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Screensaver source says Loading... for ever

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  • rubba1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 4:33 AM (in response to Onkelpazuzu)

    OK I tried all the things that everyone posted here too. No luck with any of them.

    I also spoke to Applecare a few times, followed their advice to reset a few things and reinstall Aperture, then reinstalled Mountain Lion - all with no luck.


    So then I tried creating an album with one photo in it - the screensaver worked.

    I then added one image at a time from my 5 star smart album and retested the screen saver each time. It all worked.

    Eventually I added a movie. This stopped the screensaver from loading.


    So it seems for me that if the album has movies in it, the screensaver breaks.

    I now have a smart album that filters out movie files and everything is fine.



  • colmag Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to rubba1)

    Thanks Rubba1, your solution worked for me too. After months of a black screen the photo's are back!

  • edward67 Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM (in response to edward67)

    I have worked out the problem at my end.

    Having bought a new 15" MBP Retina, the problem now only occurs when hooking it up to a non Thunderbolt display.  It's absolutely fine when using a Thunderbolt display.


    Hope this may help others?



  • PrettyGreenParrot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2013 6:51 AM (in response to hedgert)

    I have this same problem with a new rMBP 2.16 i7. I put my user account on the new Mac from a TimeMachine backup. The admin account on this rMBP is fresh. The photos from any source selectable don't load for the user account. I tried the screen saver from the clean admin account and it worked just like it should. I've deleted the user account plist and lockfile prefs to no effect. I'm reluctant to set up a fresh user account as that is more fuss than fixing a screensaver deserves.

  • PrettyGreenParrot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 11:25 PM (in response to Onkelpazuzu)

    I just tried the same thing: renaming my photo library. I changed my aperture library name from ApertureLibrary to ApertureLibrary_old. Result: Instant loading of the current screensaver photos (National Geographic default ones) when I touch the hot corner. Same with opening the system preferences pane and selecting different screen savers.


    This behaviour is reproducible. If I rename the library 'ApertureLibrary' the screensaver hunts for its pictures for a long time. If I change the name to 'ApertureLibrary_old' the photos load without delay.


    I put my current user account on my new rMBP using a Time Machine backup. I suspect that the ApertureLibrary.aplibrary permissions might be mangled in some way. Peculiar since I've repaired and rebuilt the Aperture DB since setting up the Mac. Nonetheless, it's a start to fixing this.

  • PrettyGreenParrot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 11:29 AM (in response to PrettyGreenParrot)

    Tested this a bit more today. If I load my 'original' 30,000+ library into aperture the screensaver takes forever to load irrespective of its image source. If I create a new library and load in e.g. 1,000 video files and start the screensaver there's no real delay.


    I'd like to understand whether the 'forever loading' is a function of the library size or a function of some problem with the library files.

  • JF Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    FWIW, I have the similar problems people here are seeing. I have a dozen pics in my iPhoto album, but close to 50,000 in Aperture. Mine usually takes a minute or so to finally load all my options (folders) in the Deskop pref. I *thought* there was a way to NOT share Aperture with the wallpaper system pref, but I don't recall.


    It works, but is slow and annoying. This is on a new i5 27" iMac.


    My guess is that the Desktop pref needs to rexamine your Aperture library everytime. Bad design, IMO. Or at least offer a way to tell it to ignore Aperture. I just looked, and my Aperture library is 124GB, so that's probably the issue.


    *Update - just out of curoiosity, I did as another poster mentioned and renamed my Aperture library, and the 'Desktop' system preference loaded instantly.

  • jrhaskew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 3:06 PM (in response to hedgert)

    Thanks to softwater and all of you for the advice.  I did as softwater suggested and the problem persist.  On screen saver the option is not usable either.  When going to terminal and using: 



    rm ~/Library/Preferences/


    I get the same thing.  With the following code in the terminal :


    dyld: DYLD_ environment variables being ignored because main executable (/usr/bin/login) is setuid or setgid


    It appears something in /usr/bin/login  is creating the problem but hands up for fixing that.


    Thanks,   Rich



  • Greg Parks Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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    Mar 10, 2013 10:54 PM (in response to hedgert)

    I'm having the same problem, but whenever I open the Desktop & Screensaver system prefs I get alerts avout a network server that can't be found. It's looking for an old, dead machine.


    I tried renaming my Aperture and iPhoto Library files and still no luck.


    I'm working on a MBP that came with 10.7 installed and I just upgraded to 10.8, but I never used the screensaver before.

  • PrettyGreenParrot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 13, 2013 12:17 AM (in response to hedgert)

    hedgert, are your originals referenced or stored in the library?

  • PrettyGreenParrot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 13, 2013 3:17 AM (in response to hedgert)

    A similar set up to mine. When your originals are offline, does the screensaver still work? With my previous MBP the screensaver worked fine with the originals offline. With this new rMBP the screensaver does not work if the originals are offline.


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