Trying to open a jpeg file

  Sapins 16:46 11 Jan 05

I have a photo on the hard drive which will not open although it is the same type as some other photos which open ok.

When I try to open this one I get a message "Can't determine type"

Anyone any idea why this photo won't open when other ones do?

  Sans le Sou 16:50 11 Jan 05

If it has been downloaded from the web sometimes the file looks ok but there is a bit of information missing and it will not open.(I think)

  Salinger 16:51 11 Jan 05

Maybe a stupid question, but have you checked it's Properties?

  Sapins 17:13 11 Jan 05


I took this photo myself at a birthday party and as usual I do not have another copy.

Properties tells me it is a JPEG file of 1.34mb and is Read Only. What else would I be looking for?

I have unticked the Read Only box, no good, and looked in Microsoft Windows File Association which say's Paint will open it but it doesn't!

  ACOLYTE 17:16 11 Jan 05

If you downlaod click here then have this for images only,when you open a pic with it and it has the wrong extension you will get a message and this app puts the correct extension on for you.

  Salinger 17:22 11 Jan 05

1.34 mb sounds pretty big for a jpeg, does your camera have other settings, ie RAW or TIFF? What camera?

  Sapins 17:30 11 Jan 05

ACOLYTE, thanks for that link I'll download it later and see if it helps, if not with this problem then with future photos.

Salinger, I took it on maximum resolution on a Pentax Optio 230.

  Sapins 17:39 11 Jan 05

Just installed IrfanView and tried to open the file, it say's I need Photoshop 3.0 to open it.

I have Adobe Photoshop Elements which I can install and try, but probably tomorrow or Thursday, will post back then to let you know what has happened.



  Salinger 21:25 11 Jan 05

Maximum resolution on that camera is 1600x1210 pixels, but that is a TIFF format. Maximum jpeg size would be 1600x1200 pixels. Maybe this is the problem?

  Sapins 10:27 14 Jan 05

I'm putting myself forward for the first "What a Wally" award for 2005.

After doing a bit of searching I found that the file was originally in a recovered files folder from when I used a file recovery programme and it turns out it is partially damaged, hence it won't open :-((

Hides head in shame and disgust, and hurriedly ticks this thread.

Thanks for all the help anyway,



  Salinger 10:49 14 Jan 05

It always helps to know what the problem was, far better than just letting the thread die with no explanation. Thanks.

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