iPhoto '09 Faces keeps running for no reason- Help!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Khabbi, May 9, 2009.

  1. Khabbi macrumors member

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    Recently purchased a new Macbook 2.4 (a week ago) to compliment my iMac, and I decided to upload my 20K+ photo's to it so I could have my photo library to work with while I traveled.

    The problem I am having is this- As soon as I open Iphoto, the faces "working" icon starts turning to show that it is working... on what, I have no idea, since I have not accessed it nor have I asked it to look for any faces (nor do I plan on doing this on my Macbook, that's why I have my iMac). I let it run, and everything seems to run fine at first, but if I let it chug along for more than 30 min. or so, it bogs down my computer and will eventually lock up Iphoto. It does it more quickly if I try to open a folder in iphoto after I've let it run for a while.

    I kept iphoto open for a few hours hoping it would complete whatever it was trying to do, but it wouldn't end in a few hours of working, and would freeze up iphoto if I tried to do anything in it.

    I did a search, and didn't find an answer on this forum or on the net. This is a flaw in iPhoto if you ask me, why force it to work when the user doesn't want it to.. nor do I need it to! I have to admit that I am relatively new to Apple, and am surprised that they programmed Iphoto this way...

    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. rpang macrumors member

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    This also happened to me when I imported a ton of photos onto my macbook. It was annoying because when iPhoto is running, faces was eating up CPU cycles while scanning for faces. I just rebuilt the iPhoto library and it fixed it. Hold down the Command and Option keys on the keyboard while opening iPhoto to do a rebuild. It solved my issue.
     
  3. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

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    I had over 20,000 photos. Faces took somewhere between 4-9 hours (I forget). I have a MacBook Pro, so a slower computer may take longer. It will continue to do it until it's done (and then incrementally when you import photos).
     

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