iSight not recognised in iMovie, launch Daemon .plist missing, won't rebuild.

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Monsoonmalabard, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Monsoonmalabard, Dec 12, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2012

    macrumors member


    Oct 15, 2011
    My system is working fine (iMac running Mountain Lion), except that when I try to import video to iMovie '08 using the built-in iSight camera I see a message "no camera connected". iSight works fine in Skype, photobooth, etc.
    The solution to this, documented here, is to trash at the path /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ and it's supposed to rebuild after a restart. But when I navigate to this path, the relevant file is just not there. Restart doesn't affect it, neither does logging in with a different user account. Repairing disk permissions doesn't help. I found a file named at that location but only in a Time Machine backup - it's not there on my current system.

    My main question is: does the absence of indicate a deeper problem that ought to be fixed? If not, I can live with not being able to import video directly to iMovie directly from the camera.

    If it does indicate a deeper problem, I guess it's time to reinstall the OS. If that's the case, can I restore the system from a time machine backup or will this just reintroduce the original problem?

    Thanks for reading - I'd really appreciate any input.
  2. thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 15, 2011

    Reinstalled the OS and the 'cmio' file is there. iSight still not recognised. The iSight issue must be a bug confined to older versions of iMovie, even though they're still supported by Mountain Lion. I'll use QuickTime to import the footage.

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