Text letters is squares or lines

I use Windows 98, sometimes letters are displayed as boxes or lines (_____), but sometimes everything seems fine. This problem can appear suddenly or directly after a boot-up. What is the problem and what can I do to correct this?
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foxeyeAsked:
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LermitteCommented:
Solution 1: Disable the smoothing feature.

To disable the font smoothing feature in your Windows 98-based computer:
 
1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.
 
2. Click the Effects tab, click to clear the "Smooth edges of screen fonts"
check box, and then click OK.

I think that you also must look for your videocard. What card are you using?

Mario


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LermitteCommented:
Question do you use multilanguage support??

Mario
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foxeyeAuthor Commented:
Well, I've already tried disabling font smoothing, but no improvement. I've reinstalled Windows 98, several times before and have never bumped in to this kind of problem before. My videocard is a S3 Trio64V+ 2MB, and I have the latest drivers.
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foxeyeAuthor Commented:
Where can I check if I use multi-language support?
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foxeyeAuthor Commented:
No, I don't have multi-language support installed
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LermitteCommented:
Well I think that there is a memory problem on the videocard.. It's the only direct thing that I can see..
I will look for more..

Mario
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LermitteCommented:
Maybee you can go here and ask the technical support from Trio (S3) for this.

http://209.10.46.171/pg000149.htm

Mario
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AwmytieCommented:
    The most usual cause of this is an incompatible file format (trying to read a .wp file with .txt reader, etc.).  I have heard that there is a trojan virus that sometimes makes this unwanted conversion.
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LermitteCommented:
Ye, but it's somethimes, not everytime, so that's the raison why I don't ask to do a virus scan (I think that foxeye did that already) I still believe in broken memory on the videocard..

Mario
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Jason_SCommented:
I have seen this from time to time on S3 video cards.  Normaly you are able to hilight, or select the text area, then you can see the text normaly again. (?)

Do verify that you have the latest drivers for the card.  Otherwise, you can try to remove the video card, press down on all socketed chips, and reinsert it.  You may also be able to move the card to another slot.

I feel that this problem will continue for you.  Either you replace the card, or choose to live with it.
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smeebudCommented:
fox, give this a go after you backup your registry.

Use the Fontreg Tool found in WINDOWS\SYSTEM
Running Fontreg.exe adds a registry key that allows the installation of TrueType fonts.
To run Fontreg.exe and install the fonts, follow these steps:
1.Click the Start button, and then click Run.
2.Type "fontreg" (without quotation marks) in the Open box, and then click OK.
3.In Control Panel, double-click Fonts.
4.On the Fonts menu, click Install New Font.
5.In the Folders box, select the folder that contains the TrueType fonts (usually
Windows\Fonts).
6.Click Select All, and then click OK. Edit the Fonts Registry Key
WARNING: BACKUP REGISTRY FIRST.
Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to
reinstall Windows 95 or Windows NT. NOTE: For information about how to edit the
registry, view the Changing Keys And Values online Help topic in Registry Editor
(Regedit.exe). Note that you should make a backup copy of the registry files
(System.dat and user.dat) before you edit the registry. To replace a missing or damaged
Fonts key in the registry, follow these, steps:

1.Move the contents of the Fonts folder to an empty folder.
2.If the Fonts key exists in the following registry setting, delete the Fonts key and then
add it again: Windows 95:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Windows
NT:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion If the
Fonts key does not exist in the registry setting listed above, add the following key: Fonts

3.In Control Panel, double-click Fonts.
4.On the Fonts menu, click Install New Font.
5.In the Folders box, select the folder you moved the fonts to in step 1.
6.Click Select All, and then click OK.

Regards,
Bud
http://www.geocities.com/~budallen/
Bud's Win95 Win98 Tips and Troubleshooter
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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
Foxeye, Try the followings in stepwise and inspect intermittently: -

(1)  Disable the active desktop. Go to the Start-settings-active desktop, unchecked the “view as Web Page”.

