid this. while downloading I want my original file name. Any Ideas please tell me.

thanks in advance,

Answer:replaces special characters with weired characters on download from internet explorer

When you download it are you hitting save or run? (I reccomend save BTW)

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I have some japanese songs in my collection. Some of it are in Japanese characters and they display as boxes.

On Windows7, they display correctly without installing/setting anything.

I tried adding a Japanese language pack which does nothing. There's no download for the pack. It says it's not available.


Answer:[WIN8] how do I display filenames using multibyte characters (Japanese characters)?

mrjayviper said:

On Windows7, they display correctly without installing/setting anything.Click to expand...

What's the problem then?

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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.

Answer:Garbage Characters Replacing English Characters

Run Windows One Care Free ScanGo to Windows Live Onecare Free Scan It will say "Get a free PC safety scan" 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 opensClick "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.

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I can log in to XP like normal on my laptop, but once I'm logged in the keys on the keyboard are all over the place. An M is an O a C is a 6. Anyone ever heard of this poblem and how to fix????

Answer:Keyboard characters don't type proper characters

well u probably messed up the keyboard mapping when u formated windows and the only way to change it back is to reformat again
search TF i answered something like this befor!

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I have two excel spreadsheet that I need to compare using vlookup, using case number to do so. The two sheets have case number stored differently, for example, one has the, displayed as 2012DT00001 or 2001CM00012 and the other sheet displays them as 2012DT1 or 2001CM12. Obviously, they are the same record but when using vlookup to compare the record and bring over information that is on one and not the other it does not work well. I have tried using vlookup to compare and look for approximate matches (TRUE). However, when I look at a sampling of the information it misses 80% of the records. At this point, I am thinking that the vlookup function is missing those records as a result of the two case numbers being different as a result of the unneeded zeros in the one. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:How can i edit characters within a string of characters?

Here are two ways to do it:With your data in Column A:
1) 2012DT00001 2012DT1
2) 2001CM00012 2001CM12
In cell B1 enter the formula: =LEFT(A1,6)&VALUE(RIGHT(A1,5))Drag down as needed.You can now use Column B in your =VLOOKUP() something along the lines of:=VLOOKUP(B1,Sheet2!A1:B2,2,1)The second way is to use the formula directly in your =VLOOKUP() which eliminates the need for column BSomething like:=VLOOKUP(LEFT(A1,6)&VALUE(RIGHT(A1,5)),Sheet2!A1:B2,2,1)The trick is in the: VALUE(RIGHT(A1,5)) section, it takes the last five characters of your text string, IE 00001 or 00012and converts them from TEXT to a NUMBER, and since Excel strips out any leading zeros in a number you end up with your required digit.See how that works for you.MIKE

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Hi there. This is an odd problem, whenever certain characters are used ("^ are just some) then a letter is pressed foreign characters appear.
When I press
" Then O it comes up as ?, instead of "O, and so on.
Does anyone have any ideas, on how this could be fixed. I've checked in the regional/language settings, and in the G15 control Panel.

Answer:Foreign Characters/Characters appearing.

I use English, German and Finnish keyboard layouts on a daily basis. Never had this kind of issue.

Could you please tell which language settings you are using?


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I have Chinese and Korean installed on several PCs and both languages are frequently used. What happens on two of the computers is that these characters 'invade' other programmes and for example make some hotmail email almost illegible, forward slashes are replaced by a Korean symbol, even some of the dialog boxes for the antivirus software have been corrupted this way! Any ideas anybody?

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i have a trojan that i don't know how to get rid of. my two friends have already gone through a process with you. please help! i have included my hijack this log file below.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:14:48 AM, on 10/11/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0013)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
c:\program files\\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\... Read more

Answer:i have an asian trojan!

i am also attaching a kaspersky log


Saturday, November 10, 2007 3:02:44 PM
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
Kaspersky Online Scanner version:
Kaspersky Anti-Virus database last update: 10/11/2007
Kaspersky Anti-Virus database records: 456038

Scan Settings:
Scan using the following antivirus database: extended
Scan Archives: true
Scan Mail Bases: true

Scan Target - My Computer:

Scan Statistics:
Total number of scanned objects: 111105
Number of viruses found: 6
Number of infected objects: 364
Number of suspicious objects: 0
Duration of the scan process: 02:25:18

Infected Object Name / Virus Name / Last Action
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\\Agent\Logs\TaskScheduler\McTskshd001.log Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\\VSO\OASLogs\OAS.log Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents ... Read more

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Question: Asian virus

I have a computer that has a virus, but all the text is coming up in an Asian language so I can't tell what the title of the virus is. I had this problem a couple months ago & thought I got rid of it using the SAS, MBAM, Combofix, etc. scans, but here it is again. I ran the suggested scans again & it seems to have taken out the virus, but I want to make sure all remnants of it are gone. The SAS scan had to take place in safe mode because otherwise it wouldn't run.

