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Foreign Characters/Characters appearing.

Question: Foreign Characters/Characters appearing.

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.

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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 always used the alt + number pad to access certain foreign characters; for example: alt + 130 gives me . alt + 160 gives me an a with an accent, etc. Now, on this new keyboard, I don't get this feature, which I've had on virtually every keyboard I've ever had. Any ideas?

Answer:getting foreign characters with alt. key

Never encountered the problem, do you use the Alt key LEFT of the spacebar?

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When i open my start menu and try to type in the search bar it types characters such as these фывапкуее what does this mean / how do i fix it? thank you so much.

Answer:Foreign characters?

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I just got a new PC, and I'm trying to get it to read Japanese characters. They work with Firefox, but my file names and my iTunes can't read it.


Answer:For foreign characters...

A quick Google search brings up:

If you open the International preferences do you have more than just English installed?

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Question: Foreign characters

Hi. My system is running Windows 7 Home Premium. I know that language packs are not available on this version, however I had found a way for characters to display instead of having boxes by deleting C:\Windows\System32\FNTCACHE.DAT (from

and restarting my system. However when the system is booted up after being shut down for the night I notice that the characters return back into boxy form. Any ideas on how I can stop it from being boxy or have a way to remove FNTCACHE.DAT
 for good?
It seems that I can see Thai and I think Arabic and such but I cannot see Korean, Chinese or Japanese.

Answer:Foreign characters

Hi DJ Deoseyus,
I have the same problem too but the it's alternately ie odd or even when I boot up.

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About two weeks ago a friend tried downloading a PS3 computer version. After that my browser homepage was hijacked with Chinese characters. I was able to reset my browser homepage and Super Anti Spyware detected some a PUP and Trojan that were removed. I have Kaspersky Anti Virus and the first things detected were Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Upatre.fniz & UDS: DangerousObjectMulti.Generic (all in Temp Folders). I still have some files with Chinese characters (C:/Windows/Installer) and I have not been able to run Malware Bytes Anti Malware regardless of how many times I've installed and removed it, not even in Safe Mode. The latest error message is 'SDK Database Load Defaults failed 1812'. It also says that the Threat Scan was completed successfully but when I save the results the log is blank and the requested log is not in the History tab. Other times it says that the Threat Scan was cancelled. At this point I'm at my wits end and would prefer disinfecting the computer without having to reinstall Windows 7. I have prior Hitman Pro and TDSS logs available, if needed. At this time I've attached the logs I ran today. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Virus With Foreign Characters

Hi there and welcome, RoadRunner1,

I am currently reviewing your logs and will get back to you with a response very soon.

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Is there any way I can place foreign characters (like french e acute etc) in e mails in Outlook Express?

Answer:Foreign characters in emails

When typing use the relevant ascii codeeg is typed by holding the alt key and typing 130 on the numberic here

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[I'm new here, if I've posted this in the wrong forum, I'm sorry!]Somehow, my keyboard (a Gateway FX laptop, American layout, Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, 32-bit), whenever I type ", ', `, ~ or ^ and a vowel, it comes out with a letter with an accent, such as '+a=? or ^+u=?.  It suddenly started doing this, out of the blue.  My questions are:1) Is it possible to switch off/on this setup?2) Is it possible to add new characters to be inserted when a letter combination is typed?Thank you.

Answer:Foreign characters on keyboard

Control Panel - Region & Language.

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Hi folks . . . I just registered to see if anybody here could help me. My apologies if this has been brought up, but a uqick googling did not bring up any previous discussions about this. Unlike every other laptop I've ever owned, I don't see any kind of "hidden" numeric keypad on my new tablet PC. No NUM LOCK key, no faint numbers written over the existing keys. This is a bit of a problem for me because I speak and write in English about 90% of the time (so I don't want to switch to another country's keyboard) but I speak and write in Spanish a substantial minority of the time. I've seen that there is software I can download to map particular characters to particular key-strokes, but . . . really?! Is that the only option I have? Does Lenovo seriously no longer support easy access to the extended characters? There must be something I'm missing, right? I've been a Lenovo tablet user since 2007, when I bought my first X60T. I love these tablets, and I was--and still am--so excited to get my new tablet yesterday. I'm a bit thrown by the chiclet keyboard when I loved the old keyboards, but okay, I can adjust. But I just can't believe that there isn't a substantial number of users who, like me, need those foreign language keys with some frequency. Lenovo seems to have put a premium on making their keyboard less cluttered, but I'd take fully functional over uncluttered any day of the week and twice on Thursday. Is there a built-in solution I'm missing? (Please ... Read more

Answer:Foreign characters on new Thinkpad tablets?

My laptop has a NumLock key in the upper right next to PrtSc. To enable it you press press Fn+Numlock. This makes the M<>, JKL, UIO and 789 keys to act as a numpad. 

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Hello, How do I get foreign characters from the Character Map using the ALT+... method?  For example, the Character Map tells me that to get the small letter "a" with a tilde (), I should type "Keystroke: Alt+0227".  How do I actually type this and get this numeric code? Any ideas?  On older computers, I could access a 10-key numeric set of keys. Thanks,  Kelly


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Answer:How do I type foreign characters by using ALT+.... method?

Hi tuxedo76, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!
You need NumLk on - useful thread here:
Hope this helps!

