icon and gif problems

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Jan 22, 2003
Hi...please bare with me as this is my first attempt..and I have a hard time understanding the pc. When I use Yahoo and send a smiley I only see a box with an x in the middle.....this also happens in other programs of my pc. I Was told to download MSJAVX86 which I did but much to my sorrow ....this did not help..I am running windows 98 Se...can any one advise me as to what else I can try... thanks


Gone but Never Forgotten
Jan 24, 2002
Hi, Try this: From any IE page, up top, open Tools>Internet Options, Advanced.....hit Restore Defaults, then go down through the list, make sure there is a check mark in "Show Pictures"....you can do that the other way round, too...
The MS Virtual machine download has given many of us problems...it is easy to get corrupted...especially if you have run any Java applets, such as a chat session or online board games, during the download. You could try the download again, throw the old one out first. Turn off Antivirus during installation. If that does not help, there is a Repair Tool for IE if you have ever upgraded your version from what came with the Operating System....Offline for this: From Control panel, Add/Remove Programs, Find Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x )or 6.0) and Internet Tools......click on Add/Remove......three options, select the one for "Repair this version of IE" and run the Repair, it will tell you it fixed something or the whole program is not repairable, in that case, you have to reinstall or redownload IE (yuck, 2.5hours over a dialup) Good luck!

Oct 4, 2001
Here are some links that might help you:

Rollin Rog posted:
(09-18-2002 06:21 AM) report / quote / edit (#7)

It is sometimes normal to get those red x's if the servers hosting them are down or for some reason are being blocked at your end (possible firewall or ad-blocker issue which may block domains holding them). If it is only occuring with one file type, the problem could be the registry's file association has been corrupted.

For gif's try the "all in one" gif fix here

For jpegs, try the jpeg fix.



They are from this site:

You can download them to a convenient folder and double click them to merge. They will reset those file associations to their Windows defaults.

I would also recommend running the IE Repair Tool

By the way, if this is only happening with returned e-mails, I think that is a common problem as they may have been removed from the message reply for space reasons.

Last edited by Rollin' Rog on 09-18-2002 at 06:28 AM__________________What the Dormouse Said
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