Monday, April 25, 2011

[Trick] Yahoo!Messenger's Display Image Issue

My Yahoo! Messenger client is acting lately.

After some time wrestling inside the photography world, I have my HDD filled with a bunch of photographic image files. Some of the are worth to hang in your living room, and some, well you can say, “Purge…!!!” :P.

And for this works of art *dooh*, I felt like to share it with the world. So when I stated to chat with my friend, I got to think, “hey, why not change my old Tomb Raider avatar instead”. So I went to Y!Messenger’s Display Image setting function to set up for the new one. At first attempt, it won’t switch to the new one. I thought it was I glitch in the data transmit. Work on the next one, still got the same result. HmmmPhh… What is this??? So I went to Uncle Google for some advices and found some tweaking tips.

Well, although still unable to find what is the root cause, but at least I got to change my Y!Messenger’s Display Image as I wanted to. :P

Here are the steps:
  1. Change your Display Image as usual
  1. Commit to your new image
  2. If your Display Image is still unchanged, just get with it. Just make sure your new image is available on the “My Pictures” list.
  1. Next, go to Yahoo!Messenger’s Intallation folder to check for your new image copy (default is: c:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles\[your profile]\My Icons\), the image will be on PNG format.
  1. Copy the path plus the image file name (mine would be: c:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles\[your profile]\My Icons\ 20101023-Terkungkung_bw.png)
  2. Now, open the Registry Editor (regedit) from windows’ Run
  1. Find the key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Yahoo/pager/profiles/[your Yahoo profile]/FriendIcon, and modified the PATH key to your new image path and file name you’ve copied in #5 step.
  1. Restart your Yahoo!Messenger and Viola…!!! Now your Y!Messenger’s Display Image had changed the way you wanted.

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