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Contact pictures not showing in HTC Messages app

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mattots, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. mattots

    mattots Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Since I started installing custom ROMs on my Desire, the contact pictures have been missing in the HTC Messages app. They show up fine everywhere else, just in Messages I see the default grey contact icon all the time.

    I initially thought it could be a bug specific to one of the ROMs I installed but it's happened with AdamG's 'official' Froyo Sense ROM and Paul's MCR Custom ROM r5 which I'm currently running (actually, I've installed 2 slightly different 'bakes' of this and the problem is there in both).

    I've tried asking about this on XDA and MoDaCo in the relevant ROM threads but not had any luck. Just wondered if anyone had any idea at all what could be causing this and how to fix it, or at least find out why it's happening.

    As I said, its literally just in the Messages app that it's happening - everywhere else contact pics show up just fine.

    Hoping someone has some clues as to what's going on!

  2. Tunga

    Tunga Well-Known Member

    Not exactly a fix but have you looked at Handcent SMS? I'm yet to find anything about the Sense Messaging app that I prefer to Handcent and it may not have this issue.
  3. mattots

    mattots Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Just installed Handcent and it has the same issue - just shows the grey default icon. So its not not the app itself that's to blame it would seem. Very odd. Need someone with a bit more of an understanding of the internal workings of the os to shed some light on this.
  4. mattots

    mattots Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Oddly, contact pictures DO show up in SMS Popup. I also just tried Chomp sms and they work in that as well. However, I would still like to get to the bottom of this.
  5. DesirableHTC

    DesirableHTC Well-Known Member

    i have the same issue mate, i used chomp SMS before rooting, but after first root i found that i was sending out double messages even though i was only sending one from chomp....? But as for the contact pics in SMS app, i just don't have a scobby!
  6. chaosbringer

    chaosbringer Lurker

    Having that issue on my HTC droid....if anyone found a fix. please update me.
  7. miguelsilva

    miguelsilva Lurker

    1 - Go to the market and download a terminal emulator (there are several free ones)

    2 - Open the terminal emulator and type the following:

    chmod 666 /data/data/com.android.providers.contacts/files/*

    This changes the permissions on the contacts folder. I had this problem after rooting and messing around with Titanium Backup and this solved it.
  8. miguelsilva

    miguelsilva Lurker

    Actually the problem wasn't cause by Titanium backup, it was caused by ROM Manager. Using the "Fix Permissions" option causes this problem on the Desire.
    DodgerinNH likes this.
  9. foobar66

    foobar66 Newbie

    Fantastic. I had the same problem after "fixing permissions in ROM Manager". I spent already 1 day searching for a solution ...

    Thanks, m8
  10. kkoolpatz

    kkoolpatz Lurker

    Registered just to say thank you. - Dont know if it means much to you but its a great feeling when you type your problem into google and the first link is your solution.
  11. AidanZealley

    AidanZealley Lurker

    When I type the second line it says 'No such file or directory'
    Any ideas why and what I can do to make it work?


    I rebooted the phone and tried the command again and it worked. My problem is fixed now.
    Thanks @miguelsilva :)
  12. ajmoncrieff

    ajmoncrieff Lurker

    Worked perfectly! Thank you very very much
  13. Also had this issue on HTC Thunderbolt, thanks for the help everyone!
  14. stroja62

    stroja62 Lurker

    i cant get this to work. r those spaces supposed to be before and after 666. how do i imput it
  15. DoodleD

    DoodleD Member

    Same question??? Is su on separate line? If so how do you move between them?
  16. DodgerinNH

    DodgerinNH Well-Known Member

    I just realized I had this problem yesterday on my Incredible. Followed the suggestions (a little nervously since I'd never messed around with a Terminal Emulator) And it worked!!!

    You're a genius, Miguel Silva!!!
  17. DodgerinNH

    DodgerinNH Well-Known Member

    "Fix Permissions" on ROM Manager is exactly what caused this. Great find and thanks again
  18. milkpowder

    milkpowder Lurker

    Great solution. Logged in just to say thanks.
  19. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Extreme Android User


  20. pettenstein

    pettenstein Lurker

    This gives me the error that there is no such Directory.
    I checked and there isn't... It goes as far as /data/data/com.android.providers.contacts. The folder files/ does not exist...

    What does this mean, is this the whole problem. Or should I look for another fix?
  21. dbrook007

    dbrook007 Newbie

    When I type the su and do a return, it says 'permission denied' ?

  22. EMPSboo77

    EMPSboo77 Lurker

    just to add, and reassure users that when you go into the screen on the terminal emulator on my Htc desire HD... my blue screen has the following text on the screen (this is normal...)
    export PATH=/data/local/bin:$PATH
    $ export PATH=/data/local/bin:$PATH

    so when you type the text in it will look like this
    $su (hit enter) and then type in the next line -(as other people have indicated you will get the text saying it is invalid etc -but this is okay as indicated and then you will power down your phone and restert).
    thought that I would clarify this thread.
  23. dbrook007

    dbrook007 Newbie

    When i try it, it just says 'permission denied'
  24. jayroller

    jayroller Well-Known Member

    Maybe a silly question, but is your phone rooted?
  25. Baldilocks

    Baldilocks Android Expert

    I'm having the same problem with my Galaxy S II. But I have no /files subfolder. This is driving me crazy!!

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