Hopefully someone here can help. Thanks!

Answer:Asian virus

...the MGTools logs....

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i recently installed east asian languages out of curiosity; i then uninstalled them but i still see some weird stuff

for instance, instead of forward slashes, i see a "W" with a horizontal line through it; some other characters also occasionally display as strange characters

more importantly, however, i downloaded 'picasa' and everything is in korean...its from an english site:

any thoughts? thanks a lot!

Answer:east asian languages


Are you still having this problem? If so, go to , and download 'Hijack This!'.
Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
Press that, save the log somewhere, and please copy & paste its contents to the forum.

It will possibly show other issues deserving our attention, but most of what it lists will be harmless or even required, so do NOT fix anything yet.
Someone here will be happy to help you analyze the results.



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i just reinstalled windows XP, and right now my PC can't read Asian texts, and i can not set my Language for non-Unicode programs into any Asian countries... wat should i install? any help will be nice, thanks in advance

Answer:can't read asian texts~ help~

Add Language Support


To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure.

The below illustrations are from Windows XP. The steps for Server 2003 are almost identical. Differences are noted in BOLD.


Go to Control Panel.


Click on Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options. Skip this step if you are running Server 2003.
Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options


Click on Regional and Language Options.
Regional and Language Options


The Regional and Language Options applet appears.
Regional and Language Options


Click on the Languages tab.
Languages tab.


Under Supplemental language support, select the check box beside the applicable language collection:

Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages, or

Install files for East Asian languages

The complex script and right-to-left languages include Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, the Indic languages, Thai, and Vietnamese; the East Asian languages include Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The files for most other languages are installed on your computer automatically by Windows.

To find out which language collection to install to support the language(s) you need, see Wi... Read more

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Hi I'm trying to add japanese input lanugage, I already install support for east asian languages,restarted, but when I try to add japanese I don't see it on the "add input language" window, infact all east asian languages(ie. chinese) isn't there.. but I see japanese on the the "regional and language options" window,

Answer:East asian languages

Hi and Welcome to TSG,
I hope this Microsoft guide is what you are looking for?
"Windows XP supports more than 100 languages and dialects. Typically, you use one primary language on your computer. However, with Windows XP, you can set up multiple languages, and then switch between them with just two mouse clicks. A multiple-language setup is useful if you often send and receive documents in different languages. If your computer is used in a multilingual household, you can configure each user account with a different language."


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I ripped about 200 disks of Asian music to put on my iPod on my friends PC, and dumped it onto a portable HD to bring it home. I brought it home, plugged it in, and a large part of my Asian text is appearing as stuff like * ...Some of the text shows up correctly in Foobar 2000 (My media player) but odd thing is that when I explore into my portable hard drive, all the text appears properly... When I put songs directly onto my iPod, it's the same problem. If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Answer:Asian Text Not Apprearing...

Is suspect that you do not have east Asian fonts installed on your PC. You do not mention your operating system. For Windows XP, you can install east Asian language support in the "Regional and Language Options" Control Panel (see attached screen capture).

I am not sure if it is even possible to add or enable such support to an iPod. If you list the exact model of your iPod, someone else here may be able to help you out.

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I am trying to install the files for Asian languages.

I went into Control Panel, then chose Regional and Language Options. I chose the Languages tab and clicked on the box in front of Install files for East Asian Languages. A box pops up telling me that I will need 230MB free. I clicked OK. Then I clicked OK again to begin copying the files.

When it can't find the first file, it popped up a box that says it needs the XP CD-ROM. (I first look for the file on my hard drive but it is not there.) I put in the Windows XP CD. It still can't find the file. I look in the contents of the CD. There is a file that is similar. The last character is an underscore instead of the letter. I copy this file to my hard drive, rename it, and it takes the file.

Now it can't find the next file. This file doesn't exist at all on the CD or on my hard drive. I google the file and it says that it is an XP SP2 file. Now I think I know what the problem is.

XP was installed on this PC before SP2 was available. My PC has SP2 because it was updated way back when. But I do not have the SP2 CD.

So, how do I install these files? Eventually, I have to have the Chinese language option installed on this PC, but this is the first step. Where do I get the files necessary? It isn't like I don't have the CD...I do. It just doesn't have these files.

Please help. Thank you very much.

Answer:Xp And Asian Language Install

If I understand you correctly, SP2 has been installed at some earlier time but it seems that Windows now needs some more files off the SP2 CD that were not installed with the earlier SP2 update. If that is the case, you can get an SP2 update CD from Microsoft here (the CD is free but there might be a charge for packing and postage):, it could be that Windows is asking for the retail "Windows XP with SP2" CD which you don't have and which has to be purchased, though it's now difficult to find as the stores are phasing out XP to make way for Vista. You may be able to borrow one from a friend just to get your language files installed. That's quite legal because you won't be using it to install Windows, all you need are some language support files from it.