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And most importantly - how to fix the program.
For some reason no one was able to answer me where ever I posted the question.
Someone suggested that it has to do with UTF-8 or Unicode headers, maybe it can help you.

Answer:Why some programs don't open files that contain foreign characters, and others do.

the person/people that wrote the program failed to put unicode support in the program.

you can:
a. hack it, and add unicode support yourself (programming knowledge required, and its not a good idea unless it's an open source program.)
b. find a different program.

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Having a strange problem. When my media player hashes my files they appear with missing letters, extra spaces, or strange characters like squares, sometimes chinese looking script. Whats more alarming is when I do a search on youtube for example, strange characters appear in the top part of the wondow (the blue bar up top that says what you are viewing, forgot the technical name). Example: I searched for Aerosmith this morning and the bar up top reads "YouTube - squaresquareAerosmithsquarestrangesymbol-Windows Internet Explorer". The sybols are not spelled out just didnt know how to reproduce them here. Im not really sure what this is. It may also be worth noting that the computer recently crashed and I had Windows XP reinstalled. Problem was there in my media player before, but never in internet searches. Any ideas??? Here is a current HJT log, anything suspicious or unnecessary? Thanks:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 11:19:06 AM, on 5/22/2011
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\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr... Read more

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I'm thinking of buying a Lenovo laptop that fits all my requirements except (maybe) one: no numeric keypad. The only reason I need it is because I sometimes need to write in Spanish, and I've used the keypad codes for years for accents and the like. Is it simple to program/map a few of these important characters to use when I need them? I do NOT want to have to go through a 7-click routine to select alternate characters every time I need one.....that will be extremely tiresome. Anyone who knows about this please respond; I really want to buy this laptop, but getting to these characters needs to be easy. Thanks!

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The subject of email messages with foreign (Greek in this case) characters will not display correctly, I get something like: =?UTF-=CE=BF=CE=BD_=CE=9F=CE=A4=CE=9... etc. I've set the regional and locale settings to Greek but it doesn't help, and I can't find any specific settings for the Mail app. Is there a solution? Thank you.

update: it looks like this is sender-specific since some emails are displayed correctly.

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I have saved the lyrics to many songs in Russian in the MP3 files properties tab. The lyrics can be seen when played in Windows Media Player 8.0 .
Suddenly, this no longer seems possible. When I tried to save lyrics using cyrillic characters ( Russian letters ) recently it changes to nonsense after I try to save it : ( like this )
???? ???? ?????? ????
The files I saved in the past with cyrillic letters can be read and displayed without a problem, but I do not seem to be able to save new files this way.
This is really weird. What is going on? Could something have changed with Service Pack 1 ? ( I have Windows XP Professional )
Why did something that worked fine before suddenly stop working? If this is some global change to the way MP3 files store information, why doesnt the problem extent to old files?
I know this is a little obscure, but I can't be the only one with this problem. My computer is set to accept Cyrillic characters in Word, Internet Explorer and my keyboard is set to switch between these. What could have changed? Is there anyway to change it back? I would appreciate hearing from anybody who has any clue.

Answer:{RESOLVED}foreign characters in mp3 lyrics/media plyr

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Ill be playing a game (So far it has always been full screen games) and some random amount of time after I've been playing a vista themed bar will kind of flash (as in you see it for a second then its gone).

It looks like a one inch section of the task bar on vista with a white text field in the center and a green looping arrow on the right.

When ever I hold down or hit a letter key it will flash and some foreign characters will start appearing like I'm typing Japanese. So I have to restart my game to get it to go away, but after playing the game for a little bit it happens again.

Games it happened to: GTA IV, GTA SA, BF 2142, COD 5, and a couple others

Please help, and if any additional info is needed just say so.
BTW operating system is Vista 32 bit

Thanks in advance

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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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Not certain if I am in the right category, but here goes:

Typed characters do not appear on my HP pavilion slimline, XP, using wireless HP keyboard.

I shut it down hoping it would resolve, but I cannot even insert my password now.



Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2549 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 448 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 183234 MB, Free - 117721 MB;
Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO, N/A, N/A
Antivirus: Norton 360, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled (actually use Webroot as default)

Answer:characters typed not appearing

Try a different keyboard.

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Hi, this is bizarre.

When I minimize a site, instead of showing the name of the site, I get these characters that look like little boxes with an occasional f or A thrown in. It's driving me nuts! I tried a system restore and it's still there. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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I'm having an issue with an OTF font that I recently purchased. I cannot see all of the characters of the font in Windows Font Viewer or in any other applications (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Office 2007, etc.). For example, the font contains 532 characters but I can only see about 100-200 of them. I've installed the font on a friend's computer, who is running Vista, and I can see the characters just fine. What could be the problem? Or, better yet, how can I fix this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.

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EDIT: After testing it on Firefox I see that this problem seems to be only happening on chrome, but I've noticed some of the fonts and symbols are broken on programs like Steam too. I've tried to re install chrome but the problem is never fixed. I'm not sure whats wrong with my computer and chrome?
Some other problems I have with chrome:
Can't see pictures while dragging them
When I copy and paste certain text symbols they break
I've tried just about everything, deleting the font cache, localizing my keyboard to type in Korean (which works for typing only), and doing a windows update. Yet nothing has worked.
I reformatted my computer a month-ish ago by just reverting to factory settings. Before that I've never ever had this problem, i can't understand why Korean font won't display. It's frustrating. 
Its not /that/ big of a deal but its super frustrating. **I also can't tell if this is related to the problem or not but also text symbols won't always display properly. Again, not sure if it has to do with the korean font or what but things like a heart text symbol ♡ appear as three lines on top of each other. Same for a few others.
Please help

Answer:Korean font characters not appearing?

