Using built in iSight, Parallels, and MSN to video chat??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AlbinoPigeon, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2004
    Vancouver, BC

    I am in the market for a new iMac, and they all come with built in iSight cameras. I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to use the Windows version of MSN ('cuz it has video chat) with the built in iSight and chat with other MSNers. I need to use MSN because all my international friends do, and I dont want to force them to dl new chat software.

    Does anyone know if this will work? (Loading XP on my mac with Parallels and then using iSight as my Windows MSN webcam?)

    Is there another way?

    Thanks so much!
  2. macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    Mac OS X MSN Substitute program with video support.

    Bypass Windows and Parallels altogether.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2004
    Vancouver, BC

    Can I use aMSN with the built in iSight and use it to video chat to Windows MSN users?
  4. macrumors member


    May 26, 2006
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2004
    Vancouver, BC
    sweet! case closed!
  6. macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2006

    How can you get a built in Isight to work with windows? I have the 2.0 Mac Book with isight and parallels running. I can't find drivers or get windows to recognize it? :(
  7. macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2006
    So has anyone solved this? I mean the built in isight to use in windows? I did have my iMac dual booting using boot camp into windows xp pro, but it was a pain in the arse, so parallels was the answer...I want to use MSN live messenger with full capability in Windows XP, but are there any drivers?

    Thanks all ;)
  8. macrumors regular


    Jan 11, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale,Fl
    Mac MSN does not have video support

    Just to let you know MSN for Mac does not yet have Video chat support.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2006
    Parallels doesn't support USB 2.0 (instead USB 1.1) therefore BootCamp's iSight Firmware updates won't work with Parallels. Your only option right now is to use BootCamp 1.1 with Windoze.
  10. macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    aMSN doesnt support audio so video is pretty much useless. You cannot really chat...
    If you need to chat with your friends, then go for skype...It supports video conversations with windows skype users...
  11. macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2007
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2007
    For iSight on the Winblows on the Mac, use the bootcamp install driver CD you mke before partioning the HD.

    DL Bootcamp, make the CD (it'll prompt you), and then you make the partition. I'm not Paralles user so..
  13. macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2007
    iSight Driver for Windows XP SP2 Parallels

    Hi everyone,

    I've just completed the iSight Driver for Windows XP SP2, for use with Parallels Desktop. It is fully tested and working, tried in Windows Live Messenger (aka MSN) and all other popular applications.

    Simply download from:
    The password is: unlock

    Then extract and run Parallels
    Choose Devices > USB > Built-In iSight
    Then point the installation to the extracted driver file

    Bye for now,
  14. macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2005
    What happened to your your Isight file

    That happened to your Isight file. There is a dead hyperlink
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    with skype, which everyone seems to recommend, how do you webcam chat with people? can you like webcam chat with ppl who are on iChat/MSN/Yahoo?

    also does anyone know how to increase the fps or make the webcam chat in aMSN/Mercury quicker/faster?

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