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i've installed support for east asian languages but programs like ppstream are all composed of question marks. help?

Answer:East Asian Languages

i clicked on and it is in chinese for me. and i mean it. i have east asian languages installed here. sound to me like you have to go back and select the languages you want to view.

first off....go to settings>control panel>regional and language>languages> click on details. select the language you want to add. when finished, hit apply and ok.

now to internet explorer...

click on tools>general>languages> add> select the wanted language. as above, close out program by apply>ok.

then check back on that link and it should be readable as long as you read chinese.

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OS Windows XP Pro, SP2. Unintentionally I installed the Asian Fonts on my PC and now when I am in some of my graphic programmes choosing a font to use, when I stand on one of these fonts it causes my pc to freeze and I have to go out of the programme I am in. When I look at these fonts through a font viewer I see that they have a @ sign in front of their name? I would like to uninstall/delete these fonts but haven't found a way to do so since they don't appear in the Windows Font file. Can anybody help me here, it's driving me crazy? Thanks so much.

Answer:Un-installing Asian Fonts

Check the Control Panel to see if you can uninstall them there.

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Asian Trojans attacking U.K

Forward in EMAIL Format for PRINT Government Security threats Europe Security
Three hundred key U.K. business and government organizations have been threatened by a wave of data-stealing cyberattacks coming from Asia, the British government has warned.

According to the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre, hackers in East Asia have developed Trojan horse programs that attempt to steal information from certain parts of the critical national infrastructure, which includes not only government agencies but businesses in the finance, transportation and telecommunications sectors.

A report from the NISCC said: "Parts of the U.K.'s critical national infrastructure are being targeted by an ongoing series of e-mail-borne electronic attacks. While the majority of the observed attacks have been against central government, other U.K. organizations, companies and individuals are also at risk."

The Trojans can infect computers through e-mails and Web sites. The e-mails are usually spoofed and appear to be from news or government agencies.

Companies running Microsoft software are most vulnerable to the attacks, the NISCC said. It added that the Trojans differ from previous attacks but didn't give any further information.

Roger Cumming, director of the NISCC, said the attacks have been happening for some months.

"We cannot say hand on heart and identify who is doing this," he said. "In order to na... Read more

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When ever I try to save a Wordpad document the message which usually pops up (with the yellow triangle with and ! in the middle like the one with this message) to ask "Do you want to save the changes" now comes up in some sort of Asian font instead of English. Any suggestions...

I know what it is asking so really don't HAVE to change it back to English but was wondering why it began to show up in Asian. The PC is a Sony Vaio. Thanks. Dlandb

Answer:Wordpad messages in Asian?!?!

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After many a batte with my beloved PC... I had to get it reformatted by my wonderful PC guy, thing is he re-installed windows XP, and now it had a heap of asain fonts, this would be ok if it only appeared in office programs, but it also seems to replace some letters randomly on different websites...

I just wondered if there was a way to make this language option go away. As its a bit of a pain, and after loading some music to my H10 iriver it seemed to list my songs in an asian font also (really not sure if that is related, and have re-sync'd the iriver) but would love to fix this annoying issue!

Cheers all and Happy New Year!

Answer:Solved: Asian scripts

Try following this MS article:

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My son emailed from college that he can't get east asian languages to install on his XP laptop. I'ts a very simple procedure, but when he clicks on OK, nothing happens. I tried it on my XP desktop and it works fine, the files start installing right away. Then I tried it on my daughter's XP laptop and encountered the same problem my son has. There's no error message, but no file transfer either. Nothing happens. At Microsoft, they just repeat the simple procedure for installing them, nothing about what happens if they don't. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Answer:asian languages won't install

You may need to have support for two-byte characters installed before installing Asian languages. Search for this, my Win98SE system did fine accepting Japanese characters...

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Unable to remove Asian Typography from Microsoft Word.

The resolution says to remove Asian languages from the Enabled languages list in Microsoft Office Language Settings but the "remove" button is greyed out. I've searched on Google and read messages from other people with this problem, but I've never found a reply.

I'm hoping someone on this website has the answer.

Thanks, Mary

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This morning my good lady was surfing on her laptop when she received a call from an obvisouly Asain gentleman called Gary who stated he was from the Windows Help Desk. He addressed my wife by her surname and asked if she knew that her computer was infected by viruses and other bugs and that she had visited a site which had caused the problem aqnd that everyone was watching what she was doing. My wife said that I knew more about computers (little does she know!) and I would be in later. She ended the call and and immediately hit the power off button. When I came home she was shaking and related the tale of woe. I carried out a full virus scan of the machine which indicated no problems. I also ran Malwarebytes and CCleaner, again with no problems.Around 5pm I took a call from another Asian sounding gentleman called Adam who told me the same story. I asked if he worked for Microsoft and he relpied 'sort of' and he would 'soon get rid of the problems'. I, probably foolishly, hung up. 1471 did not have the callers number.Sorry to go on, but has anybody else had similar calls, and also, how on earth did they get our name and telephone number?

