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Nov 19, 2012 2:48 PM

In iPhoto each of my events shows the same key photo.  When I open the event the photos do not show, just a dotted line forming a box around where each photo should be.  When I click on one of these boxes the photo then appears in full screen with the bar along the bottom showing each and every picture in that event.   How can I get rid of the key photo and get back to the proper format for each event?

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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 3:31 PM (in response to 129129)

    What versions of iPhoto and system are you running?

     

    OT

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,895 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 3:09 PM (in response to 129129)

    Back up your iPhoto library, Depress the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library

     

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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 4:09 PM (in response to 129129)

    Not if you follow Larry's instructions:

     


    Back up your iPhoto library,

     

     

     

    OT

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 2:40 PM (in response to 129129)

    In the repair did you try the first option, i.e. repair permissions?  The repair of thumbnails sometimes takes 3-4 tries its been reported. 

     

    You can run this rebuild:

     

    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. However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,895 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 2:43 PM (in response to 129129)

    Note the in struction was not to backup your photos  --  it was to backup uyour iPhoto library - two totally different things - the library contains much, much more than just the photos

     

     

    Back up your iPhoto library,

     

    See TD's post in this thread  --  https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3857057?start=0&tstart=0

     

     

     

     

    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). (On iPhoto 11 this option is under the File -> Reveal in Finder.) 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?

     

     

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 9:18 AM (in response to 129129)

    If you were running iPhoto 9 all of the options can't be choses at one time.  Earlier versions of iPhoto did allow it.

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