Macbook built-in camera help..

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  1. thepyro395 macrumors member

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    I have had my Macbook for about 2 years now, late 2008 model unibody, and a couple of days ago I tried using Skype and it wouldn't let me use the iSight camera that is built-in. It said that no camera was connected. What do I do?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What version of Mac OS X and what version of Skype are you running?
     
  3. thepyro395 thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac OS X version 10.6.6
    Skype Version 2.8.0.851
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Try this:
    1. Quit Skype.
    2. Delete /Users/username/Library/Preferences/com.skype.skype.plist
    3. Delete /Library/Preferences/com.skype.skype.plist
    4. Launch Skype.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    If the above steps don't bring a solution, can you try Photo Booth to test the iSight? Or look at System Profiler > Hardware >> USB >>> USB High-Speed Bus >>>> Built-in iSight?
     
  6. thepyro395 thread starter macrumors member

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    I found it in the profiler but it wasn't in High Speed bus it was in the normal bus. It didn't connect in photo booth either.

    Built-in iSight:

    Product ID: 0x8507
    Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
    Version: 4.18
    Serial Number: 8J8B51L1G40U3A00
    Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
    Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
    Location ID: 0x04400000
    Current Available (mA): 500
    Current Required (mA): 500

    Thats the information I get when I clicked on it
     
  7. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    When you launched Photo Booth, did the green light next to the iSight camera light? You should try resetting the SMC and seeing if the camera works after.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you follow the link you just posted, you'll see that resetting the SMC has nothing to do with the iSight camera.
     
  9. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    It may not definitively state it but it can sometimes help when the iSight should be working but doesn't. Or if the OP sees no indication of a software issue.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Resetting SMC has no effect on the iSight camera at all. It will not help. Rebooting, however, may help.
     
  11. thepyro395 thread starter macrumors member

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    My macbook battery ran out so it went dead then once I plugged it in and rebooted it began to work again. Thank you guys for the help.
     
  12. ELMI0001 macrumors 6502

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    Letting the battery run out fixed the problem or the battery was low and perhaps OS X was in an energy mode to save the battery power so it was not allowing you to use the camera.

    I've had the same issue with my MacBook for a while but haven't really investigated it. It's usually plugged in most of the day so the battery never drains.
     
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