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    Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    Hello.
    I am not sure what caused the following to happen or what it means. Some of my file names are now blue instead of all black and some of my icons are only shadows. See attachment.
    I have been having trouble with a music jukebox program; it's search engine can not find my .mp3's etc. in MY MUSIC and that is one of the folders that is "shadowed."
    Of course, this is not a folder I'd want to lose! What do I need to do to fix this and if possible avoid it in the future?
    Please help and as always, thanks.
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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    File names in blue usually mean that the file or folder has been compressed. You can check this as follows:
    - Right-click the file or folder.
    - Select Properties from the popup menu.
    - Click Advanced...
    See Windows XP Compressed Folder - How to compress data

    If a file or folder has a dimmed icon, the file or folder is hidden (but you - obviously - display hidden files and folders). You can check this as follows:
    - Right-click the file or folder.
    - Select Properties from the popup menu.
    - There is a check box to toggle the Hidden property.

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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    It would be interesting to know which music jukebox program you are having trouble with, if you don't mind sharing. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    Hello Hans,
    Of course, all was as you said (and easy to understand, thank you!)
    My next question is that I noticed that the files titled in blue are marked ready for archiving. I need to learn about archiving - I will Google that today. I also noticed that some of the hidden files should never have been hidden, such as MY MUSIC which is what gave the Media Player its problems, I hope! What caused this to happen? I didn't personally change anything. What do you think?
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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    Hi Doc,
    The program is MediaMonkey. It looks like a great program and I've been searching for a media player that will work the way I want it to - I was spoiled by MusicMatch. I have been through so many programs: Real Player ends unexpectedly and then asks me to run a backup, I click okay and then I get a buffer overrun error and lose most of the contents of the library. I just don't like the set up of Windows Media Player. I've tried WinAmp a couple of times over the years. MusicMatch combined with Yahoo, I think and it's just not the same.
    More than you asked, sorry!
    It doesn't seem that MediaMonkey caused any problems here - but I need to know what did!
    cs.

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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    If you haven't made My Music hidden by accident, it must be a glitch - a bit on your hard disk flipped.

    The "ready to be archived" property is used by backup programs to determine which files have been modified. When you run a backup, the property is turned off, and as soon as the file is modified, the property is turned on.

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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    Thank you, Hans. I was trying to do a backup the other day of the music files so maybe that set all the blue filenames in motion? I was using Nero Scout which I have since uninstalled and reinstalled etc. etc. etc. Problems with Nero are another story.
    My concern is the Hidden Files attribute - I noticed that other files appear to be hidden also. Files I think I would not normally be hidden. What could cause this?
    Thanks. Thanks. Thanks!

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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    Some folders and files are hidden by Microsoft. for example, the root folder of your C: drive will contain several hidden files and folders.
    But it is unusual for normal document files and folders to be hidden. One possible cause is malware (a computer virus, for example). Is your anti-virus software up-to-date?

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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    Hello, again, Hans!
    Virus software is up to date. Ran another full scan. All okay.
    ???????
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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    I'm afraid that it will impossible for us (for me, at least) to know why files/folders became hidden without intention. Sorry.

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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    I don't know that I can help either since I have "part" of your question on my machine as well and it has not hindered me in any way, so I've ignored it for quite some time. I have files in BLUE in a number of folders and in some cases mixed black and blue in the same folder. They are pictures, music and other files and have all been accessible via the appropriate program, so I've never tried to chase down what causes them to be shown in blue in some cases (see attachment for an example). I backup my machine regularly using imaging software, so I don't really know if it's a backup archive bit or not.

    On the subject of hidden attributes, can you do a little test here to see what happens? How about creating a new folder off the root of your hard drive and copying a group of your music files to that folder to make sure they are "playable" with whatever software you use? Since I don't use ANY of the Microsoft decided My (Something) folders, I have my OWN folders structure setup for music, photos, data and the like and I don't see any dimmed icons in my folders.
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    Re: Turning blue and fading out? (XP SP 2)

    Hi Al!
    Your "little test" WORKED!!! <img src=/S/basket.gif border=0 alt=basket width=58 height=52> <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23>
    Thank you to you and everyone else who jumped in to help. We are so lucky to have all of you as resources! <img src=/S/hugs.gif border=0 alt=hugs width=41 height=25>

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