Problem Identified for Gallery Force Close Issues
I noticed that a number of users have reported that they usually have gallery force close issues after some apps updates from time to time so I attempted to duplicate and identify the issue for sure and was able to finally trace the problem down to a small .nomedia file that apps place into there program folders to stop the image files from the apps to show into the media gallery to avoid the images or audio files from being accidently deleted. Others thought that the nature of the problem has been because of a corrupt file but in the end it was the .nomedia files. Apparently this confuses the Gallery app because a number of files will be present in cache that this file hides from the system and this seems to cause the Gallery to act as if a corrupt file is present, this also seems to effect the camera app from time to time.
Also remember that the solution will clear the personal settings data from Swipe and sometimes clears alerts settings that can be restored from Titianium Backup easily.. So backup before doing solution to avoid headaches..
The fix this issue is to goto Settings/Applications/Manage Applications/All Tab/ Media Storage and then clear the Cache, then reboot and then open gallery and allow images to be scanned and added back to te gallery (This may take a little time depending on the number of files)
Last edited by wildman; 03-27-2011 at 01:38 PM.Samsung S3
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- 03-29-2011, 05:54 AM #2
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awesome wildman.. thank you...
just wanna add that media cache clearing will also affect your music app, like stock, PwerAMP, and Winamp... you may need to got to the music app afterwards, hit settings, and do a simple "rescan folders".. :-)
list will also fix issues if songs are appearing twice (duplicates) in your playlists.. :-)If I helped you, then please hit the "Thanks" and/or "Like" button(s). I like to know I'm not just here for amusement.
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- 03-29-2011, 06:00 AM #3
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- 04-21-2011, 09:18 PM #6
Tried this and no solution for me. When I tap gallery it just starts to open then closes right away. If I go into the camera app then to the gallery from there it opens up just fine. What the heck? Any ideas???UtahConcealer
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- 04-22-2011, 01:45 AM #8
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- 04-23-2011, 05:45 PM #11
UtahConcealer - In addition to the above procedures, you ALSO need to clear the DATA (if you clear just Cache, it may not work).
THEN you must also clear both Data & Cache of the Media Container Service.
So you need to clear Data AND Cache for:
2. Media Storage
3. Media Container Service
Reboot after that and you should be good to go.
Note that you will also lose any playlists (so make sure they are backed up if you want to keep them, and then you can later restore them). Plus you will have to re-setup any ringtones you had.
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Some apps (especially Glu games...looking at you Gun Bros.) install a small .jpg image file as part of their install. All you have to do is delete this image and all will be well.
Plug your X into your computer via USB and search your image folder. Look for an image that doesn't belong...it's usually the one with the different naming convention, and one that you know you didn't put there. Delete it, unhook from USB and launch your gallery!
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