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System Boot Up Display changed from English to another language

I have a NEC Desktop Computer running Windows XP Home Edition SP 2 with an ATI X300 (RV370) display card.

A few months ago, I did a security update from Microsoft and was advised to update my ATI display driver. So, I updated it accordingly to Version 8.6 (Display driver only).

However,the language of the system boot up display and the Windows Advanced OptionsMenu changed from English to another European language after the driverupgrade.

The language is similarly changed when booting up a Linux LiveCD although the same LiveCD would display correctly in English when it is being booted up on another computer.

It may be pertinent to note that only the language of the system boot up display has changed. Windows XP and Linux are still in English after the booting. The BIOS Setup Utility is also still in English.

I have googled for a solution for the past few months without any success.

I would appreciate very much your expert opinion on what could be the problem and how to resolve it. Thanks.

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  • cheekheon Mar 19, 2009

    Recently, Windows XP Home Edition (SP2) could not be booted up on my said NEC Desktop Computer. The error message was that there is a problem with "ati2dvag" - the device driver got stuck in an infinite loop. I was advised to update to the latest driver from ATI.

    I did so several times with the latest as well as a few earlier versions of the driver but the problem with "ati2dvag" persists although I took pains in using a Driver Cleaner and a Registry Cleaner to completely uninstall each version of the driver before installing a next version.

    I also have the latest security updates from Microsoft installed including SP3 and have scanned the computer for any virus or spyware, etc. to no avail.

    As a last resort, I replaced my ATI graphics card with a Nvidia one. I also removed and replaced the CMOS battery while changing the graphics card.

    This solved the "ati2dvag" boot up problem. As an added bonus, the boot up language is now back in "English".

    In short, the initial boot up language problem which I had may be caused by a failing graphics card or "corrupted" CMOS/BIOS settings although I am inclined to believe that the former is the more likely cause.



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Go into Control Panel> Regional and Language Option,Double Click
*Click on the Languages tab

* Click on the Details button

Under Default language, select English : If English is not a choice, you can click Add, and add it.




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