What the ???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by PegasusMedia, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. PegasusMedia macrumors member

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    #1
    So all the text on my desktop icons & window title bars, and pull down menus has been replaced by little a's in a square. Looks as if the font fkle has vaporized? What the ????????

    Thoughts? Ideas?
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  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Have you tried rebooting? My second step would be to Resolve Duplicates in the Edit menu of Font Book. :)
     
  3. PegasusMedia thread starter macrumors member

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    Tried re-booting, yes. But that's all I tried...I decided it was too wierd, and I was too tired, so I went to bed. It's my home machine, so I can't try your idea until tonight. Thanks!... and thanks in advance to any who have a thought on this wierdness. If this was a PC I would think virus..possible?

    This is an imac G5, btw.
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Not a virus, most likely just a corrupt font file, annoying and rare but not unheard of.
     
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Not easy when you can't read the menus. Screenshot (I'd post one but I'm at work on a PC)?
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Fair point. :p


    This is in Font Book which will be in the Applications folder by default. If you're having trouble finding Applications, press COMMAND-SHIFT-A in Finder. :)


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  7. PegasusMedia thread starter macrumors member

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    You guys are the best. Thanks a million! I'll try it as soon as possible tonight. Actually I might even sneak home at lunch & give it a shot. It's a bad feeling knowing that something is wrong & I've got work to do tonight.
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    No worries mate. Be sure to report back with any more questions or a solution. Good luck. :)
     
  9. PegasusMedia thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, I did the resolve duplicates thing...no effect. So I killed the font folder & replaced it with the one copied from my laptop. No effect. Then I got irritated & just said "ah screw it" and reinstaalled the OS. So it's all better, although I probably "overfixed" it. That was one weird problem, though.
     

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