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Black blocks in my Camera Roll

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saddact Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 19, 2010 3:46 AM
Hi, I have an iPhone 3G running 4.0.1. Since getting this update I have a big black block in my camera roll, covering some images, 5 to be exact. It's hard to explain, it's just a black block covering most of the 5 images, like a glitch looking thing. I've taken photos, deleted photos and synced the phone and it's still there. Anyone heard or got this??
24" Alu iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
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    Jul 19, 2010 5:00 AM (in response to saddact)
    Uncheck the sync photos option in iTunes and re-sync.
    Then re-check it and sync again.
    The Library wil be updated and you'll be back to normal
    I can only help one person each day...and today is not your day, ...tomorrow doesn't look good either!
  • sialdouk Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Jul 20, 2010 6:22 AM (in response to saddact)
    Many People (myself included) are experiencing this. Turning the phone off and on resolves (for me)

    Hopefully will be fixed in next update.
    iOS 4
  • lepontneuf Calculating status...
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    Jul 20, 2010 11:25 AM (in response to saddact)
    Since iOS 4.0.1 made my Camera Roll thumbnails go black, I had no choice but to pull all pics off my camera roll and into a folder on my desktop (PC) that I sync via iTunes. So now all photos that were previously in the camera roll are now in another album/folder. Not a big deal.

    All geotags from the camera roll pics were retained and all pics in this new album/photo are correctly represented in 'Places.'
    Toshiba Satellite, Windows Vista, iPhone 3G iOS 4.0.1
  • BxNaz Calculating status...
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    Jul 20, 2010 12:28 PM (in response to saddact)
    I'm having the same problem. Sadly, ALL my iphone problems began after OS 4. I had an error when I switched over to 4 which caused me to lose everything on my iphone (most importantly my calendar). NOW I am getting that black block in almost half my camera roll (all taken with the iphone cam). I've synced, shut off, shut on, rebooted -and nothing is fixing this issue. Help!
    3G, iOS 4
  • ComputerDeb Calculating status...
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    Jul 20, 2010 1:19 PM (in response to saddact)
    I have the exact same situation. I downloaded the newest 4.0 update and when I synced, my camera roll shows alot of black squares. They are the photos taken by the camera, not ones downloaded from email.

    NO official answer from Apple yet? Someone said that they want us to upgrade and buy iPhone 4 ... I don't want to, yet.
    iPhone 3, Other OS, 32-bit system
  • JTaylor88 Calculating status...
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    Jul 20, 2010 3:21 PM (in response to saddact)
    This is happening to a lot of people. There are multiple discussions on this issue. So far all the tricks haven't worked for me. It was a bug that apple released with the last update that was just supposed to be for the signal strength. They need to have better quality
    3G, iOS 4
  • Ajaxharg Calculating status...
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    Jul 23, 2010 5:49 PM (in response to saddact)
    Me too. Using the camera sometimes leads to a full reboot as i press the 'take photo' button.
    Macbook pro, iOS 4
  • alijm23 Calculating status...
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    Jul 24, 2010 12:10 AM (in response to saddact)
    I had the same problem with the black blocks after upgrading to iOS4 on my iPhone. The reason for the black blocks is that the thumbnail images for those particular images have not been created when the Photo Library has been updated to iOS4. I followed the advice on a couple of blogs and fixed the problem.
    1. I downloaded iPhone Explorer free software ( so I could view the photo data folders on my phone. I could see that the thumbnail images were missing.
    2. I followed a slight variation on the instructions on this blog. ( amera-roll/)
    3. First I copied the Photo Data folder by dragging it from the iPhone Explorer window to my Mac desktop.
    4. Through iPhone Explorer I deleted the info.plist file in the Media/PhotoData/MISC folder.
    5. I also deleted the Photos.sqlite and PhotosAux.sqlite files in Media/PhotoData.
    6. I then rebooted the phone and launched the Photo Library.
    7. The Library rebuilt it's self again and recreated the thumbnails.
    8. The problem was fixed!!! Thank you M Bentley!
    I hope this helps - this has been bugging me for 2 weeks.
    27" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • jack_viking Calculating status...
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    Jul 27, 2010 2:02 AM (in response to alijm23)
    Worked for me.
    Thanks Alijm23

    Message was edited by: jack_viking
    3G 16GB, iOS 4
  • mboileau Calculating status...
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    Aug 4, 2010 10:21 AM (in response to jack_viking)
    Awesome. Worked for me as well! This is great since it's been bugging me since the 4.0.1 upgrade....
    Windows, Windows XP Pro, 8 GB iPhone
  • SJMike Calculating status...
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    Aug 4, 2010 11:53 AM (in response to BxNaz)
    I'm having the exact same problem and nothing fixes the problem. I cannot delete the black spaces and resetting does nothing.
    HP Pavilion Laptop, Windows Vista
  • SJMike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 4, 2010 12:01 PM (in response to Dave Hutch)
    I did exactly what you said and it did not eliminate the problem. We've got a bonafide bug here.
    HP Pavilion Laptop, Windows Vista
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