It sounds like an issue with the library .Best try this first .Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function.http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/basically the library has a problem .You may want to do a safe boot also just in case of Mac HD errors . .SAFE BOOT >Turn off the Mac .Power on the Mac .Hold shift on the keyboard using a USB keyboard , while powering on the Mac and booting , boot to safe mode.Once booted to safe mode , restart and boot as normal .Full details here :-http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1455Does this help .Customer :I'm definitely not a techie, so boot means?And will it boot to safe mode just by my holding down the shift?Also I'm wondering now whether I even checked the photos. Perhaps I just rotated the thumbnails. I have over 20,000 photos so I probably just steamed ahead without checking, and only because my shuffle started (it's my going to sleep mode), did I notice all the photos askew--well, most of them. I've been re-working the Paris photos since my first message to just answer this morning, one by one, not thirty thumbnails at a time.I just checked the full details link. So I will proceed.iteachmac :Turn on the computer normally while powering onAnd will it boot to safe mode just by my holding down the shift?20,000 photos, yes rebuild the library using the tool it will take awhile ,I will work with you till we get some results .Customer :Thanks, ***** ***** I started up in safe mode. But hitting the thumbnails in safe mode gave me no result at all. No response. I did rebuild the photo library after it crashed last week, but the out-of-sync thumbnails, out of sync with the full-sized photos began with the rebuild, or maybe before that, with the original crash. So should I rebuild again? In any case, I've forgotten how to do that. I guess I could ask the computer. But maybe tomorrow would be best. At this rate I won't even see morning. My amp also died this week. Someone's coming over with a possible replacement. So photos and sound both went haywire.iteachmac :Yes. You should rebuild again. But, download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function.http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/do this now while booted normally.Hope the audio problem gets fixed as well .If you get stuck please ask for more details .Customer :The thumbnails are in some kind of sync with my photos, but not correct sync. Will the iPhoto manager be able to fix that?When iPhoto first crashed, I was seeing thick black chalk-textured lines drawn through the thumbnails. Is my whole computer breaking down?If I rotate the thumbnail, the full photo will also rotate, but not point in the same direction. But some of them are perfectly matched. It's not consistent. I think it reverted to straight from the camera mode because landscape orientation on the full photo never needs rotation.OK, I'm going to download the iPhoto Library Manager. Even though I rebuilt last week, I don't remember how long rebuilding lasted (20,000 photos plus). I probably walked out on it. Perhaps I should back up my photos first. I just got an external hard drive but did not succeed in putting on my music and photo libraries. I guess I should do that first. But it seems I'd be putting this confused version of my photos on it.A fixed version would make a better back-up but losing everything would be terrible. I'm also thinking it may be time for a new computer.iteachmac :Will the iPhoto manager be able to fix that? perhaps , the rebuild tool it has is better than the one built in to iphoto on startup . .iteachmac :You said: "Is my whole computer breaking down?" There could be a problem, can you explain more?You said: "Perhaps I should back up my photos first" You can do that , but the rebuild tool should not harm anything .Is your external hard drive set up for mac use? Check format , select the drive icon , Press , CMD i , for get info , the format of the external should be displayed along with other info such as its name. If the drive is fat 32 , you will have to format it . ? let me know .if the drive is Mac OSX extended format , then this should be fine .Customer :Well the black chalk marks through the thumbnails from top to bottom of the page were strange.I believe it is--got it from an apple store. It's a g-drive mini.Should I plug in the drive?iteachmac :Yes . and lets check the format .Customer :Plugged in.iteachmac :do you see the drives icon , on the desktop?Customer :I also have time capsule.Looking for icon.iteachmac :ok if you dont see the icon click on the finder .Then go to the top menu , finder menu , preferences .When the panel opens , check on all the boxes for show on desktop . .Once done, close the panel .you should see your Mac HD , and the external on the desktop .When you see the external drives icon on the desktop top , select it with one click . then hit CMD i . get info will open .If you have clutter , just make a new folder on the desktop , and move the mess to the folder , drag and drop to it . also you can do , Finder , view menu , sort by kind . hard drives and externals with be top right .Customer :I just turned the drive off and on. Maybe that will help it to appear.iteachmac :ok . can you see your mac HD on the desktop yet?You stated you also have a time capsule , if its setup and working with time machine you should have a backup already .Customer :When I try to open to the desk top itself, not the launch pad, it asks me if I want to leave this page. I'm afraid to cut the umbilical cord.And in fact it would be a bad idea.iteachmac :the desktop , is not the launch pad .The desktop is the screen background with the desktop picture .the picture you see when you login . i.e if you close all windows , and click on the back ground picture , that is the desktop .Customer :I noticed a few days ago that time capsule was not working, and I did manage to get it going on my own. But there is no pre-iPhoto crash record there.iteachmac :so lets back up to the new external just incase .do you see the external drives icon ?you can see this on the desktop .but make the setting:Click on the finder .Then go to the top menu , finder menu , preferences .when the panel opens , check on all the boxes for show on desktop . .once done close the panel .you should see your Mac HD , and the external on the desktop .Customer :Now that I think about it I may not have seen my desktop in quite awhile.
