You're right, it stopped after I unplugged the ethernet cord from the computer!
However, I do need internet. Is there any known fix that you are aware of so that It wont stall even when I have my ethernet cord plugged in (which is about 100% of the time)? I dont use wireless or bloothooth on my MBP, and have both turned off. Appreciate it!
Well, I dont have any of those services enabled. Im not sure if "sharing" is on, but when I look at preferences under the sharing tab the only one that is checked is the "Look for shared photos" and I treid disabling that and restarting but it still stalled. Flickr, Facebook, Moblile me, Mail icons are all greyout at the botton and unclickable. I have never set them up on this new fresh Install of Mountain Lion? Am I disabling the "sharing" correctly?
Make a temporary, backup copy (if you don't already have a backup 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 (Snow Leopard and Earlier).
or with Mt. Lion from the User/Library/Containers/com.apple.iPhoto/
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.
If you have problems locating the cache file don't worry about it. The key file to delete and rebuild is the preference file. Once you relaunch iPhoto reset the iPhoto prefs to what you want.
Thanks Toad, however, I dont have that com.apple.iphoto.plist file. The closest I could find in the Preferences folder was a iLife09.playlist. Option number 2 wont work as im using Mountain Lion, not Snow Leopard or earlier. When I tried the Mountain Lion route you provided, I couldnt find the Containers folder? Maybe this is becuase I am using iLife 09 on Mountain Lion? I find it odd that when I dont have the ethernet cable plugged in, iPhoto doesnt stall, it only happends when I am connected to the internet. I've also tried the command and option method various time to no avail.
When I launch iPhoto 09, the beachball starts spinning, however if I unplug the ethernet cord it automatically stops, and I can use iPhoto normally.
If I dont unplug the cord, it stalls for about 20 seconds before it allows me to use the applicaton.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
Here's the library you want to look in:
The house icon is your home folder and will be named with your short account name. If you've run iPhoto even once you will have a file titled com.apple.iPhoto.plist.
You can download and use Find Any File to search for com.apple.iPhoto.plist. FAF can search areas that Spotlight can't, like invisible folders.
You.Sir.Are.Awesome. That seemed to work, after I finally found that iPhoto.plist file using that "FIND ANY FILE APP! The reason I coudn't find it without that app is becuase I didnt have a "Preferences" Folder when I clicked the home icon. Since you seem to be tech savvy, do you have an idea as to why that is. In fact, this is what I have listed under the home folder.
(Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music, Pictures, Public, Send Regristaration, and Sites) No Preferences folder under there. The Pref folder I was looking in was the one under Library/Preferences (see below) and that iPhoto.plist wasnt here?!
Even more interesting is that that "Find Any File" app says its here:
Any idea as to why this is the case? By the way, dont worry,I will give you best answer for solving my inital and primary issue. I am just wondering if you know why this is the case with the preferences folder since you seem to be experienced with Mac OS. Thanks!
Try rebuilding the library's database flie as follows:
make a temporary, backup copy of the library if you don't already have one (Control-click on the library and select Duplicate from the contextual menu) and try the following:
1 - launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.
2 - Since only one option can be run at a time start with #1 followed by #3 and then #4 (do all of those).
I tried that, but it also didnt work. Now even if I delete the iphoto.plist file in the preferenes folder, the wheel still spins. Its odd that this only happens when im connected to the internet. I feel like it has something to do with communicating/connecting to the Apple Servers. It is the older version (iPhoto 09) and that message keeps popping up (upgrade to the new version message) but I dont need nor want to. I did click the "do not show this message again" but I still feel like it does something like this in the background where it tries to communicate with Apples Servers and that causes the stall possibly? A little side note, I dont have any services enabled like Facebook, Flickr, etc. Nor did I enable GPS photo tracking as I thought these could possibly cause a stall.
I just dont know.
But thanks for all the help Toad, I appreciate it.