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RE: sidebar font - 8/8/2012 1:03:17 AM   
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Just took a look myself. Thanks for the link BofH. This proved the rule that you learn something every day. I was unaware of this little quirk/feature from MS.

butch1171,

Can you please try the suggested registry changes and report back here if it fixes the problem for you.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/8/2012 1:13:37 AM   
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Ok, good to see the link already posted. Looks like the culprit all-right.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/13/2012 9:58:12 PM   
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Dave,
Just began the process to solve issue. Upon going to registry the changes had already appeared in the initial solution. That would be changing value in each to new fonts. Example MS SANS SERIF 8,10,12,14,18,24 was SSERIFE.FON. I decided to go reverse for each and put the supposed original ( SSERIFF.FON) to see if that was a solution. After restarting there was no change.
I assume that I would not have to go through all of the font names if the final is already in the correct location. I would do this but none of those appear in the source on the registry.
As always I will do whatever you suggest to reach some type of success. Thanks again for all the help as your effort is deeply appreciated.

Butch rstockland@fuse.net

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RE: sidebar font - 8/14/2012 12:37:54 AM   
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Panther Paul,

What do you think we should try now?

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RE: sidebar font - 8/17/2012 10:34:34 PM   
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Dave,
Having begun this adventure back on June 1 it looks to me that I will never get to play this game. I appreciate your ongoing efforts but it looks that I just made a bad investment in purchasing the game. I have learned my lesson and will stick to games that I can download a demo and go from there. I will be looking very closely at any new Matrix developed games knowing I have been burned on the Bulge. Thanks again for your efforts but I will look elsewhere for historical pc games. Regards, Butch rstockland@fuse.net

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RE: sidebar font - 8/18/2012 1:10:18 AM   
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There has to be a solution to this issue. I'd give them more time since this is apparently the only such case.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/18/2012 1:54:44 AM   
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Butch's system is very similar to mine - except the integrated graphics. I would look there for the issue, and update the driver while I'm at it.

I checked my registry and just like his, the fonts were already set correctly.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/20/2012 2:06:36 AM   
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Butch,

I appreciate your dissappointment. Please bear with this a bit longer. Richard 's suggestion of downloading the latest graphics drivers for your intergrated graphics chip is worth pursuing. To do so, right click on Computer in the Start menu and select Manage. Then select the device manager and from there cascade the Display Adapters. This should list your graphics card/adapter. Right click it and select Properties. This opens up a window with several tabs. Select the Driver tab. Note the model and version number. Try selecting the Update Driver button. This may tell you that you have the latest version and that may be the case. But to be sure Google the model and check on the manufacturers site if there is a later version. If so, download it and install it.

Please try this and get back to me here.



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RE: sidebar font - 8/20/2012 3:14:07 PM   
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Dave,
Followed your directions using the Intel Corp. identify and update driver for my system. Result was best driver software is already installed with driver software up to date. I then travelled to the Hp site to also follow up with checking for updates for my system software in all sreas like drivers or bios updates and also graphics. Using their identity system they said all was good with drivers and graphics. Did a google search and saw no problems or concerns from people using this driver. Thanks for the continued effort to solve my frustration.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 1:58:02 AM   
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Hi Butch,

if I am not mistaken, the "font scaling"-problem came up in COTA, already. But changing the dpi res for the font fixed the problem, usually.
Looking at your posts and your efforts to get rid of this font thingy, I start to think it deals with what I'd call an "unlucky" mix of hardware and drivers: Win7 + Intel Onboard video + Driver/Windows Issue.

1) I guess your HD Intel video card is some "generic" onboard chipset. Is that a HP desktop PC or a laptop?
Manufacturers like HP tend to supply edited drivers, means even if they supply the most recent driver on CD (or online via support center/softwar), their driver might differ from the reference drivers from Intel. Try the most recent drivers from Intel's webby. If that doesn't work try to see if they have an archive and DL + install an older WHQL certified driver. With some games/issues the only solution for NVIDIA cards is to try an older version, so you might want to try that and get older Intel drivers, as it could be a similar problem.

2) I know that doesn't help you right now and that you already said that a new video card won't be an option, but INTEL onboard video cards often have issues, and these are not just performance issues in 3D games, it's pretty sad. With some of their (laptop) chipsets, like the Intel video HD 3000, ppl experience fonts turning into little unreadable dots in games and other issues.
Maybe you have an old spare video card somewhere or maybe you know someone who you can ask to borrow a (spare?) video card, in order to see if that changes anything. My guess is that it deals with the Intel Card or its drivers. In order to test a different card you may have to disable the onboard video chipset in BIOS.

