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Characters appear as "???" instead of letters.

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1

    Characters appear as "???" instead of letters.


    Hello,
    I need help with the character problem. Sometimes the letters appear as "ирова" and sometimes as "??????". What should I do to make those characters readable?
    P.S I want to read Russian text
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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    You will need a Russian pack like here on Win7:
    How can I make this readable? - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for replying. I already have a language pack installed and now trying to re install it maybe that will fix it.
    EDIT: That didn't help either.
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    Last edited by Lapiz; 29 Jun 2013 at 04:29. Reason: Updating post
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Have you tested to write some Russian on the keyboard, since that's the input languange?

    You should try to make it the primary language (first option). But then all Windows will be in Russian, if that's OK, see the message again.
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    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    I can write with it and I tried making it primary language, it does not help unfortunately.
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  6. #6


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Lapiz View Post
    I can write with it and I tried making it primary language, it does not help unfortunately.
    Is that game the only program in Russian that has problems? Then it's not the system's fault.

    Sorry,
    I'm out of ideas here...
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  7. #7


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lapiz View Post
    I can write with it and I tried making it primary language, it does not help unfortunately.
    Is that game the only program in Russian that has problems? Then it's not the system's fault.

    Sorry,
    I'm out of ideas here...
    No, it is not the only one, note pad is also having issues.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 406
    W10 Pro X64


    Lapiz, have you tried the language bar options?

    Language Bar - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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  9. #9


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Just did, it did help.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    I finally managed to fix the problem by changing system locale.
    Change the system locale
    Thanks!
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Characters appear as "???" instead of letters.
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