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Resolve a black thumbnail problem with iPhoto 6 Apps
After installing iLife '06, some of my photos in iPhoto were displaying with black thumbnails. When subscribing to one of Rob's test photocasts, the thumbnails were all black as well, though double-clicking the pictures displayed them correctly. Editing photos also turned their thumbnails black, and imported photos all had black thumbnails.

I tried the usual corrective measures: repaired permissions, reinstalled iPhoto, rebuilt the library and thumbnails, etc. Nothing worked.

It turns out that the culprit was a missing ColorSync profile. I found this by checking my iBook (I had installed iPhoto on my iMac), which had one more profile than the iMac: sRGB Profile.icc. This profile is located in /System -> Library -> ColorSync/Profiles. I was able to copy it from my iBook to my iMac, and everything was fixed.

This hint is dedicated to all those who struggle with insurmountable problems, harass friends to get help, curse the software, and search Apple's support site, only to find that the answer is not there...

[robg adds: I can attest that Kirk did, in fact, curse the software mightily until he found the fix. The bigger question that neither of us can figure out is why that profile wasn't on his main machine -- it's not a file one would be able to accidentally delete, given its location.]
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similar previous hint
Authored by: hayne on Feb 03, '06 08:07:30AM
I note that there was a similar previous hint where a black thumbnail problem in iPhoto was traced to the user having modified some of the files under /System/Library/ColorSync/Profiles

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similar previous hint
Authored by: kirkmc on Feb 03, '06 08:49:53AM

Yes, that's what made me look there. But I never modified any system profiles...

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Another work-around
Authored by: macninja on Feb 06, '06 06:53:26AM

iPhoto6 imported all my B&W images saved as greyscale as black thumbnails. Converting the scans to RGB solved the problem.



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Resolve a black thumbnail problem with iPhoto 6
Authored by: Gus on Feb 03, '06 10:09:15AM

Funny thing is, I don't have an sRGB.icc profile in that location either.
I'll get iLife '06 this weekend. Wonder if I'll have the same problem...

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Resolve a black thumbnail problem with iPhoto 6
Authored by: macFanDave on Feb 05, '06 04:30:51PM

I solved my black thumbnail problem differently.

I just tap the nail in gently until I get it started in the wood, then I pull my left hand away and hammer the nail smartly into the wood.

I'm sorry, I just couldn't help it. . .



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Resolve a black thumbnail problem with iPhoto 6
Authored by: mretondo on Oct 21, '06 12:44:15AM

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.....



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