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Posted on 2002-05-10
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Recently I met some strange problems about exploring photos. Some photos (JPG file) on my PC taken by Kodak Digital camera could not be opened suddenly (not all the photos, no any regulation, more and more photos having this same situation). I tried opening them in any graphic software (AcdSee, PhotoShop, Flash, Ulead…), but not successful. Already eliminated the possibility of Virus, maybe they were damaged, not sure.

If u are intrested in this problems, Email me, and I can send u some photos not be opened.
thanks a lot
qlzqlz@163.com
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Are you opening the photos directly from the camera, from the reader or from files copied to your PC? Have you tried opening the files from these different locations?

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yes, I already copied some photos to other harddisk but also can not open them.
I think they were damaged, and do u know how to repair them and reopen them?
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I would consider the possibility that your memory card is damaged. To eliminate this possibility I would try (if the camera allows it) to transfer photos directly from the USB port of the camera into the PC, or take photos with the Camera connected to the PC, if possible, bypassing the memory card.

Another possibility is that the camera itself is faulty, in which case it should be taken in for repair before the warranty expires (assuming it hasn't yet.)  

But first I'd eliminate the memory card as a possibility. Maybe it's just that.

Now, as to open damaged JPEG files, that's a bit tricky... Sometimes apps like CorelDraw can import damaged JPGs. I would try this. If you don't have Draw I can test one of your damaged files for you. Once the file is imported into Draw it can be exported again as a new fresh JPG.

Another option (not always possible) is to open the image in Photoshop in RAW mode. To do this you need to know the exact size of the image in pixels. What you do in Photoshop is select File>Open As and in the dialog box choose RAW and then the file you want to open. Another dialog box will ask you to enter a size in pixels and the amount of channels (choose 3 here), leave the Header Size blank and click OK. Although this method is not 100% safe there's a chance it might work. If the image opens, you can save it with a new name in whatever format you choose.

Let me know if this works or if you want me to test importing a corrupted file into another app for you.

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Yay!
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