yeah, i used to do:
on the new page its replaced with :
<% @ codepage=1255 %>
<% Response.Charset= "windows-1255"%>
<meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
its the new script not working in the old folder :P but hey, thats a good thing to try, ill try it and edit this post with the result.
Edit: I just saw your edit up above about the old script not working in the new folder and I'm back to thinking it's a problem with the path or permissions.
edit * Old script does work on the new folder.
whats the codepage that comes with utf 8?