Bump, i really need help!

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Hello everyone

I am running IE 8.0.6001.18702 on Windows XP home edition

Increasingly I am seeing some web pages displaying unexepcted special chacters instead of what should normally appear.

As an example, apostrophes ( ' ) sometime display as '

This does not happen all the time.

Please can anyone explain why this happens and if there is a setting or other way of correcting the problem?



Answer:Solved: Special characters appearing in web pages

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I've googled it and it seems like some others have had similar issues, but i'd like to ask if anyone knows what this is all about.
If i copy paste the line seen on screenshot, then this is what i get:


I'm 100% sure it's not malware or any other type of malicious software, so please don't start saying that my pc has a virus.
What i'd like to know, is where it's coming from and why is windows 10 doing this?

In past, in win 7, i've seen similar chinese characters somewhere in documents and settings folders within some files, i was cleaning my files, going through all the folders in docs and settings and i saw some files having similar names.

It's a fresh install of windows 10, I haven't downloaded anything, but simple things, such as google chrome, ccleaner, winamp, skype ..etc, everything from trusted sources only, so clearly it's not a virus or malware, whatever it is, it's within windows 10.
I don't think it's dangerous, but i'm just trying to figure out why my PC is going chinese on me.

Answer:Weird chinese characters appearing in windows

Check your Fonts maybe there is something wrong there.

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In the past couple of weeks, I have noticed a problem with my T42. There is a several second delay from the moment I press a key on the keyboard to when that character appears on the screen.  What is the cause of this, and how do I get it fixed?  

Answer:Keyboard - Delay in characters appearing on the screen

this is usually associated with high cpu usage and not enough ram, so in the task manager what is the cpu and ram usage???

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I started up my PC today, and have since restarted to see if that would help, and numbers and many characters are not being displayed.

Here's an image
You can see in the address bar that ". : /" characters do not show, as well as the blacked out shapes that show instead of the letters and numbers of the web address.
Many many options are not showing in any computer settings windows (the list of updates, for example).
As well as the date and time not showing in the taskbar along with the numbers of the calendar.

Googling doesn't help me find any specific help for this; in fact, I can't find anything that even describes this problem.

I don't have a system image to restore to, though I do have a USB with a clean, very small Win7 on it. I'd really rather not have to reinstall Windows entirely, though.

I'm going to restart my PC again, perhaps a few times, and keep checking through settings for a fix, but if anyone has any advice, that'd be great.

edit- It may be pertinent to add that more times than not, recently, Windows Explorer will crash over and over until I force shut down my PC (power button hold).

Answer:Numbers and other characters not appearing, entire computer

Windows Explorer [explorer.exe] crashing over and over is not a good sign. If you can do so, download, install, run's Windows Repair (All in One), accept defaults, add items 26 & 27 within Safe Mode w/Network, unless you can temporarily disarm real time protection shields. While WR is running, leave all other stuff closed.

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Live in Arizona...running current version of IE11...sometimes when I go to a site...there are what appear to be oriental style characters displayed instead of English ? Somewhat annoying but more important this any kind of security threat...??

How do I eliminate the oriental style characters as illustrated in two jpg's attached ?

This has been going on awhile...but I think only in IE11 on the net...don't remember anything like this popping up in off-line pc Wwork...


Answer:Oriental style characters appearing on some websites

Hi and sorry for the late reply,
I see a few "x" marks that indict you have several third party toolbars installed,

See what this does,
Use No Add-ons mode/ Click the Start button and type in the search box,
Internet explorer

Click on the suggestion (No Add-ons) or it’s located at,
Start/ All programs/ Accessories folder/ System tools folder/ No add-ons.

Activate EPM if on a 64 bit version of windows,
Add the Run box to the Start menu list,
Open the Run command and Paste this into it and Okay,
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -extoff

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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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Hello, this is my first post to this forum.

I am running an English version of Windows XP Pro SP3 on an Intel-based system in China, on my girlfriends' computer.

The OS is in English so I can do maintenance with minimal bother, and the apps (for the most part,) are in Simplified Chinese, so she can work with minimal bother.

I have Eastern Language Support installed and enabled, and all of the installed IME's work fine. Also, on all installed Adobe and Microsoft apps, the Chinese shows up fine.

However, on kwmusic (a popular chinese music player/search app,) the menus and local content windows only show ????'s and garbage characters instead of Chinese. The online content windows, on the other hand, display the Chinese properly.

Incidentally, the installers for ALL of our Chinese-version apps also display garbage characters instead of Chinese, even though all of the apps but one have no problem after installation.

Just for fun, I tried changing the default non-Unicode language to Simplified Chinese, but that caused the kwmusic app upon opening to return an error screen in garbage characters and ???'s, and shut down immediately. After changing the default non-Unicode language back to US English, it returned to the behavior initially described.

Previously we ran kwmusic on a Simplified Chinese version of XP Home Sp2, and it worked fine.

Please advise.

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this matter.

Answer:Windows XP Pro SP3: Garbage characters appearing in some apps

Problem solved. I guess I was on the right track originally.

