8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 8, 2012 9:55 AM by Old Toad
LizzaKate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

iPhoto will launch but does not show anything and I have to force quit.  I have read info online regarding same, but I'm hesitant to try some suggestions because I have no back up. 

 

Also... cannot find com.apple.iphoto.iphoto.plist on my computer if that's useful.

 

Please help!


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: How can I get iPhoto to run after power outage?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    Backup your iPhoto library, depress and hold the option and command keys, launch iPhoto and rebuild your library.

     

    Hopefully this will work. BUT since you have no backup you are 100% guaranteed to lose all your files including your photos sooner or later. And this might be the time. Your first priority should be to purchase an external hard drive at lease 1 1/2 times as large as your hard drive - larger is better - and start using Time Machine

     

    LN

  • 2. Re: How can I get iPhoto to run after power outage?
    LizzaKate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you!

     

    Are your instructions: 1) Backup library then 2) depress and hold option and command OR am I backing up my library by depressing opt/com?  I tried option/command + launch and it led me to a blank screen and spinning rainbow thing. (Does that thing have a name?)

     

    Sorry... you're working with a real amateur here.

     

    I did not know about Time Machine until this happened??  Still, I knew better.  Gah.  Will buy external HD today...

  • 3. Re: How can I get iPhoto to run after power outage?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    Note the commas

     

     

    Backup your iPhoto library, depress and hold the option and command keys, launch iPhoto and rebuild your library.

     

    1. Backup your iPhoto library

     

    2. Depress and hold the command and option keys

     

    4. Launch iPhoto ( do not release the held keys until you get the rebuild menu)

     

    5. Rebuild four library

     

    LN

  • 4. Re: How can I get iPhoto to run after power outage?
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,680 points)

    Here's the same thing that Larry suggested but stated a little differently (I hope):  make a temporary, backup copy (select the library and type Command+D) and  apply the two fixes below in order as needed:

     

     

    Fix #1

     

    Double click on  iPhoto in the dock with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.

     

     

    Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #1, followed by #3 and then #4 as needed.

     

    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.

     

    Hope you can follow that.

     

    OT

  • 5. Re: How can I get iPhoto to run after power outage?
    LizzaKate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't understand the first directions to make a temporary back up copy.  Where do I select the library or (what do I select in the library) to make a backup copy... and where do I copy it to?

     

    Thanks for your patience.

  • 6. Re: How can I get iPhoto to run after power outage?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    To make a temp backup for just this operation using finder select the iPhoto library (by default in your pictures folder) and duplicate it. On your hard drive if you do not have an external drive. On the EHD if you have one

     

    LN

  • 7. Re: How can I get iPhoto to run after power outage?
    LizzaKate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    2 TB hard drive was overmuch, but I'm all set now.  Thanks so much for explaining AND re-explaining!

    Your pic of Photo Library First Aid has four options - mine had about seven? - I selected them all and it worked!

    So grateful!

     

    Kate

  • 8. Re: How can I get iPhoto to run after power outage?
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,680 points)

    You must be running iPhoto 8 or earlier.  Glad things are back to normal (whatever normal is these days).