webcam on older mac?

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  1. d_saum macrumors 6502

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    Hey all,

    I gave my mother an old G3 B&W that works fine for everything she needs (email, internet, and pictures) but now as she is getting more and more familiar with it, she wants to get a webcam so she can chat with family across the country. I know most usb webcams are usb2.0 and the B&W only usb1.0. Is it possible to install a pci card with usb2.0? If so, any recommendations? I've done a quick search for firewire based webcams but they are pretty pricey and honestly, the machine isnt worth it.

    Any help and/or other ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    Dave
     
  2. Funk-Dobie macrumors newbie

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  3. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    I used a USB 2.0 card on my G4 tower, and used an XBOX Live Vision camera as the webcam of choice. Works seamlessly with OS X 10.4.9+, so if you're running a fully patched version of Tiger it'll run fine!
     
  4. Funk-Dobie macrumors newbie

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    Ah, yes, I forgot about the xbox webcam. No drivers needed, even better. Good one.
     
  5. d_saum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks!!! I really do appreciate all the help I get here! You all rock! :cool:
     
  6. pit29 macrumors 6502a

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    You may also want to chek this out, in case you have a webcam that is not officially supported...
     
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Like hard drives and a few other hardware components. Most any USB 2.0 PCI card will work. This Masscool MTU25 card is listed as Mac OS X compatible and currently $6.50. The drivers are already apart of Mac OS X since USB controllers are usually generic. Once you plug it in and boot the ports should be available.

    As for webcams here are a few. Notice that many require 10.4.11 for iChat and Skype. This seems rather arbitrary for iChat since iChat had video conferencing well befor
    http://eshop.macsales.com/search/webcam
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...escription=&Ntk=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=

    Though I do not know why they arbitrarely decided not to make it 10.2 compatible. Since you were once able to buy iChat AV for 10.2 and it came with 10.3. I guess since it is not until 10.4 that iChat 3 was released allowing for video conferencing rather than just 1 on 1 chat.

    If running 10.3 or 10.2 this Macally cam should work. Heck webcams have been around since at least System 7 so you could always get and used one if running Mac OS 8.6 to 10.1.
     

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