so, i just got called from my old neighbor who switched to macs. his wife just went to use iPhoto and a message popped up when she started treating her like a new user. it gave her 3 options (e.g., do you want to start using iPhoto? do you want to connect a digital camera, etc.) and she chose to use iPhoto, but none of the hundreds of photos she had in there were anywhere to be found -- and yes, they looked in the pictures folder in their home directory. i am going to try and find an answer elsewhere, but thought i'd post here to see if this rings a bell with anyone here. it almost sounds like maybe they accidentally created a new account or something. hmmm.<br><br>the crummy thing about their switch in this past year is that i just helped them last week connect a firewire cord between their iBook and iMac to backup files because the iBook screen stopped working (it's on its way back to apple for repair) and now this...i have a feeling they'll switch back the first chance they get since i am the only person they know who uses mac and can help.<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
This sort of thing ALWAYS happens to the people who know the least about trying to fix it, doesn't it?<br><br>If you had to scratch and claw to make them switch, and then they start having all sorts of problems, you can bet your bottom dollar they'll be asking you if you want to buy their machine off of them soon...<br><br>[color:red]DaddyMac's MP3 to AAC conversion: left to go...</font color=red>
People have to have an open mind, or they will never switch. Here's the thing...and I tell people this...they have to help themselves. They have to figure it out. They have to search around the websites and read, pick up a couple of Pogue books (Switching to Mac, iMac for dummies, etc.)<br><br>If they are not willing to do some learning and reading, it'll never fly.<br><br>I had to learn the Mac from scratch in 1998 with OS 8, 8.5, 9 and then X....all self-taught. <br><br>
I'm right with you there Bry!<br>As a matter of fact I followed the same path as you except I went from 8.6 to OS X.<br>I bought books, went to all the Mac websites and forums, and explored my way around the hard drive opening all the folders.<br><br><br>My Stuff
the thing is...many people are not like us. some people just want easy even if easy means more work, but more work doing what everyone else is doing. PCs, for all their yuckiness, are easier in the sense that you can more easily obtain help from anyone when something goes wrong and you are more likely to find someone else who has encountered the same issues and problems. some people don't make "computing" a hobby like we do. i am not sure i'd suggest a macintosh to a user who will never visit version tracker (or like sites) and who doesn't know to get updates to commonly used applications (e.g., MS Word).<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
Loc: London, United Kingdom
Try setting up the root user and logging in as root and doing a search, if they are there that will find them.<br><br>"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." - Richard Feynman
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." - Richard Feynman
That's right - by default it only searches the home directory. Users can search the whole drive but it will only show files that they have read permissions for. Root can search the whole drive.<br><br>I can think of two scenarios that happened:<br>1. They logged in as another user. To find the files, you can simply look in all of the users' Pictures/iPhoto Library folders.<br><br>2. You mentioned you taught them how to back up - they didn't go "the wrong way", did they? i.e. copy an empty iPhoto Library over top of their existing one? When you see them, ask them if they backed anything up right before using iPhoto.<br><br>Regardless, the files didn't just disappear - they had to do something. Good luck!<br><br>
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