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ODP tries to open in Writer instead of Impress

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:12 am
by KamzNeb
Hi. I was working on a presentation with lots of images for the past 2 weeks. It was 21Mb in size. Today when I opened it, it showed me a dialog box saying "ASCII Filter Options", and when i click ok, it opens in openoffice writer with # signs. Yes, this is a 3 year old issue on these forums, I have seen some of the older posts.
1- renaming it to .zip and extracting, not worked. Says the zip is invalid
2- looking in the backup folder, not there.
3- i closed it safely the last time i worked on it, didn't turn off unexpectedly.

i'm on windows 7.

Re: ODP tries to open in Writer instead of Impress

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:16 am
by RoryOF
Your file is most probably damaged beyond repair. Use your last backup (if you have one).

Re: ODP tries to open in Writer instead of Impress

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:32 am
by KamzNeb
Thanks for the reply. No, I don't have any backup :(

How did it happen, and why?

Re: ODP tries to open in Writer instead of Impress

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:43 am
by Hagar Delest
Sadly, quite nothing to do, see: 22 pages term paper replaced with pound signs.
Any power shortage for example? It's a common root cause of such problem.

Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OOo Tools>Options>OOo>Paths). If there are folders like sgmlf.tmp with a file having the same name inside, make a copy of that file, rename it in .odp and cross your fingers.

I think there are less reports about such problems, upgrading to AOO 3.4.1 may help.

Re: ODP tries to open in Writer instead of Impress

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:02 pm
by RoryOF
Sometimes over-speedy computer shutdown can cause such a problem.

Re: ODP tries to open in Writer instead of Impress

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:56 pm
by KamzNeb
Dear i need your help regarding to recover this file, cause i worked really hard on this presentation,so please tell me the exact solutions which should really work.
thanks.

Re: ODP tries to open in Writer instead of Impress

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:14 pm
by RoryOF
There is nothing which is guaranteed to work. You could try searching for, downloading and using an Undelete utility, but I doubt you will recover your file.