Images have ? symbol on the top right corner of the thumbnail

Lightroom 2 crashed and now the RAW images I was processing have ? symbol on the top right corner of the thumbnail what does this mean and how do I remove it?
The FAQ relating to this problem by Ian Lyons is dated - 03:39am Jun 9, 2007 Pacific refers to Lightroom and when I click on the ? no file or folder appears in red text.
I am on a PC with XP Pro (Update pack #3)
Any help in locating my files is greatly appreciated.
Thank You,
Hersul

I've had these problems on my mac and pc.
The ? mark appeared in the LR 2.0 Beta on some photos, and was still there in the latest Lr 2.0(bugga rather than beta). However LR found the photos and I was able to use the develop module to edit the photos.
I am going to be really un helpful and say just ignore it and they WILL go away - to quote JL "its all fine in my system."
The question marks have now gone. I tried the reboot, the delete plists and all the previews, I've rebooted, I compacted and relaunched the catalogs then went away for a couple of days leaving the mac on and LR running.
into PC land.
I frequently have missing thumbnails on my pc as well, this is usually after I have imported a chip full of photos and the pc has finished importing. Unlike my mac, the pc laptop does not tell me its finding / creating the previews.
If I start to do other things straight after import, ie goto develop or scroll thru photos, I get the missing thumbnails and then LR2 hangs.
It always looks good for clients when you say, hang on just gotta CTRL - ALT - DELETE and restart my expensive new program.
I have found, as several people have commented, that being patient with lightroom does work. Allowing LR to background process the thumbnails, the previews and the like does seem to make things more smooth - ie all the ?'s gone in macland and no more blank thumbnails in pcland. Maybe Lightroom is just a sulky 4yr old that we have to feed, and wait for it to digest, then it is happy. It does seem like the database needs to process to work properly, Hey adobe, if this is the case, can we have a progress meter for this please.
It seems that LR just needs to think about our photos... for a few days... i've only got 44,000 on my server so importing catalogs of the days work from the pc or chips does mean the "dreaded whirly umbrella of impatience" that spins when I select 3 photos or press Develop or bakc to Grid or Export or Stack or .... and it often spins for a long while.
So the ? on thumbnails and the photos actually being found and able to be edited is just an annoyance, another annoyance, especially after spending more than the US citizens on an upgrade and there being more bugs than the beta.
The blank thumbnails on a pc is just as frustrating, at least the database seems to be robust enough to allow CTRL- ALT - DELETE several times an hour.
Still, i like LR, though bibble 5.0 pro looks interesting, bloody messy interface though....
Maybe this version of lightroom is the bugga, the previous was the beta and we will get a LR2.23 which will be LR 2.23 brilliant.

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