There are many cheap video cards, you can get a gforce 205 w/ 512MB ram for $20,99:

http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?cat=VCD

In case the Intel oboard chip would be faster in other games/programs, you could even get a splitter cable for a few bucks to choose between Intel and Nvidia (for example), where you should then be able to select the source on your monitor.

< Message edited by GoodGuy -- 8/21/2012 2:11:32 AM >


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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 2:59:15 PM   
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Good Guy,
Thanks for the info. I followed up by going on into the HP PC area and using all available information it looks like the issue I am having relates to issues with the video card and it looks like a no fix from their end. I just do not feel like going through your very good suggestions to have some success in playing this game. I am going to chalk this up to next time I choose a computer I will be more dilligent in checking all of the video cards and graphics. For now I can still live with the original Highway to thr Reich which is still agood game using the Bulge concept.

Thanks again, Butch rstockland@fuse.net

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 3:04:41 PM   
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Dave,
Just left a reply to Good Guy and you will see that he has probably discovered the source of my consternation. It is not the game but more my video card/graphics. Sorry to put you and your experts through the agitation but I really appreciate the effort. I will be more careful in my evaluating games and checking with my computer video card/graphics. I still will enjoy playing my Highway to the Reich.

Thanks again for your efforts, Butch rstockland@fuse.net

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 5:48:11 PM   
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Ok Butch,

you can hack the registry, if you want. After making changes to the registry entry, Windows 7 will allow you to use a font size of 90% or 80% of the default size (which should be 96 dpi), but you'd have to set this manually in the registry every time you would want to switch to a smaller (than 100%) font.

http://superuser.com/questions/80151/how-to-setup-custom-dpi-below-100-on-windows-7

If you don't feel comfortable tinkering with the registry file, you can automate this and have 2 registry scripts change the settings from say 100% to 90% and back:

Open the windows editor (notepad), and copy and paste the following text (without "quote"). Save each part to a separate file on your desktop and name it accordingly (see below), but make sure you save each with the .reg extension (say "86dpi.reg").

"86dpi.reg"
quote:


REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\Software\Fonts]
"LogPixels"=dword:00000056


"dpi96.reg" :
quote:


REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\Software\Fonts]
"LogPixels"=dword:00000060


If that works partially only (or not at all), you also have to change the value in your user profile, so you'll need 2 more batch files:

"dpi86user.reg":
quote:


REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"LogPixels"=dword:00000056


To switch back you'll need file number 4, "dpi96user.reg"

quote:


REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"LogPixels"=dword:00000060


Then just double click on the corresponding REG files.

These scripts should work. Pls give me some feedback, thnx.

If 90% (86 dpi) is still too big, you can go to 80% and replace all entries with "56" with "4c" (means: 0000004c)


You have to REBOOT for the settings to take effect.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 6:43:47 PM   
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GoodGuy,
Tried the first attempt at hacking the registry which was no problem. Of couse after rebooting at both 86 and 76 there was no change in the issue I have been having. I know that the application worked because I tried another game and the size font was much smaller to the point of having to look twice at the screen or having another eye test. I will probably not do the second set up because there does not seem to be a way to allow the wording to appear on the sidebar even with an actual change of font dpi percentage.
Thanks for your effort...

Butch rstockland@fuse.net

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 6:55:21 PM   
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Did you edit both values in the registry, means under "Current config" AND "CURRENT user" ?

Erm, just to make sure:

quote:


4. Display: Right-click on the Desktop, select Personalize, then Display. (OR Start Menu, Control Panel, Display.) From the 3 settings: Small, Medium, Large, if screen defaults to Medium (125% size for font and images) and that’s too large, use Small for 100% size (aka “normal”)


It's set to "small", right?

Another idea: Are you using a special/odd windows theme? If so try changing back to the default theme.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 7:16:36 PM   
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GoodGuy,
Yes I did both the current config and current user at both 86 and 76 %. I also checked again to be sure the display was smaller which it was. Have not changed any of the original windows theme. I do have the Hp TouchSmart desktop PC but I doubt that would be a concrn for my issue.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 7:40:49 PM   
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Can you make a screenshot of the game window and attach it to your post here (open the game, hit the PRINT screen, then open MS Paint, paste the screen in Paint, then save as JPG and upload here), I'd like to see what it looks like.


