Question marks replacing UI strings typically indicates a Unicode ->
ANSI transform failure. Is all of the software and drivers in either
English or Japanese? Or is some of the software also in a third
Seeing as how this is a Japanese laptop with Japanese Windows
Vista, I'm guessing that the system locale (default ANSI code page)
is set to Japanese (Japan). This should be fine for any ANSI-based
component that contains UI strings in either English or
Japanese. But if the system code page has been changed to something
other than Japanese, and is an ANSI-based component with UI
in a third language, the strings will not display properly.
You can confirm the current system code page (aka 'Language
for non-Unicode programs') by launching 'Regional and Language
Options' from Control Panel. This setting can be checked on the
Best of luck,
Garrett McGowan [MSFT]
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"mirek" <m.gon@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Hi there,
>> I live in Japan, and I bought my laptop here. Thanks to this, I have a
>> Japanese version of Windows Vista, which didn't really bother me so
>> far, but now it has caused me a serious problem.
>> I have a Fujitsu laptop, with an Intel Mobile 945GM Express Chipset. I
>> would love to change some of my settings, due to recent
>> software-crashes, for example the anisotrpoic filter.
>> I open the interface of the driver, but on the buttons, and in the
>> lists, I only see question marks. This happened many times before as
>> well, but only at applications were I knew what to select anyways.
>> I believe it will be a problem later on as well, so I would like to
>> know why it is like this, and how I could get rid of this error.
>> Even my friends who have Japanese Vista installed on their laptops,
>> have no such problems with any sort of softwares... So I wonder what
>> could be wrong.
>> I appreciate any help I could get, thanks in advance!
> Try first install latest graphic drivers form intel.com it might fix your
> problems (select your language version if you can).
> You can also check if Aero is causing this problem by turning it off
> change theme to windows classic (Display Properties).