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Original external iSight camera crashes video apps on Mountain Lion

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Jan 7, 2013 4:25 PM

I had another discussion going about some firewire issues I was having. I figured I would start a new on with just the iSight issue and tracking down the problem.


I bought a new Macbook Pro 13 with OSX 10.8.2 installed. I checked for updates and found there was 10.8.2 Update 2. Installed that and Garage Band, iMovie, iPhoto and updates for Safari and iTunes.


Eventually, I got around to trying my external iSight camera. Plugged it in, started up Photo Booth, got the spinning ball of death, and then the app crashed. Every Apple app with video input that I tried crashed.


System Information listed the camera under firewire, so the cable was good.


I decided to reinstall OSX on a separate partition and go step my step to see what was killing the iSight.


Got the the base system installed as it came from the Apple store and tried the iSight. By the way, the iSight is connected via a FW400>FW800. Worked.


Next was to download the 10.8.2. Update 2. Installed the update and connected up the iSight. Worked.


Next I updated Safari to 6.0.2. Connected the iSight. Worked.


Next I updated iTunes to 11.0.1. Connected the iSight. Worked


Next I installed iPhoto 11 ver 9.4.2. Connected the iSight. Spinning ball of death. Crashed app.


Appearently there is a conflict with iPhoto and the iSight.


I might try another reinstall of OSX and install the apps without doing the 10.8.2 Update 2 and see what happens.

MacBook Pro, Firewire Issues
  • EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,260 points)

    pwrg4 wrote: ... Does iMovie need to install before iPhoto? ...





    pwrg4 wrote: ... Do I have to reinstall everything 2-3 times before it works? ...


    No.  The following method works first time for me every time:


    I ALWAYS use the Combo version of updates.


    • Use your Mac's Disk Utility to repair permissions and then

       download and apply the latest Combo Update, for ML Mac OS,

       the current one is at:


    • Repair permissions again immediately following the system restart

       that completes the Combo update.





    Message was edited by: EZ Jim



    Mac OSX 10.8.2


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