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28-Jul-2007, 08:00 PM #1
Question jpg files won't open
A few weeks ago some of my digital photos - .jpg files - suddenly would just not open. It seems that one by one a succession of folders fell victim to this problem -- and it's continuing. The files are still there, there is no virus (at least not one Norton can detect), the files are not corrupted -- in fact, I can't find any problem at all. The files will simply not open with any program -- nor do they show a preview. Help please!
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28-Jul-2007, 09:16 PM #2
When you say "will not open", surely they give some sort of explanation or error in the process?

If so, could you tell us what it is?
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29-Jul-2007, 02:19 AM #3
sadly it sounds like we are in the same boat.
and i havent found any piece of information that i have found anywhere helpful.






if i find out how to fix it i will definitely inform you.
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29-Jul-2007, 09:20 AM #4
what program are you trying to open them with?

What operating system are you using?
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29-Jul-2007, 09:49 AM #5
To clarify, if I try to open the files with MS Photo Editor I get a message that says, "Can't determine type." Other programs just say, "No preview available" or just display an "X" in the box. There is no preview when looking at the files in "my documents."

Thanks for any help!
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29-Jul-2007, 09:50 AM #6
Oh yes, I'm using Windows XP, Home Edition 2002, Service Pack 2
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29-Jul-2007, 09:58 AM #7
is this all jpg files or just a certain few?

if you right click on one and select "open with" then select windows picture and fax viewer do they open?

maybe try the jpg fix from here...http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
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29-Jul-2007, 02:17 PM #8
No, it is not all jpg files -- but it is all in selected folders (seemingly random folders). In other words, if one .jpg file will not open in a folder, none will open. For the most part the effected folders seem to be the most recently added folders (although some very recent folders are not effected). It is a bit bizaar. And, Windows picture and fax viewer will not open the files -- I just get the "preview not available" message.

I'll try the fix you suggested. Thanks!
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29-Jul-2007, 02:21 PM #9
The suggested fix -- http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm -- did not help. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
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02-Aug-2007, 10:54 AM #10
Anyone else have any ideas to help solve this problem???
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02-Aug-2007, 11:19 AM #11
mtthompson,
What program did you use to create the 'photo files?' Say you used 'Photoshop Elements 4' for instance. Right click on the photo and you should get a 'Dialog Box' scroll down to 'Open With' Click and then click on the program you used to create the photo and see if it opens.
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02-Aug-2007, 11:50 AM #12
You got a "bad" jpg picture (under 300k) that you can attach here ???
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02-Aug-2007, 01:14 PM #13
I would get a second opinion on the virus scan: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ The scan is free. They want you to pay to remove things but it isn’t necessary.

There have been way too many posts lately with files auto-corrupting. I have no idea whether each has its own separate cause or whether there is something common causing it.

Are all of the files being corrupted in your My Pictures folder? There have been posts where only those files are affected. You might consider moving your remaining photos to another folder if that is the case.

Are you using any sort of image organization software like Picasa, EasyShare or an album program?
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02-Aug-2007, 08:48 PM #14
Interesting -- I tried to attach one of the effected .jpg files and it would not upload -- I got an error message that it was not a valid image file.
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