Is there a way to turn off iSight on the new iMac?

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  1. RyanSA4 macrumors member

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    Anyone know a way to turn of the iSight besides using the iChat menu bar?

    A guy I know, his sister just got a new iMac for christmas and she has started to use it in the wrong way. ie. half naked pics.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Ugh. :( Can parental controls do it?
     
  3. RyanSA4 thread starter macrumors member

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    His parents alredy talked with her. He wanted to know if there was anyway to completely disable it.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hehehehe...no, sorry, I mean Parental Controls within Tiger. :) In System Preferences -> Accounts. I don't know if it can do this or not, though...since I do not have an iMac with an iSight.
     
  5. RyanSA4 thread starter macrumors member

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    haha, i thought that's what you meant. He said he already searched through all the system preferences and couldn't find anything. I guess i'll just keep search the forum. :)
     
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    I guess the only way to completely disable it would be a firmware hack or fiddling around deep within the iMac's innards; neither of which I'd particularly recommend/know how to do...
     
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    They should just take the iMac away. I'd put my clothes on pretty darn quick if I were her...
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    *crafts "Will Strip for a Mac" sign*

    Seriously, that's a really good point. Anyone old enough to have this issue is old enough to make their own decisions. She can get the computer back when she comes up with a plan to make her parents trust her with it again. :(
     
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    TTIWWP!

    Heheh, just kidding, just kidding!

    In all seriousness... You can set up a non-admin account for her to use, and disable the iSight in there... At least I think you can do that.
     
  11. pusman83 macrumors regular

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    Hold on... People use iSights for other reasons than stripping? :confused: :p
     
  12. RyanSA4 thread starter macrumors member

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    haha, I already recommended a black Sharpie. His idea was to just jam a screwdrive through the iSight. :D
     
  13. SkAlex macrumors member

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    Does it really matter?

    If not iSight, I'm sure she has access to digital cameras...camcorders...strip poles...I'm pretty sure technology isn't going to solve this problem. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    uninstall ichat?, then hid the osx disks.
    Or maybe theres a special port the isight uses that you can disable.
    Try calling or emailing apple, maybe they will know.
    If all else fails take the computer away.

    And off topic, how do you guys get the apple logo you type to show up in your sig, when i type it it shows up as a "?" after i save it.
     
  15. zim macrumors 65816

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    Not sure I would classify it as using the iSight the wrong way but rather the individual is not using it in a manner suitable for their age. How about put the iMac in an area of the house where they can see her? Also, if she is willing to take her clothes off that easily then better keep her away from any digital cameras or any photographic devises while you are at it... um... looks like the best parental device here would be a good sit down and talk.
     
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  17. RyanSA4 thread starter macrumors member

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    16
     
  18. unfaded macrumors 6502

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    I think better question to ask is - how hot is his sister?
     
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  20. zim macrumors 65816

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    for an iSight?
     
  21. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    You have to write & # 6 3 7 4 3 ; (no spaces) and then hit submit without previewing it.
     
  22. runninmac macrumors 65816

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    Well you know those iSights... reproduce like MAD:eek:



    It seems like Apple should have built in a turn off feature, like common sense.
     
  23. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Could a Unix command disable the iSight? (Similar to the one that disables dashboard)?
     
  24. After G macrumors 68000

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    You could always chmod iChat so she can't use it.
     
  25. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's easy to prevent someone from iChatAV'ing. You can use Parental controls to restrict application access, you can delete it, you can close the firewall ports necessary for AV chats (which should prevent an audiovisual chat while allowing text IM), and so on. But none of this prevents use of the iSight without iChat...

    Anyway, hope they find a good solution. Which will probably not be technical in nature....
     

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