Found my desktop!
make the settings like this ,
You should now see your mac Hd and any externals that are mounted.
I did get those settings right--had to add a check to the 4th.
Ok can you see the external drive icon , and your Macintosh HD icon
Found my g-drive mini.
Ok , good ,
Select it , with one click ,. .
Then CMD i . on the keyboard .
Desk top is actually listed as desktop 2.
hold CMD , and press i.
no problem , in lion , or snow leopard that is the desktop . there maybe more than one is use .
do you see the get info for the g drive .
in get info for the G drive does it state under format : Mac OS Extended (Journaled) .
If I highlight G-Drive I get just back ups back up db.
Time Capsule or Time Machine is going now. Is that an influence?
ok you must have used it with timemachine .
This is ok .
so you can open the drive to see what is inside .
ok that is where we will copy the iphoto library , by hand .
I don't remember. By now you see that I sort of just stumble around in this techie paradise.
in the g drive , make a new folder named , iphoto backup 2012 .
once you have made the folder , let me know .
Maybe I'm not on the right page.
Do you know how to make a new folder?
We want to make a backup of the iphoto library yes , that is current?
stored on your G drive .
in the G drive , open it .
Them make a new folder inside ,
Amazing what I don't know.
using : Finder menu , File , New folder .
no problem .
we can make this where , we will store the backup .
after the folder is in place , on the g drive . , we can copy the file .
let me know , once you have a folder , on the g drive , named iphoto backup 2012 .
Got the folder but I didn't name it. Just says new folder.
Ok to name it , just click on the name once , wait , then once more .
you should then be able to type a name .
I think I did that but will try again.
ok the text will turn blue , when you can type .
One click seems to turn it purple.
click on the current name , once , then again .
a short wait between clicks .
about 1 second .
so you now have the folder in place .
I'm hard work. Sorry.
Folder in place.
you can open the folder ready to copy the iphoto library to it .
I will give you details how .
do you know how to use copy and paste?
we can copy and paste the file to the new location folder .
Yes, I've written two novels.
ok we can copy and paste , a file also , just like you would text .
the copy paste buttons , are CMD C , copy .
CMD V paste .
ok so we now need to copy the file .
the file is named iphoto library . I will guide you to it .
on the desktop you see your Mac HD icon , open it .
then open Users ,
then open your User name .
then open , Pictures .
in the folder named , Pictures . you should see the file named , iPhoto library .
I'm right there.
do you see the file.
also is there only one file named that ?
normally there will be only one iPhoto library .
I have iPhoto library 1 and 2, plus many other pics, don't know if they're dups
ok , to be sure , select all the files . so they are highlighted .
You are bringing light to darkness.
you can select them all by dragging a box over the names .
Including the ones that are not in the iPhoto library?
you can do to be sure .
Dragging a box
to select all , you can use the finder menu , edit , select all .
then hit copy , CMD C .
be sure they are all selected .
do not hit paste yet.
once you have selected the files , and hit copy , CMD C . the files are held in a buffer to be pasted .
once copy is made , go back to the folder you made , iphoto backup 2012 , and click inside it .
once you are inside the iphoto backup folder on your g drive , Hit CMD V .
the files should be pasted to the new location , leaving the old files alone .
CMD C--type that in caps?
CMD is a key , you hold this , c is a key you press this once .
CMD key is next to the space bar .
to copy , Hold CMD , then tap C .
or you can used the edit menu . Copy .
using the EDIt menu from the finder , copy . is the same as the keyboard shortcut , CMD C .
ok once copy , move to the folder you made , and click in side it .
with a left click .
once the folder is selected inside , Press CMD V paste . or edit menu paste.
then what is cmd v?
what ever you copied last will be pasted .
