2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2013 1:05 PM by Sammyladd
Sammyladd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I got my MacBook Pro in 09 and haven't done any major updates on it. I just recently updated to Mountain Lion though. When I try to get into iPhoto, it opens up but all I get is the spinning color wheel. When I use force quit, that freezes for a while then eventually it forces it to quit. I have even tried restarting the computer, but once I open iPhoto again, the same thing happens, over and over. Is there any way to fix this?

MacBook Pro
  • 1. Re: iPhoto and Mountain Lion
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    What version of iPhoto? Assuming 09 or later:


    Option 1

    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. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)



    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.



    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one. 




  • 2. Re: iPhoto and Mountain Lion
    Sammyladd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much for your help!