14 Replies Latest reply: May 30, 2013 7:25 AM by léonie
Richard Ford3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

When clicking on Most Recent Slideshow bar, beach ball kicks in and iPhoto stops responding.  Not a memory thing, iMac brand new 32GB ram, and other saved slideshows run fine.  Any idea what's going on?


iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • 1. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    If it's not difficult to recreate that slideshow delete it and create a new one with the same photos.  See if the new one will launch and play without issue.  If it does'nt it may be a damaged photo of some sort.

     

    If that's the case duplicate the slidsehow, select and type Command+D (duplicate), delete 1/2 the photos and try again.  If it works then the problem photo was one you deleted.  Keep trying till you isolate the problem photo.

     

    OT

  • 2. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    Richard Ford3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    OT thanks for your response.  The issue for me is that as soon as I click on the slideshow, beachball takes over and only way to get out is to Force Quit since iPhoto shows us as Not Responding.   I managed to create an "empty" slideshow but as soon as I Command+D to copy the bad one, beach ball comes in...

  • 3. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    I managed to create an "empty" slideshow but as soon as I Command+D to copy the bad one, beach ball comes in...

    Can you identify the photos that have been used in your slideshow? Are they all in the same event? Then try to add them from the event to your new, empty slideshow, not from the old slideshow. Keep adding photos and try to play, until you can isolate the photo that is causing the slideshow to hang.

     

    Léonie

  • 4. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    Richard Ford3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    LeonieDF: thanks for your response.

    The issue for me is that as soon as I click on the old slideshow, the beach ball comes in and only way to get out is Force Quit - I cannot even see what's inside the slideshow folder.... is there a terminal command, or something inside package contents that I can look at?  I've always been told not to move/delete finder files inside iPhoto...

    I don't care of the contents of the bad slide show, I just want to delete/trash the offending slideshow...

    Thanks for any help you can give.

  • 5. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)
    I don't care of the contents of the bad slide show, I just want to delete/trash the offending slideshow...

     

    That makes it easier, but still it is not clear if trashing the slideshow will help:

     

    The problem could be either that

    • one of the photos in your slideshow may be corrupted, then deleting the slideshow will not help, since the photo will stay in its event and may cause trouble later, so you need to find and delete the photo, not the slideshow.
    • or the slideshow itself may be corrupted. In that case rebuilding the library may help. Patching the iPhoto Library manually is hard, since the slideshows are not directly accessible; they are coded into the database files and you would need to reprogram the SQL code.

    With Old Toad's test you will be able to confirm, if it is the slideshow itself, or the photos you used in your slideshow.

    You don't need to recreate the slideshow exactly - simply add all events you used photos from to the slideshow. Additional photos will not hurt, just don't miss one.

     

    If you see, that all your photos are playing well in a new slideshow, you will know that it is necessary to rebuild the iPhoto library.

    In that case try first the built-in Library First Aid tools: See this document:

      iPhoto 6 and later: Rebuilding the iPhoto library

  • 6. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    Try this:

     

    1 - create a sacraficial slideshow, just any slideshow with a couple of photos.

    2 - Command + click on the text portion of the sacraficial slideshow first and then on the problem slideshow.

    3 - hit Delete.

     

    See if that will let you delete the problem slideshow.

  • 7. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    Richard Ford3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    OT:thanks again for keeping with me on this pain in the butt issue.

    Tried just as you mention, but as soon as I click on the problem slideshow, beachball kicks in about 2 seconds.

    I thought there could be bad tags, so I looked at keywords, and there were two entries with crazy funky characters - which I deleted both.  Still did not fix it.  Again, appreciate the diligence and help, but at this stage, not sure what I can do to fix...

  • 8. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    Have yo tried rebuilding your iPhoto library by now?

    To rebuild the iPhoto library:

    1. Quit iPhoto if it is open.
    2. Hold down the Command ⌘ and Option ⌥ keys on the keyboard.
    3. Open iPhoto.
    4. Keep the keys held down until you are prompted to rebuild the library.
    5. A dialog will appear with rebuild options. Select the options you want to use.
    6. Click Rebuild to begin the rebuild process. This may take a few minutes to complete.

    If this does not help, rebuild your library with iPhoto Library Manager - download it here:

    iPhoto Library Manager

    The copy will include all events, albums, keywords, titles and comments. But all your books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost - so this is a sure way to remove slideshows.

    See Old Toad's post here on how to recreate a library with iPhoto Library Manager:

    Go to the message https://discussions.apple.com/message/22012227?ac_cid=tw123456#22012227

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 9. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    Richard Ford3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Léonie:

    Many thanks.  iPLM is the only thing that worked.  Too a while to rebuild, but as soon as it did, clicking on the offending slieshow non longer hung up iPhoto.

    Thanks alot!

  • 10. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    You are welcome!

    Yes, iPLM is a great tool and has saved many libraries. I learned that from Old Toad!

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 11. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    Richard Ford3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    LeonieDF:

    iPLM rebuilt the library and I all s good, with exception that all previously organized faces are all jumbled up - not same as original library (which i can still see in iPLM).  Is there a way to apply the face algorithms from previous library to the rebuilt one?  I rebuilt to get rid of a phantom slideshow that was locking up my library - but if I need to do all the faces again, I think I may opt for keeping the original.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

  • 12. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)
    iPLM rebuilt the library and I all s good, with exception that all previously organized faces are all jumbled up

     

    Sorry, I doubt that the internal faces.db in the old library will work with your new library.

     

    The only way I can think of to make the face recognition in the new library easier would be to tag all fotos with keywords corresponding to the name on the faces before you use IPLM. Then rebuild. The keywords should survive the rebuild and you can create smart albums for each face.

     

    Hopefully Old Toad is still following this thread - maybe he has an additional suggestion.

  • 13. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    Richard Ford3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    LeonieDF: thanks for reponse again and sorry for delay...

    I think fixing recognition in the new built library is going to be much more time consuming than dealing with a bad slideshow that I rarely look at.... But thanks for introducing me to iPLM - I really like it and continue to [use it.

  • 14. Re: Most recent slideshow freeze?  iPhoto 9.3.4.
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    You are welcome.