Facetime camera issue

Discussion in 'iMac' started by leoskkang, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. leoskkang macrumors member


    Sep 29, 2016
    Hello guys,

    I am having a trouble with the camera when doing Facetime. Normally it works fine but sometimes even though facetime app is running camera does not turn on automatically and I cannnot see the green light next to the camera. When I shut down the mac and restart, it works back again.

    Could this caused by the fact that I do not shut down the system? I normally do not shut down as I prefer sleep mode. Or is it some kind of fault?
  2. roadkill401 macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2015
    it is called an iMac being an iMac. chances are that something is getting stepped on inside the badly written OSX that macs have. if you asked apple they would say reboot and see it has been fixed.
  3. roadkill401 macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2015
    and wouldn't you know it. my facetime camera failed to start today. right when i was expecting a call from the uk. so i had my ipad as a backup, and the sound decided not to work on that. then on the reboot of my imac it got lost and didn't initialize correctly so i lost my finder bar at the top and non of my desktop showed so i had to reboot my imac a second time.

    i remember when apple people use to laugh at windows with there you need to reboot the computer every week to keep it working. well apple with 10.11 is just about the same. if only 10.12 worked with my apps and was more stable
  4. havokalien macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2006
    Kelso, Wa
    There is a setting in flash and web browsers to disable the camera in privacy settings. Could try unchecking those to see if it stops happening.
  5. roadkill401 macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2015
    I have found that my iMac camera seems to go down now more often that working it seems. I have not been able to determine what app is killing me, but I have found a solution.

    If I go into Terminal and enter 'sudo killall VDCAssistant' then the camera starts the next time I start Facetime. So obviously something is trashing the VDCAssistant service. Unit I figure out what, I am wondering if someone can point me towards a tutorial on how to make an applescript program that will run this terminal command.

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