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Red x only on some facebook photos others okay, two different computers the same

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February 21, 2012 6:44:55 PM

Hello,

On two separate computers and on two different browsers, i cannot view some pics on facebook. there is the little red x, but only on some photos. after some detective work, i noticed that the addresses for these pics had a xx.photos address and those are the one that did not view, the ones that had an sphotos address did. before i realized it was happening on both my honme and work computers, i re-installed internet explorer, i cleared the caches, i made sure compatibility view was disabled, i made sure the active x boxes were enabled, the safe content ones, followed much advice i found on the web. nothing changed it. any advice? i think perhaps something changed on facebook, but i do not see any threads pertaining to this recent situation.
February 22, 2012 6:23:13 AM

Rooster27 said:
Hello,

On two separate computers and on two different browsers, i cannot view some pics on facebook. there is the little red x, but only on some photos. after some detective work, i noticed that the addresses for these pics had a xx.photos address and those are the one that did not view, the ones that had an sphotos address did. before i realized it was happening on both my honme and work computers, i re-installed internet explorer, i cleared the caches, i made sure compatibility view was disabled, i made sure the active x boxes were enabled, the safe content ones, followed much advice i found on the web. nothing changed it. any advice? i think perhaps something changed on facebook, but i do not see any threads pertaining to this recent situation.

If these are photos you uploaded, delete them and reupload.
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February 22, 2012 3:02:31 PM

As ksiemb said. In a little more detail, it means that there is a pointer to a location for the image, but the image is not in that location. The red X is the default way of indicating that the specified image was not found.

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February 24, 2012 11:54:01 PM


hello and thank you for trying to help.

I assume you are familiar with facebook (who isn't ha!)
this does not apply to my pics only. you know the pics that appear on your wall as an update, ( when someone uploads pics of their own).... sometimes only one or two of the pics display in boxes of three or more, that are just blank spaces, where there once was a nice displaying photo! You would click on the "collage" of pics and it would take you to their new album page....and it also happens with one pic displayed. This happens randomly, but every time i veiw the page, the same photos have xes while the others load fine. all thumbnails view properly, people's profile pics view fine. i noticed it a few weeks ago, and i have found a couple of threads where posters are complaining of the same thing, but no one has offered a solution. It could be a "timeline" related thing. The new timeline on facebook. All of a sudden, one week, my main top timeline pic, that is wide and horizontal, appeared as a box with the x. I thought perhaps my pic became old, or a bad format or something....trying to rationalize it that way, but then then i scrolled down on my page, i saw other posts containing pics that also contained the dreaded red x's. I do understand that the red x is a way of showing that the image is not found, but why one and not another...in great amounts of pics? But then others, again, displayed just fine. As i posted in my initial question, i thought i had a bad setting, or something needed updating, so i reinstalled IE, i checked that active x boxes were enabled in the security settings, i looked at add ons and compatibility settings, updated java, cleared the cache every time, everything. After all of this, i went to work, and when i opened facebook, the same darn thing was happening. So it's not my computer and i am wondering if it is something that was updated on facebook, an update that has to match with the operating system, or an updated version of the browser and perhaps both my home and office computer are out of date, but how? Why would they display one day and not the next. Why one photo and not another? And why was no one talking about it to any great extent? the photos that don't display have this address http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos ( and then the photo identifying info). The ones that do display are ones that start with this address-http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-( and then the identifying info) the xx photos do not display. and what does a1 stand for? on some thread from a year or so ago, some one suggested it was a http problem. If it is, how do i fix it? as you can see i am not a total dummy, but i am not an expert either. sorry to write so much, but the more info the better right? if anyone can help with this, i would be so grateful.
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February 25, 2012 6:32:30 AM

All I can say is it is definitely a FB issue and will have to be resolved by them. I have not personally experienced the issue, and can not comment further.
As we both know, uploading a picture is out of our control once it hits their site. Andd they are pretty shabby when it comes to installing new features.
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February 25, 2012 9:12:22 AM

ksiemb said:
If these are photos you uploaded, delete them and reupload.
If these are photos you uploaded, delete them and reupload
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February 25, 2012 9:28:11 AM

kenzmev said:
If these are photos you uploaded, delete them and reupload

Read the whole thread - already suggested, but not the case.
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February 25, 2012 11:48:21 PM

I may be a Luddite, but I am not familiar with Facebook! You have to create an account just to look, and my information is none of their <insert obscenity> business.
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March 7, 2012 1:08:51 PM

It WAS a http/ https problem, and it turns out that possibly because of internal changes on the site, now facebook needs to load up as an https (secure site,) otherwise many of the photos do not view, and appear as blank pages or x's. I had also mentioned the addresses of the photos that did load and the photos that didn't. The ones that didn't load had the s as well as other differences in their addresses. After realizing this, even when clearing the browser and clearing history of webpages visited, and adding the s after http, facebook kept auto addressing as an http. It now is autoaddressing correctly and i don't have to change it manually any more. that was the answer.
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