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Aperture 3 crashes on startup

2599 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: May 31, 2010 5:42 AM by Show Me Guy RSS
calvarez Calculating status...
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Feb 15, 2010 9:12 AM
I was using Aperture 3 successfully since the day it was released. Yesterday I went to fire it up, and it crashed while starting. I have rebooted the machine, completely removed Aperture and its prefs/receipts, reinstalled multiple times, moved the libraries so it would start with no data, and nothing changes. The machine is running 10.6.2.
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • bas1 Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2010 5:36 PM (in response to calvarez)
    Aperture is also crashing for me on startup. I have tried to repair the Aperture Library and fix the permissions (hold command + option during startup) but both hang at 100% . Until now Aperture had been behaving very well.
    MacBook5,1, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • bas1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 7, 2010 6:07 PM (in response to bas1)
    I just tried re-installing Aperture, and that didn't work. Anyone else have luck?
    MacBook5,1, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
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    Mar 11, 2010 6:28 PM (in response to calvarez)
    The Aperture 3.0.1 update from 3/10/2010 appears to have fixed this problem for me. Additionally, some other recent software updates appear to have fixed some system memory issues that I was having.
    Mac Pro Quad Core, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4 GB RAM
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    Mar 12, 2010 1:33 AM (in response to calvarez)
    I have exactly the same problem and I am running A3.01 with system 10.6.2
    macBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Cinema Display, Canon 5D and Sony HVR- A1E
  • bas1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 12, 2010 11:08 AM (in response to bas1)
    Well, here's what I did to fix the problem. I suspected that my library was severely fragmented so I moved the entire library to an external drive with a freshly formatted HFS+ volume and then completely removed anything having to do with Aperture. I then re-installed Aperture (again) and created a new (blank) library. Aperture then started up without crashing allowing me to switch to the copied library.
    MacBook5,1, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • todd smith9 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 9, 2010 11:02 AM (in response to calvarez)
    I had the same trouble. Working fine since upgrade, then all of a sudden hanging on startup. I was on 3.0.1 and 10.6.2.

    I ran software update to upgrade to 3.0.2 and OS 10.6.3 and aperture started up OK. My library is ~102 GB in size.
    Mac OS X (10.5.2)
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    Apr 9, 2010 1:22 PM (in response to todd smith9)
    I have the same problem the last few days with aperture hanging on start up. I am running 10.6.3.

    Have to do a force quit to exit the program. I can't get it to do anything..
    iMac 24,, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Vancouverite Calculating status...
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    May 4, 2010 8:45 PM (in response to calvarez)
    Hi - just bought Aperture 3 over the weekend then a friend told me about this problem. Has it been resolved? Am hesitant to install.

    G5, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Gary Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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    May 5, 2010 12:27 PM (in response to Vancouverite)
    Hi James

    Has it been resolved?

    As a forum regular, I feel reasonably confident in saying that most people don't have this problem.

    Am hesitant to install.

    Nah - take a deep breath and go for it!  :-)   If you held off installing for every problem people report, you'd never get anywhere. (You might be surprised how many problems listed here (in general) are down to users misunderstanding the application or failing to do a little simple research.)

    Spend a while playing with it to get to know it. Don't jump in at the deep end and import eleventy billion million photos all at once. I see you seem to be an iPhoto user - you'll find some similarities, but you'll also find some things somewhat different. Work through the Exploring Aperture book to get an idea of Aperture's capabilities. Spend a while learning the basics before committing to a particular workflow. Get a feel for the various features you think you'll find useful. Once you've played with it for a while, if there's anything you're still unsure about, there's quite a few folks here ready to step up to the line with suggestions and recommendations.


    24" iMac, 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OSX (10.5.8) / MacBook Pro 13", 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • BarrettF77 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    May 5, 2010 2:15 PM (in response to Gary)
    I also have stability issues. 10.6.3. And I have 3 macs that all do the same. Import photos, delete projects, use brushes and then try and quit the application and it freezes requiring a force quit. Pro care, apple store both cannot fix it. I am lost on why this software is broken. All computers have over 4 gigs or ram and are about 2.8Ghz in speed.
    Mac OS X (10.6.3), 17" MBP 2.93, 15" MBP 2.80, 2 24" ACD's, 2 1TB ATC's, 2.26 Mini, 2 3Gs iPhones
  • Show Me Guy Calculating status...
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    May 31, 2010 5:42 AM (in response to BarrettF77)
    I also had problems with my library causing Aperture to crash on startup (or changing libraries to the damaged one). I found this article in Apple's KB ( and it helped fix things. I went down the list, but wound up having to rebuild the DB. It worked surprisingly fast for as many images as I have.

    Good Luck!
    MacBook Pro 15x2.33, Mac OS X (10.6.3)


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