(2)  Change the display resolution to a lower one. Go to the control panel, display, settings, and change resolution to 256 colors 800x600. Click the [advanced] button, at the Adapter tab select the Refresh rate by [Adapter default]. Click Apply and OK.

Moreover, go to ‘Start-log off user’, select and log off current user. It will prompt the log on window again. Don’t enter any password and click the [cancel] button. It will log on to local machine as ‘Start-log off…’.  Go to the control panel, display, settings, and change resolution to 256 colors 800x600.

Restart the computer to safe mode, go to the control panel, system, device manager, expand the display adapter and monitors, select each of them and click the [remove] button to remove them all.

Restart the computer to normal mode. They will be re-detected.

Go to the Start-run, type [sfc] in the open box. Run [x] ‘scan for altered files’ with the Win98cdrom in the cdrom. Check the [settings], select [x] Check for changed files and [x] Check for deleted files. Start run.

Inspect if any files need to restore if older, update if newer.

(3)  Change the system fonts to another set to inspect if the original set of system fonts be corrupted or not. Method: -
Go to Start-run, type [regedit] in the box and OK to open the registry editor.
Go to the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Config\0001\Display\Settings\
You can find on the right pane, there are names and values as: -  
Name                      Data
fixedfon.fon            “8514fix.fon”
fonts.fon                 “8514sys.fon”
oemfonts.fon          “8514oem.fon”

Select the name (e.g. fixedfon.fon), at the menu Edit-modify, modify the Value data from
[8514fix.fon    ]  to [vgafix.fon]
Select the name (e.g. fixedfon.fon), at the menu Edit-modify, modify the Value data from
[8514sys.fon   ]  to  [vgasys.fon]
Select the name (e.g. fixedfon.fon), at the menu Edit-modify, modify the Value data from
[8514oem.fon ]  to  [vgaoem.fon]

Prior to above registry changes, use start-find, type ‘*.fon’ without the quotation to check in your system there are 6 fonts as listed as above mentioned in the C:\windows\fonts directory.
After changes, exit the registry and restart the computer.
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Let me know if you have any queries.  pslh
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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
foxeye, it should be corrected and read as:
Select the name (e.g. fixedfon.fon), at the menu Edit-modify, modify the Value data from
[8514fix.fon    ]  to [vgafix.fon]
Select the name (e.g. fonts.fon     ), at the menu Edit-modify, modify the Value data from
[8514sys.fon   ]  to  [vgasys.fon]
Select the name (e.g. oemfonts.fon), at the menu Edit-modify, modify the Value data from
[8514oem.fon ]  to  [vgaoem.fon]

pslh
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dew_associatesCommented:
Foxeye, there's allot of comments here and things to try, so as you wade through them, and if you get down this far without a cure, try this.

1. Boot into safemode and go into device manager and review each category and look for duplicate entries, especially in the video area. If there are any duplicates anywhere, remove all of them and then reboot.

2. As for the video card, replace the video driver you are now using with the one on the Win98 CD and test it.

3. Last but not least, do you have Quick Time running on this PC? If so, you'll need to make some changes to the INI file.
Dennis

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delwellCommented:
I've had the exact same problem. I had three Technicians working on the Job (at College, no expense spared). The only way of getting rid of the problem is by replacing the Video card. We've had this problem with 2 S3 Trio64s and 1 S3 Virge. Reinstalling Windows won't make any difference because it does it with Windows 95 also.
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foxeyeAuthor Commented:
Yes, I tried to reformat my harddrive and reinstalling Win98, but the problem reappeared. I then replaced the video card to another PCI-slot, and so far ( 2 days ) it runs fine. So who gets the points? I guess Jason S.
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Jason_SCommented:
Glad to help.  I just wish S3 was a better product.
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foxeyeAuthor Commented:
Yeah, S3 really sucks. But I've ordered a new card ( ATI 4Mb ), hope it's better. Thanks everone for the efforts.
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