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jbs12345 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 30, 2012 3:22 PM

A few thumbnails in my iPhoto library appear blank with a dotted white line outline. I have tried all the items in Photo Library First Aid; repair permissions, rebuild thumbnails, repair database, rebuild database and this has not helped. When I click on the thumbnail outline I no photo appears just a blank black area where the photo should be. What should I do next? What has gone wrong?

Mac mini (Mid 2007), Mac OS X (10.7.3), none
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,700 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 7:59 AM (in response to jbs12345)

    What version of iPhoto? What version of the OS?

  • janesomers Calculating status...
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    Jan 1, 2013 7:36 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    I have a similar issue. I have a new iMac 21.5" with iPhoto '11. I moved over 5,000 photos from my old computer (iPhoto '09) by dragging the iPhoto library onto an external hard drive, then dropping it into my new Pictures folder. I then also loaded photos directly from my camera into iPhoto '11.

     

    iPhoto has crashed at least 4 times in the past day, and as I scroll through the photo thumbnails, they disappear as I scroll. If I try to double click on anything newer than about March 2012 (when, coincidentally, I got a new lens), I can see the thumbnails below, but get the triangle with the exclamation. The photos I loaded from my camera are gone.

     

    Also, anything I try to do in iPhoto on my new, lightning-fast computer responds with a beach ball.

     

    Should I start over? Is there a better way to bring the photos over?

    Thanks!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,700 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 8:07 AM (in response to janesomers)

    As a Test:

     

     

    Hold down the option (or alt) 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?

  • janesomers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 8:29 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    So far, so good. Now I'm trying to import the photos from my camera.

    If this works, should I be able to drop in my old iPhoto library from my external drive?

     

    Also - thanks for the quick reply. Happy New Year!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,700 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 8:34 AM (in response to janesomers)

    This was a test:

     

    As a Test:

     

     

    It tells us that the app is sound and the problem specific to that Library. Assuming i worked normally on the old machine I would try copy it over again.

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