CMD V = paste . or same as Finder edit menu , Paste .
only tap this once .
or you will paste it twice . :)
25000 items being copied now.
if you pasted correctly , the files should start to copy .
it will take a while , to calculate , and then make the copy .
How many years?
once the files are there , check or compare to the Pictures folder contents , i.e you should have the same amount of files in both folders. .
depending on drive speed and the amount of files , it could take 25 mins .
make a coffee .
Thanks, ***** ***** had breakfast.
Be sure that no error , made in the copy . if an error occurs , a panel may pop up stating the error . lets hope not .
You are working miracles.
does it state a time as yet?
I heard a thud at one point, but checked it--no problem showing.
ok thanks , once this is complete , you have a backup of the entire Pictures folder , independent from time machine.
ok , a time on progress ?
I'm not seeing a time listing.
am I looking in the wrong place. could it have finished?
on the small window for the copy procure .
procedure . umm
you can check the copy is completed by , comparing the files in the backup folder to the Picutres folder . the easy way is by file size .
the two folders should be the same size .
select the Pictures folder icon , with one left click .
then hit CMD i , for get info .
The folders name and file size is listed .
make a mental note .
do the same for the iPhoto backup 2012 folder , and compare size .
the size , should be the same if the copy is completed .
i.e the folders Get info file size , is the combined total of its contents , compare the two folders to be sure . .
Normally a copy will complete ok , and once proved ok , lets move on to trying the rebuild using the tool.
So now you know how to copy files , name a folder , etc and get info for file / folder sizes , thats good.
using a computer these days , is a bit like a actual office , we need to store files etc in folders, for tidiness but also for reference.
Some time from now , you will see that you have a folder named iphoto backup 2012 on the G drive . and you will know its the backup we made of the whole Pictures folder in the year 2012 .
The file named : iPhoto Library is actually just another folder .
But , you cant open it normally .
the file contains all the photos in use in a given iPhoto Library .
if you have more than one iPhoto library , you may what to check if there the same , or one is broken or not used anymore.
i.e when you load iPhoto the app , it chooses an iPhoto Library to view . it can only view one at a time .
to choose a library to view in iPhoto , you must quit iPhoto .
then on the keyboard , Hold the ALT key .
then while holding , launch iPhoto .
a panel opens with a choice to choose a library .
with that said ,
make sure iPhoto is quid , and let me know once your here .
They are the same size. That was fast--much faster than I was.
what is the file size?
ok what was the file size , I have an idea of what it should be .
ok , 1.35 gb .
there are some photos in the folder .
not sure if all you photos are there.
I travel plenty. Where are you located?
Do you know what a single photo files size is for your camera , ?
Im in the UK . close to London , you ?
Tanzania, South Africa, China, all over Europe, London too. I was a Brit Lit major.
if we calc , your single photo size , x 20000 it should be around the total size of the folder . if not some data may be missing .
did you say 2000 photos or 20,000
Lately I've just been using my iPhone. But I took a great camera to Africa.
ok . file size for each photo will vari . from 400k to 2mb .
ok 24k .
I think some are missing or stored else where. but not in the iphoto lib .
lets go step by step .
Ok , quit iPhoto .
install , and open iPhoto library manager .
in the tool , we can do a number of jobs .
these jobs cant be made in iphoto , as iphoto is limited .
hence the tool .
do you have the tool launched now and see the panel .
Yes I have the panel.
in the panel , do you see one iphoto library selected .
selected with a blue dot the left .
is there once one or is there two ? to be selected ?
only one ?
Yes--with fewer photos than in the whole pic file. I knew some were missing.
ok , is there one or two libs ?
I knew from the file size something was amiss .
Blue dot--just one listing: says iPhoto library_3
Ok , lib3 , and no other libs listed ?
we shall deal with this one first .
there may be a way to recover the others , if there is a backup on the timemachine .
But first .
Lets rebuild the lib 3 , make a mental note of the name .
to rebuild , select the lib blue dot in the panel .
Go File menu , Rebuild Library .
A file requester will open .
It should point to the Pictures folder ,
save the file as rebuilt .
iPhoto Library (rebuilt)
so once completed , there will be a new rebuilt , iPhoto lib named , iPhoto Library (rebuilt) . stored in the Pictures folder.
