why are my pictures black? iOS 5 beta issue

Discussion in 'iPad' started by flipm725, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. flipm725 macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    I'm running iOS 5 beta 5. How do I get them to show properly?
  2. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    I have no problems. Did you set up as new iPad? I did. Also, try to unsync then resync your photos.
  3. shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    remove them all and re-add them. did you update OTA? if so did you do the "erase contents and settings" method as apple said?
  4. telephonepanda macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    I just had this issue. Either do as shandyman said, or in my case, I had a photo plist file corrupted and had to delete the relevant plist and rebuild the iPhone photo library. Not much fun, but it worked. When I get 5 minutes, I can look out the method I used to do this if that would help?
  5. cdavi060 macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2007
    Yes, that would help alot. I have this same issue and wish to fix it.
  6. thunderbunny macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2010
    Cheshire, UK
    Photos seem quite bad in beta 5. I don't take pictures on my iPad, but on iPhone some pictures don't show up in camera roll at all, some show up black. Of the ones that show up black some appear in Photo Stream looking ok. I've even had a photo I took which never appeared in camera roll but still made it through to Photo Stream.
  7. cdavi060 macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2007
    I found a solution for this exact problem on iOS4.1 but it proved not to work in iOS 5. Does anyone have a solution besides wiping the phone and starting over?
  8. solidus430 macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2009
    I've been having this issue since beta 5 as well. If you could post your method for fixing this and rebuilding the database, I would be really grateful. Thank you!
  9. idkmybffjon macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    this was a known issue, either way it has been fixed in beta 6
  10. solidus430 macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2009
    Actually the issue is persisting for me in Beta 6, even with a complete wipe and restore. I need a method that will allow me to force the camera app to rebuild my photo library database from scratch because it doesn't seem this problem is going to fix itself in this beta, at least not for me.
  11. ByronBrewer, Aug 20, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011

    ByronBrewer macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I had the same problem. Below seemed to solve it for me.

    If you're not comfortable modifying system files/folders on the phone do not proceed. I'm not an iOS expert so if you brick your phone following these directions don't look to me for help. I just did some research and figured that by doing this it would force the entire photo library to essentially start from scratch. If you have photos on your iPhone that you are afraid of losing I assume you would be able to take them from the DCIM backup directory (step 3), import them into iPhoto and then bring them back into your iPhone via sync after completing the steps below. Don't hold me to that though.

    1> Grab iPhoneExplorer (so you can browse the filesystem)
    2> Force quit the Photos & Camera apps (may not be necessary)
    3> Browse to the Media folder on the filesystem (via iPhoneExplorer) and drag the contents of DCIM and PhotoData to a folder on your computer to back them up
    4> Delete the contents of DCIM
    5> Delete the contents of PhotoData
    6> Launch Camera app and take a picture
    7> Launch Photos app and confirm the Camera Roll is working properly

    This also seemed to resolve the annoying errors that always said it was syncing, restoring, etc while viewing the camera roll and other albums.
  12. UCLAKoolman, Oct 23, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2011

    UCLAKoolman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
  13. starpilot macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    I just used the iExplorer fix with my iPhone 4 running iOS 5 (was never in the beta). Nothing short of a lifesaver, I had gotten back from a three-week vacation in south asia when this problem started happening mid-way through. I just nervously kept on taking photos… They're all there, whew.

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