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foobar2000 doesn't show japanese characters properly anymore
post Feb 21 2013, 19:00
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Hey there.

I use foobar2000 for a couple of years now and never had a problem like that:

The bug first occured 1-2 weeks ago. My machine runs on Windows 8 and the only thing I can possibly think of as a cause are some updates Windows installed at that time. I have the Last.fm scrobbler installed as an additional component, the only one that the online troubleshooter said could be problematic. But even without this plugin loaded I get the same result. I updated foobar2000 to the latest version (1.2.3) but that didn't help, too - same with completely un- and reinstalling the program.

Edit: Strange thing is: When I copy the squares and paste them into a document/browser/etc. the characters are shown correctly. Even when I play a song with those tags the Last.fm program recognizes the characters right and displays them properly, too.

Don't know what to do now, please help!

This post has been edited by Panto: Feb 21 2013, 19:03
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post Feb 21 2013, 22:41
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FWIW, many users have posted about fonts suddenly losing special characters, apparently due to some leak in Windows, and it was found that shutting down is not necessary in those cases: logging out and then back in sorts the problem by reloading the full font. I don’t know whether this applies in this case, and of course you want to avoid having to end your session in any way, but logging out/in would save some time if it works for this issue and you do find that the font has gone again.

Edit: Also, I was drafting a post earlier that I ended up losing when I cleared my tabs, and I was thinking the same thing as Porcus! biggrin.gif

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post Feb 21 2013, 23:46
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My mind is blown, but I'm sure that when I had this problem, I didn't always open Chrome before foobar2000. (Though my switch to Firefox as default browser does seem to coincide with me not seeing this problem anymore.)

yet another reason to not install chrome (first being system lockups not seen in other browsers when doing heavy I/O)
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