Sunday, November 1, 2009

Migrating to a new Mac from an old one

Here are two problems I ran into that weren't resolved with Migration Assistant. Both solutions worked. I had my old G4 iMac on the same network as my new Mac laptop so I could access files as I needed them.

1. When running iMovie for the first time, I noticed it had no music resources, even though iTunes was running okay. Why couldn't iMovie access iTunes and get the list of songs? After a web search I found this item from Apple support:

Under some circumstances, you may not see the iTunes Library in other iLife applications (iMovie, iPhoto, and iDVD).

Products Affected
iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, iTunes

Symptom
  • When selecting audio for a slideshow in iPhoto, the option to choose music from iTunes is not available. The pop-up menu says "iTunes not found".
  • When selecting audio in iMovie, the option to choose music from iTunes is not available. The pop-up menu says "iTunes not found".
  • When you click the Audio button in iDVD the message "Launch iTunes or later to populate this list" appears.
Solution
  1. Run Software Update to make sure QuickTime, Mac OS X and your iLife applications to up to date.
  2. Make sure that iTunes has been opened at least once.
  3. The iTunes Music Library.xml file may be unusable. Try recreating the XML file used to populate the music listing. Follow these steps:
  4. Quit iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and iTunes.
  5. Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
  6. Choose Go > Go to Folder
  7. Depending where your iTunes Music Library is, enter ~/Documents/iTunes or ~/Music/iTunes and click Go.
  8. Locate the "iTunes Music Library.xml" file and drag it to the Desktop.
  9. Open iTunes.
  10. Create a new playlist by choosing File > New Playlist.
  11. Quit iTunes.
2. When running iWeb the first time I couldn't access my existing website. Again, a Google search uncovered the following discussion from Apple:

If you still have your old Mac, the file is here:

~/Library/Application Support/iWeb/

Where ~ is your Home Directory.

Move the file to the same location on your new Mac.

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