Probably disk or ram failure.
I mean, if images are bad in Lr from the get-go (immediately after importing), then it could be a card reader etc., but when known good images are going bad, then it's due to internal computer hardware failure, usually disk or ram.
OK, yeah, there is a remote possibility that your Lr had it's brains scrambled, e.g. due to virus.., but that is the least likely of all possibilities, in my not-so-humble opinion.
rob., thanks for an answer, what is strange is it started with an older computer years back, I had a new computer built and did the same thing with new hardware, RAM, hardrives, eetc. when I originally posted this over 5 years ago was told probably card reader (changed that at least two or three time) samera issue, ( new camera now) Ram issues ( different ram different computer) it could be bad coincidence or maybe my wife having someone hack my computer since I tend to go into photography land but sell nothing cause I have fun doing it . anyway. at least you answered. thanks you.
Certainly, if the same thing is happening with all different hardware it points to some other sort of system problem (or Lightroom software), but I sure don't have a clue what it might be. As you are probably aware, 99.9X % of Lr users have no such symptoms, and I doubt if any other users will be able to help much.
That said, unless you can nail it to the wall (convince Adobe of an Lr software problem), these are the only options I can think of:
* solve via system changes.
* keep running the risk of continuing to have the problem whilst hoping for a fix.
* use another software
Not sure what else to say - I empathize and sympathize.., and wish you best of luck.
I hope you will keep us posted if you have any more info that will shed light.
last option not viable, LR or PS really can not be replaced, I could live
without LR , have had it since version 1 release think 2007ish. It was
mainly a way to keep track of ones images via search words . good idea,
since this was difficult pre-digital with tons of negative.
I use it for down and dirty qucik editing to post something on G+ or FB
but not for final editing. RAW thru PS is where I do that and then into
If my wife would not leave me I would switch to Mac. not happening as a
hobby at this time. my guess is a freaking RAM issue or operatting system
that maybe when I transfered my images from the old computer to the new I
carried some type of bug with the transfer to the new computer. but that
is reallllly reaching.
Adobe has not been helpful in the least, but that is not new.
you are only one of two people to give some advice, very appreciated and I
am about 98% that your suggestions are correct.
whoops , looks like you are with adobe?????
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I'm not affiliated with Adobe.
There are many claims that Lr is corrupting raw images, the vast majority (if not all of them) are due to system problems, not Lr software.
Since it's ~impossible to prove there isn't such a problem, what could they (Adobe) really say about it? "we're skeptical.." - I doubt that would be very comforting.
Or how about "yeah: we know that there is an insidious bug which occasionally results in corrupted raws - we've been chasing it for years and still can't find it.." - yeah: like they'd admit to that in a public forum before H. freezes over.. .
agreed , PS has been no help even if I can get someone that actually does photography on the line (always someone from another country , that screws around with my computer. if you ever run into someone with the same problem let me know. A friend , that had the same issue gave me some things to do. will try them . gonna be a long night running chkdsk
I can't see any photo.
It very much sounds to me like like you have a user-specific problem, as this sort of thing hardly ever crops up here, and I've been a regular for 6 years.
As you have helpfully explained, you have seen the problem with different hardware, so we would assume that it's not a hardware issue. Unfortunately, life is not so simple. If you could go into a bit more detail about the hardware (e.g. manufacturer/model of motherboard/memory/hard drive, etc.) and any hints into how it was set up, that might help properly eliminate the gear.
Another thing which follows you around is utility software and workflow. You may have a specific set of applications you install on all your machines. You may have a particular way of working, configuration or non-standard default settings you use, which expose a flaw in the software.