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iPhoto crashes at start

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MarcoMario Calculating status...
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Apr 24, 2012 6:53 AM

I've got a MacBook Pro 15" Mid-2010 and I've restored my OS after some issues completely with a Time Machine-Backup.

Now everything works again except iPhoto. It crashes on startup. I've tried reinstalling iPhoto and the complete iLife Suite, but I did'nt reach any succes.

Everything is up to date.

Do you have any suggestions?


Yours sincerely,





Here is my crash-report:

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,300 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to MarcoMario)

    A KERN_PROTECTION FAILURE is nearly always a data related issue.  Try the following: make a temporary, backup copy (select the library and type Command+D) and apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    Select the options identified in the screenshot


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
      3. Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option
      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
      5. Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.




  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,300 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to MarcoMario)

    Give this a go:  make a temporary, backup copy (if you don't already have a backup copy) of the library and try the following:


    1 - delete the iPhoto preference file,, that resides in your

         User/Home()/Library/ Preferences folder.


    2 - delete iPhoto's cache file, Cache.db, that is located in your

         User/Home()/Library/Caches/ folder. 


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    3 - launch iPhoto and try again.


    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 down the Option key when launching iPhoto.  You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,300 points)
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    Apr 25, 2012 10:13 AM (in response to MarcoMario)

    When you reinstalled iPhoto did you delete the iPhoto recipts before installing?  If not try reinstalling again but this time delete the iPhoto receipts from the HD/Library/Receipts folder first.


    Log into another user account on your Mac and see if you can launch and use iPhoto there.  If you can then it means that there's something in your account that's causing the problem and not something wrong with the application.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,300 points)
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    Apr 25, 2012 2:02 PM (in response to MarcoMario)

    Post the first 50 lines of the crash report.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,300 points)
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    Apr 26, 2012 1:31 PM (in response to MarcoMario)

    My last suggestion is to boot into  Safe Mode and see if iPhoto will run there.  If it does there is probably problems with the system.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,300 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 2:45 PM (in response to MarcoMario)

    The only avenue from here is to reinsrtall the system.   Checked with another top user here and he agrees. 


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