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iphoto 11 has black edit screen

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My iphoto 11 pictures are not visible in the edit screen and the slideshow will not run.  I've tried everything that I know and I'm at the point of deleteing iPhoto and do a clean install.  However, I'm not clear on the procedures and if I need to purchase iPhoto (it came pre-installed on my mid 2010 macbook pro).  Or should  I need do a clean install on my mountain lion?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 2:52 PM (in response to jemorgan222)

    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 (113,315 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 3:58 PM (in response to jemorgan222)

    NOTE: In Lion and Mountain Lion the Home/Library folder is now invisible. To make it permanently visible enter the following in the Terminal application window: chflags nohidden ~/Library and hit the Enter button - 10.7: Un-hide the User Library folder.

     

    Also starting with Lion the iPhoto cache file is in the

     

    Home/Library/Containers/Data/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto folder

     

    OT

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 4:02 AM (in response to jemorgan222)

    We're not finished troubleshooting yet

     

    Create a new account (systempreferences -> accounts or Users & Groups on 10.7 and 10.8), make a new Library in that account, import some shots  and see if the problem is repeated there. If it is, then a re-install of the app might be indicated. If it's not, then it's likely the app is okay and the problem is something in the main account.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 10:17 AM (in response to jemorgan222)

    Next move:

     

    reinstall iPhoto.

     

    To re-install iPhoto

     

    1. Put the iPhoto.app in the trash (Drag it from your Applications Folder to the trash)

     

    2a: On 10.5:  Go to HD/Library/Receipts and remove any pkg file there with iPhoto in the name.

     

    2b: On 10.6: Those receipts may be found as follows:  In the Finder use the Go menu and select Go To Folder. In the resulting window type

     

    /var/db/receipts/

     

    2c: on 10.7 they're at

     

    /private/var/db/receipts

     

    A Finder Window will open at that location and you can remove the iPhoto pkg files.

     

    3. Re-install.

     

    If you purchased an iLife Disk, then iPhoto is on it.

     

    If iPhoto was installed on your Mac when you go it then it’s on the System Restore disks that came with your Mac. Insert the first one and opt to ‘Install Bundled Applications Only.

     

    If you purchased it on the App Store or have a Recent Mac you can find it in your Purchases List.

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