Now the tool will do its job .
So I just hit the create button?
iPhoto should open during the job .
Just sit back and let it do it for you .
My life is spinning before my eyes.
many photos . :)
where are you located?
New York City
NYC Ok .
Manhattan, Greenwich Village
I work backstage at Carnegie Hall.
Ok , once this is complete you can also copy and paste the new Rebuilt lib from Pictures folder , to the iPhoto backup 2012 folder on your G drive .
backstage at Carnegie Hall. , nice , what do you do , I also create sound design .
ok , I bet its still chugging away .
Wow. I'm a backstage attendant. That means I'm sort of a stage manager--but the more professional the group the more they bring their own. So then I'm just doing places calls, getting the maestro down to the stage, ringing house chimes, making sure they're all happy.
processing file 112 of 591.
Every once in awhile it asks me whether I want to download a dupe, even though I hit no for all cases.
Up to Tanzania. Most of the files are right side up.
Job sounds super .
At least in the thumbnails.
dupes , not sure best check as you go along . .
Most of the files are right side up. ok , good news .
kenspocket your website?
the rotation tag is normally stored inside the photos tags for JPGs . how they are currently set with be used in the import / rebuild . etc .
website yes .
this is going to take a while .
Yup. My amp died this week too.
Like going blind and deaf in the same week.
oh whats the amps issue?
My amp needs a service too ,so.
or hifi .
do you have your Mac jacked in to it >?
Yes into old celestial speakers.
Celestial ? ... Celestion ? I have the A1s .
full surround ,
With Yamaha A1 amp .
Celestion A1 front ,center A4C ,rear A5R ,A6S sub ,
I don't know exactly what I have. Someone owed me money and gave me these in its place--at least twenty five or thirty years ago.
ok , if there Celestion , depending on model , there good .
There's no case, just an unmarked box. Given to me by a cellist.
on the rear by the connections name stated . .
The posts I connect the cable to are loose.
yes , oh dear , that needs fixing .
the post itself?
is there a name or model by the post label . ?
heres mine .:
top most pictured .
heres yours :
the ditton is a classic hifi speaker ,
Funny I used to have a pair also .
New amp coming tonight:
SHENGYA A-802 HYBRID INTEGRATED AMP
ditton 15 worth about $500 in VGC .
Still in Tanzania.
If you ever want to update , get used A1s A2 or A3 celestions , as they are the last and best speakers they made .
around £2k new .
around $500 to $1500 used .
Company folded? I'm really out of the loop.
company was bought out by KEF >
I guess I should repair them?
How much are the newer A1s-3s?
Kef purchased them and closed production of the A1s , as they where better than there own reference range at the time , about £7000 worth .
The a range full setup was about £5.5k . new .
and where better than the Kefs .
best kept secret .
you new amp should have optical digital in .
Toslink optical .
you can hook up your mac so to provide 24bit digital SPDIF out to the amp .
far better than the analog out .
what mac do you have?
Mac pro or other ?
Someone online is bringing the Shengya amp for $550. My cellist friend linked me up. Same who gave me the speakers. I rely on him for sound matters.
Mac pro 15 inch (with 30inch cinema display)--about five years old.
mac book pro .
ok the amp if this is the same :
does not have toslink inputs .
But you can get a better DAC for your Mac .
you should have firewire on your Mac book pro .
Firewire is the best audio IO unless using the new Thunderbolt .
toslink is digital .
I'm on the verge of getting a new computer.
heres a good low cost way to get your audio out of the mac better .
Can I save the whole chat after we're done?
you can hook it up to the hifi and leave it , then plug your mac in to it for use .
yes , I switch to Q and A mode , easy to read .
heres the next step up , if you need mixing for mics or keyboard guitars in future .
For my music library I've got 15,520 items, 50.2 days, 92.81 GB.
haha that's allot .
I hate to say it, I don't play any instruments. Just push a pen around.
the audio analog on the Mac is ok , but not great . so decent audio interface is a notch up .
Or you can use an external DAC , to convert from optical digital to analog line RCA .
Is it pointless to match the Shengya with it?
option one or , the stand alone DAC , is the best option .
if you compare some life is missing from a decent audio IO to the Macs built in sound out.
Mostly treble is not as clear .
anyway hows , the iPhoto lib going?
oh yeah , your mac can output digital directly , via this . :
it plugs in the headphone jack , on the mac .
and switches to digital out , toslink , like you may use with a modern surround sound amp .
