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LR will not open

New Here ,
May 02, 2023 May 02, 2023

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Hi...I cannot open LR Classic. I have the following message on my screen:

Lightroom - Opening Catalog: DSCF0343.RAF

 

I have tried to:

- remove the associated "lock" file

- uninstall LR Classic

Neither can be performed.

 

Any advice would be appreciated.

 

Frustrated.com

 

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LEGEND ,
May 02, 2023 May 02, 2023

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DSCF0343.RAF is a photo file, not a catalog. You cannot open a photo file with Lightroom Classic, you can only open catalogs with LrC.

 

Please state clearly, step-by-step, the steps that produce this error. Are you trying to drag and drop the file DSCF0343.RAF onto the LrC icon?

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New Here ,
May 02, 2023 May 02, 2023

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Hi 

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

When i try and open LR Classic I get the messsge as per the attached photo.

 

Rebooting does not help.

 

Thanks

 

Dougy

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LEGEND ,
May 02, 2023 May 02, 2023

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Using your OS file manager, find your catalog (something.lrcat) and double click on it to open it in LrC.

 

If that works, check in the Preferences, in the General tab, what is in the Default Catalog section.

 

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New Here ,
May 02, 2023 May 02, 2023

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Hi this does not work...see attached pic

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LEGEND ,
May 02, 2023 May 02, 2023

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Close Lr.

 

Reopen while holding the Alt key - this will allow you to choose a catalogue.

 

Choose an appropriate catalogue.

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May 02, 2023 May 02, 2023

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No change in response by doing this...same two messages and LR will not open

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LEGEND ,
May 02, 2023 May 02, 2023

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Just to check: you see something like this?

 

Lr_cat.jpg

What shows up in yours?

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Ok, Reopen while holding the Alt key, but select to create a new catalog. This as a diagnostic.

 

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Another possible solution is to rename the preference file. (Rename not delete so that if it doesn't solve the problem, you can restore your current preferences).

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/preference-file-and-other-file-locations.html

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