12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2010 7:03 AM by Tom Nash
Tom Nash Level 1 (15 points)
Installed iphoto v8.1.1 on a Mac Mini Server (OS X 10.6.2 Server) and having trouble with iphoto viewing the full images.

In a new iphoto library I imported images (dragged a folder onto the iphoto icon). This brought in what appeared to be the images but it seems it's only the thumbnails. I can see the images within the events and in the list of photos. However when I double click a photo, nothing happens. If I click edit, I have the thumbs across the top but a black screen below. If I click a photo and select Full Screen from the the View menu, I also get the thumbs across the top and a blank/black screen.

Any ideas?

Mac Mini Server, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Iphoto 8.1.1
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    Select one of the affected photos in the iPhoto Window and right click on it. From the resulting menu select 'Show File (or 'Show Original File' if that's available). A Finder Window should open with the file selected. Does it?

    Regards

    TD
  • coppercurls Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having a similar issue. I had to restore from discs all previous libraries. Not only are some blank but in the info box the 'kind' is blank and the size says 9688735147 GB. I discovered this when I tried to export and obviously couldn't. I tried right clicking the thumbnail and the show file or original was grayed out. I already trashed the libraries and started over. everything appeared ok til after I closed it and it gave the saving dialog box which starts up automatically but you can click the 'later' box. I right-clicked an adjacent file to show file and then right-clicked the problem file next to it to get info and the original is normal. I already rebuilt the library the first time around and that didn't help the giantic GB file. I have about 8 of them.
  • Tom Nash Level 1 (15 points)
    The files are there. I did a File File and they're all there. At first what I was doing was moving an entire library from one mac to another. I figured it had something to do with bringing the library over. When that didn't work I trashed the library and created a new one. Then I imported in a single picture and then a few more but same issue.
  • Tom Nash Level 1 (15 points)
    More discoveries. It's not iphoto. Any image file can't be displayed using preview or iphoto. I've pulled a couple of images from the web and low and behold, a blank window opens in preview when opened.

    Hmmm
  • neepie Level 1 (0 points)
    I MA HAVING A SIMILAR ISSUE. IWHE I OPEN IPHOTO AND CLICK ON MY PHOTOS INSTEAD OF AN IMAGE I GET A LARGE EXCLAMTION POINT ON MY SCREEN? THIS WAS NOT A PROBLEM UNTIL THIS MORNING. ANY HINTS?
  • MarkandStu Level 1 (0 points)
    I believe this is a link to a previous thread on roughly the same problem. I did not completely solve things for me, but it led me to understanding how to do some manual fixing.

    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=10797985#10797985
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    neepie

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions.

    The !turns up when iPhoto loses the connection between the thumbnail in the iPhoto Window and the file it represents.

    Option 1
    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Rebuild iPhoto Library Database from automatic backup.

    If that fails:

    Option 2
    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords, faces and places back.

    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.


    Regards

    TD

    ps Please don't type in block capitals. They are hard to read and on the forum you seem like you are rudely shouting at everybody.
  • Tom Nash Level 1 (15 points)
    Terrance

    Any ideas on my original issue? Running 10.6.2 and not only does iphoto not display pictures but Preview also will not display any jpgs. A blank/gray window is displayed.

    Thanks
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    Assuming the file is okay, that sounds like an OS level problem. Will the jpegs display in Safari? Will they display in another account?

    Regards

    TD
  • Tom Nash Level 1 (15 points)
    File seems fine. Opens in Safari. Opens on other macs. I'll have to create another user account to try that. Pretty odd.
  • Tom Nash Level 1 (15 points)
    I got Apple Support on the phone and they had me run a Fix Permissions using disk utility and my problem is solved.
  • Tom Nash Level 1 (15 points)
    What worked was calling into support and they had me run a "Fix Permissions" and this did the trick. Odd.