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Photo's black when trying to edit or name

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Mackelti Calculating status...
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Jan 17, 2011 11:15 AM
iPhoto used to work, now does not. I reloaded Mac software recently because I had could not see tutorials about 2 weeks ago, tutorials are fixed, but now I cannot edit or name any photos in iPhoto. For example, I click on a thumbnail of a photo, click on edit, nothing but black. Or click on Name, and it only shows black. I have tried "Rebuild" doesn't work. I'm pretty new to MAC, hope there is someone out there who can help.
Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,765 points)
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    Jan 17, 2011 11:35 AM (in response to Mackelti)
    There are several possible causes for the Black Screen issue

    1. *Permissions in the Library* : Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Include the option to check and repair permissions.

    2. *Minor Database corruption*: Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild.

    3. *A Damaged Photo*: Select one of the affected photos in the iPhoto Window and right click on it. From the resulting menu select 'Show File (or 'Show Original File' if that's available). Will the file open in Preview? If not then the file is damaged. Time to restore from your back up.

    4. *A corrupted iPhoto Cache*: Trash the com.apple.iPhoto folder from HD/Users/Your Name/Library/ Caches...

    5. *A corrupted preference file*: Trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder. (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

    *If none of these help*:

    As a Test:

    Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'

    Import a few pics into this new, blank library. Is the Problem repeated there?

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 i5 / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • emmamani Calculating status...
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    May 4, 2011 9:43 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    Thank you Terence!

     

    I've been googling for weeks with this problem... I've been going round in circles.

     

    Upgraded to Snow Leopard and iphoto 09, when hard drive replaced at authorized Apple shop. (no install disks given)

    All photos from a certain date were black screen on edit.

    Updated OSX combo

    Installed RAW compatibilty

    Rebuilt library with iphoto loibrary manager

    Used onyx to clean up.

    Repaired and verified all permissions

    Read and re read all possibilites on every thread

    Got very upset every time you cut and paste your usual answer to rebuild with iphoto library manager!

    Considered re installing Tiger!

    Considered throwing my mac out of the window!

     

    Now for the first time I have seen your post above:

     

    4. *A corrupted iPhoto Cache*: Trash the com.apple.iPhoto folder from HD/Users/Your Name/Library/ Caches...

     

    5. *A corrupted preference file*: Trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder. (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

     

     

    Eureka! Why didn't I think of that before? I'm sure I did it last week but I've rebuilt the library since then and was sure it was fixed, but it happened again... now I hope this is the end of the BLACK SCREEN FROM ****!

     

    Thanks again TD! I hope I'm not back in this forum again!

     

    Best regards

    Emmamani

  • jbs12345 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 10, 2012 2:56 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    Very interesting to read this series of posts as I have had the same problem for a while.

    "

    Import a few pics into this new, blank library. Is the Problem repeated there?"

     

    Yes it is Terence, but only if I use iPhoto '11 version 9.3.2 (670.63). I have opened the same library with other versions: 9.2.3 (629.52) and 9.3.1 (652.4) on other computers and editing functions work normally. This applies with the original library and a new one made from a few pics as you suggested.

     

    I should add that it is only the 'Highlights' and 'Shadows' functions in 'Adjust' that give me the black out, other editing functions seem to work normally.

     

    Any ideas anyone?

     

    John

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