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Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by Wcksmith, Feb 22, 2011.

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    I upgraded to the latest operating system for my iPad. Now some images in safari have a small question mark icon appearing in the middle of them. The images load OK but the icon is annoying. How do I turn that off?
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    I've come across something similar when an image is too big to be loaded by the iPad, but not the specific problem that you mention.


    The easiest first way to try to solve ‘unexplained’ or ‘unusual’ problems with the iPad are:-

    Force the offending app to close. If you have iOS 4.2 double-press the ‘Home’ button to bring up the multi-task bar at the bottom of the screen. Press *and hold* any icon until they start to ‘jiggle’. Then tap the top left-hand corner of the app that you want to close. It will ‘disappear’ from the list. Don’t panic - you’ve not deleted it, just closed it. Now tap the Home screen and the multi-task bar will disappear. Re-open the iPad’s app and see if the problem has resolved itself. If not, it’s on to possible solution number two!!

    Restart the iPad. Press *and hold* the Power button. After a couple of seconds a slider control will appear asking you to confirm that you really want to switch the iPad off (this is all you’ll be doing). Slide the control to accept. A rotating white ‘bezel’ will appear in the iPad screen as the iPad powers down (it takes a few seconds, just like it would if you were shutting down your PC). When the screen of the iPad has gone completely blank, press *and hold* the Power button for a couple of seconds until the white Apple logo appears and the iPad starts to power up. This takes several seconds, so be patient. During the power up the automatic screen orientation function is disabled, so don’t panic. A few seconds before the power up is complete, the iPad plays a little ‘jingle’ and then you’re back to the Home screen. Restart the iPad’s Safari app and see if the problem persists. Apple (and Forum members) recommend that you power down your iPad at least once a week, just as you might regularly completely switch off your PC. The normal procedure of just briefly pressing the Power button of the iPad merely puts it to ‘sleep’. Most Forum members have found that one of the two methods I’ve mentioned here cure a whole bunch of unexplained problems and are an easy first step to resolving most anything that happens on the iPad.

    Probably won't help, but it may be worth a try. It's an easy first step

    Tim
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    Thanks but those did not impact the issue.

    The issue can be seen if you Google "nature photographer's network" & click on their link. If you go to any of their galleries, and click on any thumbnail, the larger photo has the icon in the middle of it. I'd put the link in this post but can't since I haven't got three posts.

    Thanks for any help on this!
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    OK - yes - I see this too. I've had pages with lots of big images display a '?' instead of the image, which is due to a lack of available system memory (RAM) but I've not seen this problem before. It's interesting, too, because if you try to copy the image to 'Photos' only the '?' copies and not the photo with the embedded '?'.

    I can only assume it *is* a system memory issue and that the new iOS takes more RAM than the previous non-multi-tasking version thus leaving less room for photos.

    Probably, like you, I've 'Googled' this problem and there seem to be a number of people reporting completely non-loading images replaced by the '?' but I've yet to find a link to someone reporting what you're seeing here.

    This is a challenge - so I'll have a more thorough look and get back to you.

    Tim
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    I have made no further progress with this. I can now see this problem on several other sites too, so clearly it's not site-specific.

    Sorry that I can't be of any more help - unless another Forum member can come up with a solution I think it's something we'll have to live with.

    Tim
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