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iPhoto '11 stuck in loop trying to upgrade.

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  • strick455 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 5:20 AM (in response to WillGonz)
    For those who suffered from data loss, I used a app called Stellar Phoenix for Macintosh to recover deleted files from harddrive. It costs $99 but worked great for me.
    I didn't look around for other options so there might be better and cheaper software.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • msetten Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 7:04 AM (in response to WillGonz)
    I finally managed to get the libraries working. What I did was get the old version back from a backup and then redid the upgrade process. I then noticed that there was an update icon behind the Places folder. I waited till that was finished before closing the library. The previous times, I immediately closed the library after the upgrade was finished, as I wanted to upgrade my other libraries.

    No idea if this has anything to do with it, but at least my libraries are now working (though I have some other problems name with places).
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • hagbard86 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 7:55 AM (in response to WillGonz)
    Why is this question marked as answered? I don't think it is!
    MB Black Core2Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.7), ACD 20"
  • adrianbruce Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 8:10 AM (in response to hagbard86)
    I also had this problem with iPhoto 11 getting stuck on library upgrade. I tried some of the things other people have been suggesting to no avail. However, I was still able to import iPhoto library into my Aperture library, so did that and then trashed my iPhoto 09 library allowing iPhoto 11 to create a new one.

    Obviously this solution won't help anyone who doesn't have Aperture, but it is a work-around for those who have.
    MBP 17" 4GB, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Vittoriob3c Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 9:01 AM (in response to WillGonz)
    It seems to me very bad that after a presentation of Mac is back there is immediately an issue with one of the main application of iLife.

    But returnig to the issue, what it worked for me is this:
    - the first conversion of an iPhoto Library goes well
    - when I reopen iPhoto it stucks on rotating wheel, so close iPhoto
    - then I open the Package content and delete iPhotoMain.db
    - duplicate the iPhotoMain.db.bak
    - rename the duplicated file back to iPhotoMain.db
    - open again iPhoto that make another conversion
    - after this everything works

    Is this a feature of the application or an issue?

    iMac 27 i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • sciencechef Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 2:56 PM (in response to WillGonz)
    My solution. Remove all .avi files. I had an error with the aviimporter plugin. Figured it had something to do with the avi files. Removed all .avi files. Upgrade worked and iPhoto '11 works.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Mike Bailey1 Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 4:44 PM (in response to tHe sR5)
    tHe sR5

    Can you please confirm your solution is still working OK? Other suggest it;s also necessary to launch iPhoto while pressing Command (Apple) and Option (Alt) keys and force the database to rebuild along with selecting repair file permissions?


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    iMac i7 2.8 GHz 27", Mac OS X (10.6.4), 8 Gig RAM - 2TB HDD - ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • Koobiluphi Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 4:48 PM (in response to WillGonz)
    I don't think my problem is my library, as this issue I'm having is happening on new users with new libraries. I believe I'm having a system conflict.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • David Schwartzer Level 3 Level 3 (765 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 4:52 PM (in response to Mike Bailey1)

    I know your question was not addressed TI be but I can report that my fix (deleting the Keepsakes before upgrading) is still working. All photos are in the library, iPhoto opens quickly and is stable and creating and editing new books works fine.

    At this point I think my problems is completely resolved.

    13" MacBook Pro & G5 iMac Rev. B., Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3Gs with iOS4
  • willgonz2 Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 5:02 PM (in response to hagbard86)
    This problem is solved. However, some of you are having other problems with plugins or other things. If you are having problems with aperture please search the forum.
    MBP i7
  • Devoted To Mac Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 5:20 PM (in response to WillGonz)
    Silly Me:

    I always jump onto new Apple software with never a fear. Just loaded iLife and iPhoto 11 and bam. I guess I should have checked here before I jumped off the bridge

    1. Blew up my library on both my Macs
    2. Blew out my .mov's
    3. Added it for the new books features and program wont move past select book type, no edit screen
    4. Good thing I have my master images. So much for years of sorting folders and building events.
    5. Should have read the screen that said once converted you can go back to a previous version. Who ever heard of doing that to a nice piece of software.

    And Steve was so proud of it this week in the press conference. I guess the PM had a supper tweaked up version for the conference.
    iMac 24, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Daniel Beaulieu Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 5:56 PM (in response to willgonz2)
    No possible solution worked on my Mac. I even lost all my photos (TM is taking care of that).

    I don't think it's an answered question...!
    iMac Core 2 Duo 24", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Cosmosis1 Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 6:20 PM (in response to Daniel Beaulieu)
    I agree this problem is not solved. I also tried SR5 solution without any luck. I spent time with a mac phone support tech also trying various things without any solution. I emailed him my console logs and he said he would get back to me after working with some of the apple engineers, when I spoke to him Friday. I was also surprised when someone from apple called me up on the first day after reading my previous post to try and help out. I ended up sending him my console logs too.

    Very ugly issue. Teaches me to buy software on day one. Next time I will be searching the blogs to ensure there is no problem. What is strange is that I have not seen a peep about this on the web. You think this would be big news. This will not be fixed ultimately till a patch goes out.
    Intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • micha007mk Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 6:32 PM (in response to strick455)
    Stick 455 could you tell me what settings you used because i have Stellar Phoenix but didn't find anything, did you do a quick recovery or full? and did you scan only a certain folder or the entire HD?
    cause my Iphoto library went from 300GB to 5.75 GB and i only have 1 picture however all the events are still listed with the amount of pictures but there are no pictures in them just !
    Thanks for any help
    Imac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • chester4444 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 8:59 PM (in response to WillGonz)
    I reinstalled just iPhoto '11 from the iLife disk and upgraded the library and it had no effect. It still wants to upgrade the library again after opening it time after time.

    I did notice a large iPhoto and iPhoto library folder in my trash. I didn't put it there but my original iPhoto library was still in its location...?

    I have no idea anymore, tried everything!
    Mac OS X (10.5.4)
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