2 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2012 12:46 PM by Gary Markovich
Gary Markovich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I've been using iDVD for quite a while, and used it as recently as last week.  However, when I tried to start it, only the tool bar indicating that the application is running appears.  If I try to access any of the pull-down menus, like "File" or "Edit" or "Project," nothing will appear.


I can hear the little clicks and hums that I usually hear when it starts, but it ceases after the little spinning beach ball shows, then disappears.  I cannot start it if I double click on the application and I cannot start it by double clicking on a previously-created iDVD project.


Is there a remedy that involves trashing the caches and/or preferences?  I follow this kind of procedure periodically with the FCE program.  Or should I use the AppDelete program provided by Apple, then purchase iLife '11?


Thanks for any help you can provide.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)



    Yes You can


    • trash iDVD pref file - and Repair Permissions


    BUT first I would try - Just to find out if trashing the pref file will help

    - Start a new User Account

    - log into this

    - now test if iDVD runns OK

    IF it does then 99% it's the pref file that got corrupted.


    • Delete iDVD pref. file - or rather start a new user/account - log into this and re-try


    iDVD pref. file resides.


    Mac Hard Disk (start-up HD)/Users/"Your account"/Library/Preferences


    and is named.



    While iDVD is NOT RUNNING - move this file out to desk-top.

    Now restart iDVD.


    If You run Mac OS X.7 or more - then the Library in the User-account folder is invisibly and need to be set to be viewable. IT IS NOT in the Library on Root level (when opening MacintoshHD - first window = root level)


    ( It can be done like this: Open Terminal, then enter: chflags nohidden ~/Library

    Press return, then restart, and it will always be visible until the next major update, when you do the same thing again. )


    • Free space on internal (start-up) hard disk if it is less than 10Gb should rather have 25Gb


    • Disconnect all external hard disks and try - FireWire, USB/2, AirPort or Net-work connected.

    To work OK I prefer FireWire AND it must be Mac OS Extended formatted - UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange - WILL NOT DO for video - neither for iMovie or FinalCut or iDVD any version ! This also includes any USB-memory sticks.


    • Hard disk is untidy.

    - Repair Permissions,

    - Repair Hard disk (Apple’s Disk Utilities application)

    (this last one and You must first start Mac from DVD or external hard disk)


    Yours Bengt W

  • Gary Markovich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks.  It sounds like the similar solution to problems I've had with FCE.  Thanks, Merci, Danke!

    You've helped me again, Bengt!