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Back on my desktop"import from another catalog" and find "laptop-catalog.lrcat" and select it.
    
I no longer can choose the option "Changed Existing Photos" and then "replace metadata and develop setting only"  i.e my main catalog on the destop DOES NOT recognize the photos in the laptop catalog even though they're still there in the original desktop catalog. If I import the photos with "Add new photos to catalog without moving" and then "find the photos" it tells me they're duplicates and can't merge.

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