Well, it *appears* that I have found the problem, although it's not verified: video files. Specifically, some older .avi's.
I started from scratch again with my catalog, and was importing files folder by folder (I organize my photos/videos by category). First few folders were fine, and then the computer froze on the next folder. Tried doing it again, and did it again. I noticed I had one movie file (an .avi), and out of curiosity didn't include it in the import. Viola.
Tried re-importing, froze again. I can import .mov's, but .avi's (thes are from an old Flip cam) make the computer freeze. Shrug. I'l report back if anything else pops up.
By the way - is there a way to exclude specific files from showing up in the import window? Every time I go to import from my folder, all these movie files come up - I don't want them to. Is there a way to tell Lightroom 'Ignore these file extensions or specific folders when I try to import from now on in?'
You can't ignore file extensions, but if you look at the bottom of the Import dialog, there's a sort order pop-up at the bottom which will separate the videos from the photos. That might make it a bit easier to separate.
And if it's definitely those files, the engineers might want to take a look. You can drop one of the problem files on my server (www.vbftp.net, username webupload, password 123) if that works for you.
I am getting to the boiling point with Lightroom 4.1 and its 'not responding' mode every time i attempt to import in the library modual. Sometimes its right off the bat, other times I might make it all the way to clicking on C:// before the greyed out screen appears!! Now there are a few golden moments where I have been actually able to import the files I need to work with, but they are becoming less frequent. I used LR3 for quite some time with work and didn't experience any of this, so I am fairly familiar with the functionalities of LR. When I do get to import, I notice that many sources come up that are either irrelevant or external drives. It seems that Lightroom goes on some kind of a spree in search of anything visual, anywhere on my system and connected peripherals, thus wasting much time and eventually going to that 'not responding' mode.
Sometimes I am given a choice to wait or close the program, sometimes it closes itself. Whatever it is, its driving me CRAZY. I am in the midst of a project right now and can't sit around and wait to see if its going to be a good LR day or not. Instead of LR looking for ANY potential source on the system, wouldn't it be better if I (the owner) could DIRECT LIGHTROOM WHERE TO LOOK, not LR spinning its wheels everywhere but where I need it???? Anyone know if i can I turn off areas where LR is looking? Like my Droid? External backup drives, etc?
I love Lightroom's features, but its becoming more difficult to use due to the 'not responding' enigma.....HELP!
I am using Lightroom 4.1 on a Windows 7 Pro PC