A few weeks ago I bought an HP Pavilion computer, containing Windows Millenium Edition.
I am an American. I purchased this computer in America. That fact will be important later.
I am learning to speak Portuguese. I am very early along in this process. I have some friends in Brazil with whom I converse on the computer. I would like to be able to make the appropriate accent marks for Portuguese automatically as I type. (I am really messing myself up now, as I learn to write and am not seeing/using the appropriate accents.)
So I check control panels - keyboards, and hey! Whaddaya know! I can set up my computer to do this!
I make the appropriate clicks, and voila! I now have something on my tool bar that allows me to toggle between English and Brazilian Portuguese. This is exactly what I want.
One small problem, though. Nothing happens when I do this. Nothing changes.
I contact HP support. First they say, “We only support American computers.” Um, I am American. This is a feature on my American computer.
Then it’s, “We don’t support that. Go to Microsoft.”
Several attempts at MS customer support and using their way-too-vast, useless search engine later, nothing has changed.
I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay $35 to talk to a Microsoft representative to fix this problem. You want to control the world with your operating system, Bill? Then make sure the fucker works, and help people when they need it.
So the bottom line is, from what I can see, this feature should be working. It isn’t. Why?
From what I can see, the downloadable language packs available from Microsoft for your computer are a supplement to what is already supposed to be there. (They offer some Slovakian language additions or somesuch.) I can’t find anything specific to Portuguese, or to troubleshoot what I am allegedly supposed to have.
And does anyone know of any such free downloadable software that works with Windows ME? I don’t care if it is a Microsoft product. And all I can find on google searches are translation programs. That’s not what I’m looking for.