Still in Tanzania, July 2007, event 137 of 591. I should release you.
the out put is PCM 24bit or 16bit @44.1 48khz or 96khz L&R .
I've also got some Sennheiser wireless earphones, also about five years old.
or dolby digital 2. 5.2 or DTS . via the Mac dvd player playing a modern movie . that has surround sound .
but for this you'd need a full surround sound set up .
My New York space is quite small.
the adapter allows you to use a Toslink SPDIF optical digital audio cable for out ,
ok lets take a rain cheque on the surround sound ,.
but good that you now for future .
Your new amp looks like a good one for speakers .
ok did the rebuild complete yet ?
I'm glad. I hope he's not bringing me a box full of stones.
haha , It looks like a version of this :
Event 137 of 591.
, ok . this will take some time. dont touch a thing .
Would installing my new amp interfere with the download of the pics if it's still going on three hours from now?
hi , no , as long as you dont unplug the mac ,
dont quit anything or log out etc .
you can launch itunes , if you want in the front as long as you know this does not crash the mac . .
normally it will be ok.
plugging in the audio jack wont affect anything .
you can use a airtunes router , for itunes to route audio wireless to the amp .
but I dont think it will improve the sound , using the local WIFI in the home . .
but handy .
also a neat trick , to impress friends . look no hands .
no wires ..
with one of these :
Do you suspect you have a problem with the Mac HD ? other than the photos issue? I know a way to test fully .
hard drives do wear out , iv changed two this week both apple .
You've been spectacular on a number of fronts. How do I make sure you get credit for all your help? And how do I save all the info on the sound--I've got to be able to translate it.
The computer now is responding even to my typing very slowly.
When you press accept ,there should be an option to give bonus , wait till we finish tho.
second , the page can be view here , on your JA account , to view , make a book mark .
or see it in your JA account .
With out copy paste skills .
do this now .
open a new doc in pages , or word .
Till the download is done?--that could be hours.
do you want to make a copy so far of the text here?
Pages still bouncing around, not open yet.
ok once open .
make a new doc .
then , come back to this page .
above in the box . select any part of a word .
then , Go Edit menu , Select all .
Then CMD C copy .
then go to the open pages doc .
click it ,
then do CMD V paste .
then save the doc .
ok let me know once youv done that , and we will check out the Mac HD .
the good thing is if the Mac HD HDD hard disk drive , inside the Mac book pro is bad . we can replace it with a new SSD . but we must have a decent new time machine back up firstly .
A new SSD will speed up the Mac book pro by x5 . With a new SSD if fitted , Booting up will take approx 12 seconds. launching apps takes 1 seconds , even after sleep.
wake front sleep takes 2 seconds . etc .
this is an option , if needed , so we need to find out if the Mac HD is on its way out .
There is only one way to check , unless we guess .
and we dont really want to guess .
so we need to use a tool :
this tool can tell if a drive is failing before it fails , apples disk tool cant .
the tool has a scan function , that checks for bad blocks .
if bad blocks are found at all , the drive needs repair , or is defective and will soon fail or get worse then fail.
if bad blocks are found the drive should be binned and replaced .
the software may have a trial mode , but I cant say if you can use scan while in trial .
if you can scan use scan and tell if the drive is bad .
but we need to wait till the iphoto job is finished to perform a scan anyhow .
this site works better with firefox btw .
you can download firefox here :
I was just caught into ten minutes of scrolling--that turning disk that didn't allow me to do anything
heres the download page :
colour wheel spins .
the computer is running slow .
if you still have pages open , quit it , it will help free up ram .
if you have itunes open , quit that also .
The scrolling keeps coming back--everything is in slow motion.
yes , ok , may be best to quit your safari , and come back in 20 mins .
use Safari menu quit , rather than closing the window .
let iphoto and iphoto manager finish the job so dont quit those . .
Right now the computer is acting uup.
Couldn't even type anything for 15 minutes.
iTunes off, ipage off
ok , try to save some ram for the job to complete .
did you make a pages doc with the text pasted ?
ah Bergamont , I just lit my oil burner .
No I never got that far. When I started, everything slowed to a halt.
There's a save and exit button at the bottom. Maybe that will do.
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After that, you will have a Lion Installer DVD. Here is what the contents of my Lion Installer DVD looked like:
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