General Question

lawlipop's avatar

Text on my computer shows up in odd letters. How do I fix this?

Asked by lawlipop (433points) June 26th, 2010

I’m not quite sure how to explain the problem. It’s just that on almost any website I visit, the words are indistinguishable.

Here’s a screencap of what I’m talking about:

Is my computer locked on some setting? What do I do to fix it?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

16 Answers

Seaofclouds's avatar

I had this happen a few days ago. I restarted my computer and it went away. Not sure what caused it though.

lawlipop's avatar

@Seaofclouds I’ve restarted my computer probably a dozen times. This isn’t exactly a new problem, I’m just fed up with dealing with it.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@lawlipop That sucks. I’m not sure then, hopefully someone else will have an idea for you. The only other idea I can think of is that somehow you changed settings somewhere or you picked up a virus.

dpworkin's avatar

It;s not a computer issue, it’s a browser issue. You need to change your default for text-encoding

jrpowell's avatar

I’m thinking that you have a missing or corrupt font. I’m not really sure how to go about fixing it on XP.

lawlipop's avatar

@dpworkin And how do I go about doing that?

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Your default code page may have been changed.

dpworkin's avatar

Check the help file for your browser for “unicode”, and change the default to that setting.

lawlipop's avatar

@dpworkin I tried that, and it didn’t seem to work. Maybe I’m not doing it correctly?

dpworkin's avatar

Or maybe I’m wrong.

DeanV's avatar

What browser are you using?

lawlipop's avatar

@dverhey Firefox. Guess I should’ve mentioned that earlier.

dpworkin's avatar

Preferences… Content… Fonts and Colors… Advanced… Chose Western for encoding.

lawlipop's avatar

@dpworkin I switched the character encoding to Western, but it keeps going back to Unicode.

dpworkin's avatar

It’s beyond my expertise. Maybe you should investigate glitchy fonts, like JP said. He’s a programmer; I’m just a Guy.

LuckyGuy's avatar

In my Firefox 3.6.4 it is: Tools, Options, content, fonts and colors – advanced, character encoding western iso 8859–1

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther