I use XP & a month-old Viewsonic plasma screen. Software & hardware firewalls. Clean virus scans. I am the ONLY user.
It seems like my Windows fonts went invisible: No desktop shortcut labels. No Explorer filenames. No text in toolbar
menus, or Start button/Program features. Text and options are invisible. Drop-down lists expand, but show various white
spaces. Unfortunately this is true for most text in Help, Troubleshooting, and Control Panel sections. All icons and
shorcuts, or folder symbols are intact, even with flyover labels opening--but with blank 'text' areas.
within applications is fine. In Outlook 2000, unread message titles (bolded by default) appear. Read ones (normal text by
default) have a long blank row . Message header info is blank for *open* messages. The message text is OK visible.
I adjusted the following--Refresh Rate, Theme, System Reset to a few days, and a few weeks, before the problem, run a virus
scan. Most options are sets of blanks. My browser works OK, but Microsoft Knowledge Base has "invisible fonts" so I can't
With a friend on the phone, we succeeded in getting a font to appear in SOME areas (shortcuts,
Explorer folders). This was by poking around in the Advanced section of Display Properties (up to that point, the tabs are
readable). Beyond that, it's blind again. The bad news is, the only font that seemed to work is a teensy script which is
difficult to read--especially, say, in a list of fonts.
Any ideas? I'm wondering if I can reinstall FONTS only,
either from my Windows CD or Office 2000? Whatever I do, I would (of course) need to READ the prompts along the way!