iPhoto = Spinner beach ball of death

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  1. robotrenegade macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2002
    Hey guys,
    I need some help with iPhoto. Every time I start iphoto I get the "spinning beach ball of death" for 10min then everything runs great. I have 3,344 photos.
  2. robotrenegade thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2002
  3. BigSlim macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    In The Same Boat...

    Ado, Yeah I've also got the same problem on my iMac at home. You open iPhoto and the beach ball pops up as soon as you click on anything and then you can't do ouwt for 10 mins or so inside of iPhoto, the rest of OS X is fine you can open finder, browse Firefox etc.
    I've got around 4000 photos in my library and thought it was that that was holding everything up but even when I created another empty library on my account the beach ball was still spinning around for a library with no photos in it.

    I did ring Apple up ages ago because I've had this problem for months and they said if you hold down ALT + CMD and open iPhoto you can rebuild all of it's index's and thumnails. So I did that but it didn't fix the problem.

    So just as a test as an idea, I made a new standard account. Copied my 4000 photo library into "/Users/Shared" changed it's permissions so the new account could read/write. I'm going to go into the new account and hold down ALT so when iPhoto opens you can choose what library to load up.

    I'm working on this problem right now so will reply with what happens, but I think the problem is account related somehow?
  4. BamaDMD macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2007
    Where its way too hot.
    Same problem here.

    I am trying the rebuild thing as I write this. This just started today but on my wife's iMac as well as mine. I have around 27000 photos so this is going to take awhile. Hope it works. This is the first time she or I have encountered this. I haven't updated yet to 10.5.4 yet (still on 10.5.3). Do you think this could possibly be a virus? Very strange.
  5. MacAficionado macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    An awesome place
    When things like this happen, it could be one of a couple of things. The first thing to try to do is clear your caches in the:

    Users/Home(Your Name)/Library/Caches

    Send it to the trash, then empty it.

    Second would be to trash your iPhoto preference file.

    Users/Home(Your Name)/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iphoto.plist

    Then, try to re-build you library by pressing ALT+CMD as you are launching iPhoto. Rebuild everything.

    If that does not work then do this:

    See the Manual rebuild section

    Hope that helps
  6. axboi87 macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2006
    Dallas, Tx
    Same Issue

    I have the same issues, however...
    I have followed all steps to clear caches, rebuild, then manually rebuild...
    I created a new library and yet it still has a spinning ball for the first 4 or 5 minutes with NO PHOTOS. It does this across all accounts! Help!
  7. BigSlim macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    Hey thanks for that man!
    It fixed the problem right through! Cleared the caches and did a rebuild and now iPhoto pops up straight away. I'm used to opening iPhoto and walking away for 10 minutes while it loads... I can now import photos straight away... wow lol

    Thanks again anyway :)
  8. charlieg macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2006
    Just an observation that might help others ... I too was seeing the spinning ball when opening iPhoto. I unchecked "Look for shared photos" under the Sharing tab of the iPhoto preferences and then quit and relaunched iPhoto. No more spinning ball. Deleting the iPhoto preferences will probably also reset that option so it may be why that worked for some.

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