6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 11, 2005 2:21 PM by catspaw
csmeidell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I was importing quicktime file's into iMovie and a few were not importing for some reason. So, I closed the application, but when I tried reopening, it wouldn't. I ejected my external firewire drive to restart the computer. When I dragged the external to the trash, it ejected, but the trash became full. I opened the trash to see a folder named "Mac OS" and inside a contents file named "iMovie". I dragged it to the desktop and tried reopening iMovie but nothing happened. I have no idea how that folder appeared in the trash and why iMovie stopped opening. I am desperately in need of iMovie and would greatly appreciate possible technical support or ideas on how to open iMovie on my computer. thank you.

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • catspaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
    Hi csmeidell - welcome to iMovie Discussions!
    It would possibly help if we knew what sort of QT files you were attempting to import to iMovie.
    Also, that iMovie file in the trash - file or folder? If you still have it, click it and then go Command-I to get info about it. What does it tell you?
    Try a few clean-up tasks:
    1. Repair Permissions (Utilities>Disk Utility).
    2. Go to Users>Library>Preferences and trash the com.apple.imovie.plist

    Is your external drive formatted Mac OS Extended as it should be? Did you use it to store any of your iMovie project?
    No answers yet, just questions!
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  • csmeidell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The file disappeared from the trash shortly after i discovered it there. I never emptied the trash, but it is still gone. If iMovie and iLife came with the computer, is there any way to reinstall iMovie to my computer?
    The computer won't respond to any iMovie files, and I believe that the trashed folder was crucial to operating iMovie. I am not sure if the firewire drive was formatted correctly, but I have used it before with no problem. There were no connected files on the firewire drive, so I do not understand why that folder appeared in the trash when I ejected the drive. Would a misformatted drive have anything to do with that? Thank you guys for your help. It is much appreciated.
  • catspaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
    Hi csmeidell - make sure you do the other clean-up tasks I suggested.
    Also re-attach your external drive, then select it and go Command-I. In the resulting window you will see how it is formatted. Not sure if a wrongly-formatted disk would do the damage, seeing you had no iMovie files on it, but the potential is there!
    What disks came with your computer? An app. called Pacifist:
    http://www.charlessoft.com/
    will open a Software Install and Restore Disk in order to install a single application (won't work for Tiger),
    ””
  • csmeidell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you so much for your help catspaw. I used the Pacifist dmg to reboot iMovie and everything works great. I was in a really tight spot and you totally came through in minutes. Thank you again!
  • catspaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
    Really pleased it all worked out, and thanks a lot for reporting back.

    Cheers!
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  • catspaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
    Brain explosion! Ignore "won't work for Tiger". Cross-pollinated from another post!
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