Answer:Asian 'Microsoft Help Desk' ??

No you were not foolish to hang up. You were very wise.It is a well known scam, they get you to do certain 'tests' on your pc and eventually offer you their Remote Control so that they can 'fix' your pc for you.They certainly fix it alright, they mess it up and take your bank details either from the pc and/or get you to give them to them to pay for their 'service'It is a complete SCAM to defraud you.There is no way Microsoft know what state your pc is in, nor are they interested to know or would ring you up, think about it, how would they know your telephone number?The scammers often call people who don't even have a pc.

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Alright, I have some japanese songs that iTunes can read, but then I have others that iTunes CANNOT. I think these files are in Big5 or something, but I cannot find a converter program to convert these files into Unicode (mp3 files). And python confuses the crap out of me.

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Question: East Asian Support


I have a problem dealing with installing East Asian Support on my computer. My computer did not previously display asian text, so I decided to install support for it (mostly to see japanese). I'm using Mozilla Firefox on Windows XP SP2, so the japanese text I would see would look like "?????". I go to install the files and they are all then installed and my computer asks me to restart. I say yes. My computer restarts and then I go to look at some online japanese resources. Every one of the websites still contained "??????" so I thought it might just be a Firefox issue. I then tried viewing the same sites on IE and what it came up with was a bunch of gibberish that it usually would display without support.

I then thought that maybe things might improve if I worked in Japanese code page. Now, instead of "????" and Japanese, I see blocks. Also, the smalle.fon items are now oversized bitmaps, it seems. The text is all bulky and certain letters like c and e look the same - a small block. It is really frustrating, because I tried repeatedly to reinstall these files, and they have the same result every time. I need help, please!

Answer:East Asian Support

In IE, you have to select View menu > Encoding, and then choose the desired page encoding for the site you're viewing.

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I got this tv-card out of my friends computer, I think its a "PixelView PV - BT878P + FM.RC" and so looked around the internet and then found what I think is their site.
The problem is that every time I click on a file to download a page in Asian comes up like a page cannot be found.
I'm using Firefox but I have also tried IE7.
This is what it says....


* &#22914;&#26524;&#24744;&#26159;&#22312; [&#32178;&#22336;] &#21015;&#37749;&#20837;&#32178;&#22336;&#65292;&#35531;&#30906;&#35469;&#32178;&#22336;&#30340;&#25340;&#23383;&#26159;&#21542;&#27491;&#30906;&#12290;
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Answer:Tv card drivers - page comes up in asian

Ive found the drivers, but I'm still wondering why this comes up. I'm guessing that its a server message saying that the page can't be found.

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I bought Babylon translation program to translate English to Chinese. I went to Control Panel and tried to install the East Asian Language Pack. It asked me to insert the Service Pack 3 CD. I bought this and inserted it and got an error message, "files missing." The missing files were "i386/lang...cplexe." Does anybody know where I can get these files?

Answer:Installing East Asian Language

Try microsoftsupport

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My computer can't display chinese characters. When i went to language settings and installed east asian language, it required me to use the Windows SP3 CD. but i don't have the cd. i thought to download the language files on internet, but i can't find it. Does anyone know where to download it? or is there another way to display chinese characters on my system without CD? Thanks for the help.

Answer:Where to download asian language package for XP SP3?

Last time I had to do this was on a linux system, haven't actually had to do it on a Windows box. Try this:

Once SP3 is installed, change your language settings, and let your system update download the language pack from Microsoft.

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In Asian Dynasty I am playing as the Indian (level 10). The problem is, in Skirmish (Supremacy) game I can not move from Discovery age to Colonial Age. I have enough food (around 2000) but when I choose my town center and click on the button to move up to Colonial age (which says it requires 800 food) nothing happens. Its mildly grayed out. Please tell me how do I advance to the next age?

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I had to wipe everything and restore back to factory default
and as always, I'm running into language setting problems.

laptop shows korean characters in most of the cases,
but I see blocks, weird symbols, or question marks sometimes which
makes me very annoying even though the chance is like 2 or 3 out of 10.

I've already changed the system locale to Korean in
Control Panel > Regional and Language > Administrative

I've been into this problem a lot and
I'm keep forgetting the solution to it..
I'm attaching some pictures too

Im running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

Plz help!

Answer:Asian language appear in question marks

Your first screenshot shows (I think) the tabs of Firefox. By default, Firefox uses Western (ISO-8859-1) character encoding. The strange characters problem only occurs on websites which fail to specify which character encoding should be used. in such cases, the default Western ISO character encoding[/I] may be inappropriate.

