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Yahoo 9 wont let me display a picture or change nickname

Recently downloaded the mesenger 9 program.
But for some reason any picture I try and put as my display picture doesn't work.
When I go back in just a black screen is displayed,
Also it wont let me change my display name to a nickname.
Anybody know how to solve this?


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  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2008

    i am having exact same display image wont load. it shows me black screen

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    yes the same probelm

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    related display image won't change!!!!! tried deleting it from the image view and selecting another one...but it's still the same old image that gets displayed. even a reinstall did not work for me.

  • shawtyis_a Jan 25, 2009

    any photo i upload i can see but noone else can??

  • florinstef Feb 20, 2009

    I've just installed on my computer last version 9.0 of YM and now I cannot change my display image. Don’t tell me that I don’t know how, because on my laptop I have an older version of YM and there I have no problem changing my picture.

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    yeah same stupid problem...Not able to change my nick name.... pathetic..

  • --70nY-- Feb 27, 2009

    ahoo recently has change the way we can view our nickname or
    profiles of Yahoo Messenger Account. Now, we are not able to view
    profile through
    And of course, if you have secondary Public ID or Alias ID, your Alias
    ID would be not available anymore. Right Now, Yahoo only allow the main
    or primary ID that would show the Profile. And if you not able to
    change or create your nickname or profiles , birthday, name, of your
    Yahoo ID or Yahoo Messenger ID, there would be normal, because yahoo
    also change the way we must create or change or Yahoo Account Profile.
    To Change your Yahoo ID simply login to your yahoo ID and Open the Yahoo Account Profile Changer through the or just

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    Just a black screen when i try to use a display image

  • lolla_285_x Mar 07, 2009

    when i choose a display image in the yahoo messenger ,it does'nt change,it shows an image and it does'nt change

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2009

    image dont change and just a black screen display

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2009

    same issue

  • doug1738 Mar 08, 2009

    same here not picture display

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    I select a picture in My Display Image.

    But when confirm with OK, the older pic preserved.

    I've deleted all images and it didn't help. Also deleted all temp files in IE.

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    I have the same problem. Seems the display picture feature is no longer operational in YM 9. Hope Yahoo finds a fix soon. There are far too many posts about this problem for it not to be internal to YM9.

  • memoraaa Mar 13, 2009

    same problem here. but what makes me wonder is that my sister uses yahoo messenger at the same laptop of mine and she has no problem. thats why i guess the problem is not with the messenger itself!

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    Yahoo IM 9.0, the display image shows as black. If I choose an avatar it shows as an all-white background, that's it. Sometimes I can see my own display image, but others can't. Sometimes it appears as black on both ends. WTF!?!? Get it together, Yahoo! I've got a 64-bit Vista computer. My g/f has a 32-bit Vista computer and it works fine.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2009

    every time i try to change it

  • guruprasadma Apr 27, 2009

    my display pic not changes,, if i try to change also,, it shows a black pic..i browsed my all pic its not changin, i made my pic small also ,,nothing happens,, my OLD previous foto is only displaying, i reinstalled new as well as old versions no change at all,, please wat to do now?
    send ans here please

  • Anonymous May 06, 2009

    same problem.due to this problem i hate yahoo now.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2009

    my display image not change

  • vlad12 May 16, 2009

    *** imi fac id


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Go to folder
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles\[your Yahoo ID]\My Icons

It's a list of display images saved by YM. Remember the filename of your desired image.

Open your registry (click Start, Run.., type REGEDIT).

Trace the path
HKEY/CURRENT_USER/Software/Yahoo/pager/profiles/[your Yahoo ID]/FriendIcons

The value of Path should reflect the filename of the current display image in your YM. Change it to reflect the filename of your desired image.

Close the registry.

Restart YM.

Posted on May 19, 2009

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Hey Budy..!
1. Your old Nickname in your friend messenger list contact detail is not under your Control, your friend can change old nickname of yours whatever name they like in contact detail, not automatic change if you change in yours YM , tested in YM V11. , just like your cellphone contact, friends can change whatever name they like name for call us. not under your control.

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The solution is to change your IM. GTalk rocks !

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