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by Stan Chambers / July 15, 2005 2:24 PM PDT

Hi folks:
I'm posting here because my problem was caused by the removal of pests from this machine.

The machine: Compaq Pressario SR1103
Window XP Home, 256 MB PC2700, ASUS CDRW, NAV.

I ran Microsoft Antispyware Beta 1. Found and removed
eZula.WebOffer, eZula.TodText, Target Saver Trojan Downloader, SearchForIt.Adshooter, and Hotbar Shopping Reports.
After rebooting, all the text in Windows is gibberish, (Symbols).

My questions: Will a system recovery, using the recovery disk fix the problem?
Are there other possible fixes?
The system has a D:\ partition, which apparently contains the Recovery Console. It's an option at the boot screen.
Is it possible to repair this particular problem from the Recovery Console, or is the Repair install my only option?
I had this happen on a Dell laptop before, and somehow was able to run System Restore to fix it, but it appears that System Restore is disabled on this machine.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Stan

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Possibly a Marlett font problem...
by Edward ODaniel / July 16, 2005 2:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Gibberish Text

Look at this MK KB article and see if it helps.

It could also be another of the Windows system fonts and the article explains how to extract them.

Additionally it explains the possible need to delete the Ttfcache file in the Windows folder as well as suggesting that if your font list approaches 1000 fonts the problem can arise.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=134861

Do please read the ENTIRE article and not simply assume it doesn't apply.

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Marlett Font
by Stan Chambers / July 16, 2005 4:15 AM PDT

Ed, much thanks for your reply. I went to my other machine to check the Marlett font and it appears to be exactly the same as what I see on my screen.
I'll check out the MKKB article and let you know.
Thanks again
Stan

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Gibberish Text
by rebrownlie / May 27, 2010 8:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Marlett Font

Thanks much for your posted advice, Stan. I have the same problem as Post 2 on my current, RAID boot drive. I had no idea what a Marlett font is. Booting with an older, readable clone (which I am using now for research) of my RAID boot drive, I opened my Pinnacle Studio Title editor (which illustrates the font list), typed a test title abcdef....etc. & scrolled down, found the Marlett font which displayed the identical gibberish to my "corrupted" Windows drive.

Still on the older but readable Windows, I opened the Control Panel > Appearance & Themes > Fonts Folder, opened & found the Marlett font listed! I will repeat this on my "corrupted" Windows XP & assume the problem will be solved. Fingers crossed, thanks again -- Richard

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Font Settings
by Stan Chambers / July 16, 2005 4:47 AM PDT

After reviewing the MKKB article, it appears that the Marlett font file is not corrupted.

My next thought, is there some font setting in Windows that could have been changed by these pests?

I've looked in Control Panel/Fonts, and in Computer Management, but don't see any settings.
Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks
Stan

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Look around in your Control Panel's Display...
by Edward ODaniel / July 16, 2005 12:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Font Settings

applet on the Appearance tab where fonts can be changed.

Additionally, just because you see or don't see a font listed does not mean that the font may not be corrupted. (Kind of like just looking at the car after the wife or kids have driven it doesn't tell you how much gas is left in the tank. Wink )

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You might also check the following...
by Edward ODaniel / July 16, 2005 12:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Font Settings

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\GRE_Initialize

See that it shows in the right pane:
(Default) (value not set)
FIXEDFON.FON "vgafix.fon"
FONTS.FON "vgasys.fon"
OEMFONT.FON "vgaoem.fon"

now look in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Hardware Profiles\Current\Software\Fonts

See that it lists the same as above with the addition of whatever is shown in the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontDPI

Look in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes

See if your listings are valid with the fonts you have installed.

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Thanks for the suggestions.
by Stan Chambers / July 16, 2005 1:15 PM PDT

To update:
In Display properties, appearances, the only options in the fonts box are System, and Fixedsys.

I can use either of these settings and achieve readable text on Icons, Message Box, etc., but nothing changes inside Windows. For example My Documents are not readable.

Next: I went to Control Panel, Fonts.
When the folder is opened, there are no visible files.
In C:\Windows\Fonts, again no visible files.
If I hold the mouse pointer over the folder, it reports 39.2 MB of files inside the folder.

I went to Folder Options and checked to show hidden system files, but no effect.

Thanks for your advice. I'll check the registry settings as you have suggested and post back.
Thanks
Stan

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Have you recently installed or removed any Windows Theme?
by Edward ODaniel / July 17, 2005 6:32 AM PDT

that can cause certain fonts that the system may need to be removed too.

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Thanks Ed.
by Stan Chambers / July 17, 2005 9:30 AM PDT

I do appreciate your efforts, but I finally grew tired of the quest and did complete system recovery.
I suppose that I may never solve the mystery of the missing fonts, but it's not the first for me.
Many Thanks
Stan

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Registry Settings
by Stan Chambers / July 16, 2005 2:05 PM PDT

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\GRE_Initialize

The setting here are just as you wrote, with the following exceptions.

Two additional entrys.

DisableRemoteFontBootCache Reg DWord 0X00000000 (0)
LastBootTimeFontCacheState Reg DWord 0X00000000 {0}

All other settings were as you wrote.

Not all the fonts on the machine were listed in the registy. However the ones that were listed appear to be valid.

Thanks, Again
Stan

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