5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 30, 2011 8:53 AM by jehoman
jehoman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Iphoto locks up after update.  Re-installing update does not help.


iMac (Intel), Mac OS X (10.4.6), Powerbook G4, iMac G5
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,930 points)

    What version of iPhoto?

  • jehoman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    9.2.1.  It opens to latest import and I get the spinning beach ball.

  • Brandon P Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I have had the same problem since updating to 9.2.0.  When starting iPhoto I get a spinning beach ball and have to force quit iPhoto. 

     

    I tracked down my root cause to the USB memory card reader I use to transfer photos from my camera to my mac.  There is not an error with the card because the OS will recognize it when iPhoto isn't running.  Something in iPhoto seems to get corrupted when it tries to mount the card.

     

    I have been able to use the following procedure to get it to recover.

    1. Force quit iPhoto
    2. unplug your camera or memory card reader
    3. move the directory /users/<userid>/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto to the trash
    4. move the file /users/<userid>/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iPhoto.plist to the trash
    5. restart your computer
    6. hold down the option key <alt key on a PC keyboard> while starting iPhoto to get the Library selection menu
    7. create a new blank library (the name doesn't matter)
    8. iPhoto should start up
    9. quit iPhoto
    10. hold down the option key <alt key on a PC keyboard> while starting iPhoto again to get the Library selection menu
    11. select your library from the list
    12. iPhoto should start up correctly.

     

    DO NOT use your memory card or camera while iPhoto is running, as it will cause the problem to happen again.

     

    Hopefully this works for you too.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,930 points)

    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 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

  • jehoman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Brandon, Thank You, this worked.  Rebuilding the library through iPhoto and iPhoto Library Manager did not help.