I think you need to change this default to Unicode (UTF-8) as follows:

Open Firefox.
Open Options.
Click Content.
in the Fonts & Colours section, click Advanced.
Under Default Character Encoding click the drop-down arrow.
Select Unicode (UTF-8).
Click OK.

Reload page for affected websites.

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How can I install text support for Japanese, Chinese and Korean in Microsoft Office? I am taking a Chinese class at school and we have to do various computer assignments in Chinese, but my computer will not input text in Chinese.

Answer:East Asian Language Packs

Installing East Asian Language Support Under Windows XP

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My dad recently reinstalled windows XP on my computer, as I had some sort of virus that disabled system restore and access to the hard-drive and blah blah. And now I have this problem when trying to install East Asian Languages:

I clicked the check box, and inserted the CD. It installed, I rebooted. But I still cant see Japanese text, or add it to my input language bar thing? Or change my locale to Japanese. No matter how many times I reboot or try and reinstall it, this never changes.

Someone suggested I use "sfc /scannow" in the run command to see if there are files missing, but it didn't work, meaning it found no errors. Any suggestions?

Answer:East Asian Language trouble

u will NOT be able to see japanese text everywhere , like start menu or in the tool bars. All the text will be in english. You will only be able to read and write japanese text in microsoft word or wordpad.

May be i am wrong, senior members will tell u better

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I want to install some "East Asian Languages".
I am using "Windows XP service pack 3"
But I have "Windows XP Service Pack 2" disk how can I install this files.

Answer:How to install East Asian Languages

Open internet exploerer.
Click tools/windows update.
Check the optional updates for language packs.

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So I do some programming and in particular, I need to be able to display East-Asian languages, as some stuff I do is in Unicode and has translations.

I particularly work with Japanese and Korean, both which were in the East-Asian language for XP. I installed them using the XP CD and added the language pack.

I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium right now, no installation CD (my notebook was store purchased).

Anyways, I need to be able to install the languages, not that I will set my language to it, but to be able to view it, because currently, both languages do not display. I need it to display correctly.


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Hello. I was trying to enable Eastern Asian languages and the option above it (i think it enables languages that are written right to left) and i had to get my windows xp disk. Only problem is i am can not find the freaking thing! I have been looking for a long while and i have yet to find it. I was hoping that some one could provide for me the files so that i may download and install them. I looked on microsoft and they said it was already a feature in XP. So i just need the files containing the files for the languages, please if any one can provide me with them, please do.

Answer:Eastern Asian Languages files

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If you are familiar with this kind of thing then please help.

1) I'm losing the asian fonts I have in my mp3 file tags, (asian kanji turns to gibberish).
like this -> ????s?

2) accents and symbols turn to random kanji.
? -> 駑 Φ -> リ

3) the slash keeps changing to the Yen symbol.
\ -> ¥

This is all very annoying, most of all the mp3s though. Please help if you can.

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I apologize in advance if this topic has already been covered here.

I'm running XP Pro. I had Chinese, Russian, and Japanese. After I installed SP2 I got a registry corruption that crashed me. I hired a guy to fix it, which he did, but after he returned my laptop (Thinkpad) the Chinese option was missing from the language bar.

I tried several times to add Chinese from the list, but every time I pushed "Apply" it still didn't show up. So I uninstalled the language files and tried to reinstall them. Now I get a message asking me to insert the Service Pack 2 CD-ROM so that it could read from D:\I386\LANG, which I don't have because I downloaded SP2 from the web instead of a CD. I changed the path from D: to C:, hoping to point it at the right files, but after copying over some of the files, the installer prompted me for the Windows XP CD-ROM, seeking the same D:\I386\LANG path. Even though I changed the path from D: to C:, the language installer still looked in D:, and returned an error and cancelled the install.

Have any of you run into this? What should I do? I know that I can order the SP2 CD from Microsoft, but
1. I don't want to wait 4-6 weeks
2. The installer crashes after asking for the XP CD, not the SP2 CD. I don't have the XP CD because this computer came with XP pre-installed (legally).

Answer:Can't install East Asian Languages on XP SP2

I want to bump this, because I still haven't been able to solve the problem for over a month. Basically, I try to install East Asian languages, and the install fails. Here's the error message that Windows gives me:

"Windows setup could not copy the appropriate files."

If you Google that error message (quotes and all), you'll find other examples of people experiencing the same problem, but nobody's been able to help them (or me). Does anyone have any ideas?

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Alright, so I wanna install the East Asian Language Pack for my parents so they can use the computer. I am running Windows XP professional. The only issue is that I lost my windows professional CD. I still have my windows XP Home Edition CD. Is there anyway I can install it? I really rather not buy another windows XP CD. I already bought enough of them.

