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PVM FILE

by KWALT6 / January 17, 2006 9:46 AM PST

I saved some pictures to a cd and when i tried to view them they will not open. When I open the cd it shows files currently on cd is my albums. When I open that folder it shows 24 files that are named
camera 3-22-2005 and so on. The files range in size from 7 kb to 35 kb i am sure that these are all the pictures that i took in key west. It says the type of file is a pvm file and that it opens with hp imaging zone but i can not open with that or any other program. I have tried everything do you have any ideas. When i created this cd i put other pictures on other cds and they are fine. This is the only one that saved as a pvm file and i backed up all of the picture the same way.

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Re: PVM FILE
by Xandar45 / January 19, 2006 4:50 AM PST
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same problem!!!
by Ricardo Larroude / March 1, 2006 1:06 PM PST
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Hi! I know this is a little late, but I have the same problem with the .pvm file. Did you ever figure out how to view your pictures?? Please let me know!! Thanks!!

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(NT) (NT) HP Image Zone file extention
by PudgyOne / March 1, 2006 5:14 PM PST
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PVM FILE
by KWALT6 / March 2, 2006 11:54 PM PST
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I found out that the files on my cd were only a shortcut to the pictures. The pictures were not saved to the cd they were left on the hard drive. My computer is now at the shop having a data recovery done on it in hopes of recovering some of my lost files.
It seems that this seems to be a problem with hp image zone an I think that everyone that has had this problem need to contact hp and have them address this problem. saving the picts as a pvm file was something that the program did on its own. I backed up all my picts the same way and it only did this on 1 out of 4 backup cds. I blame hp.

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PVM Files
by marie.loftus / August 7, 2006 2:13 AM PDT
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I have the same problem also- have you figured it out???

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PVM Files
by marie.loftus / August 7, 2006 2:11 AM PDT
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HI- Did you ever sort out this problem? I have the same exact thing happen to all my photos, I do not understand how they all switched. It is making me nuts! Any suggestions?

Marie

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The Solution (sort of)
by BlackS0N / September 14, 2006 3:36 AM PDT
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First, the PVM file is not the actually picture file. It is an album file used by HP programs to let them know where the picture is really stored. The actually picture is probably in a folder in your "My Documents folder" called "Scans" or "My Pictures" or something like that. The easiest way to find your wayward pictures is to do search for jpeg and jpg files using windows search. If you haven't deleted anything lately the picture is probably still on your harddrive somewhere.

Second, this is the bad part. Just because there's an album file doesn't mean the picture was actually stored on your computer. The file (*.PVM) could have been created when you hooked up your camera (or whatever) and the hp program showed you the pictures that were still stored and never copied to your harddrive.

Third, You can actually open the PVM file with notepad and see the location of the real files in the folder. There's alot of stuff in the file, but what you are looking for looks like this:

mpv:id="IDAAB0YI_Source"><LastURL>file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/*******/My%20Documents/My%20Scans/2005-08%20(Aug)/scan0004.jpg</LastURL><Metadata

There will be a line like this for every file (picture) listed in that album. Let me know if have any questions.

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great advice
by lynnecooper / October 24, 2007 10:34 AM PDT
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I now understand why I couldn't open the file once I transferred it and following your advice, I was able to find the .jpg files on the original computer. Great advice! Thanks.

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still confused =/
by lovelyone7 / December 5, 2010 5:52 PM PST
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i like feel suuuper retarted =p, but after i opened the PVM file with NOTEPAD, i didnt know what to do after?? im still not able to see my photos, im currently cleaning out my whole comp. to sell it, and im not sure if those pics are important or not. its driving me nuts!!

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Re: pvm files
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 5, 2010 5:59 PM PST
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Notepad doesn't give any useful information about the contents. And pvm-files aren't pictures.

What we recommend when you sell your computer: reinstall the OS (with format) and reinstall drivers (or: go back to factory settings); format all drives other than c-drive.

Kees

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by lovelyone7 / December 5, 2010 6:03 PM PST
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thx, im just gnna have my dad figure it out, hes like an expert, but hes wrking so i thought i could figure it out, guess not, thx for ur time.

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Try this
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 5, 2010 6:54 PM PST
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As stated by BlackSON, it seems this pvm file is not an image/picture file itself, but is just a 'list' that tells the HP application where on the hard drive to look for the picture files.

You have already managed to open this file in Notepad, and that's a good start. So now, try this;

In Notepad go to the Edit menu then Find. In the Find box, type in C:/ and click "Find Next". If anything is highlighted in the actual text in Notepad this 'may be' the start of the location of an image file. For example, if Find Next finds an entry like;
C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/*******/My%20Documents/My%20
then you will know that the image file is in the My Pictures folder for one of the accounts on your computer.

The %20 is just a way of identifying a space, and the ***** is the name of the Windows account in Documents and Settings where the My Documents > My Pictures folder is stored.

See if that helps.

Mark

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did you solve your .pvm problem?
by lynnecooper / October 24, 2007 9:32 AM PDT
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Hi, I transfered digital photos off a memory card onto my computer using hp image zone. The images were saved as a .pvm file in my albums folder. I had no problem opening it initially, and in fact there are four other photo 'albums' with the same extension that I can open as well using image zone. However, I transfered the new file over to another computer and cannot open it on the new computer even though it also has image zone loaded onto it. Image zone can see the file but can't open it. neither can any other program I've tried. Any advice? thanks.

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