How to display italics with lmodern package [closed]

When I use the lmodern package, I cannot get italics to display. Here is an example:

\listfiles      % added to get in the log the package versions
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\begin{document}
non-italic \emph{should be italic} itshape: {\itshape should be italic}
textit: \textit{should be italic}
\end{document}


None of the "should be italic" are italic. If I remove the lmodern package, all of these are italic. How can I get italic characters with the lmodern package?

I'm compiling with pdflatex (or pdfeTex 3.141592-1.21a-2.2 according to the log).

\listfiles provides:

article.cls    2004/02/16 v1.4f Standard LaTeX document class
size10.clo    2004/02/16 v1.4f Standard LaTeX file (size option)


There are no errors or warnings in the output.

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closed as too localized by lockstep, Martin Schröder, Andrew Swann, Stefan Kottwitz♦Nov 20 '12 at 11:42

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Welcome to TeX.SE. Shows up as italics for me, so not sure what is going on. How are you compiling this document? –  Peter Grill Nov 9 '12 at 21:28
Maybe you find something in the LOG that font files/faces are missing … Please add the system and distribution you are using (and maybe a \listfiles) to your question –  Tobi Nov 9 '12 at 21:32
@pnj: The .log should show 4 files: article.cls (2007/10/19 v1.4h), size10.clo (2007/10/19 v1.4h), lmodern.sty (2009/10/30 v1.6), ot11mr.fd (2009/10/31 v1.6). So yes, your setup is out-of-date. Assuming that you're running TeX Live, download the latest version from TUG. –  Werner Nov 12 '12 at 5:04
he presumably is running tex live, but he did say he doesn't have superuser privs. sucking a tl package from a ctan mirror won't help (a) because he won't have access to tlmgr, (b) because his system is obviously out of date, so tlmgr wouldn't install a current version (as from a mirror) even if he could use it. installing a new lm package "by hand" isn't really a good way to proceed, but it is described in the uk faq. –  wasteofspace Nov 12 '12 at 11:58
@Ipsen, I am happy to surrender. I am using lmodern because it is part of the default template I was copying. It looks like the standard template will solve my problem. –  pnj Nov 19 '12 at 16:11