8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2012 9:06 PM by Rob de Jonge
Rob de Jonge Level 3 (510 points)

Ever since i upgraded to iLife '11, I have not had the ability in iPhoto to view a single photo. My library with all it's information is there, I have no issue viewing the list of events, faces, etc. and all photos show up in all the appropriate places. The one thing that no longer works, is that when I click to view a single photo - iPhoto shows nothing.

 

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I have no idea what caused this. You'll notice that I access the system running iPhoto through desktop sharing (it's a headless Mac mini), but that should not be the issue. I've got 3GB of memory, and no speed or other resource issues whatsoever with this machine. I can play Quicktime video on this Mac mini and watch it through remote desktop! So ... clueless, to be honest.

 

The system runs OS X 10.6.7 with iPhoto 9.1.2.

 

Any help would be much appreciated.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    There are several possible causes for the Black Screen issue

     

     

    *1. Permissions in the Library* : 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. Include the option to check and repair permissions.

     

     

    *2. Minor Database corruption*: 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.

     

     

    *3. A Damaged Photo*: 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). Will the file open in Preview? If not then the file is damaged. Time to restore from your back up.

     

     

    *4. A corrupted iPhoto Cache*: Trash the com.apple.iPhoto folder from HD/Users/Your Name/Library/ Caches...

     

     

    *5. A corrupted preference file*: Trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder. (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

     

     

    If none of these help:

     

     

    As a Test:

     

     

    Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'

     

     

    Import a few pics into this new, blank library. Is the Problem repeated there?

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Rob de Jonge Level 3 (510 points)

    Tried all of the above, to no avail.

    So then, I created the new library and imported some photos - same issue.

     

    I think it just got more complicated!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    You need to reinstall the OS. There's a problem with the software used for displaying the images at that level.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Rob de Jonge Level 3 (510 points)

    By the way ... the photos are showing just fine on my Apple TV.

  • Rob de Jonge Level 3 (510 points)

    Ouch.

  • Rob de Jonge Level 3 (510 points)

    I guess this is a different forum, but is there a way to 'reinstall the OS' without losing my whole setup? In other words, can I just install the operating system again without having to set everything up from the ground up? Excuse my ignorance, but I've never had to reinstall a Mac before despite my >10 yr history now.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,782 points)

    Yes, an Archive and Install:

     

    How to Archive & Install:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1710

     

    and this also:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2196?viewlocale=en_US

  • Rob de Jonge Level 3 (510 points)

    In the end, removing iPhoto app, preferences, etc. but not the library fixed the problem. I have since moved to Aperture and absolutely love it!