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    Hi

    Can any one help me a have been working on my room model and when I came to work on the model today I got (FILE OPEN FAILED) and now the file wont open? Also I donít have any auto back up files saved. Can any one help I can email the file out if needs be,
    I have also tried to merge the file it to a new one and that didnít work.

    Please tell me I havenít lost that for good.

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    Default Re: Help Max File Wont Open (FILE OPEN FAILED)

    Is it possible to merge the objects from that file?

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    Default Re: Help Max File Wont Open (FILE OPEN FAILED)

    Quote Originally Posted by tanni View Post
    Is it possible to merge the objects from that file?

    how do you do that?

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    Default Re: Help Max File Wont Open (FILE OPEN FAILED)

    Start a new scene. Then.....

    File>merge

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    Default Re: Help Max File Wont Open (FILE OPEN FAILED)

    ok thanks will try it to night, i tryed droping the file in a new max file and then clicking on merge is that the same thing???

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    Default Re: Help Max File Wont Open (FILE OPEN FAILED)

    yes, that's the same thing.
    Do you have more than one version of Max? We run 9 and 2008 here and sometimes I try to open a 2008 file in 9 and get the error. So if it was edited in a newer version of Max and you try to open in an older version, you'll get that.
    Aside from that, Max files can get corrupt...which is what makes the autoback feature so valuable. Look for your latest backup file and see if that opens.
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    Default Re: Help Max File Wont Open (FILE OPEN FAILED)

    merge the objects one by one (so to speak) untill you find the corrupt element. usually it's a plugin issue. Start with your basic elements, then groups, then library objects (you know, stuff you havent modelled yourself...) up until you get to lights and cameras.

    And make sure you save, close and try to open along the way. Helps if you save in different file names (increments help, like max-recover01.max, max-recover02.max, etc..)

    I face tens of large file crashes every month..some would even render on the workstation, but not network render! solved many problematic files this way.

    hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Help Max File Wont Open (FILE OPEN FAILED)

    How do you merge individual objects? It just gives me the option to merge in to file and then Bong FILE OPEN FAILED? Am I doing it wrong? Thanks for taking the time out to message.

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    It's all in the max help files - do a serch for "merge".

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