When I changed the non-unicode language to Simplified Chinese, I forgot that it might be best to REINSTALL the malfunctioning app after making that change.

I realized this just now, acted accordingly, and now all is fine.

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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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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 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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Dear all,

I need to review the (tracked) changes that a text editor made to a paper I have written. When I open the file with track changes, my own text is still readable and some of the text the editor added, too. However, some of the track-change-balloons only contain strange characters (see attachment and an example of the type of characters below).

mentarte que edgar necesita tus datos para la

Same type of characters appear in the "document map"

Does anybody have a clue what causes this and how to display the text in normal Latin characters?

Many thanks in advance, Kees

PS I just discovered that the the font type above is called ESRI NIMA. ESRI is GIS software company. I use one of their programs (ArcGIS).
Specs for the computer I am using:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 740 @ 1.73GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 4029 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6370, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 680730 MB, Free - 541565 MB; D: Total - 34369 MB, Free - 5059 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 162D
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, Updated and Enabled

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Just when you think you've seen it all, recently all the Xerox Phasers we have on the network, are going offline. When looking deeper into it, we found that there are strange characters such as what looks like a cross or weird looking plus sign showing up in the field. Does anyone have any experience with this and why it's happening? We can remove the characters, but they randomly pop up again.

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Just when you think you've seen it all, recently all the Xerox Phasers we have on the network, are going offline. When looking deeper into it, we found that there are strange characters such as what looks like a cross or weird looking plus sign showing up in the field. Does anyone have any experience with this and why it's happening? We can remove the characters, but they randomly pop up again.

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Radom characters have started appearing when I search.  I have been using firefox and google chrome.  On chrome the term tracker ID or something similar was coming up.  I found another forum that seemed to have a similar problem so followed the instructions that were given to her however random characters are still appearing in firefox (although this did stop temporarily) and google chrome has now stopped working entirely. 
the last time i opened firefox this came up -
after searching for bleeping computer this came up -
Also over christmas my computer had become infected by the vosterum virus - after following the instructions that were posted on this forum it appeared to go - Could there be a link ? i.e is it possible that I didn't succeed in getting rid of the virus completely.
Also I think I may have become infected with vosterum after a start button update - i'm on windows 8 which has no official start button
I have saved for logs from the scans that I did to try to remove vosterum and the scans that i did recently following the steps that were recomened to a different user with a similar problem

Answer:a load of random characters have started appearing when I google search

Hello tim... Looks like some hijackers and spyware..Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here....ADW CleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Vista/Windows 7/8... Read more

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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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Hello, I recently bought a new computer with Windows 7 after an old Vista PC I had broke. on my old computer, I used to do a lot of work in Japanese, so I set my keyboards to switch between United Kingdom and Japanese by pressing Alt+Shift.

However, when I tried to apply the same thing on my new computer, it kept automatically adding "United States" to my language bar. I'd check my language settings, but the only two on there were UK and Japanese. I tried adding this non-existant setting and then removing it again to see if that would remove it but the effect was only temporary. Every time I restart the computer, and sometimes on just random occasions while using it, the US keyboard will appear again.

It's an extremely irritating problem and I can't understand why my computer is doing this. The Operating system should be installed as UK. All the settings say that it is, and all my defaults are UK. So why does this computer act like my default keyboard is US?

Answer:A foreign keyboard keeps appearing in my language bar.

I really hope someone can answer this problem. It's a real pain having this extra keyboard appear randomly.

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hey all,
i want to write a string to a text file but i want the resulting text file to have these in it


how do i do that in VB?? is the like a Chr(xx) or something, please help

i want the textfile to read

bind F1 "+def;buyprime"
thanx heaps

Answer:Different Characters in VB

Either of these methods will achieve the result.

Open "TEST.TXT" For Output As #1
Print #1, "bind F1 ""+def;buyprime"""
Print #1, "bind F1 " & Chr(34) & "+def;buyprime" & Chr(34)
Close #1

Chr(34) is the " character, likewise using two together "" will output one of them to the file.

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In Unicode, it was u+20A9.

Added in Vista arial.

Included in Vista fonts, so added it to font creator

Answer:Characters for the won

Hi 386 sky,

What are you trying to say? Just letting you know that this is a Vista forum.

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I've just discovered that by holding ALT and typing 0189 gives you the character. Where does it tell you how to type other similar characters?

Answer:½ and ¼ characters

If vista type character map in start search box. Found under accessories in xp.

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How do you type these:

- upside down exclamation mark

I remember there was some kind of code by holding down a key or something.

Answer:need help w/ 3 characters...

Hold the ALT Key on your keyboard and type in the appropriate number on your number pad (make sure number lock is on)

= ALT + 160
= ALT +163
= ALT +168
= ALT +173
= ALT +165
= ALT +164
= ALT +130
= ALT +162
= ALT +129
= ALT +161


you can see if they can be inserted by clicking INSERT --> SYMBOL from the file menu accross the top of Word or Excel.


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my wireless advent keyboard types a different character from what i am typing and sometimes multiple ones. when i log to my yahoo email, the enter key erases my username and password. is there any help out there?

