Something Unnerving just happened. "Restart Computer" error, then Webcam turned on??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Noisemaker, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Noisemaker Guest

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    I'm using a normal MacBook, running the latest version of Snow Leopard.

    A few minutes ago, I was online, and my internet (Verizon Mobile Broadband) was acting up. I disconnected it, but the application (VZAccess Manager) was taking too long to disconnect, so I just pulled out the USB 3G adapter.

    Right then, my screen dimmed from top to bottom over about a two seconds and a warning popped up in the middle of the screen. It was gray, with a lighter gray power symbol and had instructions in several languages stating something along these lines:

    "The computer needs to be shut down. Press and hold the power button, then press the power button again to turn the computer back on."

    Those aren't the exact words, but that was the general idea. When this appeared, I was unable to do anything. The trackpad wouldn't respond, the keyboard wouldn't do anything, etc.

    I turned the computer off by holding the power button (my only option), and then turned the MacBook back on. As soon as I did, the webcam also turned on, and remained on. Once it reached the log in screen, and the webcam was still on, I force-shut down the MacBook again. Upon starting it up again, the webcam didn't turn on.

    This is quite unnerving to me. I don't like the idea that the webcam is watching me without being in my control.

    What could cause this? I know it's a Mac, but could this be some kind of Mac-specific virus? Or, is it simply some kind of system error that isn't anything to worry about?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It sounds like a kernel panic related to your USB 3G device. I wouldn't worry about the iSight.
     
  3. Noisemaker thread starter Guest

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    So, not only do I get terrible service, but the 3G device is causing issues with my computer as well?

    Verizon sucks. :mad:

    Why would the iSight camera have turned on?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    In your own words.

    A driver probably went nuts somewhere and OS X panicked. You'd have to paste the panic log for any deeper diagnosis. You did just "pull it out".

    If it went away after another restart it was probably related to the panic. There have been software problems before where the iSight will suddenly be in use.
     
  5. Noisemaker thread starter Guest

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    [​IMG]

    That's the error I received. I assume that's the generic kernel panic error?

    I guess it's safe to take the two layers of post it notes off of the iSight lens?
    :eek:
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You're fine. I've had similar kernel panics when removing devices in use.
     
  7. Noisemaker thread starter Guest

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    Thanks for the info. :eek:
     

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