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The following URL doesn't display for me in Internet Explorer 8. I even tried compatibility mode and it didn't fix the issue.

http://beat.com.au/sites/default/files/images/_DSC5596.jpg

It appears just fine in Chrome/Safari/Firefox.

I suspect it has something to do with the filename starting with _ but that seems like a fairly big stretch to me.

Is this error repeatable on other people's computers? And why on earth would such a strange thing happen anyway?

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Repeatable here –  kibibu Mar 29 '10 at 11:45
    
Sort of works in IE for me, well the image is found (i.e. no 404), but it isn't displayed. The image could be corrupt in some way maybe? –  mdm Mar 29 '10 at 11:46
    
very odd... I'm curious as to what this can be too... I've never seen this with a jpg. enless it acutally isnt a jpg –  WalterJ89 Mar 29 '10 at 11:47
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I get the same behaviour when I download the image and open it from my desktop in IE8. Works fine in the Windows JPG viewer.

And the reason is that it's a CMYK jpeg. Convert it to RGB and it should work.

This is what happens when you let print designers supply web media.

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this is so freaking weird. I'm still getting the error when I dl the file, and change the filename to remove the "_" so there goes my theory! –  Anonymous Mar 29 '10 at 11:53
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The image is in CMYK, see my answer to another question for further info.

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Look into the image color format. I had this happen with JPEG images whose color format is CMYK. Apparently IE doesn't support JPEG images in CMYK, switch it to RGB and it should display fine.

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