Keychain Access Window Problem – A’s in Squares Mac OS X

November 16th, 2011 admin Location: Raleigh, NC, Topic: Web Design | Digital Media

So let’s say that you turn on your Mac for another day at work and all of a sudden when you get the keychain access window to enter your password, you end up seeing something like the one in Figure 1 below. Your keychain access windows (your system) is having all these weird characters and now you can’t read your messages for access. You may start by going to Google and trying to find solutions, however you may not find anything, just like I did.

KeyChain Access Window Problem with Fonts

Figure 1.

What do you do to correct this? Not only it is annoying, also it may be dangerous to click something you can’t read. Imagine if you install something that you shouldn’t!

Here is how to fix it:[private]

The problem:

The problem is that you are experiencing some problems with handling Fonts in your Mac. The window is having trouble finding the font it needs to display those system messages and therefore ends up using those weird characters that look like A’s inside of squares.

The solution:

To solve this problem, simply fire up your Font Book application on your Mac. Once there you will notice that some of your fonts will be disabled. Perhaps because there are duplicates of your fonts. Simply click where it says: “Resolve Duplicates Automatically”. If that doesn’t do it, then you are going to have to go and do it manually one by one.
By resolving the duplicate font definitions, you will get rid of the problem and see the right keychain access messages.

Best regards,

Alex Centeno MBA.
Creative Director & Digital Media Strategist
Merkados Interactive Partners

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Alex Centeno MBA., is an international creative director and digital media strategist. Currently residing minutes away from the Research Triangle Park (RTP) - North Carolina, and with over 10 years of interactive marketing training and experience, Alex leads Merkados' international clients to maximizing their online business strategies. One of Alex's biggest strengths is his world-class capacity to effectively combine interactive marketing, digital media design and web development.

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Alex Centeno MBA., Es un director creativo y estratega de medios digitales reconocido internacionalmente. En la actualidad reside a tan solo minutos del Research Triangle Park (RTP) - Carolina del Norte, y con más de 10 años de entrenamiento y experiencia en marketing interactivo, Alex lidera a los clientes internacionales de Merkados™ para maximizar sus estrategias de negocios en línea. Una de las mayores fortalezas de Alex es su capacidad global de combinar de manera efectiva, mercadeo interactivo, diseño de medios digitales y desarrollo web.

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