Answer:East Asian Language Pack

Can't they just borrow someone's CD? (Go door to door and say "hi" to your neighbors?) It doesn't have to be the exact same CD from which Windows XP was originally installed.

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Hello. I current have a problem that I've been having since about 2 weeks ago, before then everything worked fine.

I'm a student of Asian languages, such as Japanese and Chinese, so I use programs that are from those countries, usually using AppLocale, which works majority of the time; If it doesn't work, I simply change my windows xp to the language I need.

The problem I have right now is that when I install programs that are using InstallShield that uses an Asian language, it gives me an weird error and does not continue. I can't read the error message, either, because all the characters become broken Korean charcters and squares. It doesn't matter if I'm trying to install Korean, Japanese or Chinese programs, I get the same error (or what it seems like the same error) with the broken characters.

I have tried to fix it for awhile and I came with the conclusion that this is an InstallShield problem. I've tried reinstalling my Asian language pack many times, even uninstalled the Asian language keyboards just in case. I could still type the languages and they're displayed correctly on webpages, desktop, etc. I have also successfully installed other programs that uses other setup programs other than InstallShield.

The only option that I have left is to reformat but I want to leave that as a last resort. Thanks for your consideration, appreciate it.

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I'm having problems with Korean fonts and the text in my IE looking jagged.
I loaded an old version of a Korean word processor (Hangul 97) onto my system, but it was incompatible with Vista. I removed the program, however I have noticed two issues since the installation/removal.
First, the font in my IE 8 is fuzzy. I've tried the solutions suggested in previous threads (ClearType, DPI change, resolution, monitor driver update, graphics card driver update), but none of these solutions solves this problem.
The second problem I have is that when I choose "Save As" or "Open" from both Paint and WordPad, the "Save As" and "Open" window titles are in Korean. I'm guessing the Korean word processor changed my default font when I installed it.
Any ideas how to solve these issues?

OS: Vista Home Prem SP2
Browser: IE 8
Monitor: LG W2453 LCD
Video Card: ATI Radeon 3650
Resolution: 1440 x 900
DPI: 96

Answer:Asian Fonts in Windows Apps

Hello dd976,
I would think the quickest way to resolve this is to carry out a system restore, to a point before you installed the "Korean word processor (Hangul 97)".

You may also want to clear out your registry, as some of the problems may be there, download this free app and run it.

CCleaner - Download
( backup your registry when prompted).

Give this a try and post your results, good luck.

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I've downloaded some Korean Asian fonts, but I cannot use them in Photoshop. I can see them in the list of fonts, but whenever I try to write in Korean, it defaults back to a default korean font. The weird thing is, I can use the font perfectly fine in Microsoft Word... I have enabled Asian Fonts under Photoshop settings.

What can I try? I have other Korean fonts that work fine, but these particular sets don't work with Photoshop. Again, they work fine in Word!

I tried using the fonts under and GIMP. They both work perfect.... Why can't Photoshop use these fonts!!

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Would someone list them. Cause my XP is a preformance edition... with many things taken out. (Original 600 mb, now 290mb). I really need to use chinese and see japanese. Thanks!

Answer:East Asian Langugage files help...

These people have some free downloads that might help you. But I've only had very minimal experience with it.

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone out there can tell me whether you need special software (people keep mentioning Adobe TypeManager & Postscript??? to me) to make your international fonts work properly? My computer doesn't seem to 'see' my chinese text even though I've checked and they are TrueType fonts. I need help desperately!!

Answer:Chinese and Asian text display

Have you downloaded the Chinese language update from Microsoft?

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hello! i like to know how to get programs like notepad to be able to read japanese or other asian language fonts for that matter since all i get is the usual jibberish in form of it! i already have the Asian language fonts installed on my computer from the Regional & Language Options in the Control Panel and so from that, i am able to view websites in any asian language, but when it comes to notepad files it is totally unreadable! so is there a way to fix it or do i have to download something in order for notepad to work with the languages?

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In the past, I have had no problems installing East Asian Language support on my PC; I'm using Windows XP SP2 now, although I believe that previous installs have been on SP1.

Since SP2 has been installed, I can't install this feature. Windows asks for the XP CD (correctly), although it proceeds to search for files and folders that do not exist on my XP CD. An example would be a file called msmincho.ttc. I surmise this is because I'm now on SP2, though my CD is SP1.

Is this a familiar issue with anyone on these boards? A friend suggested I find a download at the Windows website for East Asian Language support for SP2, but I haven't been able to find this resource and have done quite a bit of searching.

I've since tried slipstreaming SP2 to my XPCD, but the files that the East Asian Languages installer is looking for can't be found on the CD (an example is msmincho.ttc; the files are located in the i386\lang directory).

This is seriously impeding; can anyone help!?

