Correct appearance of the FS9 default GPS screen

This is oldish news, but since it took A LOT of hunting and luck to find the answer again – I wanted to make a post for posterity (and to help me find the answer again if I need it)

PROGRAM: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 (FS9 FS2004)

PROBLEM: GPS text changes to an Italic font after installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

SOLUTION: Restore old version of Arial Black font.


  • First, get the old TTF font file. Click “Start”, then “Run”, then type %windir% in the text box and click “OK”.
  • Now look for a directory (folder) named $NtServicePackUninstall$, doubleclick it to open it.
  • Now look for ariblk.ttf.
  • Right click the TTF file and choose COPY.
  • Right click your desktop and click PASTE.
  • ariblk.ttf is now on your desktop.
  • Second, we remove the offending SP3 version of the font. Surf to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314960 and follow the directions for deleting a font. The one you want to remove is Arial Black, aka ariblk.ttf
  • Now follow the instructions at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314960 and install the ariblk.ttf FROM YOUR DESKTOP. Be sure “Copy fonts to Fonts folder” is checked.
  • Once done, you can delete ariblk.ttf from your desktop and check FS9 to verify the GPS text is correct again.

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