xp cannot open files with accents

October 31, 2009 at 02:35:30
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz - Ram 1GB

I just did a repair install on XP SP3 after a motherboard failed and I replaced it with one that has a different chip set.

Everything seems to be working fine with the exception of just one thing.

I wanted to open an exe file from the motherboard CD to load a new sound driver and got this ..


Moreover, a program that I use has some jpgs, that according to the programmer have umlauts (German accent) in their file names, and they don't load when I open the program.

I have run system file checker.

Any ideas would be much appreciated,


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October 31, 2009 at 05:24:28
Do the file names actuslly HAVE umlauts?

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October 31, 2009 at 06:14:02
The programmer that wrote the program that can't load the jpgs told me;

"Windows XP is a Unicode operating system which should be able to work with ANY character set - even Chinese. The problem you have happens only in the conversion of file names".

I don't know about the exe file from the mother board manufacturer, but you saw the jpg.

Thanks for your reply,


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October 31, 2009 at 06:41:57
If I remember right w2k wouldn't play MP3s with Thai filenames.

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October 31, 2009 at 23:23:15

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,


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November 1, 2009 at 10:03:28

Can you load the driver install program from the motherboard manufacturer's site, if it won't run from the CD.


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