Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2011 10:48 AM (in response to severinodujour)
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?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2011 11:45 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Hey Man...thanks for taking the time to answer...Unfortunately:
1. Did that...nothing helped
2. Did that...nothing helped
3. Did that...nothing helped...I can see all photos in Preview
4. Did that...nothing helped
5. Did that...nothing helped
As A Test: Did that, imported a few pics, I get that error message that the pic is not in the right format (same as for all my other pics - none of them are recognizable by IPhoto, even though in the library they are all JPEG format, I can see the thumbnails when IPhoto is opened (which I can also see in "edit" on the top, although the screen is black)...therefore, the problem is repeated there.
I know! This is nuts...I have tried everything you've suggested before, as I read some of your previous posts. Nothing that I am doing is helping this crazy situation.
What do you think?
Looking in the contents of IPhoto Library, I have a folder that is named Data (however it is an Alias) and contains all my photos. There is also a folder named Data.noindex which contains my photos and many other folders and files, i.e. Originals/Moderated; Theme Cache; Thumb64Segment.data; ThumbPJSegment.data and many others. In addition, while in IPhoto Library contents, there is a big question mark right next to the "search" area.
Hope this helps you, bud. I appreciate your attention to this crazy matter.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2011 11:54 AM (in response to severinodujour)
Ignore the content of that Data folder. It does not contain your photos, only the thumbnails that you see in the iPhoto Window.
In the iPhoto Window:
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). A Finder Window +should+ open with the file selected. Does it?
If it does, can you view that photo with Preview?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2011 2:48 PM (in response to severinodujour)
Create a new account (systempreferences -> accounts) and see if the problem is repeated there. If it is, then a re-install of the app might be indicated. If it's not, then it's likely the app is okay and the problem is something in the main account.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 27, 2011 8:23 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Thank you TD for hanging in there with me.
I created a new account and the problem was repeated there.
You say a re-install of the app might be indicated. I tried that once using the disc#2 that the Pro came with. Is there a way to just install iPhoto rather than the bundled software? The disc gave me no choice but to reinstall the bundle.
In addition, when I'm doing a re-install, do I delete the app and library first? What about installing it on the new account? What that matter one way or the other?
I'd like to do this as correctly as possible, if I'm going to reinstall. I should mention that when I did the reinstall, it did not help, but then I did not delete the app before I did that.
Appreciate you following me along with this. I would really like to get this back up and running again.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 27, 2011 11:38 AM (in response to severinodujour)
To re-install iPhoto
1. Put the iPhoto.app in the trash (Drag it from your Applications Folder to the trash)
2a: On 10.5: Go to HD/Library/Receipts and remove any pkg file there with iPhoto in the name.
2b: On 10.6: Those receipts may be found as follows: In the Finder use the Go menu and select Go To Folder. In the resulting window type
A Finder Window will open at that location and you can remove the iPhoto pkg files.
If you purchased an iLife Disk, then iPhoto is on it.
If iPhoto was installed on your Mac when you go it then it’s on the System Restore disks that came with your Mac. Insert the first one and opt to ‘Install Bundled Applications Only.
In the resulting installer window, choose to do a Custom Install. That way you can just install iPhoto
If you purchased it on the App Store you can find it in your Purchases List.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 27, 2011 1:43 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
TD; To my amazement, that did not work. Still getting that crazy error message that (now any) image is not in the right format. That's nuts! They're all .jpg I even tried some new ones first that I got off the web, saved to my desktop and tried to drop into the newly installed iPhoto.
Has this problem ever been taken care of before? Or I am at the end of the road with this. it's really amazing since it works like a charm on my MAC, but can't seem to fix the program on the Macbook Pro.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 27, 2011 1:51 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
HEY, I FOUND THE FIX!!!! When I viewed the pic in preview, I tried save as, to perhaps change the extension. JPEG is the default; however, I noticed that there is a choice called JPEG 2000, and that worked perfectly. I saved the pic as that to my desktop and then iPhoto imported it beautifully.
Unfortunately, it looks like I'm going to have to do that with all my photos. Is there anyway to do that on a all at once scale?
