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Iphoto will not load

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terencefromtorrevieja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 22, 2013 8:24 AM

Iphoto will not load just hangs

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,520 points)
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    Mar 22, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to terencefromtorrevieja)

    What happened before the "hang" started? Did you upgrade iPhoto or other software? Move the iPhoto Library? Import new photos?  What is your iPhoto version?



    Make a test: Can you create a new, empty library and import some photos?

    Launch iPhoto with the options-key ⌥ held down and select "Create New"  from the panel that will pop up. Import some photos into this new library. Does that work?




  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,280 points)
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    Mar 22, 2013 2:17 PM (in response to terencefromtorrevieja)

    What system and iPhoto versions are you running?  Try this basic troubleshootiung tip:


    1 - delete the iPhoto preference file,, that resides in your

         User/Home/Library/ Preferences folder.


    2 - delete iPhoto's cache file, Cache.db, that is located in your

    User/Home/Library/Caches/ folder (Snow Leopard and Earlier).


    or with Mt. Lion from the User/Library/Containers/



    3 - launch iPhoto and try again.


    NOTE 1: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding down the Option key when launching iPhoto.  You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.


    NOTE 2:  In Lion and Mountain Lion the 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.





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