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reading files in strange characters

  1. #1


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1

    reading files in strange characters


    Windows 8.1 64b

    Some files, when open with notepad, can be easily read in English. For other ones, I get characters like the ones bellow.
    How could I read these characters, is there any online translator for this? or I should learn basic C++ or other means?

    Many thanks


    <J#wH=WM  ` X( tqwI G5YQNc_.)9#oHR)zKc.ꙗ'KKy8H' wQjNEG=NV k#;/rGcLeWCL.Oc 6]jeaZ@7n
    %-1Ӻ`c,ycW|4g/.B=)!Y/ڶj?A [w0ZwMhVeO)HJ^9J n,j&
    w1U=վ(T SFc$wkʱgzM1;
    /j'8`zqF~$B$Eѽ:B LtZثt 7?x?J\]"k13ad-<!KE[t36DR.ncaylV0,cotR3|zfJ~ (if"D@cU^W "—JC[Z7;”+#24qjD­`
    ԍ٩i]D#*YQNc_.)9#oHR)zKc.ꙗ'KKy8H' wQjNEG=NV k#;/rGcLeWCL.Oc 6]jeaZ@7n
    %-1Ӻ`c,ycW|4g/.B=)!Y/ڶj?A [w0ZwMhVeO)HJ^9J

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    It looks like a binary file. What's the name of the file you got the copy/paste from?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    K55A.bin. My PC us Asus model A55A, which in fact = model K55A.
    But same character appear in bootmanager.sys if I remember correctly.
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  4. #4


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Don't mess around with files like this.
    They are programs or drivers and stuff like that.
    If you open them for edit and save them, they will probably get corrupted with line feeds, etc.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    it is just to read what is inside, not to edit them
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  6. #6


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    There is nothing to read. They are binaries.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    If you are curious make a copy to another directory,such as temp. Open the copy with a hex editor. There are plenty of free ones around. Just check the large freeware download sites.
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  8. #8


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    That will be fun - reading the stuff in hex. I wonder how many people still can read Hex. In the 60s and 70s all of our dumps were in Hex. After some practice, I was able to read it like text.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    That will be fun - reading the stuff in hex. I wonder how many people still can read Hex. In the 60s and 70s all of our dumps were in Hex. After some practice, I was able to read it like text.
    I wasn't very adept at reading hex. I cheated and looked for embedded text.
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