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Sometimes I'm not able to change any of the custom images associated with contacts in the address book. If I quit and restart several times, it eventually works again.

What would cause this sort of thing to happen? I'm running on Snow Leopard.

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How are you changing the image? Is there any error message or other feedback? –  g . Mar 10 '11 at 13:02
    
I've tried both double-clicking on the image while editing an entry, as well as Card -> Choose Custom Image. There's no popup error message and nothing obvious on the console. –  Lorin Hochstein Mar 10 '11 at 15:56
    
Lorin - Did you ever get an answer on how to put photos into the 10.6.8 OS Address Book? I cannot get it to work. Interesting that for older contact cards that either already have a photo, or ones created more than 4 or 5 years ago, double clicking on the blue-squared photo location pulls down the menu that allows photos to be added, changed or adjusted, and activates the "make this my card," "clear custom image" and "choose custom image" options under CARD. For new cards just added, or those that are recent (i.e. those added into OS 10.6.8) clicking the photo box dos nothing and those options –  user18492 Feb 9 '12 at 16:10
    
@DMcCullough - No, I upgraded to 10.7 and haven't had the issue anymore. –  Lorin Hochstein Feb 9 '12 at 17:15
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Type in terminal:

chmod -R 777 /private/var/mobile/Library/AddressBook

chown -R mobile /private/var/mobile/Library/AddressBook

It worked for me

from: http://www.hackint0sh.org/f126/33674.htm

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I don't have a /private/var/mobile directory on my machine. –  Lorin Hochstein May 16 '11 at 11:33
    
@Javier J: that's for iOS. lorin is asking for Mac OS X 10.6. –  Sören Kuklau Aug 13 '11 at 19:37
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To change the picture

Open text edit, do command-shift 4 and place the cross hairs over the center of the white page, drag till you have an avatar-sized box and release.

Go to your desktop or wherever your screen shots are saved, rename and save the file somewhere useful, then go to system prefs/accounts and change the image to the "white" picture.

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I had similar issue now with Mavericks. Looked like it was just an issue with the one contact. Think I originally created it from mail item that I received. Deleted the contact and created a new one from with contacts seemed to do trick. Something in the create from Mail seemed to lock the picture. No time to investigate just posting my solution in case it helps someone.

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