Disable iSight

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BrettFarve04, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. BrettFarve04 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    my new macbookpro is a family computer. I don't want my daughters going on it when I'm not around. Is there anyway to disable it and re-enable for other times??
  2. jTreu macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2006
  3. cheesyapple macrumors newbie


    Sep 17, 2007
    Could just use tape as a temporary option however doesnt keep your daughters off.
  4. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Make an account for them where the iSight file is gone?
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Couldn't work like that, the file in question is held in /System, so if it's there or if it's not the change is universal and not account specific.

    The only thing that might work is to have 2 accounts as suggested, but...

    In the account you want the camera to work under go to /System/Library/QuickTime and find the file QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component. Move the file to somewhere in your own home folder. Create an alias for this file, name it exactly the same as the original file and move that alias back to where the original file came from (/System/Library/QuickTime). This way if the alias works as I *hope* it will, when you're logged on OS X will still be able to use the file because it's linked to and available in your home folder, but when someone else logs on the alias in /System/Library/QuickTime won't be able to get access to the file because it's held in your secure home folder. This should give the effect of the file being deleted to that user and so the camera won't work.

  6. techmonkey macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Im also trying to find a solution to disable this. Im worried about the security aspect of it, where a piece of malware or website could use the camera to take pics/video over the web. Sure it may sound paranoid, but its possible.

    Why wouldnt Apple allow us to turn this off?
  7. triscuitbiscuit macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2007
    You know if its on by its green light, so that shouldn't be a problem...
  8. techmonkey macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Has anyone confirmed that the camera is in series with the green light, meaning that if the camera is powered up the green light will always come on? I read about a company trying to disable the green light for use with their software (a company that takes pics of people who steal notebooks).
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I don't think it is possible to disable the green light..? I know what security software you are talking about.

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