Thanks! AJ

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A short while ago the subject thread was started as a result of an unsolicited 'phone call click hereApparently this problem is reaching epidemic proportions and was reported on the BBC TV lunch time news.The 'phone number of those that contacted me is 02030261930. The 'phone went dead as the connection was made but I have Caller ID which provided the number. A search on the number reveals several hits such as click here and click here, but of more concern is that one is also click here which looks (and may be) genuine.Beware all, and if you have any contacts that may be taken in by this perhaps a double effort is valid.

Answer:Reference: "Asian 'Microsoft Help Desk' ?? "

Thanks for the warning. I sometimes receive unsolicited calls & this is a new one to me. But I very rarely answer if the number is unknown/withheld as, if genuine, they usually leave a message & number, which I just call back.The Winpcsupport support website you linked to is situated in India (see domain info click here), so it may well be originating from them & may not be genuine. G

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I highlited the Korean text that shows up just fine on the browser... but if u look down, next to fire fox there's "??? ?"
sooo... how do u make windows show asian text? ?
... using haduri or any CJK program is a pain -_-'''
also ID3 tags for mp3s are a pain too... the info appears as "????" or "Y$#)&WE(RHKF*(Y$#EW"
I already went to the Region and Languge under control pannel and checked that "install fonts for asian languges" box... but it doesn't help.
i also tried NJ star, but it's a pain cuz it only pics ether chinese, japanese, or korean... you can't have all 3 going at once -_-
Just filling this out... cuz then u gotta answer my question lol (seen the list on some other forum...)
1) windows xp home sp2
2) Hardware setup ?! ... uhh... 3.00 ghz P4 w/ 512 mb ram ? good enough?
3) What exactly happened leading up to the problem: it's always been like this
4) Exact error messages: no error message ... so i think i got this question wrong lol
5) got NIS and Norton antivirus... but i'm sure its not a virus -_-

OH btw... i skinned windows to look like a mac...

Answer:How do you shows Asian Text on windows? O_o?

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I would like to delete the unused Asian/Chinese/Japanese fonts from my computer but it tells me they are protected and can harm my computer if I do.. is this true and how do I delete them when it won't let me?

Answer:Can I delete windows 7 asian fonts?

Only SYSTEM fonts - when removed - can harm your computer. Asisn fonts are not considered system fonts unless the default language of your Windows 7 installation is Asian, Chinese, or Japanese. Go HERE and try the solution suggested in the first answer post.i_Xp/Vista/W7User

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so i downloaded the files from another source and not the disc, do i need to copy it to somewhere?

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Has anyone checked if you can use east asian languages, or other languages with special signs,  with the installed Windows 7 in your lenovo?I understand Lenovo is not shipping a Windows 7 CD-ROM, if they have not installed the full version, does anyone know how to get the language packages? Thanks Jaume   I had to upgrade to Windows 7 ultimate, but it was worth doing, writing Japanese in my tablet works great !

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I have three browsers on my computer: Internet Explorer (v6), Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Firefox works fine, but when I open Opera or Internet Explorer, I get this weird Japanese or Chinese (I don't know what it is) text and they won't load any webpages. My homepage on IE is, so when I open IE it takes a very, very long time to load Yahoo!, and sometimes it doesn't even load it completely. Then when I click on "Sign In" to check my e-mail or whatever, it just shows this Asian writing.

This is what the thing looks like:

My computer has been weird the past few days. I uninstalled BitDefender Internet Security because it was being weird and I didn't like it, and I went back to what I usually use, which is AVG + Firewall.

Last night I scanned for viruses and spyware, I had a few things but nothing too important, and they were dealt with. IE and Opera still won't do anything.

and when I switched anti-virus programs, Yahoo Messenger (the latest vrsn) wouldn't sign in, so I uninstalled and downloaded an earlier vrsn (7.5) and now when I try to download the latest vrsn, I open the Installer and I just get this message:

my firewall does not block IE, Yahoo! messenger, or Opera. I have turned off my firewall, and they still don't work. it'd be a real nusiance to reinstall windows but i might ... Read more

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First off, if I could find the person responsible for making this malware, I guarantee you he'd wish he never made it.
Constantly I'm suffering from some Asian porn ad that pops up in the lower right of my screen. Even efforts to move it the %#* out of the way don't work as it takes 5 seconds for it to pop back into position. It disappears every time I delete mshta.exe from my processes, but of course it proves it has far more control over my computer than I do and comes back.
This morning I've downloaded and ran the most recent and up to date - Security Check, Malwarebytes, mbar, CCleaner, JRT, rkill.exe, IObit Malware Fighter, and some online security scan I found linked here somewhere. I've been running these, and again in safe mode, with and without command prompt and networking.
Every one of these slams me with a congratulatory clean system message with 0 infections. I can't tell you how infuriating this experience is.
I've found this exact issue was first mentioned in 2010, and I'm surprised it's still dominating after nearly 5 years.
The hell do I do?

