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Window control elements (minimize, maximize, close, scroll bars, etc)are screwed up

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by XP Guy, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. XP Guy

    XP Guy Flightless Bird

    The issue I'm seeing is actually on an NT4 server with IE6-sp1, but I'm
    asking here because there aren't enough people following NT4 newsgroups
    any more, and I figure that NT is similar enough to XP in this
    situation.

    The problem is that these graphic symbols or control elements are
    screwed up:

    - window minimize, maximize, and close buttons (upper right-hand
    corner of any window)

    - scroll bar up and down arrows, arrows for drop-down lists (the
    actual small black arrow)

    - radio buttons and check boxes

    are screwed up and seem to have been replaced with numbers or letters
    (in the case of the first two items) and radio buttons and check boxes
    are so mangled that it's hard to tell when a check-box or radio button
    has been set or is empty.

    The system in question has been like this for probably the last 7 years,
    and I have no ides what might have triggered or caused it.

    What part of an NT / XP system is responsible for rendering those window
    and menu-interface objects?

    I've re-applied the last service-pack for NT4 (SP6a) and re-installed
    IE6-sp1. I've changed the video card in the system (from ATI to Nvidia)
    and installed the correct video drivers.

    What API, GDI, kernel, DLL, VXD, activex, directx, or font files (etc)
    plays a role in rendering these particular window control elements or
    objects?
     
  2. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    Re: Window control elements (minimize, maximize, close, scroll bars, etc) are screwed up

    "XP Guy" <XP@Guy.com> wrote in message news:4B8006B4.2AC4A13B@Guy.com...
    > The issue I'm seeing is actually on an NT4 server with IE6-sp1, but I'm
    > asking here because there aren't enough people following NT4 newsgroups
    > any more, and I figure that NT is similar enough to XP in this
    > situation.
    >
    > The problem is that these graphic symbols or control elements are
    > screwed up:
    >
    > - window minimize, maximize, and close buttons (upper right-hand
    > corner of any window)
    >
    > - scroll bar up and down arrows, arrows for drop-down lists (the
    > actual small black arrow)
    >
    > - radio buttons and check boxes
    >
    > are screwed up and seem to have been replaced with numbers or letters
    > (in the case of the first two items) and radio buttons and check boxes
    > are so mangled that it's hard to tell when a check-box or radio button
    > has been set or is empty.
    >
    > The system in question has been like this for probably the last 7 years,
    > and I have no ides what might have triggered or caused it.
    >
    > What part of an NT / XP system is responsible for rendering those window
    > and menu-interface objects?
    >
    > I've re-applied the last service-pack for NT4 (SP6a) and re-installed
    > IE6-sp1. I've changed the video card in the system (from ATI to Nvidia)
    > and installed the correct video drivers.
    >
    > What API, GDI, kernel, DLL, VXD, activex, directx, or font files (etc)
    > plays a role in rendering these particular window control elements or
    > objects?


    Main Windows display font (e.g. for hide/maximin/close boxes at
    top right corner) is MARLETT.TTF. Your SFC (System File
    Checker) may be the fastest way to test its integrity or recopy it.
    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  3. XP Guy

    XP Guy Flightless Bird

    Re: Window control elements (minimize, maximize, close, scroll bars,etc) are screwed up

    Don Phillipson wrote:

    > > (various window-control buttons and objects are screwed up)

    >
    > Main Windows display font (e.g. for hide/maximin/close boxes at
    > top right corner) is MARLETT.TTF. Your SFC (System File
    > Checker) may be the fastest way to test its integrity or
    > recopy it.


    Ah yes, thanks. As indicated here:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/134861

    Which primarily recommends replacement of the file, and which goes on to
    say:

    ----------
    If after replacing the Marlett.ttf file numbers or garbled characters
    still appear in place of controls, try deleting the Ttfcache file in the
    Windows folder. This file is rebuilt automatically when you restart the
    computer. Problems with the Marlett.ttf file can also be caused by
    exceeding, or approaching, the approximate limitation of 1000 fonts.

    If this does not work, verify that the Hidden attribute is set for the
    Marlett.ttf font file.
    ---------

    The article states that it applies only to Windows 95, but seems to
    describe exactly the problem I'm seeing on this NT4 system.

    I'm aware that win-9x systems have problems with lots of installed
    fonts, but have no idea if NT4 is similarly impacted. I find it curious
    that the Marlett.ttf file might have to be set to hidden as part of a
    solution (why would that be?)
     

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