But it sounds like you have your fonts anti-aliased. there is a setting in the font palette defaulted to 'crisp' try playing with this feature - there is smooth, none, and strong all will give different effects.
'None' is effectively removing the anti aliased aspect to the font and I think is the one you are after.
[edited by: limbo at 11:53 am (utc) on May 6, 2003]
I know some layout apps will also "greek" text into undecipherable gibberish below a certain font size. Is the text you're working with very small sized? If so, you might check PS's preferences for text rendering options...