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Web page showing question marks (?) instead of bullets or apostrophes

I am not sure what is going on exactly but there is a web server (apache 2.2.3 + php 4.4.4) which is displaying some characters (specifically apostrophes ' and bullets •) as question marks instead of the appropriate character.  The pages have the bullet (•) character in them instead of using •  I know I can change it to • instead of specifically using the bullet (•) character, but the page was exported from PowerPoint as a HTML document so the next time it gets created I would have to manually edit each slide by hand.  I am guessing that there is something wrong with the encoding, but I am not sure what.  I have a development web server (apache 2.0.50 + php 4.3.8) that displays the characters correctly.

Any ideas?
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bdhtechnology
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bdhtechnology
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TeRReFCommented:
Compare the apache config files of the 2 servers and see if this directive is set
AddDefaultCharset

If so, do they differ?
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bdhtechnologyAuthor Commented:
Server that is working has:
AddDefaultCharset Off

Server that isn't working had a line in the config file for it, but commented out.  So I added:
AddDefaultCharset Off

Restarted apache2 and still the same thing.  Any other ideas?
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BrianGEFF719Commented:
add this line to your <head> section in the file.

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
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samriCommented:
bdhtechnology,

after you had changed the config, and restarted the server --- sometimes when you refresh the page from the web browser, it may still got the content from cache.  try to clear your browse cache, or hit shift-refresh.

just some thought.
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bdhtechnologyAuthor Commented:
So it apparently just needed 'AddDefaultCharset Off' set, even though it wasn't set before and is suppose to default to off.  Once I cleared the cache, the question marks went away.  I figured refreshing the page would have been good enough, but I guess not.  Thanks for the help!
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TeRReFCommented:
You're welcome :)
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