system font problem? weird checkboxes and other symbols on menu and drop-down buttons

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Martin de Groot, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. Does anybody know about the following problem: On my Windows XP Professional
    PC I have recently found that the checkboxes (when they are unchecked) in
    all programs are no longer clear, white, but they show a strange black and
    white pattern. Also on drop-down buttons the symbol is no longer a downwards
    pointing triangle but some other funny character. And also on the menus
    where a right pointing triangle should be there is a symbol like a mouse.

    I have already tried to change the system font but nothing has helped so
    far. The hidden vgasys.fon file in my Windows\Fonts directory is binary
    equal to another copy of vgasys.fon which I found on the Internet. The
    registry key for FONTS.FON has the normal value vgasys.fon.

    I could probably get rid of this strange feature by reinstalling Windows XP,
    but then I would lose all installed programs. Unfortunately when I made a
    tape backup of my harddisk the problem was already present, so restoring
    from the tape will not work.

    Who can help me with this problem?

    Martin de Groot
    Martin de Groot, Nov 19, 2003
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  2. Martin de Groot

    °Mike° Guest

    Find the 'ttfcache' file (no extension) and delete it.
    Reboot.


    On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 20:28:52 +0100, in
    <3fbbc46e$0$13867$>
    Martin de Groot scrawled:

    >Does anybody know about the following problem: On my Windows XP Professional
    >PC I have recently found that the checkboxes (when they are unchecked) in
    >all programs are no longer clear, white, but they show a strange black and
    >white pattern. Also on drop-down buttons the symbol is no longer a downwards
    >pointing triangle but some other funny character. And also on the menus
    >where a right pointing triangle should be there is a symbol like a mouse.
    >
    >I have already tried to change the system font but nothing has helped so
    >far. The hidden vgasys.fon file in my Windows\Fonts directory is binary
    >equal to another copy of vgasys.fon which I found on the Internet. The
    >registry key for FONTS.FON has the normal value vgasys.fon.
    >
    >I could probably get rid of this strange feature by reinstalling Windows XP,
    >but then I would lose all installed programs. Unfortunately when I made a
    >tape backup of my harddisk the problem was already present, so restoring
    >from the tape will not work.
    >
    >Who can help me with this problem?
    >
    >Martin de Groot
    >


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    °Mike°, Nov 19, 2003
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  3. Martin de Groot

    Harrison Guest

    Did you try the System Restore utility in System Tools?

    On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 20:28:52 +0100, "Martin de Groot"
    <> wrote:

    >Does anybody know about the following problem: On my Windows XP Professional
    >PC I have recently found that the checkboxes (when they are unchecked) in
    >all programs are no longer clear, white, but they show a strange black and
    >white pattern. Also on drop-down buttons the symbol is no longer a downwards
    >pointing triangle but some other funny character. And also on the menus
    >where a right pointing triangle should be there is a symbol like a mouse.
    >
    >I have already tried to change the system font but nothing has helped so
    >far. The hidden vgasys.fon file in my Windows\Fonts directory is binary
    >equal to another copy of vgasys.fon which I found on the Internet. The
    >registry key for FONTS.FON has the normal value vgasys.fon.
    >
    >I could probably get rid of this strange feature by reinstalling Windows XP,
    >but then I would lose all installed programs. Unfortunately when I made a
    >tape backup of my harddisk the problem was already present, so restoring
    >from the tape will not work.
    >
    >Who can help me with this problem?
    >
    >Martin de Groot
    >
    Harrison, Nov 19, 2003
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