I brought this to the Technical Team (Robo) early yesterday when I ran across the issue. At the time I seemed (from the mod group) the only one having an issue. GIF files play fine, but no JPGS and possibly others.
Here is what I did though that fixed it - HERE at least I found it to be an INTERNET EXPLORER v.8 issue - no other browser I use has the problem, so for now if you have Firefox, or any other browser PLEASE give it a try.
You could also in your profile shut off the avatars until a problem is found, but I like to keep an eye on when Internet Stuff comes back to life.
We have a really brilliant technician working on this - he indeed is the fellow that makes every work as great as it always does. I'm just glad you had the similar problem - I thought it might have been someting on MY SIDE because my AUDIO CHAT VENTRILO stopped allowing sound to come through - I could see people's lights coming on and no voices ALTHOUGH I had everything cranked up and clicked in the right position.
Sadly though, my $30 mic (USB) stinks and the one I have been using died - the only one left for now is on my laptop built-in. So I can still talk and trust me, after just getting back from the largest (I think) gathering of Beemaster Members (many who were in voice chat) I wanted to hear and talk and nothing was cooperating. BTW - that is fixed, I just had to go in Windows Volume MAster (or whatever Vista calls it) and just barely move a slide bar - almost as if it were the old days and real potentiomenters still were around and a corrsive or worn spot appeared. After moving the slidebar, all was fine and I got an hour in there at least.
Thanks again for pointing out the issue. Some forums FROWN against using AVATARS, here though it is a way to EXPRESS OURSELVES and change as often as we wish for holidays, or if a better photo comes along. I think it is something that is PART of our group that nearly everyone appriciates.
NOTE ON AVATARS
Okay, I have explained this many times, but for you who are on dialup - you can go into your profile and place a click in a box stating DON'T SHOE USER AVATARS and they will not be displayed, allowing for faster loading.