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I am running Lion with most recent version of iPhoto.

I can access the memory card in Finder without problem, but when I launch iPhoto the card does not show up to import photos it contains. I have tried rebuilding my entire iPhoto database and settings by pressing option+command while the app is in the process of starting and selecting to rebuild.

Any ideas?

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Could you be more specific about how the card is connected and what the card is? – timothymh Mar 25 '12 at 16:38
Does the card contain a DCIM folder? – patrix Mar 25 '12 at 16:41
Using iMac and card is inside the SD slot on the side. Yes, it contains a DCIM folder. I should also mention the same card used to work in iPhoto on the same computer and I have imported before. – Louis W Mar 25 '12 at 16:44

Connect the memory card and launch the program Image Capture (found in the Utilities folder in both /Applications/ or in Launchpad, if you're running Lion. In the lower left corner of the screen, there should be a menu that says Connecting this camera opens...; from the menu, select iPhoto from the list.

This should make iPhoto launch when you connect this memory card. enter image description here

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I had the same problem where my camera stopped appearing in iPhoto. It turned out that the problem was the camera contained too many photos (more than 1000) and I was just being impatient. When I waited for 4-5 minutes it finally appeared. Usually I don't have so many photos on the camera and I was used to it appeared in iphoto within a few seconds of being plugged in.

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