I have also now reboot in SAFE MODE, tried setting up a new user account and iphoto works just fine in that, I have also tried moving the library and rebooting from automatic backup... all as per other threads on forums...
nothing works. As soon as you open iphoto and go to PREFERENCES it crashes. It is impossible for me to use iphoto (not that i really use it) or set it to NOT open when attaching an external HD.
Any ideas anyone?
I did that before... I saved the new library to my EX Harddrive but then when i reopened it it didn't offer me an option to choose which library to choose? It just opened as usual, i assume using the original library.
From what i can tell from forums, it is a problem with the library.
Am i meant to copy the current library to a new location (which i have done), then delete the original library that's in PICTURES? And then reopen? Will that offer me the option to select the new library?
To change libraries you need to hold down the Option(Alt) key while launching iPhoto. Then you'll be given the chace of selecting which library to open:
Let's get on the same page. You can't import photos from your camera into your current library, right? Specifically you have a 3GB file on your camera that you can't get off the camera, right? Does your camera have a memory card that you can use with a card reader? That would be the best solution. It may not be iPhoto at all but the fact that the one file is so large.
thanks for that. It is still crashing as soon as i hit PREFERENCES!
Argh! i've tried everything it seems?
New Account Log in
Recovered Library from automatic Back Up
Rebooted in Safe Mode
Opened with alt and selected a second copy of the same library....
Really not sure what else to do?!
Give this a go: 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
2 - delete iPhoto's cache file, Cache.db, that is located in your
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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.
NOTE 2: In Lion and Mountain Lion the Library folder is now invisible. To make it permanently visible enter the following in the Terminal application window: chflags nohidden ~/Library and hit the Enter button - 10.7: Un-hide the User Library folder.
So the same problem is happening. I followed your instructions, then reopened with ALT and new iphoto library. As soon as i click on preferences it crashes and i get iphoto not responding.
So frustrating. All i want to do is select it so it doesn't try and open whenever i attached my iphone/hard drive because it crashes everything!
I imagine there is nothing left for me to do as it seems i've tried everything, but if you can think of anything else, i'd glad take the suggestion.