10 Replies Latest reply: May 9, 2012 10:13 AM by Ms.K
Ms.K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

When I launch iPhoto, my desktop photo disappears and my screen turns bright blue.  What's wrong?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: I'm so blue...
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    Log into another user account on your Mac and see if the same thing happens when you launch iPhoto.

  • 2. Re: I'm so blue...
    Ms.K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't have another user account.

  • 3. Re: I'm so blue...
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    Create one.  It's a great troubleshooting tool. Go to the System/Users & Groups preference pane and create a standard account.

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  • 4. Re: I'm so blue...
    Ms.K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks!  It seemed to work.  What caused that to happen?  What else do I use the other account for?

  • 5. Re: I'm so blue...
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    just troubleshooting.  It doesn't take up hardly any space on the hard drive. 

     

    Did you create a test library in the other account, import some photos, assign a photo for the desktop picture like you did in your main account and then close and open iPhoto to see if all works OK?

     

    So you're sayinhg that iPhoto will launch without causing the desktiop picture to go away and the entire screen to go blue or was that the destkop go blue.

     

    Go back to your main account and see if iPhoto is still doing what it did earlier.  If so then 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, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, 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/com.apple.iPhoto 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.

  • 6. Re: I'm so blue...
    Ms.K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did nothing other than create the account.  All this makes me VERY nervous....  The desktop picture goes away.  I can still see all of the icons and the dock. 

  • 7. Re: I'm so blue...
    Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,250 points)

    If I am understanding you right, this is fine because the new account does not have a desktop picture set.

     

    Now, log in to that account and run iPhoto.

  • 8. Re: I'm so blue...
    Ms.K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did that.  Then I logged back in to my usual account and ran iPhoto.  I still see my cute desktop photo!  For now....

  • 9. Re: I'm so blue...
    Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,250 points)

    Did iPhoto work OK in the new account?

     

    Are you saying that things are fine now?

  • 10. Re: I'm so blue...
    Ms.K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So far, so good!  Thanks for asking.