9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 14, 2006 10:49 PM by pianoman88
nukem287 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Whenever I open up iPhoto now it just stays on the loading photos screen forever. What is wrong and how do I fix it? I basically cant use iPhoto now.

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
  • lori_diloreto Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
    Hi nukem,
    when did this start happening? did you just upgrade anything or install new software? Did you have an iPhoto crash?
    We need a little more info
  • bobwf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just had the same problem. iPhoto opens and says it is upgrading. Then it indicates it is loading photos. I left it on all night (I only have a couple hundred photos) and it was still loading in the morning. I tried restarts.
    I upgraded to iPhoto 5.0.4 in August, 2005. The only other upgrades installed since then were OS security updates. Nothing has been updated since I last used iPhoto. What can I do?

    Thanks, Bob
  • lori_diloreto Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
    HI bob,
    Since you have so few photos, try this:

    Close iPhoto
    Rename your messed up iPhoto Library to "iPhoto Library_old"
    Drag this library to your desktop
    Hold down the Option key and launch iPhoto
    This is the window you will get
    Create a new library or choose a library to open
    Choose to create a new library
    Once this new empty library is open it is time to import the images from your old library
    Go to File>add to library
    Navigate to the old library on your desktop and highlight it in the window, then click the "open" button.
    iPhoto will start importing the images from your old library

    This is what to expect:
    Your images will be imported in nice dated rolls. (make sure your view is set to sort by rolls to see it) There are a couple of caveats to this. You will get rolls named "Originals" These rolls will contain your video clips and your original images that you had edited. If you had RAW files they would be in those rolls too (I don't do RAW, so I don't know for sure) Delete what you don't want from those rolls. You will also get the jpeg pointer files to your video clips imported. They will just be jpegs and will not point to the video clips anymore as iPhoto made new ones when the clips were imported again. You can delete those. they should be in a roll right next to the newly imported video clips so they are not hard to find. The thumbnail files don't get imported as iPhoto makes new ones when the images are imported.

    Once all you images have been imported, check through the library and make sure everything looks ok.
    You can now start making your Albums, and do your keywords or any other organizational steps.
    You can also delete the old library on the desktop.
    It is also a good time to backup this new library to CD/DVD by burning the iPhoto LIbrary folder in the Finder, or copying the iPhoto Library folder to an external drive formatted for Macs, or copying the iPhoto LIbrary folder to an iPod.
    Good luck!

  • AJWAJW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I had the same problem beginning today. I transferred about 150 pics from my camera to Kodak EasyShare and them copied them to iPhoto. I don't remember what process I used to do that.

    I have encountered iPhoto not loading the photos when opening the program. Since that problem has occurred, I have installed iLife 05 and upgraded iPhoto. This did not cure the problem.

    I had something happen earlier today when attempting to share these pics and a "crash" occured. I canceled out.

    Any help?
  • pakscott Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This worked a treat. Got to update the software anyway.
    Thanks your help was great.
    pakscott
    HI bob,
    Since you have so few photos, try this:

    Close iPhoto
    Rename your messed up iPhoto
    Library to "iPhoto Library_old"
    Drag this library
    to your desktop
    Hold down the Option key and
    launch iPhoto
    This is the window you will
    get
    Create a new library
    or choose a library to open

    Choose to create a new library
    Once this new empty library is open it is time to
    import the images from your old library
    Go to
    File>add to library
    Navigate to the old library on
    your desktop and highlight it in the window, then
    click the "open" button.
    iPhoto will start
    importing the images from your old
    library

    This is what to expect:
    Your images will be imported in nice
    dated rolls. (make sure your view is set to sort by
    rolls to see it) There are a couple of caveats to
    this. You will get rolls named "Originals" These
    rolls will contain your video clips and your original
    images that you had edited. If you had RAW files they
    would be in those rolls too (I don't do RAW, so I
    don't know for sure) Delete what you don't want from
    those rolls. You will also get the jpeg pointer files
    to your video clips imported. They will just be jpegs
    and will not point to the video clips anymore as
    iPhoto made new ones when the clips were imported
    again. You can delete those. they should be in a roll
    right next to the newly imported video clips so they
    are not hard to find. The thumbnail files don't get
    imported as iPhoto makes new ones when the images are
    imported.

    Once all you
    images have been imported, check through the library
    and make sure everything looks ok.
    You can now
    start making your Albums, and do your keywords or any
    other organizational steps.
    You can also delete
    the old library on the desktop.
    It is also a good
    time to backup this new library to CD/DVD by burning
    the iPhoto LIbrary folder in the Finder, or copying
    the iPhoto Library folder to an external drive
    formatted for Macs, or copying the iPhoto LIbrary
    folder to an iPod.
    Good luck!

  • bobwf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Lori,

    Thank you! Your solution worked perfectly. I will follow your advice and backup these files - lots of grandchildren pics.

    I can't tell you how much I appreciate the help!

    Bob
  • sar in oz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a problem similar to this...but instead of staying on the loading screen the iphoto program shuts down automatically. The program stays on the loading screen for about 10 secs and then shuts down. I have updated iphoto regularly whenever there is a new version out there. I keep hoping that this will solve the problem of the program shutting down but it does not. How am I able to create a new iphoto that will display my photos? Thanks.
  • lori_diloreto Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
    Hi sar in oz,
    follow the exact instructions I gave to bob above.
  • pianoman88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm also having problems getting iPhoto window to load. The menu bar at the top loads OK for iPhoto, but the window with all my photos never loads.