Help. ... System preferences frozen on desktop picture pane

bigpoppamac31

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So my System Preferences has frozen. Never done that before. It froze on the "Desktop and Screensaver" panel. I clicked on one of the iPhoto folders and it just suddenly froze. I forced quit and re-opened which didn't help. When I re-open the iPhoto folders don't load and I just get the spinning wheel. Also restarting my Mac doesn't help and relaunching the Finder doesn't help. Any ideas?
 

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How much time have you given System Preferences to try to load the iPhoto Library? Is the iPhoto Library on your internal HDD / SSD or an external HDD?
 

bigpoppamac31

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How much time have you given System Preferences to try to load the iPhoto Library? Is the iPhoto Library on your internal HDD / SSD or an external HDD?
My iPhoto library always loads instantly upon opening the Desktop/Screensaver pane. I found out I can open System Prefs while holding the shift key therefore allowing me to access all other panes. But once I click on the Desktop/Screensaver Pane it freezes in a second or two and the iPhoto folders don't show up. I just get the beach ball again.

iPhoto library is on my internal drive.
 

bigpoppamac31

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Okay so I figured it out. When I click on the iPhoto triangle therefore showing all the folders within it there's one that if I click on it it freezes preferences. This option doesn't even show up in iPhoto when I open it. Maybe it's one of those "hidden files". I there is a way to remove it that would be great.

It's a file or folder called 2012-07-20. Here's a screenshot. Maybe someone knows what it is.

http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=415181&stc=1&d=1370375003
 

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The Gorn

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Oct 5, 2009
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Desktop Pics & Screensavers Frozen Here, Too!

I'm having the same infuriating problem! Only my System Preferences locks up simply by opening the Desktop Pictures & Screensaver panel. I tried trashing the .plist file and .plist.lockfile, and repaired permissions - all to of no avail.

Thanx in advance for any other suggestions!
 

n6ac

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Apr 7, 2009
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