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After upgrading to iPhoto '08 ver 7.1.5 on my Mac G4 500 running OS 10.4.11 i find hundreds of my photos gone. The album names are still there but no photos. This is a major loss of several years of my life. Before you could look in the folders to see the years and photos. The new iPhoto file doesn't have that ability. Where did my photos go?

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By albums do you mean those in the left hand pane or are you referring the the Events which are the original containers when photos are imported into iPhoto and appear in the right window of iPhoto?
What do you see in the Events? Blank thumbnails? Thumbnails but no large image when you double click on them? I
Your photos (the originals) are probabluy still in the iPhoto library package. It's more like the library database file(s) have been damaged. If you see blank thumbnails try Control-clicking on one of them and selecting "Show Original" in the contextual menu. You will be taken to the original file in the iPhoto library via the Finder. If you find that the original files are there then you know your photos are safe.
Backup the library and try the three fixes below in order as needed:
Fix #1
1 - delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, that resides in your Home/Library/Preferences folder.
NOTE: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding the the Option key. You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.
2 - delete iPhoto's cache files that are located in the Home/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto folder.
Fix #2
Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys depressed and follow the instructions to rebuild the library. Select last three options.
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Fix #3
Rebuild the library using iPhoto Library Manager as follows:
Using iPhoto Library Manager to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library
1 -Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
2 -Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your User/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
3 - Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File->Rebuild Library menu option
4 - In the next window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
5 - Click on the Create button.
Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.

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