On that HP you should see the "Intel ® Graphics and Media Control Panel" in the task bar. It came with my netbook which has an Intel HD chipset, so it should be on your system, too.

Looks like this, once opened:

http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/img/mainscreen.jpg

Is there any setting dealing with font sizes?


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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 8:11:22 PM   
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Go to the Intel website and obtain the newest driver from their site, please.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 8:48:56 PM   
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GoodGuy,
Have already been to the Intel website and using their diagnostic search of my system their conclusion is that I have the most up to date driver I did a screen capture of the game screen and if you look on the left hand side you will see that the issue is there because all printing is outside of the area.
This has been the problem with part of the info being cut off.

Butch rstockland@fuse.net

Attachment (1)

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 10:44:16 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: butch1171

Have already been to the Intel website and using their diagnostic search of my system their conclusion is that I have the most up to date driver


PLEASE, be so kind and download and install the most recent driver from THEIR website, ok?
So we can rule out a borked video driver or tinkering with Intel drivers on the part of HP.
Same driver versions won't guarantee that the drivers remained unchanged (by the PC supplier).

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http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=faq-Win-7&faq=55

Please make sure Windows 7 Basic Theme is selected, then make a screenshot of the "Window Color and Appearance" tab, with "window text" selected in the pull-down menu, then post it here (pls check "embed picture in post").

The default font should be Segoe UI, if I am not mistaken, what font do you've got selected there?
With MS Sans Serif, for example, quite some letters' width is a bit larger.

There may be an easier solution to it than we might think.

Dave could give some info about what font the game is pulling (a font stored within the game's folder or the system's default font) there.

The font on your screenshot looks a little bit different than the one in say COTA or HTTR on my PC, resembling the slight differences between say Arial and Helvetica.
So, in case the game pulls a system font, checking the Appearance dialog and changing the font may be worth a try. Remember the font size for each item (window text, message text, etc.) and then pick a smaller font size, in case nothing changed ingame. You have to restart the game after each change in the appearance dialogue.

A last resort could be to replace the font file.
But for that Dave would have to tell you whether the game pulls system fonts or not.

If you try all of these suggestions above and if there's still no change, then I'd say I give up.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/21/2012 11:27:00 PM   
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By the way, you should uninstall the current drivers before installing the ones from the Intel site. This often solves issues already, as you get rid of mixed driver versions this way, well IF the uninstall routine is programmed properly. There is a NVIDIA removal tool out there, so Intel might provide a similar tool, google and see if there is one, if not just uninstall, then reboot, skip the "found new hardware" (in case it comes up) window and install the new drivers.

PS: I edited post #50, so pls re-read to see changes

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RE: sidebar font - 8/22/2012 12:23:57 AM   
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GoodGuy,
I think the problem exists in the HP driver. I ran another search using Inte and the response I receivied was a customizied computer manufacturer driver is installed on my computer. Intel could not update the driver and warning of a creation of technical problems. They suggest going to the computer manufacture which I did. The HP company has no such driver in there system. They suggest going to Intel. Another lesson learned in that I think HP took a driver from Intel and created a driver for my computer and then forgot about any problems happening.
I tried the other idea on the Windows color and font which I did change to a smaller size but there was no effect after restarting. I did have the proper font nams. I AM TAKING YOUR ADVICE AND I AM GIVING UP. Ijust can't devote this much time to the game. I have grandchildren to play with and they don't understand about computers at ages of six and four.
Thanks again for your help as your knowledge is superior.

Butch rstockland@fuse.net

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RE: sidebar font - 8/22/2012 1:09:43 AM   
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Butch,

you're welcome.

But I really recommend to get rid of this driver.
All manufacturers have a download section, Intel has one too.
Remove your current customized driver MANUALLY (Start button ->Control Panel ->Programs ->Programs and features , select your Intel Drivers and hit uninstall) and then find and download the drivers for your video chip. I can't provide you a link, since you didn't tell me what model/chip you have. Just don't use their install helper/wizard !

Once you've installed either an older version or the most recent version FROM intel MANUALLY, the game might play fine.

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RE: sidebar font - 8/23/2012 2:34:05 AM   
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GoodGuy,

Thanks for your help here.

I am away at the moment and don't have access to my source code. I'll have to get back to you next week.

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