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lil_star04

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I'm not sure whether this is the right place to post this but I have these pictures, that i used to be able to view on my computer. They're normal .bitmap and jpeg images but now, when i try to view them it says:

Paint cannot view this file
This is not a valid bitmap file, or it's format is not currently supported

I tried to view the pictures with windows fax and picture viewer but it doesnt work with that either..I can't see the pictures at all

Is there any way i can view them?

Thanks in advance
 
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The only thing I can suggest is to make sure the file name ends with .bmp, .jpg or .jpeg. Sometimes people mess with the file names and end up with something after the extension.

Sometimes the file header or even the file becomes corrupted. I have never had that happen, but from multiple posts it seems pretty hard to correct.

This is a post I ran across for fixing corrupted file headers with JPG: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1031&message=10291113 As you can see it is pretty involved.

You might take a chance and download the free Irfanview and the free plug-ins for it. Usually if the Windows viewer won’t open a file nothing will, but you will like Irfanview anyway. I would suggest selecting “Images Only” during installation for file associations if you decide to try Irfanview.

Maybe someone else might have some better ideas.
 
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actually irfanview is a good option here. Its small, easy to use and has one little benefit going for it that helps in situations like these. If you try to open a file name with an incorrect extension it will tell you and ask if you would like the file renamed using the proper extension.
 

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slipe said:
Maybe someone else might have some better ideas.
A better idea than Slipe's is a tough one.

If Lil-Star can't figure it out ... I've PMed my Email address ...
Then we can take a look at one of the Images to see if it's corrupt or fixable.
That's all I can think of.
 

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Looks like the Image is corrupt.
I tried a couple things .. No Go .. Anyone ???

Here's what Irfanview said .. and Lil_star's original image.
 

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A test the other way ... Lil_star .. can you download and see this ..
 

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Can you open/view the attachment I just sent via Email ...
 

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Looks like your computer is OK .. And the image(s) are corrupt.
your test image file size is really small for a Camera shot ...
But not sure where they came from.

Where'd they come from ... And what software did you use on them :confused:
Where's Slipe when we need him :D
 

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They were taken by a camera but they were taken by a family member..and she sent them to me

If the images are corrupt, is there no way i can get them back?
 

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Can you get back to the family member and get the originals.
I'm assuming they were corrupted in delivery .. at the source.
 

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I could probably do that.
These images that don't work are of no use anymore, so should i just delete them?

I think they must have been corrupted when she put them on a cd
 

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I think you got it ... check back and let us know if/when you get good copies.
 
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I would suggest you get a free online account at a site like Photobucket: http://photobucket.com/ or Snapfish: http://www.snapfish.com/

Since you don’t seem to need the full sized images you can just give your password to family members and they can upload to the site. Everyone can share them without messing with CDs. You can download them to your computer if you want. And everyone can easily get prints.

I agree that you would do best to just dump the corrupted images. Noyb did a good troubleshoot for you and I think you can feel pretty certain they are useless. There is software that will try to repair corrupted images, but the success rate doesn’t seem terribly high and the originals are still available.
 
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