6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 26, 2012 11:42 AM by Schnblume
Schnblume Level 1 (5 points)

I am having stability problems with iPhoto.  When working on an album the program will switch to "Last Import File" without any action on my part.  This will normally occur when first loading the album I intend to work on.  It also occurs when editing a photo in an album or moving a photo around in the album forcing me to switch back to the Album in question and restarting the action.


I have tried all the rebuilding options without solving the issue.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2), iMac 2.5GHz Intel Core i5
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,522 points)

    Try this:  launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and create a new, test library.  Import some photos and check to see if the same problem persists. If the problem persists in the test library try the following: make a temporary, backup copy (if you don't already have a backup copy) of the library and try the following:


    1 - delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, that resides in your

         User/Home()/Library/ Preferences folder.


    2 - delete iPhoto's cache file, Cache.db, that is located in your

         User/Home()/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto folder. 


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    3 - launch iPhoto and try again.


    NOTE: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding down the Option key when launching iPhoto.  You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.




  • Schnblume Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for your response.  I trashed the two preferences, restarted but the problem was not corrected. When I created the new test library I noted about 5 or 6 old versions could this be causing a problem?

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,522 points)

    When I created the new test library I noted about 5 or 6 old versions

    What do you mean 5 or 6 old versions? 

  • Schnblume Level 1 (5 points)

    When I started up iPhoto with the option key down the box that appeared above  where you select a new library had 6 identically named iPhoto Librarys already listed.  I selected one and received a message saying that the Library selected would have to be updated to match the current operating system.  I did and it loaded an older version of my iPhotos.  I renamed my current preferred library to differentiate it from the others and rechecked the box and it was in last position on the list.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,522 points)

    What you might want to do is move all of those libraries into the Pictures folder making sure each has a different name, i.e. iPhoto Library_1, iPhoto Library_2, etc. 


    Then you can determine which has all of your photos.  If you need to merger those libraries in order to get all of your photos you'll need to use  iPhoto Library Manager.  It will merger the libraries into a new library and cull out any duplicates along the way.

  • Schnblume Level 1 (5 points)

    Since the computer with the problem iPhoto was new I contacted Apple Support and after 3 hours we were able to correct the problem which seems to have been caused by the Time Machine attempting unsuccessfully to down load a picture.