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Windows 7: Characters are invisible when typing in login window

23 Jan 2017   #1
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 
Characters are invisible when typing in login window

I've tried searching this symptom using Google but it leads me to other non-related issues. Can I insert a photo image of the problem I'm going through? I'm asking permission.

forgot to add: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit


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24 Jan 2017   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Are they invisible or ****?

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24 Jan 2017   #3
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Are they invisible or ****?
Thanks for the reply, here are the pictures...

On both "w7u.GIF" and "w7u.GIF", you can see the yellow triangle with the exclamation point, warning you that you are using Caps Lock. There's no warning there to read. And when you finish typing the password, nothing happens, even if you hit return five to ten times. Not even ALT-CTRL-DELETE works.

Suggestions are most welcome.


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25 Jan 2017   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

The picture was taken so close to the screen that I can't see the hole screen.

Normally passwords aren't visible while you type. They are replaced by **** or dots. It's done this way to avoid other people to see what you type.
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25 Jan 2017   #5
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I think the OP is saying that the login is hung at that point. Hitting Enter does nothing. No error message about incorrect password etc..

I cannot remember running into this on Windows. I seem to remember something similar happening on Linux and if I remember rightly I got around it by using a different window manager and logging in. This workaround is not available on Windows though.
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25 Jan 2017   #6
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

Exactly, no nothing. I thought it was some kind of malware or joke virus but I've scanned it with multiple AVs. Either the Profile is corrupt or the whole OS is.
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25 Jan 2017   #7
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
I think the OP is saying that the login is hung at that point. Hitting Enter does nothing. No error message about incorrect password etc..

I cannot remember running into this on Windows. I seem to remember something similar happening on Linux and if I remember rightly I got around it by using a different window manager and logging in. This workaround is not available on Windows though.
And thanks MilesAhead.
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27 Jan 2017   #8
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
The picture was taken so close to the screen that I can't see the hole screen.

Normally passwords aren't visible while you type. They are replaced by **** or dots. It's done this way to avoid other people to see what you type.
I apologize if my post was little bit iffy. I know passwords are not visible (shouldn't be), I was talking about the Caps Lock warning after the exclamation mark inside the yellow triangle. You can't see/read "Caps Lock is..." and nothing happens after you type the password. You cannot even do a Ctrl-Alt-Del, you have to do a hard reset (push power button).
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27 Jan 2017   #9
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

You could try a Start Up Repair to see if that will fix your problem. This Forum tutorial will explain how to do that.

Startup Repair
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28 Jan 2017   #10
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

You could also try running a System File Checker scan from an elevated command prompt. (Open the Start Menu, click on All Programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt, and click on Run as administrator.) The scan will check for incorrect, corrupted, changed/modified, or damaged system files and attempt to replace them with the correct versions if possible. Also note there is a space between sfc and /scannow. See Option Two this tutorial:

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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