Help! Files all turned to ÿÿÿÿÿÿ. What happened?

  corkdork 11:10 05 Oct 2004
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Any ideas what has happened to my PC? Most but oddly not all of my word files have been corrupted to appear as a block of 'y's like this:
ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ. Also almost all (but again not all) photos are also inaccessible. XP back up point is also inaccessible.

I use XP pro without SP2 yet. I also have updated anti virus softweare from Panda & AVG plus firwall from Zone Alarm plus anti spy and ad ware programs. So what caused this?

Any ideas much appreciated.

  Baledor 11:32 05 Oct 2004

online scan with Panda, just to be sure

  corkdork 09:53 07 Oct 2004

I did an online scan with panda but turned up nothing

  Diemmess 10:12 07 Oct 2004

I have no idea for you - and just add memories of the dark ages in my computing experience.

Long ago using Win95 and then 98 I had trouble with SCSI because of wrong termination settings.

When the whole OS was about to collapse, which it did, time after time, the ÿ symbol was scattered about all over the place.

Might just be worth your while to look at what Windows says about your hardware devices or their controllers.

  [email protected] 10:16 07 Oct 2004

Hi corkdork; not a nice situation :-(. Have you tried an in depth system file check?
My Computor>right click drive>Properties>Tools>Error-Checking>Check Now>tick both boxes and follow restart instructions.
Hope this helps.

  Graham ® 10:28 07 Oct 2004

Word file corruption help click here

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