3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 2:28 PM by Old Toad
boyscout373 Level 1 (0 points)

All of my pics are blank. There is an outline but the pics are blank. How can I get them to re appear? and more importantly how did this happen in the first place?

iBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11), using iPhoto 5
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    There are 9 different versions of iPhoto and they run on eight different versions of the Operating System. The tricks and tips for dealing with issues vary from version to version and OS to OS. So before anyone can help, they need information to work with. Things like:



    - What version of iPhoto.

    - What version of the Operating System.

    - Details. What were you doing when the problem arose?

    - Did it ever work properly?

    - Are there error messages?

    - What steps have you tried already to solve the issue.


    Anything else you can think of that might allow someone else to understand your issue.

  • boyscout373 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the help.... this is what I have and what I have attempted to do.


          I am using iPhoto 5 version

           I am using the 10.4.11 OS  

          I noticed that the pics were blank when I opened iPhoto. Before that time it has always operated fine.

          I removed the iPhoto Library from the hard drive and placed it on the desk top. I then held down the option

           key and restarted the iPhoto program. I then chose to rebuild the Library and tried to import the Library from

          desktop. No pics came through. Still blank. Only outlines of all the pics that were there originally.


    Beyond trying to rebuild the Library I do not know any other "things" to try. I appreciate any help or suggestions.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,522 points)

    Move the library back into your Pictures folder and open it.  Then close it and try rebuilding again. 


    Select the options checked in this screenshot:



    If that fails continue with this:


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
      3. Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option
      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
      5. Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments. However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.