Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 11:33 AM (in response to jgoode9)
iPhoto is not finding the library in it's usual place.
Did you change something on your system lately? Move system files to a different place? rename your HD or maybe remove the external HD where your photos are stored?
Normally, your iPhoto library is in Macintosh HD, Users, "your user name", Pictures
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 11:37 AM (in response to Eric Fauque)
It's actually complicated. My original user account has a bug of some sort, probably too complicated for me to fix on my own, but every time i log onto it, it will not allow me to click anything and then freezes, causing me to have to restart my computer. So i stopped accessing this user account and created a new one. Before i delete the old one i would like to move all my pictures to this account. So i set the permissions to read and write and I accessed my iPhoto library on this account. About half the pictures are fine, but a lot of the events have this dotted line problem. Does this have to do with the fact its on a different account?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to jgoode9)
All I would like to do is restore my pictures so I can at least back them up on an external drive. Is there a way to access them without using iPhoto? Or are the pictures themselves corrupted?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 11:45 AM (in response to jgoode9)
What OS are you using? Version number?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 11:52 AM (in response to ssls6)
Mac OS X, Version 10.6.8
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 11:58 AM (in response to jgoode9)
If you are willing to try something, I would do this.
- Boot from the Mac OS X Install Disc:
- Insert the disc.
- Shut down the computer.
- Turn it on again whilst holding down the C key.
You can let go when you see a spinning dial.
- Click through the menus until you after you’ve accepted a license agreement.
- At the top, click Utilities -> Reset Password.Click on your main hard drive.
- In the dropdown box under “Select the user account” make sure to select your username.
- Underneath where it says “Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs”, click the Reset button.
- Press cmd + Q to Quit the Reset Password application.
- Click Mac OS X Installer in the top left and click Quit Mac OS X Installer.
- Click the Startup Disk button.
- Click on your main hard drive and click the Restart button.
This should reset the ACLs of your user account. You may need to use the install disc again to boot and use disk utility for repair the HD from errors and check system level permissions
- Boot from the Mac OS X Install Disc:
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to ssls6)
All of this just to get my pictures to show up again? Seems like it could be such a simple solution, I just can't figure it out. I will try this, is there any chance I may lose data in the process?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 12:14 PM (in response to jgoode9)
It sounds like a permission problem to me. The thumbnail database is working but access to the photos is not. This is what I would try if it were my mac. Your comment about the original account gives a pretty big hint that ACLs are wrong. So, I would in a nutshell
1) Repair the HD directory tree from errors (disk utility while booted from your startup disk)
2) Repair system permissions (after doing number 1 while still in disk utility)
3) Repair ACLs by invoking reset password (but not changing password, scrolling down and resetting ACLs)
Good luck with the problem, maybe someone else will have a better or easier idea.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 12:20 PM (in response to ssls6)
Thank you, I appreciate you're help. Just nervous to try since I'm not the biggest computer person but your instructions are written clearly so I will follow them closely. Thank you again I hope this works.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 12:26 PM (in response to jgoode9)
It can take several minutes (20-30) to fix ACLs, don't be impatient, read a bit more on booting from a Snow Leopard install disc to do things like repairing a HD, repairing permissions, & repairing ACLs. Have it written down or printed in case you have questions. Stay calm and enjoying learning a few new tricks. If at the end you need to rebuild your iPhoto database, post again, that is also not very hard.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 12:27 PM (in response to ssls6)
before I forget, fix your old account first before messing with the new account
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 12:49 PM (in response to jgoode9)
If ssls6 solution is not working for you, try this
I just did it on my iMac and it works.
Here are the steps it took:
1- Log into your old account
2- Go to Macintosh HD, Users, "your old account user name", Pictures
In the pictures folder, you will see a file called iPhoto library.
3-Right click on it and select "show package content" from the menu.
4-In the window that will open, find the folder called "Originals" (these are your original photos)
5- right click on it and select "Copy Originals"
6-Close that window
7- Go to Macintosh HD, Users, "your old account user name", and open the Public folder.
8- in the window of that folder, right click and select "paste item"
This will copy the Originals folder in the public folder.
9- Right click on the Originals folder that was just copied and select "get info"
10- In the information window that will open, click on Sharing and Permissions and on the + sign at the bottom.
11- Click on your new user account in the list of choices and click select.
12-Still in the information window, in sharing and permissions, click on your new account and under the privilege menu, select "Read and write", then close the information window.
13- Log out of your old user accont and into your new user account.
14- Launch iPhoto, click on the file menu and on "import to library"
15- In the window that opened, navigate to Macintosh HD, Users, "your old account user name", Public folder, click on the Originals folder and then click import.
This will import all the photos from your old account into your now iPhoto library.
It's many steps, but it works and you will get back all your photos.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 12:59 PM (in response to Eric Fauque)
The problem with my old account is that as soon as I log onto it, it freezes up and i have to restart my computer. This solution seems like the easiest way if only I could do it. That's why I am trying to handle everything through the new account, still no luck with it.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 1:22 PM (in response to jgoode9)
Is that still true after repairing the HD, the permissions, & ACLs? Logging into your old user account locks up your machine? If you go to system preferences, users & groups, highlight you old user name, what programs are starting at startup?
You can try rebuilding the iPhoto library of the new account. Here are the instructions
Again, good luck.