Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2013 7:07 AM (in response to bd_4)
Does iPhoto launch, when you create a new iPhoto Library and import a few images?
Launch iPhoto while holding down the options-key ⌥ and select "Create New".
Does that work, or can you not even create a new library?
If you cannot create a new library, does iPhoto launch from a different user account?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2013 7:17 AM (in response to léonie)
I get the same error when holding the option+command key or just the option key - Is it possible to create a new library without opening iPhoto?
I also tried logging in under a guest account - when i launched iPhoto it crashed in the same way..
Thanks for your response
Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2013 9:33 AM (in response to bd_4)
On the long shot that it's a damaged preference file that is causing the crash try the following: Try the following:
1 - delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, 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/com.apple.iPhoto folder (Snow Leopard and Earlier).
or with Lion and Mt. Lion from the User/Library/Containers/com.apple.iPhoto/
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.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2013 9:47 AM (in response to bd_4)
before reinstalling MacOS X you could do one more easy test - try to lauch iPhoto in Safe Mode. That will disable all non-standard extensions. If iPhoto runs in Safe Mode, it will be an indication that you installed some incompatible extensions that need removing.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 10:30 AM (in response to Old Toad)
Thanks for this helpful list of things to check.
I upgraded from 10.6 to 10.8 a few weeks ago and this is the first time I have opened iPhoto. Long ago I transferred the iPhoto library onto an external disk, which has always worked flawlessly.
The User/Library/Containers/com.apple.iPhoto/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto folder did not even exist on my drive, clearly a feature that the upgrade did not handle well. Not terribly impressive on Apple's part.
I have deleted the od pref and cache files, but iPhoto still crashes when I try to open its library on the external disk.
So, an issue after the upgrade 10.6 to 10.8 using an external disk to store photos.
Is this worth reporting to Apple?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 11:58 AM (in response to Peter Blackburn)
As a test launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and try to create a new, test library. Can you? If so import a couple of photos, close and open iPhoto. Any improvement?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 26, 2013 6:44 PM (in response to Old Toad)
There is a library on the internal disk with a few photos and this opens normally. But the external library does not. iPhoto quits shortly after it has opened. I tried opening holding Option key and then selecting the external library.
Would an upgrade to iPhoto 11 cure this? Should it be necessary?
TIA for any further help.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 27, 2013 5:17 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Yes, that works.
I suppose from there I can import the photos from the old library.
Another path would be to ditch iPhoto altogether and try another app.
Curiously enough the plist mentioned by Old Toad was not in the location shown. This may be a legacy of 10.5 and 10.6 which I was running earlier on this computer.
Thanks for continuing dialogue.