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RE: RE: Windows ME fonts

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  • Subject: [mg45375] RE: [mg45371] RE: [mg45346] Windows ME fonts
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2004 04:56:07 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I experienced the same problem when I first installed Mathematica 5.0 on
Windows 98 many months ago. There was one other similar complaint on
MathGroup at the time.

After running Mathematica for some time, fonts would go bad. Sometimes in
Mathematica notebooks and even more often in Windows. For example, the icons
and labels on the task bar would go bad, and fonts in the headings of emails
would change size. After restarting the computer the problem would go away,
but then come back after running Mathematica.

At the time, Wolfram support was saying that there were too many fonts
installed on the Windows system and to remove some. But that was not the
cause of the solution.

At the time, I sent a picture of the corrupted fonts in emails to John Fultz
at WRI and he replied that they had found the problem. He provided a site
where I could download a new version of the front end. That solved the
problem. I was under the impression that support provided the new front end
to everybody that had the problem, which I believe was only on certain
Windows systems, and that they had instituted a permanent fix.

So it is strange that this is coming up again. Is it associated with the
recent Version 5.0.1? Did the fix get undone?

David Park
djmp at

From: Ingolf Dahl [mailto:ingolf.dahl at]
To: mathgroup at

No, this is not a display problem (I use 1280x1024, by the way). The display
could never cause square-root signs and other characters scattered over the
Mathematica input cells. And the fonts are not distorted - they are replaced
by other fonts. It is evidently the font system of Windows that has run
havoc. But thanks anyway for your consideration.

Ingolf Dahl

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Hobbs, Sylvia (DPH) [mailto:Sylvia.Hobbs at]
To: mathgroup at
>Sent: Friday, January 02, 2004 16:47
>To: 'Ingolf Dahl'; mathgroup at
>Subject: [mg45375] [mg45371] RE: [mg45346] Windows ME fonts
>Distortion could be, just could be, due to how your notebook's native
>1024x768 resolution fixed grid transistors, on screen redraw, automatically
>reinterporlate pixels.  Just for the heck of it, can you try
>connecting your
>notebook to an external monitor, then try all screen adaptor modes
>to see if
>fonts still look like cooties?
>Sylvia Hobbs
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Ingolf Dahl [mailto:ingolf.dahl at]
To: mathgroup at
>Sent: Friday, January 02, 2004 4:24 AM
>To: mathgroup at
>Subject: [mg45375] [mg45371] [mg45351] RE: [mg45346] Windows ME fonts
>I have seen exactly the same behaviour on my computer (Windows Me), nothing
>to add or to subtract from your description.
>Please keep me informed if you find a work-around.
>Ingolf Dahl
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Steve Luttrell [mailto:steve1 at]
To: mathgroup at
>To: mathgroup at
>>Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2004 11:55
>>To: mathgroup at
>>Subject: [mg45375] [mg45371] [mg45351] [mg45346] Windows ME fonts
>>I have a problem with Mathematica 5 and Windows ME. After running for a
>>while the fonts in the notebooks displayed on screen become
>>garbled. A while
>>later various other screen fonts (e.g. icon labels, etc) become garbled.
>>This problem does NOT occur with Mathematica 4.2.1. I have tried various
>>settings for the display (i.e. screen resolutions and colour depths) but
>>nothing seems to help.
>>Has anyone else had this problem? Even better, has anyone got any
>>suggestions how to work around it. I would rather not go through
>the hassle
>>of upgrading to Windows XP.
>>Steve Luttrell
>>West Malvern, UK

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