MacBook Pro (non unibody) iSight pinout

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  1. skir0987 macrumors regular

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    My old non-unibody MacBook Pro recently died so I've been salvaging it for parts. Right now, I'm trying to salvage the built-in iSight camera. I have done research around the internet and have found that people have turned iMac internal iSights into external USB. I'd like to do the same with the one from my MacBook Pro. I took the iSight and related cables out and have isolated the iSight assembly, but I can't figure out which cables are USB.

    The first attached image is the cable coming from the assembly.

    If it's hard to see, from bottom to top there is:
    Red Cable
    Red Cable
    Black Cable
    Thick Yellow Cable
    Black Cable

    The second attached image is the entire assembly.

    Does anyone have any idea which wires are USB or does anyone have a pinout? It looks as if inside the yellow cable there's a few wires (possible Data+ and Data-), so I can take a picture of that if necessary.

    Thanks
     

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  2. skir0987 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I opened the yellow cable up and--surprise, surprise--I found two cables inside. As you can see in the attached image, one is red and one is green. Traditionally, for USB, red is 5V, green is data+, white is data-, and black is ground; there are no white cables, however, and I doubt that 5V would be coupled with data+. My guess is that these are data+ and data-, but I have no idea which. And, there are still four more cables (two red, two black) aside from those. So, I'm still stuck.
     

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  3. skir0987 thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. diy-greenenergy macrumors newbie

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    Nice job!
    I made same think with my dead mackbook, I removed the internal isight camera and I connected to my windows pc via USB port :)

    Isight pinout
     
  5. peterburk macrumors newbie

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    "the yellow cable ... two cables inside ... one is red and one is green ... My guess is that these are data+ and data-, but I have no idea which. And, there are still four more cables (two red, two black) aside from those."

    I was salvaging parts from a friend's liquid-damaged MacBook Pro, and had the same problem. I found this thread, but this question still wasn't answered! I tried it the wrong way first, but thankfully everything still works. Here is the working pinout:

    Red 1 = Red 2: 5V (USB red)
    Yellow-Green: D- (USB white)
    Yellow-Red: D+ (USB green)
    Black 1 = Black 2: Ground (USB black)

    I hope this helps someone!
    Peter
     
  6. vanakaru macrumors newbie

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    @peterburk
    I am working on the same iSight as you did. However I am not able to get it to work. When I use the pinout you suggested I get USB error - USB device drawing too much power...
    And I find that most USB color codes state green=D+ and white=D-.
    When you did this wrong way first, do you remember how.
     
  7. schuif67 macrumors newbie

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    the black and red wires are coaxial, take the inner wires this might be the problem
     

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