Image control won't show ImageURL

I've got a black image control on my webform and a dropdownlistbox which gives a list of jpg files to choose from.  I step threw it and verify the correct path is being sent to Image1.ImageURL but no picture shows up. I can't find any other properties to set on the Image control. Also, why do I have to make pathx static? When it was private (or public) it got set to null when assigning it to target string.

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using System.IO;
using System.Collections;

public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page 
{
    static string pathx;
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        if(!IsPostBack)
        {
            DirectoryInfo dInfo = new DirectoryInfo(Server.MapPath("pics"));
            pathx = dInfo.FullName;
            ArrayList alFiles = new ArrayList();
           
            alFiles.AddRange(dInfo.GetFiles("*.jpg"));

            foreach (FileInfo fInfo in alFiles)
            {
                DropDownList1.Items.Add(fInfo.Name);
            }
        }
    }
   
    protected void DropDownList1_TextChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        string x = DropDownList1.SelectedValue;
        string target = pathx;
        target += "\\";
        target += x;
        Image1.ImageUrl = target;
    }
 
}
 

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zliminatorAsked:
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Jaime OlivaresSoftware ArchitectCommented:
I think this may be a cleaner solution:

protected void DropDownList1_TextChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    Image1.ImageUrl = ResolveUrl("~/pics/" +DropDownList1.SelectedValue);
}

no need for 'pathx'
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Also, why do I have to make pathx static?
You don't. The only reason why I can think of that it would be "set to null when assigning it to target string" is that the SelectedValue of the DropDownList was null.

Your pathx variable is set to the full local path of the directory for "pics". This is something anyone not on your physical machine (i.e. everyone not sitting at your computer) would have access to. You need to use the "ASP path". That is "pics" by itself. You use the full local path to retrieve the files from disk; you use the "ASP path" to serve up files to your users.

Try changing line 36 to:

string target = "pics";

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zliminatorAuthor Commented:
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zliminatorAuthor Commented:
It works but I need to study that article.
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