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Opening "My pictures" freezes computer


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#1 underthesea

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:55 AM

I have an 8 year old Dell running XP. Yes, I'm shopping for a new computer, but meanwhile...

Every time I open "My pictures" it freezes the computer & I have to reboot. This started happening after I re-sized a folder of photos with MIR.net. I deleted that whole folder, plus some other photos (thinking it was just getting too full) but it didn't help. I've run my various spyware programs and I use Avast- no bugs have come up. I also defraged and ran CCleaner.

I scanned for errors and got these message:
error code: 0FF0: 0244
msg: Block 5967072: Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected.

error code: 0FF0: 0244
msg: Block 5977023: Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected.

error code: 0FF0: 1A44
msg: Block 5967072: Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected.

error code: 0FF0: 1A44
msg: Block 5977203: Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected.

I have no idea if these are significant, or what to do about them.

Help please!

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 11:16 AM

I would go to command prompt and enter chkdsk /r.
It will ask if you want to schedule on next restart (boot) - reply yes & restart.
Feel free to ignore my comment, just another user !

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 12:17 PM

This started happening after I re-sized a folder of photos with MIR.net.

Try to use system restore to before that date.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 06:58 PM

USN Vet- Did it. No change.

Broni- Tried it. Didn't work. I tried 2 different dates from before the computer started acting up, both times it seemed to go though the restore process, but after reboot the message said "Could not restore to X date."

What's next?

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 07:06 PM

I deleted that whole folder

Then, you recreated it?
Put any new pictures in it?

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 07:40 PM

No, it is still deleted. I sent the whole folder to the recycle bin. Have not touched it since, but didn't empty the bin yet.

Edited by underthesea, 13 June 2011 - 07:40 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2011 - 08:14 PM

But you said:

Every time I open "My pictures" it freezes the computer

So, what do you open, if the folder is gone?

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 08:52 PM

I'm just talking about the folder that the resized pics were in that seemed to be the start of my problems. It was a folder within "my pictures," not the entire "my pictures." It had maybe 40 or 50 pics in it, including originals and resized versions of the same pics.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:07 PM

Go Start>Run, type in:
cmd

Click OK.

At command prompt, type this in:
regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll
Press Enter

See, if you can open "My Pictures" without a problem.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:52 PM

Oh, that was interesting. I can open m.p. without the computer freezing, but I can no longer see any individual pictures, even when I click on them. The thumbnails are gone except for the ones the show on the front of each folder, but when I open the folder I don't see any pics, just the names of them below little picture icons.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 10:13 PM

What we did, we disabled images preview.
Your issue may happen, if you have too many pictures in pictures folder and (possibly) not too much of RAM.

I suggest you create several picture folders, like My Pictures 1, My Pictures 2....and you split your pictures among those folders.

You can re-enable pictures preview by running following command:
regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 10:21 PM

Great, I'll try it. :) I have a zillion folders, so that could be it. Is there a way to dump all the pics out of the folders and into m.p. at once? Otherwise, this could take a looong time.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 10:42 PM

I have a zillion folders, so that could be it

Must be.

What is m. p.?

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 11:05 PM

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 11:14 PM

First of all, you can't dump all pictures into one folder.
That was causing you a problem.
Without knowing your "My Pictures" structure it's hard for me to advice you how to split it.
In general, I'd cut/paste whole subfolders.

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