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The Gimp windows load is one which says "The Gimp", then underneath has four menus - F, followed by three symbols - presumably for file
X and then H and three symbols, presumably for help.
The drop down menus for each of these are the same - a word with a readable capital followed by unreadable symbols.
Underneath this top menu, in this particular window are twenty boxes with signs on them. When the mouse hovers over each more symbols appear - which I assume name what the button is for. Fonts issues does make sense.
Will try get a copy of Mandrake 9.1 to try soon I think.
Can I download or install the fonts from anywhere? I have whole lists of fonts in my install files on the computer.
Oh ok, I just assumed you'd encountered the hinting suckage that plagued Linux until about 6-7 months ago, but this sounds different.
Which version of the gimp is this? It does indeed sound like a serious font problem.... it's just that in GTK2 (ie an unreleased version of the gimp) boxes with signs in means unprintable character, usually foreignm, but i doubt you are using the unstable 1.3.x series
It is possible I have inadvertently done something in my forays as Administrator as I am very new to Linux from Windows. So, using the command line is quite daunting. So far as I know I haven't done anything at all to the Gimp except try to use it, but I guess anything is possible. Though it has always looked like that from the first time ever I looked at it.
I have the CDs here and have a spare second hard drive which is currently empty. Thought about installing to that and seeing if there's any difference, but am scared of the bootloader as lost access to Windows using Grub when installing RedHat some weeks ago. I'm told the Lilo will just do it automatically and everything will be okay, but remain wary. I enjoy using the machine and would hate not to be able to access the net and email etc.
Well, you were supposed to delete the part of the address "remove-this-part", to leave email@example.com which is my actual address You'll find people sometimes apply spam armouring like that, but as I already get flooded anyway I guess one more hit won't make much difference.
Nah, it's OK, we all learn these things somewhere.
I passed that screenshot along to a few people (who write software using gtk) and none of them had ever seen anything like it. Hongli suggested checking your language settings, but that's a rather grasping at straws imho.
Can you remember what happened to make things appear that way, or was it like that from the start?
It was always like that. But a curious thing is that in Gnome (that was KDE) it displays okay, but only one window loads.
I also get that kind of display now in Software Package Manager, but that is something I did somehow I think.
I was trying to configure it after reading an online tutorial. I tried to close it and log off as it was late and I wanted to go to bed. It simply wouldn't close - waited twenty minutes or so.
Didn't want to do anything silly because was in root, but eventiully closed internet connection and then was able to shut everything off and log out. Next time I logged the display in Software Package manger was the same as the Gimp!
The install was done by a work colleague via ftp on his work set up and the Package Manager was never configured correctly and had trouble installing stuff because of it. Hoping to get Mandrake 9.1 soon and have a go with that.
Did wonder about doing a completely new install from the CDs as I now have a CDROM that should read them, but scared about the bootloader overwriting things and not being able to access anything. Though Lilo doesn't seem to have the reputation for doing that. It happened to me with RedHat and Grub.
BTW - where is Malvern? I lived in England for a year almost, way back in 73-74 - Stoke mandevilee Hosp, Bournemouth and London.
Sounds like file corruption to be honest I suppose. Weird that it only happens in KDE though. In GNOME, are you sure you can't just open the dialogs from the dialogs menu? they don't necessarily appear immediately.
Malvern is on the Welsh border, in the south west, near Worcester or Birmingham. Fairly quiet here
I'll have another look in Gnome then. I tend not to use Gnome because internet connection times out after twenty seconds and I'm too lazy to find out how to correct it!! Have looked in Preferences with no luck.
Went to Wales but not Birmingham or Worcester. Zoomed up a motorway past Birmingham once!