Answer:mshta.exe Asian porn popup hell.

Have you checked your startup programs in msconfig if it's windows 7? It's possible it's set to run as soon as your computer starts, the exe is most likely located in the appdata folder.
Open a run box with the windows key+R
Type in msconfig
Navigate to the Startup tab
Expand the "Command" column which should allow you to see exactly what is running
Locate the mshta.exe file and un-check it, if you can make a note of the path (i.e. C:\Users\"Username"\Appdata\Roaming\..."
You should reboot the computer as the program will no longer run on start-up
If you noted where the program path was you can now navigate to the containing folder and delete it

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Hello,I am trying to install the Korean language on my computer. I know exactly how to do it, as I've looked at various tutorials on the internet such as:, for those who don't want to look at the above links, what I should do is go to Control Panel -> Regional settings/language -> Languages Tab -> AND AT THIS POINT, check the "Install files for East Asian languages" box. It should prompt me to locate the files wherever they may be.However, this does not happen. Instead, after I press OK on the pop-up box asking me whether I want it to install the files or not, the box becomes unchecked and everything returns to how it was a few seconds earlier. Repeated attempts were futile.I looked on the internet and I found similar problems, but no solutions.This is of course hardly a hardware problem so all I think I need to say is that I'm running Windows XP Pro, Sp2.Please help.Thanks,Wizard

Answer:Installing files for east asian languages

Someone please help, sorry for the bump, but I need to make this work relatively quickly.

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I would like to get rid of asia friendfinder page which opens when I click on facebook icon.
Thank you for advice.

Answer:asian friendfinder opens when I want to open facebook

it looks it was not such big problem. I uninstalled google chrome and it looks like it is gone now. thanks anyway..I will also uninstall ie 9 and  hopefully everything will be ok..

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I bought a new PC with XP Media Player and tried to install Japanese language. I went into Control Panel and chose Regional & language Options and chose Supplemental language support and select the check box next to the langauge group. But when I try to install the message comes on saying Quote' Please insert the CD labled 'Window XP Professional Service Pack CD in your CD-ROM drive(D) and then click OK. Unquote. Do I need this CD?? Is there any other way?? The message also says Quote'You can also click OK if you want files to be copied from a network server. Does it mean I need to download Global IME??? Hope somebody can help me.

Answer:East Asian Language install problem

"Do I need this CD??"Yes. If the PC is new, one should have been supplied

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Okay, so you've probably heard this before, so I hope maybe some REAL PROFESSIONALS *bribery* can help me out on this.

An English game, made in China, has a little annoying error which can be fixed by installing the East Asian Language Packs. No DO NOT GET THIS WRONG, I know how to INSTALL them, okay? I'm not THAT much of a numbnuts... I just do not have ze FILES to INSTALL on my computer, and I do not want to play Treasure Hunt to grab my XP cd, just to play an MMO fullscreen... I mean geez... *clears throat* Here's my little problemo for you...

NOW do I have any other way to grab hold of the files I need to install here? Like a simple download of the files so I can get this over with quickly?

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Here's the deal. My OS's a legitimate Windows XP, SP3. I want to install Japanese on my computer to use some japanese software I got my hands on.
Problem is, I do the usual procedure: go to CP, click on Regional Settings, Languages tab, and tag the "Install files for East Asian languages.", and this is where it goes wrong.

According to what everyone's told me, this is the point in which the PC asks me for my Windows XP installation disc to get the files. However, this doesn't happen to me. When I click the "Apply" button, the browser freezes for a while, like it's processing something, and then this familiar window pops up:

Change Regional Options:
You must restart your computer before the new settings will take effect.
Do you want to restart your computer now?

It never asked me for my Windows CD or a folder in which the files are stored. And thus, when I click the "Yes" button and restart my PC, the software still doesn't work because the system still hasn't installed Japanese properly.

Tried googling the problem, found nothing. I'd appreciate a hand here.
If you need screens, just ask.

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I recently reformatted my computer with an XP cd sent to me by my computer manufacturer. However, at the time of the reformat, I did not enable East Asian language support as my computer had previously been configured. Now I need to have simplified Chinese supported by my system, but it cannot find the appropriate files. My problem is that I am currently located in China, and the XP cd I used to reformat is located in the US. Is there any possible way to install the East Asian Language pack if I don't have the cd with me?

Everything I found on Google indicates I need the language files, and there does not seem to be a place to download them. I downloaded SP3 and copied the language folder of the i386 folder, but when I try to enable EAL support, it wants me to locate "xjis.nls", which I can't find. I have spent all day trying to troubleshoot this before my classes start on Monday and hope someone will be able to give me some assistance.

In the worst, worst case scenario I can have the XP cd sent to me from home, but since that would take around 2 weeks, I'd like to avoid that option.

Thanks in advance for your time!

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