iSight magnet mount question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lamemodem, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. lamemodem macrumors member


    Apr 5, 2005
    I just picked up an iSight and it didn't include the clear plastic mount for the G4 iMac flat panel display. But I discovered the magnet mount for the aluminum display will work with my older, flat panel. It sticks on top just fine, but I'm guessing there's a reason they don't recommend this.

    Can anyone tell me if I'll damage my flat panel by putting the magnet on top every now and again to use the iSight? I bought my iMac a year ago, so it's not one of the newer G5s.

  2. AdamZ macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2004
    Also wondering...

    I also have an older flat panel iMac and I am, getting the isight delivered for my birthday. I assumed that it included the proper sticky mount in the box, but I guess that it comes in the accessory kit. My question is what does it really come with then? Does the magnetic mount work securly on your iMac flat panel? Very much looking forward to using it with Quicktime 7!!
  3. lamemodem thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 5, 2005
    iSight mounts

    I got three mounts in my box: the magnetic one, a clear plastic clip/screw one that I think is for Powerbooks, and a clear plastic stand with a sticker on the bottom.

    The magnetic one works great. It sits right on top of the older flat panel display and holds the iSight well.

    I'm just worried that the magent will have some ill effects on the display. But maybe not, I don't know. The instructions say to use the clear plastic one that can be purchased separately.
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    if apple doesnt recommend using im sure there is a reason, could try emailing their support to see why.... i dont suppose the clip for the laptops works? i dont remember how thick the LCDs are on those iMacs....
  5. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
  6. lamemodem thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 5, 2005
    Re: iSight mounts

    Thanks for all the replys.

    The Powerbook clip doesn't work on the older flat panel. I thought that would work too, but the clip doesn't tighten up enough to make contact.
  7. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Well, it won't distort the picture like with a CRT (which uses magnets). But will it adversely affect the wires used to send current?

    Also, having just looked at the magnet mount, I suspect part of it is because the ledge on the flat panel is pretty narrow, and since the screen is movable it might easily fall off. Don't understand why they couldn't engineer the clip to work with the flat panel.
  8. Stratification macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2005
    Spokane, WA
    I could be off base, but from what I remember the only way a magnet would effect current in a wire is if it is in constant motion and fairly close to the actual wire. As I said, I could be off base, but I don't see that there's any problem with using the magnetic mount.
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Magnetic fields can induce currents, yeah, but I seriously doubt it's going to be a problem for the wires in the screen. It's not a problem for the CRTs because of wires, either. It's a problem because the electrons in the beam are not constrained by anything, traveling through the tube to the screen. And so they get deflected, and you get distortions on the screen.
  10. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I use the magnetic stand on my 17" Samsung LCD and have been since December. Like LikeTom said, magnets don't hurt LCDs, just make sure any external HDs or things aren't really close to it.
  11. lindacoach macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008
    Me Too! Me Too! I need an Isight flat panel display mount

    Where in the heck can I find that little L shaped, (actually, it's kind of S or Z shaped) plastic mount for the Isight to fit on my flat panel Imac?

  12. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
  13. lindacoach macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008
    Well, you made my day, thanks!

    I had tried at one point to research those damn little things... on Ebay. not sure why I didn't find them. You led me right there. Muchas grass-y-ass. Honest.
  14. b-a-g macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2008
    So, does the magnetic mount work then?

    I just got a used iSight for my mom for christmas, for her iLamp style imac.
    It came with a magnetic mount, and an adhesive pad thing that looks like it'll work on a CRT style, but no 90º piece. I'm hundreds of miles away so I can't test it.

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