13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 26, 2008 9:02 PM by Golfyjstp
john7690 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
I just "upgraded" to iMovie 7.1.1 today and it the program all but totally collapsed. It will still open, slowly, but even though a project is active the Project library shows empty, the event and project windows are sometimes filled correctly and sometimes not, and regardless of that the whole thing has slowed to a jerky crawl.

In short iMovie is, well, I'd say it's toast, but I have Toast and at least it works.

I am in the middle of a project in iMovie '08 which I need to finish. I'd love nothing more than to roll back the clock and slap myself in the face just before I clicked on the OK button to update the software, but that isn't going to happen, so what can I do to un-do what I've done? I tried reinstalling the "bundled software" that came with my OEM OS X Tiger discs and that didn't work (I'm actually running 10.5.1). So my question is: How do I uninstall and then reinstall just iMovie?

Thanks in advance.

-John

Apple iMac 24" 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.1), iMovie 7.1.1
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,375 points)
    Have you tried repairing permissions? (using disk utility)
  • lrb07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem--just installed the software updated that automatically came up. Have tried resetting PRAMs with no effect.
  • lrb07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Also of note--I get this error message when opening iMovie:
    "Missing Quicktime components--The QuickTime components necessary to view, edit, import, and export several kinds of movies are not installed. These components are included with the iMovie installer; please re-install."
    I opened my "Mac OS X Install Disc 2" but it would not allow me to singularly install iMovie.
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,375 points)
    Did you update Quicktime when you updated iMovie?
  • john7690 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks for the reply, yes, I did try to repair the permissions, in fact I have run permission repair three times now and when I get home I'll see if it needs to be run again since it seems to come up with additional issues each time I run it, suggesting to me that there are layered permission problems. Whether that has anything to do with the current iMovie issue or not has yet to be proven.

    In regard to your reply to Irb07 about Quicktime, I have not received the same error messages about QT, however the update that I installed contained updates to several packages, iMovie and Quicktime were two of them.

    So far none of my permission repairing has made a difference in iMovie, it still doesn't work although it will partially load. I'll keep repairing and see what happens, but in case that doesn't work...

    Is there a way to actually uninstall and then reinstall iMovie? iLife came packaged on the OEM Tiger disc set with my machine, but it does not appear to allow me to selectively install specific programs, nor does it allow me to remove any.

    Can this be done?

    Thanks.

    -John
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,375 points)
    Do a Google search on a program call "Pacifist". I haven't had personal experience but it seems to have the ability to do what you need.
  • john7690 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    AppleMan1958 wrote:
    Do a Google search on a program call "Pacifist". I haven't had personal experience but it seems to have the ability to do what you need.


    Thank you, that does look like it will solve the problem of selectively reinstalling iMovie. Now my question is:

    How do you selectively Delete iMovie? I am assuming that dragging it from Applications into the trash is too simple to actually work.

    -John
  • john7690 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    AppleMan1958 wrote:
    Do a Google search on a program call "Pacifist". I haven't had personal experience but it seems to have the ability to do what you need.

    Problem solved, thanks!
  • Lorne B Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I uninstalled and reinstalled a number of times with same 'won't start, not resonding' result for imovie. I finally found a divx5.componant file in the quicktime directory. it's being in there stopped imovie from starting. took it out and presto.
    now I regret trashing all the other stuff others suggested first...
    ahh well.
  • Golfyjstp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    a divx5.componant file in the quicktime directory.

    Where is it?
  • Lorne B Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    If you have it, it's in library>QuickTime>
    maybe in the root library or the user library. mine was in the root.
  • lrb07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I figured out my problem...somewhere along the line of troubleshooting, I removed a couple files from the folder Library>QuickTime in order to disable them. Hence the error message I was getting about missing crucial QuickTime components. I replaced these files back in the appropriate Library folder, and now iMovie sees all the movies it used to see.
  • Golfyjstp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you.

    I can use it.