Answer:different characters

You either have the number lock ON or if not go via Control Panel - Region & Language - make sure you have formats set to English (United Kingdom) location set to United Kingdom and under Keyboard & Languages Tab set to English (United Kingdom)

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Anyone know if all PS3s are limited to an 8 character encryption key? Most recent system software (2.01), 10 character key resulted in a time-out but knocking two characters off worked. Netgear DG834, restricted to 802.11g.

Answer:PS3 WPA-PSK key - 8 characters max?

I'm not familiar with the PS3, but if it is for some strange reason restricted to 8 characters, you shouldn't worry much.

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I think my daughter was playing around in word (fake typing) and now when I open a new document there is all this "fake typing" on the first line ie: chal;sdkjfal;skdjfaosighal;skdjlkajlhgiowet. What can I do? I have Microsoft Word 2000, Windows 2000 XP. Please help....I have just started a new transcription job and I can't keep wasting time deleting all of this "fake typing" everytime I start a new dictation. Thanks

Answer:Where did these characters come from?

With Word closed, do a find for and either delete it or rename it. Now restart Word (a new will be created).

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Question: no characters

Hi, I have some files on my win7 home p 32bit pc that have some hidden characters in the filenames. If I copy the files to my xp pc i can clearly see the now unhidden characters, which are mainly squares, and delete them, and then copy them back to my win 7 pc. Both pcs have the same english australian language set, and us keyboard. What do I have to do to see these characters on my win7 pc???????????

error file attached when working with these files on my win7 pc

Answer:no characters

Usually a Square means a character a font can't display. Have you deleted any fonts? win7 used Tahoma, Sylfen, and Verdana for various displays.

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Question: characters.

unable to access pound sign. not in the symble list.


Is your key board set up as english or American

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Question: URL characters

Can a domain name contain an ampersand?

Answer:URL characters

No it cannot.

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Question: Unusual characters

I need help with windows. Someone tried to install a program on my computer and Norton the anti-virus software blocked it. After the restart this is what was on the screen.

Answer:Unusual characters

Hi, welcome to 7F

have you tried a restore point before they tried to install the program?

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Yesterday I logged in and everything was fine. Then after about half an hour, I could no longer type characters in Word, IE etc

Rebooted and the system said it was installing updates Usually these happen when you log off, so was a bit confused.

Everything worked fine after that.

This morning - logged in - Same thing - Typing was fine and then after about half an hour couldn't type.

No rebooting helps. Cannot use any typing function whatsoever.

Am using laptop at the moment

Desperate. Novice. Please help

Answer:Cannot type any characters at all

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Hi, there:
I have Windows XP in my PC. It has been working fine, but last week, suddenly I lost 2 characters from my keystrokes.
I have my keyboard configured for Spanish/Costa Rica 101/102 keys, but now I can't use the characters ^ and ` when I type them.
They are supposed to work when I hit "Alt Gr" plus the { or } keys, I mean:
Alt Gr + { = ^
Alt Gr + ] = `
In the other hand, I can actually use the characters and ~, which work with Alt Gr too.
How can I fix this?
Thanks in advance for any help.

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Question: Weird characters

Any time there is supposed to be a 0 displayed onscreen it is displayed as a box. I have been having many errors lately and i cannot even run an online virus scan because it says there was an error updating virus profiles. I have run adaware and found nothing.

Answer:Weird characters

Does this happen in a text program like wordpad

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Question: characters mixed

im on a friends laptop. since yesterday for some reason pressing certain keys makes different characters pop up. for eg if i press 'p' i get a * if i press 'u' i get a 4. this is not the case for all the keys, just the ones on the keyboard that actually have these letters written under them. pressing the 'Fn' key stops this problem but only while its pressed. im holding the fn key with my left hand in order to type this with my right hand.
plz help!

Answer:characters mixed

You need to press "fn" and another key. Its a shortcut but I cannot remember the other key. Let me see if I can find it.

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Question: Russian Characters

I have some Russian songs and English songs in My Music. The English songs are displayed just fine but the Russian songs are represented with Latin characters with weird accent marks above them.

I went to regional and language settings: advanced: and set the language for non-unicode programs to russian and that worked on two other PCs. Although on this PC, although the titles of the songs are now in Cyrillic, the actual file names are still corrupted. Another problem I have with this method on the two PCs that it worked on was that certain programs, especially during installation, are given in Russian and I only need my songs to be affected, not programs. Thanks

Answer:Russian Characters

All you've done is right, it must work for you.. Try to experiment with the first tab 'regional settings' as well. Otherwise, i'm afraid it's a bad job.

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Question: characters mixed

im on a friends laptop. since yesterday for some reason pressing certain keys makes different characters pop up. for eg if i press 'p' i get a * if i press 'u' i get a 4. this is not the case for all the keys, just the ones on the keyboard that actually have these letters written under them. pressing the 'Fn' key stops this problem but only while its pressed. im holding the fn key with my left hand in order to type this with my right hand.
plz help!

Answer:characters mixed

look for a fn lock which would work like a caps lock key

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How can I get rid of strange characters that are inserted in place of apostrophes, quotation marks, question marks etc.?

Answer:Getting rid of strange characters

Can you be a bit more specific - where do you find these strange characters?

If it is in email messages, then most likely it is an incorrect encoding used by the sender.

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Hi I have trouble using the special Danish character  "" (both upper and lower case).With most programs there are no problems. But I have to use some old database 16-bit software, where there are problems.   Also in my DOS-prompt I cannot write the (but I can fx. write the to other speciel characters and ) Are there some danish character tabels missing ? How do I find out ? How can I install them ? RegardsTheo

Answer:Danish characters ?

