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iPhoto '11 stuck in loop trying to upgrade.

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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 12:37 PM (in response to WillGonz)
    How many of you who are reporting this problem have a NVIDIA graphics card installed? See this topic: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=12471578#12471578
    3Ghz iMac, 4G RAM, 1TB HD; MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; 1.5TB/160GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Canon:i850/8600F, Epson R280; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod; iPad 3G
  • tHe sR5 Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 12:43 PM (in response to WillGonz)
    Glad it works! let us know if all your keepsakes/projects are still there and working? maybe we can narrow this down to which specific category of keepsakes/projects that are creating the error.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4 (iOS 4)
  • tHe sR5 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 12:46 PM (in response to aulba.ch)
    Have you tried rebuilding the library now that its upgraded? This goes for everyone thats missing there photos.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4 (iOS 4)
  • Daniel Beaulieu Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 2:03 PM (in response to Richard G)
    No DivX codec here, but I have Flip4Mac...
    iMac Core 2 Duo 24", Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 2:39 PM (in response to tHe sR5)
    tHe sR5,
    I followed your solution, and it worked. Thank you so much, my next step was a total rebuild which would mean losing the faces and places for 17,000 photos.
    Thanks again!

    Note: Your solution worked for me without going into Safe Mode.
    iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Panasonic HDC-SD5 iMovie 11
  • ODEFI Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 2:47 PM (in response to Brick82)
    It finaly worked for me too!!! Yes! I confirm message from Brick82 and thanks to tHe SR5!!!
    iMac 21.5/MBP13Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Konstantin Articus Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 3:33 PM (in response to WillGonz)
    Same problem here (on my MacBook and my iMac -> similar photos and movies on both)

    Tried deleting the quicktime components
    Tried deleting all avis
    Tried deleting ProjectDB etc....

    No effect

    Looking forward to see an update by Apple during the next couple of days....

    Kind regards
    Konstantin
    iMac and MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • andyphillips27 Calculating status...
    Hi guys,

    So like most of you the hanging loop has had me stressing for the better part of half a day. I've tried and tested all the suggested fixes in this thread E.g. delete Quicktime components, files within the iPhoto gallery path etc etc, none worked and time and time again resulted in the loop on upgrade getting stuck....until now!!!

    I can confirm the following works, and I use the same iPhoto library with a Chronosync between my MacMini Server and my MacBook Pro which syncs the iPhoto library between both machines. (Both copies open and are running fine now with everything as it would be expected separately on both machines).

    Steps to follow:

    1). If you have the original backup of your iPhoto 9x library pull it from Time Machine or backup drive. (If you're already in the loop after attempting an upgrade try this and hopefully it should work too).

    2). Make sure you reboot your system in safe mode by holding the shift key until you see the progress bar.

    3). Then start iPhoto holding the Command (Apple) and Option (Alt) keys which will prompt you to rebuild the library, selecting options 1,2 and 6.

    Upgrade went through in around 10 minutes for a 30GB library, no errors, no problems, working as it should have the first time round.

    Hope it helps you guys and you get the same fix to your library problem, Apple...this is the first disappointment I've had, you guys are always ahead of Microsoft, for a second I thought I had reverted back to a time of Windows.. thankfully not

    Regards
    Andy
    MacBook Pro | MacMini Server, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.53Ghz - 8GB RAM
  • tdownerd Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 7:08 PM (in response to andyphillips27)
    Andy,

    I've done this...and it still isn't working for me. Every picture is listed but no actual photo, just dotted outlines. I'm sick to my stomach! can see the photo in time machine - unfortunately last back up was Sept. 12 (my fault I know..but come on Apple!). When I go to restore the iphoto library from that backup it get about 2GB into a 46GB iphoto library and says I don't have permission to access the library.

    I noticed my problems started when I went to sync my iphone...the looping/ upgrade actually removed pictures from my phone!

    Todd
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), MacBook Pro 15 inch
  • mike.m.carlino@mac.com Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 9:26 PM (in response to tHe sR5)
    tHe sR5's solution worked perfectly for me!! good job
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • scott lorigan Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 10:29 PM (in response to andyphillips27)
    Thanks for the tip. I tried your suggestion but had one question that i hope you can answer. After choosing rebuild options 1,2, and 6, I got another window with three options:

    1. connect camera
    2.drag photos to iphoto
    3. choose file and import to iphoto

    Can you share with me what option you chose?

    Thanks
    iMac i7, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhoto 11
  • paulapp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 10:47 PM (in response to WillGonz)
    I installed iLife 11 and upgraded iPhoto without problems.

    Unfortunately I don't have any thing to offer in terms of troubleshooting your issue but I do want to say that you probably should've used 'iPhoto Buddy' to store the photos in smaller iPhoto libraries.

    Lastly, I'd recommend against using iPhoto or Picasa for storing photos long term, no matter they say. Store photos in their native form, like Word files. If you want to organize, sort, share, etc, than you'd import the photos into iPhoto. That way, if you have issues with iPhoto/Picasa, you can still get your photos back.

    iPhoto is free. No issues with iPhoto 11 that I know of.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • paulapp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 10:58 PM (in response to paulapp)
    Sorry I meant to say 'iPhoto Buddy' is free.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Globesy Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 11:42 PM (in response to paulapp)
    tHe sR5

    Another success using your solution - thanks very much
    iMac & macbooks, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • andyphillips27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 25, 2010 12:31 AM (in response to Globesy)
    Todd, I can only hope Apple resolve the problem for you asap with some fix / restore and you get your photo's back. I'm still very surprised that this bug wasn't picked up in testing before launch, very "un-Apple".

    Scott, I didn't get that prompt, is this a new library? Maybe make a backup of the library before choosing.

    On that note, I am still quite concerned. If you've been one of the lucky one's who have managed to fix the endless upgrade loop problem with a fix / suggestion from here. Are our photo's all really safe now? Are they all in iPhoto as I have heard of thumbnails showing by then the photo's not actually being there. Does anyway know if there is some other kind of a check / tool to confirm physical photo files?

    I am going to keep my iPhoto 9 library backup for a while, just in case there are some ugly repercussions in a few weeks.
    MacBook Pro | MacMini Server, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.53Ghz - 8GB RAM

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