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conran Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Mar 29, 2011 5:36 AM
iPhoto has always been quite fast and reliable for me - until recently. Now the iPhoto window opens straightaway but I get the spinning beachball virtually every time at launch - for about 15 - 20 seconds. After that, all is normal.

I've repaired permissions, run all the routine maintenance scripts (with Onyx), and done a full rebuild of the iPhoto library 3 times, with no real improvement. I think the symptoms started shortly after upgrading to 10.6.7 (and Aperture 3.0.2) - but that may well be just a co-incidence.

Anyone having the same experience - or better still, able to suggest a cause/fix?

The iPhoto library is not especially big - about 12,500 pixs. And my external backup - still running 10.6.6 - is as fast as ever. But I've not added pixs I've imported to the MBP in recent days.
MBP 15", Mac OS X (10.6.7), 2.53 GHz, 320GB, 7200rpm
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Mar 29, 2011 6:04 AM (in response to conran)
    The usual reason for this hiatus is the app checking online - for a new version or changes to sites it is synced with like flickr or Facebook.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 i5 / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 8 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)
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    Mar 29, 2011 11:23 AM (in response to conran)
    Try the quick and easy fix (with fingers crossed): Delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, that resides in your Home/Library/Preferences folder.



    NOTE: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding the the Option key. You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.




    3Ghz iMac, 4G RAM, 1TB HD; MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; 1.5TB/160GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Canon:i850/8600F, Epson R280; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod; iPad 3G
  • rk44 Calculating status...
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    Mar 30, 2011 1:37 AM (in response to conran)
    Hi

    +1

    Since update OSX 10.6.7 at the first action in iphoto 9.1.1 I have the wheel coloured during long minutes, after it is ok.

    I reloaded Iphoto, checked the authorizations, rebuilt the data base of Iphoto.

    Thank you for your help.
    Imac27 late 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)
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    Apr 1, 2011 12:06 PM (in response to conran)
    Log into another user account on your Mac and see if iPhoto hangs like it does in your account.
    3Ghz iMac, 4G RAM, 1TB HD; MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; 1.5TB/160GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Canon:i850/8600F, Epson R280; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod; iPad 3G
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)
    That indicates that the culprit is your account. It could be a preference file other than iPhoto's that's causing the problem. Here's how to check that out:




    Trouble Shooting Preferences in Leopard/Snow Leopard

    1 - close all applications.

    2 - open your Library folder, Home/Library, and drag the Preferences folder to the Desktop. A new Preference folder will be immediately created in the Library.

    3 - run the application again and determine if the problems is fixed.

    4 - If the problem is fixed:

    A - open the working Preferences folder (HD/Users/your_name/Library/Preferences).
    B - Open the Preferences folder on the Desktop, select all of the contents and drag them into the working Preferences folder.
    C - When the Copy window pops up check the "Apply to All" check box and then click on the Don't Replace button.




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    5 - If the problem is NOT fixed, drag the Preferencess folder on the Desktop into the Library to replace the new one that was created.
    3Ghz iMac, 4G RAM, 1TB HD; MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; 1.5TB/160GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Canon:i850/8600F, Epson R280; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod; iPad 3G
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)
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    Apr 2, 2011 10:31 AM (in response to conran)
    The size difference may be in the size of the cache folder in one of them.
    3Ghz iMac, 4G RAM, 1TB HD; MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; 1.5TB/160GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Canon:i850/8600F, Epson R280; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod; iPad 3G
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)
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    Apr 2, 2011 11:15 AM (in response to conran)
    Any more ideas about what might be causing iPhoto to stall?

    No.

    Duplicate your library and move it to the other user account on your Mac. Launch iPhoto and see if it will open as the other library did in that account. If it opens without stalling then that's a confirmation that the library is good and the problem lies in your primary user account.

    Have you tried turning off Airport again? If that clears it up, event temporarily, then there's some kind of communication that iPhoto is going thru that's causing the stall. In that case you should ask in the Airport forum also.
    3Ghz iMac, 4G RAM, 1TB HD; MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; 1.5TB/160GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Canon:i850/8600F, Epson R280; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod; iPad 3G
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