Spacer.gif not showing up properly in nested table design

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Hi! I'm having a rather odd problem...

I've got a page layout with nested tables and spacer gifs. All the HTML checks out fine. But it's odd... Sometimes when I load that page, I get the big red "x" like the spacer.gif image cannot be found!!!

Not sure what to do...this problem is very sporadic. I KNOW the spacer.gif image is there... It works MOST of the time. I've tried preloading the spacer.gif, but no luck... Any suggestions??

Oh...I'm using IE 6.0.
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Things to check:

1. correct HTML and paths. But, you knew that.

2. If you're being hosted on a an Apache server, check your case sensitivity.

3. General hosting server and bandwidth issues. But, if that was the problem, you'd be seeing this with other graphics too.
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do you have an example page?
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It sounds like the bug in IE 6 Service Pack 1. There is a prior post on this:

http://www.ozzu.com/website-design-forum/internet-explorer-cant-display-blank-pixel-gif-right-t1138.html
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Thanks for the info! I did some more searching on that IE bug...I read somewhere that IE 6.0 has a problem with the little spacer gifs - if used alot on the page in different dimensions, it gets confused!!

So anyway, I added another spacer.gif and called it spacer2.gif. Made it 1x1 pixel transparent. I replaced it where I kept having the problems with the big red x showing up...

Anyway...it works like a charm!! I've tested and tested, and have not had that problem anymore.

Hmmmm....I'm getting ready to upgrade my development pc to XP in a few weeks... Do ya think I need to keep a Win2000 box around for this kind of testing?? Or just not use those pesky spacer gifs anymore??
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your OS is completely seperate from your browser...
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Spacers are pretty nifty, but you can use less of them by using CSS to position things. CSS is so lovely...
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amen sista!!!
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i use both ;)
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b_heyer wrote:
your OS is completely seperate from your browser...

See, now Micro$oft tried that pulling one in front of a federal court, and it didn't swing with them either! ;)

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