I forgot following: I get following mistake when using a "": "One or more CON code pages invalid for given keyboard code" (My Thinkcenter was bought for 3 weeks ago) Regards Theo

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I find that on many websites i view in Internet Explorer 6. (not any other browsers), many characters (such as " speach marks and - hyphens) show up as ? question marks. Any idea of the problem. My ie version is 6.0.2900.2180. They are not foreign websites.

Any suggestions?



Answer:Strange characters in IE6.0

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Question: Weird characters ?

A Dell PC with basic Hardware features is showing this problem on a cold startup and a reboot:

Dell Booting screen weird characters in columns across the screen and also on the windows boot screens and even inside windows can this be a virus that has infected the BIOS or a possible hardware failure or what ? If it is a virus how can you fix it ?

:major :major :confused

Answer:Weird characters ?

I would suspect the video card or possibly the monitor. If this is a desktop computer, can you try another monitor and cable? If it still has a messed up screen, you may need a new video card.

What are the specs of the computer?


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My problem, is when I go to a web page, occasionally it all comes up
with Chinese characters.....
Did it when I first tried to come here.

Any ideas what this might be ?

I'm running Firefox, 1.5.06
I haven't changed my settings, so why should it just start doing this.

Also, some of the sites/pages that I go to, and this hapens on
are typical sites that I've always gone to, like my email at hotmail/yahoo .....

Answer:Chinese characters ?


Maybe this is a clue ...... maybe not.

It did it when I try to go here;

although when I go here it works OK


Did this site change ?
because when I'm here ,
and go to this forum for instance the url changes to

So did the main url get changed here ? so that it bounces me to
the new one ?
If so maybe that has something to do with my problem. ?

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I dont have the international language reader and writing thing. With all languages that are non alphabetical like Japanese the computer displays blank boxes.

can anyone help


Answer:Japanese characters

Are you talking about installing the East Asian Language pack? If so check

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Hello! I'm having a problem getting some unicode characters to appear. Everything from U+1F0A0 to U+20000 (At U+20000 they begin to appear again). I know I have fonts which support these characters, but they won't appear in any programs. I've tried various word processors, web browsers. They only things which will show them are font editors. I'm not sure what's wrong, any help would be appreciated. I'm not sure what information would be helpful to include, I have windows 7 ultimate x64 and at least service pack one.

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Question: game characters

hi i just would like to get some pointers i have a game worked fine on vesta sp2 . but not so good on windows 7

the game characters turns black new video card .

tower ATX full / 600 watt psu / FX amd + 4100 3.60 quad core cpu / 8 gigs ram/ 500 gig sata hard drive / MSI 970a-G45 mother board (amd RADEON HD 5770) 1 gig dd5 RAM 3 140 MM fans ( to keep it cool)

Answer:game characters

This may be a DirectX issue. What version of DirectX does the game require? What is/are the games in question?

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Question: Braile characters

Is there any way of typing the six dots for the braille alphabet and numbers on a normal keyboard?
I have the diagrams for the letters and numbers and want to include some of them in a message to a normal sighted person.
Any advice much appreciated.

Answer:Braile characters

I've just Googled 'braille font free download' and there are a number of free downloads for the Braille font.
Maybe that will help you

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Hi all,

I have just got a new lenovo laptop for work (even got it for free :) ) however despite going into my settings and changing several things over, I'm finding that it will never capitalize anything at the beginning of the sentence or individual characters like 'i's or names.

It doesn't seem like too much of a big deal but when your shift key and and up arrow are so close to each other and I'm ending up typing on the line above when trying to get a capital 'i', its beginning to become quite frustrating.

Answer:Capitialized Characters

I hope this will be of help to you.

Automatically correct capitalization - Word

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When I view boxscores at and when I try to read editorial reviews of a product at I get what looks like Greeks characters. Am I missing a font? or is it something else.

Answer:Illegible Characters in IE6.6

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when I view certain web sites, the fonts come up as illegible nonsense, sort of greek looking characters. I have my language set to english, us. using IE 5.5 and win98.

it happens on when i look at editorial reviews, and on certain headlines on


Answer:IE 5.5 funny characters

In IE, go to view and encoding.
You should have (Western European (Windows)) with a tick by it.

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I'm not really sure if this should go here or in coding (since I'm mostly working with Visual Studio). Anyway, I'm working on a project that requires me to take a file and insert the same thing every 8 characters (or after every 8 bytes).

The file is pretty long and having to paste it in every 8 bytes will take forever, so I was wondering if there was a program that could insert something after every specified number of characters to make things a lot quicker. Better yet, is there a faster way to do it directly in Visual Studio?


Answer:Pasting every x characters

If you can code, code a simple text manipulation program to insert those characters from a file into another file.

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Newbie question,
I need to use a character from my keyboard, the button I need to use has 3 characters on it, pressing it produces "`", holding shift and pressing the button produces "", how do I get the third character on this button?
Thanks for any help.

Answer:Keyboard characters

Hold down Alt Gr and press the key

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Question: chinese characters

In msconfig, start up, 2 items look like chinese writing.
Ran virus scan with Avast, said system clean.
How can I find out what programs these are so can delete?
Win XP Home, SP3

Answer:chinese characters

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please read ALL of this message including the notes before doing anything.