Best regards, Severino
Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2011 7:57 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Hey there TD: I was wondering about the last discussion we had. Do you have any idea why iPhoto stopped recognizing .jpg and all photos need to be changed to jp2 to be recognized and show in iphoto library and in the edit screen? I wonder why that happened only on my MacBookPro and not on my MAC? Also, do you know of any way that all these files can be converted in batch, rather than me having to change the extensions on every single photo? Your help is always appreciated.
Best regards, Severino
Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2011 8:41 AM (in response to severinodujour)
My guess is that there is an issue with your QuickTime installation and would suggest you re-install the OS.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2011 1:22 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Hey TD, getting back to you now. So, I redid all photos in .jp2 (although kept my original library as jpg's because I know there's nothing wrong with the photos) and reinstalled iPhoto and set all the .jp2s as my library. Now, they show up as thumbnails, and I can enlarge them into the edit window by double clicking the thumbnail.
However, when I edit the picture, it returns to the black screen. I would imagine that editing the pic changes it back to .jpg? Also, in the edit mode, the thumbnails that were on the top of the page all have blank pictures in those windows now.
I have never seen so much trouble with a software package. And according to all these posts, neither has anyone else. What the heck is wrong with Apple, that they are simply ignoring these problems.
Now, let's talk about QuickTime. Snow Leopard comes with QuickTime 10. I have never been a fan of QuickTime and frankly never use it. It basically has never worked for me. I use VLC because that shows basically everything I've ever needed. I did get rid of QuickTime 10 and went to the Apple website and downloaded QuickTime 7, after which time, QuickTime showed that I had QuickTime 10, so it downloaded that automatically. When you say "re-install the OS," are you saying to reinstall the entire system on my MacBookPro?
I have done everything that anyone, everyone and their mother has suggested (and even came up with my fix, which works but doesn't work!). Can you explain how QuickTime has anything to do with iPhoto, explain to me about the reinstall of OS, and let me know if I can get a lower version of QuickTime, if it has something to do with accepting the pics in iPhoto. I was considering upgrading my iPhoto to ILife 11, but from what it looks like on these forums, people are having similar problems with that version. Any and all thoughts on this matter are very welcome, as I cannot get any answers to this crazy problem.
The most ironic thing of all is that it works perfectly on my MAC desktop - no problems at all (as it used to on this MacBookPro; drives me crazy that it just stopped working and cannot be fixed).
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2011 1:58 PM (in response to severinodujour)
You're confusing Quicktime Player with QuickTime. QuickTime is the technology that drives all the media on your Mac - video, music, photos etc.
Has details on re-installing the OS
Currently Being ModeratedOct 28, 2011 10:27 AM (in response to severinodujour)
Did you ever get this resolved? I think you went through a herculean effort to try all possible resolutions. I commend you for your dilligence, but I am just not up for trying all of the steps you had to go through and still not have things fixed.
I was having the same problem on a MacBook Pro, OS: 10.6.8, iPhoto 09 8.1.2. Whenever I tried to edit a photo or have it display in fullscreen I'd see an all black screen. This was true for all photos in my library even older ones which had previously worked fine (for a couple years).
I did the same cruise through the online forum and googled the universe to see if I could find a resolution but they all seemed to amount to: reinstall this, reinstall that, rebuild this... But I didn't really get why it would resolve the issue, and what exactly had happened in the first place. So, here's what ended up working for me (so far anyway):
I tried to remember when this first started happening to me, it was a couple days ago. Then I went back to look at the pictures in my library, there was one photo from a couple days ago that I'd edited that was all black. Hmmmm... I right-clicked and chose "revert to original". I was then able to view that photo in fullscreen mode, AND I was able to view ALL my photos in fullscreen! Now what exactly was bad about this one picture and how it had corrupted iPhoto's ability to edit and view ANY photo in fullscreen I don't know. But this was a MUCH easier resolution then re-installing the universe.
So if you're still having the problem, see if any of your photos look completely black in their thumbnail view and try reverting to original on that photo.