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Extreme Nightmare - Aperture Won't Open

1451 Views 21 Replies Latest reply: Apr 6, 2013 9:40 AM by léonie RSS
  • firstlaunch Level 3 Level 3 (610 points)
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    Apr 5, 2013 8:39 PM (in response to John Dunnigan)

    If your thumbnails are not appearing, did you try selecting them and then selecting generate thumbnails from the Photos menu. I suggest doing a repair of the library as well.


    If backup up keeps crashing, maybe you can try another drive to back up to. Are you low on disk space on your main machine?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 2:57 AM (in response to John Dunnigan)

    What type of Mac are you working on? You never answered my original question about details of your system. Your profile signature lists "Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad, AppleTV"


    Are you working on your MacPro or MBP? How large is the system drive you are using? And your MacOS X version is 10.8.2? This is starting to look like system trouble and not a question of a broken library, so it would be good to be able to look for similar cases on similar systems.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to John Dunnigan)

    Backed up successfully in literally about 2 minutes -- Didn't hang like it did last night for some reason)

    Good, so you have a backup again.


    Ask about the clean install when you are about to get your new mac. Keep to backups of everything, best a bootable clone. Take a note of all serial numbers you might need, and make sure you have installers for all applications.


    I just notice, I forgot to comment on that part from your earlier post:



    I restarted just fine, Aperture detect a problem and seemed to Rebuild successfully. I then remembered an old trick about removing the After doing that & restarting I got the window where it asks if I want to add my iPhoto library.

    Removing the plist file will erase Aperture's memory of the settings and recent items. It does no longer know the location of the Aperture library. That is why you saw the question which library to use.

    If your library is not in the Pictures folder and simply names Aperture Library, Aperture will create a new library by default. After erasing the plist it is best to launch Aperture by clicking the library.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 9:40 AM (in response to léonie)

    Still, I'm wondering if in the meantime perhaps I should install a larger internal hard drive and perhaps beef up my RAM to 12 or even 16 GB.

    If your drive is already 2 TB I would not put in a larger drive right now. Mt. Lion seems to have problems with larger system drives. More RAM might be useful, but you can test if you have a problem with too few RAM by launching the utility "Activity Monitor". It will show you the memory usage of the running applications and by clicking the column headers you can sort the applications by memory demand.

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