Can't access iPhoto source for ScreenSaver

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Have always used my iPhoto library for both desktop pics and screensaver. Sudedenly, while the desktop option is still there (with access to my full library), I can't access any screen savers except the basic Apple ones. Have tried, repeatedly. restarting and choosing System Preferences. All is well until I click screen saver, and I lose my iPhoto library option. If I click on the display options for photos, the screen freezes, every time. I would truly appreciate any help!
 

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Hello and welcome.

-Which model Mac?
-Which version of OS X/macOS?
-Which version of iPhoto/Photos?

We'll see if we can troubleshoot with the additional information.

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Thanks! It is an iMac, late 2013, OS 10.9.5. The iPhoto is version 9.5.1(902.17).
 

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OK, thanks.

Sounds like some form of minor corruption.

-How many photos in your iPhoto Library?
-Are there a lot of videos in it as well?

You could try deleting the com.apple.screensaver.plist file:
-In Finder, hold the Option key and click Go > Library in the menu bar
-Open the Preferences folder
-Delete the file com.apple.screensaver.plist
-Restart

Then try to load the iPhoto Library in the Screen Saver preference pane.

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Thank you so much.
I have 4,281 items in my iPhoto library but only a few videos. I have this all backed up (I think/hope!)
I tried your suggestion...no luck yet. Must I delete the file.com.apple.screensaver.plist? That scares me a bit. I moved it to the desktop, but didn't delete it. The problem with the screensaver is annoying, but not enough that I can take a chance on losing something else!
 

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Hi,

You don't have to - moving it will have the same effect, but you can safely delete it, as it is only a preference file. Plist stands for Property List...it is a file that stores user settings. It will automatically be re-created when you change a settings in a screen saver.

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