I finally decided to take the CD that I received from my mother board manufacturer, and run it on another machine.
I wasn't over enthused about running an exe file for chipset installation on a machine that it wasn't intended for.
And the 2nd machine couldn't run it either!
(I know the board is far from the best but I needed to find one that would compliment my 5 year old machine).
Great! A motherboard company releases a CD with their product that seemingly doesn't use Unicode!
I jumped to conclusions that my PC was at fault because I had just done the repair install.
If it had just been an agenda program written in Germany that couldn't load jpgs then I would have not been concerned, but when I couldn't open the manufacturer's CD I added 1+1 and got 3.
Not sure what my lesson is?
Thank you for the feedback,