Pleases follow the instructions in the below link:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide

and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

**** If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going. ****
Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not. MGtools will frequently run even when all other tools will not.

After completing the READ & RUN ME and attaching your logs, make sure that you tell us what problems still remain ( if any still do )!
Helpful Notes:

If you run into problems trying to run the READ & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode, you can run the steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:

Starting your computer in Safe mode

If you have problems downloading on the problem PC, download the tools and the manual updates for SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes ( links are given in the READ & RUN ME) onto another PC and then burn to a CD. Then copy them to the problem PC. You will have to skip getting updates if (and only if) your internet connection does not work. Yes you could use a flash drive too but flash drives are writeable and infections can spread to them.
If you cannot seem to login to an infected user account, try using... Read more

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I have a user that traveled to China and came back with lots of viruses.

The error messages that pop up on start up are in Chinese and the only things in English are shell.frni, shell.fnei, spec.frni, spec.fnei and

Thank you for your help.

DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Anne Engelhart at 16:12:08.43 on Mon 08/10/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_04
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1022.389 [GMT -5:00]

AV: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k rpcss
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe ... Read more

Answer:Pop ups with Chinese characters

OK, it turns out that the user did not take this machine with them overseas afterall.


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Question: Chinese characters

When reading text on some (not all) websites, I see Chinese characters in some of the sentences. Here is an example: "Coming back, we decided to take he other road."
I've contacted the author of the newsletter on this website and he has never heard this complaint before. I've checked the same website with two other computers and I DON'T see Chinese characters with my other computers. I've scanned the computer where these appear with Symantec Anti-Virus, Spybot Search and Destroy, Microsoft Antispyware and Spyware Doctor. My anti-virus definitions are updated when available via Symantec.

I don't have IE6 or any other program on my computer set to have the Chinese language as a secondary language.

It is possible that these characters are Japanese Kanji rather than Chinese.

I exchange email with friends in Japan and on Taiwan regularly but don't visit websites written in Chinese or Japanese.

I look forward to getting suggestions on what I should do to get rid of this problem, what scanning software to use, suggestions on what may cause the problem, etc.

Thank you very much.


Answer:Chinese characters

The problem continues and I don't understand it at all. Sometimes Chinese characters appear instead of (") parentheses marks and sometimes just as the first letter of a word ("The range of communities in New Zealand varies from very utback uralor even uggedto pretty cosmopolitan."). Has anyone ever had this problem? Do you still have it? Have you been able to fix it? Thank you.

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Question: Wierd characters

I bought my laptop second hand and it had a BIOS password on it. I eventually found the password but I can't type it because some of the characters are really wierd (see pic). So long story short, i need to know how to enter these into the BIOS password area.

P.S. Is it me or are you only supposed to see ******* for the password box as in the number of * don't increase and they are there at the beginning. I have a Peonix 1 bios

Answer:Wierd characters

You should take the laptop back and get your money back. This is kind of a touchy subject in tech forums as laptops with BIOS passwords are usually stolen.

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All of a sudden, when I try to create an email my signature displays proofreading characters, i.e., paragraph characters, etc.  Any idea what's going on?

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Hello.. I need help from one of you AOL pros. A friend just called and asked me what to do for this problem.. When he tries to send an e-mail to someone not in his address book he gets a message saying "Can't send a message that is longer than 16 characters".
He says this doesn't happen if he sends one to someone already in his address book.. Any ideas on what needs to be done, settings need to be changed etc? Thanks

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These characters just appeared after opening explorer...

OS: Win Server 2003 x64 SP2

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I am setting up a web page with GoDaddy in the USA. All national characters are replaced with some substitute characters. They show up nicely on my own local server so the problem must be with GoDaddy but they say it has to do with settings in IE8.
GoDaddy web page:
Any ideas?

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Question: characters jumbled

im on a friends laptop. since yesterday for some reason pressing certain keys makes different characters pop up. for eg if i press 'p' i get a * if i press 'u' i get a 4. this is not the case for all the keys, just the ones on the keyboard that actually have these letters written under them. pressing the 'Fn' key stops this problem but only while its pressed. im holding the fn key with my left hand in order to type this with my right hand.
plz help!

Answer:characters jumbled

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I am trying to customize special characters map and make a list of favorites to use (just like mac characters viewer). Is this possible ? it is a pain to keep scrolling through the characters when I have to use them constantly in different applications (word, excel, indesign, etc. Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Can I customize characters map ?

Have a look at this: Private Character Editor

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I am supporting a customer who has a Server 2003 SBS server.We recently migrated this customer to a new Exchange 2013 server running on a Server 2012 server.Some of the mailboxes weren't exported to .PST files before this migration was done and the old Server 2003/Exchange 2003 SBS was demoted.We still have a copy of the Exchange 2003 .EDB file from the old server and have been using a utility called Kernel for Exchange Server (see the screenshot) which is able to extract individual email accounts and place the contents into Outlook .PST files.The problem is that there is a very small percentage of emails in two user's email Inboxes and Sent items folder that are in Chinese (instead of English).This business doesn't have any Chinese employees and have never sent any emails in Chinese.What can be done to fix this issue?Please let me know if any further information is needed.

