Open the file, select the graphic, delete it, save.
Export to .inx (If you cannot get to the graphic, Open than export to inx)
Open the graphic in PS or AI (or whatever is appropriate) and save a clean copy. Hide the original from yourself for a while.
Open the inx, Save As, plave the graphic, Save.
Host the file somewhere and included a link here if not succesful.
thanks, but the problem is that i cannot open the file at all... would be much easier if i could, but it constantly freezes once it opens.
How were you able to remove the picture before?
sorry, i meant that i removed the picture that was linked,, when another file replaced it with the same name, i think it started to mess up
and even though i know which picture is the problem, indesign wont let me switch back to that picture..
but the real issue is,, why does the software freeze every time im given the option to "fix links automatically" or "dont fix"? Especially since its JUST that file, in both CS2 and CS5...
The machine I'm on right now does not have CS2 available, but my recollection is that in that version checkinig for missing/modified links on open is not an option. It is in CS5.
I would try a number of things. First, empty the recovery folder for whichever version to remove any bad recovery file that might be looping you back to a crash/freeze. Second, since you seem to know what file is cusing the problem, move or rename it so ID won't find it. You have a better chance of succesfully openig the file if the link is missing and you ignore it when prompted. Third, open the problem image in the correct editing application and resave. If it's raster, save as native .psd from Photoshop, or for vector save as native .ai from Illustrator, if you can.
Now open the ID file, ignore missing links, then go the Links palette/panel and relink tot he newly saved version.