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Can't open iMovie, iPhoto, and iTunes: what do I do?

When I try to open iPhoto it says; The application iPhoto quit unexpectedly. Mac OS X and other applications are not affected -I have relaunched it and had reported it, but nothing has changed and it will not open. (Has every picture we have on there).

Then when I try iMovie it says; the same thing as iPhoto and we have done the same thing, but nothing.

Lastly, when I try to open iTunes it says; "The file 'iTunes Library.itl' cannot be read because it was created by a newer version iTunes." And I can't do anything to fix it. Please, help!

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These are software problems and generally, as a matter of policy, we do not answer software issues this is a hardware repair forum... there are other forums for software.

I happen to know some things about Apple Software so I will give you some things to try. Have a complete current backup of all your data before starting.

First off you need a new version of iTunes. By upgrading iTunes it should be able to launch and repair/update/import your old iTunes library.

You should first throw out your iPhoto .plist file from User/Library/Preferences... depending on the version of OS X you are using Library may be easy or hard to find (on newer iterations of the software User/Library is hidden by default. While you're there toss out iMovie .plist too.

You can rebuild/repair the iPhoto library. Before performing a rebuild, you should install any iPhoto updates by using Software Update.

To rebuild the iPhoto library:

  1. Quit iPhoto if it is open.
  2. Hold down the Command and Option keys on the keyboard.
  3. Open iPhoto.
  4. Keep the keys held down until you see a dialog box.
  5. A dialog will appear with rebuild options. Select the options you want to use (Check them all).
  6. Click Rebuild to begin the rebuild process. This may take a while depending on how large your image database is.

If deleting the iMovie .plist file does not fix iMovie try removing the movies from iMovie there may be a corrupt file somewhere

Also: Go to Apple Discussions under each application for more help. If you do not have an Apple ID and need one to post you can make one-they are free.

One other pointer if you do not have sufficient free (empty) space on your HD that could cause the crashing You need to keep ~20% of your total HD size left empty for VMEM and swap (temporary) files. (e.g. if you have a 256GB Drive you need 50GB empty).

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That still dose not work for me

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Hi I can't open all of a sudeen iphotos or itunes on MacBook Pro

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And which, if any, of the above steps have you already tried? The more information we have to work with (Machine, OS, version of Application, last successful time you opend the app, new peripherals, upgrades or applications added) the more help we can provide, and the sooner we can offer it.


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I cannot open the application iMovie.

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