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Oh boy -- am I in trouble!
ALL my windows icon labels, buttons, etc, are illegible -- looks a little like wingdings -- little squares, question marks, half squares, circles, etc. This is with windows XP on a 2.8 GHx box with 512 M RAM, 200 GB hard drive, about 8 months old. It just happened and I am not sure what I did, but it does this to all task bar, start button, program listings, Internet explorer, all windows apps. It's basically unuseable. I don't want to rebuild this computer. This happens in safe mode as well! So I can't read the items in control panel or device manager to select options there. Even the right click options on this page are the same.

The last thing I did was turn off some startup options in SYs mechanic 4. That is all I can remember doing out of the ordinary.

I went into a command window and found sys mechanic 4 , ran it, and turned those startups back on, but no change.

I created a new user, but the same thing happens.

Microsoft Word has only two choices besides Times new Roman for font listing, and the are both scrambled.

I am rnning a scan with McAfee, but I'm sending this before something else happens.

Outlook gives an error which I can't read, of course) , but if I say, don't report it, then it lets me into the mail, IN which only the folder list is scrambled. So I will be able to read your mail

I give up.

Thanks a load for everyone who probably knows about this..


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I'm running xp pro w/ sp2 and installed a small program I know (100 % ) does not contain a virus and a couple of minutes afterwards I rebooted and my whole system went garbled like some arabic and machine code characters in all aspect of the operating system. I've tried to reinstall xp even in safemode but I can't even read the cd characters to be able to reinstall. I have never seen anything like this before and any help would be appreciated.
I've recently installed sp2 within the last 24 hours and also converted the drive from fat32 to ntfs .
These characters cannot even be repeated cause they don't exist in our english language.
My screen resolution is fine still looks like 600 x 800 and I can still see all the icons and such perfectly it's just the associated text with every single file, program, icon and option is gibberish.
Computer starts, reboots and shutsdown fine also.
I've tried to do a system restore both thru the system tools/ system restore option as well as in safemode using the %systemrestore32% manual method.
I'm stuck - - any help -- please ! ! !

Answer:unreadeable characters everywhere

What program was this? Is the program in another language? How can you be certain it does not have a virus? Just because you got it from a CD or a person you trust doesn't mean it doesn't have a virus.

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I have installed the Japanese character set to allow our Japanese homestay student to write home, but now I find that the \ sign is continually replaced by the yen sign. Any ideas?

Answer:Japanese characters

Change the language back to English, see:

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I've searched for this many times, but this is totally annoying, I have some updates to do, but I have my work laptop fully up to date with SP1.... and still an issue..

So below are the characters that randomly appear ( when typing character left of =), I seem to notice more after pasting, but also does not affect every program when it happens.


I have read it is the keyboard language settings, but that is BS because the settigns are unchanged ( set to US anyways)... I have heard others around my office say it has happened to them.... so whats up? Any one have any news on this?

Answer:certain odd characters randomly appear

Are you absolutely sure your keyboard settings are on US? I remember when I first got my computer it always switched the keyboard setting to "Canadian French" even though "US" was the default. Could this or something similar be happening to you as well?

Keyboard Layout - Change

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Question: random characters

Every time i log on to a site like yahoo that has a field where you input information, my computer starts to fill in characters like..

of of of of of the the the

any thoughts on what it might be? I have no microphone running but its almost like its trying to do some kind of speech recognition thing...

Please help...

of of of

Answer:random characters

Hi King,

Try this, Go to Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Languages tab > click on 'Details' > highlight 'Speech Recognition' & click on 'Remove'.

See if that helps.

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Which characters does Windows have a problem with in filenames? I'm trying to string match almost anything that might appear in a web address to be sanitized to put into a filename.

Answer:Filename characters

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My toddler did..only God knows what to my laptop and now my characters have changed..i see signs like X>>>??>>...instead of regular letters on my desktop and every where i go I have to guess what an icon means...
I am sure that a pretty simple problem..I just don't know where to go set my font back to the right one.
Ps: When i go online i don't have this characters problem.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:XP characters trouble

Shot in the dark and assuming you are using xp, how about using a restore point before this started to happen?

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Hi all,I don't know what I did to arrive with this problem, but when I log on now, before the welcome screen and log in names, I'm greeted with a text box and an ok button on it.  I believe the characters on the title bar and inside the box are unicode characters.  You have to click ok, and then you can get to the users screen.  I don't know how to get rid of this.  Any ideas?Thanks!

Answer:Box with unicode characters before the welcome...

If you would click on the Self Help link below and try out the on-line scanner that could help you, and if you care to scroll down the page there are some freeware anti-virus and anti-Trojan programs which could help too.

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Is there anyway to read information from a file after an eof character?

For example, I have a data file that has a bunch of end of file characters before the actual end of the file. There has to be some way around it... Anyone have any ideas?

Answer:end of file characters???

Wyatt_Earp said:

Is there anyway to read information from a file after an eof character?

For example, I have a data file that has a bunch of end of file characters before the actual end of the file. There has to be some way around it... Anyone have any ideas?Click to expand...

Unless you're using getc() (Which you shouldn't), just check the return value of ie. fgets() (Recursively until you get an EOF as fgets() is line-per-line)

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Question: Strange characters

How come I get text like this "There?s plenty to recommend Samsung?s on my laptop, but not on my desktop computer? I tried changing the default font for all messages from Western European (ISO) to Western European (Windows), but it didn't make any difference.

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