Replacing iSight Camera?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by beto4632, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2012
    When i bought the macbook air couple years ago i started experiencing problems. My camera just stopped working when ever i opened a application or ichat it would read no camera detected to i searched online installed drivers and nothing. So i took it in to a mac repair center and they said its built in to the screen and i would have to replace the whole screen assembly is there a way just to remove the camera:confused: without replacing the whole thing i saw that they go for used an iSight for about $20 online. Thank You
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    I bet it would be a very involved process if it were possible. I had mine fail on my new '12 air and they replaced the entire display assembly (read: "top half of the laptop"). I find it hard to believe a business would replace a $400 part for free under warranty rather than a $20 part.

    Did you reset the PRAM and SMC? Check for firmware updates?
    I take it the camera isn't showing up in the device manager (can't remember what the mac equivalent is called).
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2012
    yes i did do a PRAM and SMC reset and it does not come up in hardware manager. It was going to be to expensive to get it fixed since mine is out of warranty.It might be better just to replace the whole screen than taking it apart piece by piece thank you.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    If your only issue is a dead iSight camera just buy an inexpensive USB camera and call it a day. $35-$70, is a lot cheaper than the prices kicked around here.

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