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Judy Level 4 Level 4 (2,235 points)
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Jan 9, 2009 7:30 PM
My external iSight works just fine with iChat. But in Photo Booth, it shows only a black screen.
Photo Booth help says it will work with an external camera.
I am trying to use it on my G4 with Tiger. Is that the problem?
MBP 15, MBP C2D 17; TiBook, G4 MP500; iMac Grape, Orange, Classic II, PB180C, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 60G iPod Photo, 4G nano, 8G iPhone, 1G shuffle
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Jan 10, 2009 7:05 AM (in response to Judy)
    Hi,

    Photo Booth will see any Internal Camera as the default camera if nothing is plugged in before Photo Both is started.

    There is no camera selection in Photo Booth
    To Change cameras you have to Quit it and restart it with the required camera Plugged in.

    This is the same in Tiger or Leopard.
    Obviously you may not have an Internal camera on your G4 but the same would apply to a USB camera.

    If Both are plugged in both iChat and Photo Booth will default to the Firewire camera as first choice.

    In System Preferences > Displays is it set to Millions ?

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    3:05 PM Saturday; January 10, 2009
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PLEASE NOTE !! "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Jan 11, 2009 12:45 PM (in response to Judy)
    In System Profiler open Hardware > Firewire

    When you look at the panels on the right what Firmware version does you iSight say it is up to ?
    It should list 1.0.3

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    8:45 PM Sunday; January 11, 2009
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PLEASE NOTE !! "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Jan 12, 2009 12:24 PM (in response to Judy)
    Good. The firmware is Up-to-date.

    IS there any chance you have installed Perian ?
    It is an Add-on/Plug-in for Quicktime to play or access other Video Codecs like DivX

    If so do you know what version you are on ?

    Some people are reporting issues with Chat's picture in 10.5.6 and Perian 1.1.3

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    8:24 PM Monday; January 12, 2009
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PLEASE NOTE !! "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Jan 13, 2009 12:04 PM (in response to Judy)
    Have you tried a PRAM restart ?
    Restart the Computer holding down AppeALT+PR until you have heard three start up Bongs.

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    8:04 PM Tuesday; January 13, 2009
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PLEASE NOTE !! "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Jan 14, 2009 12:11 PM (in response to Judy)
    Hi,

    Do you have another Mac User Account set up on your Mac ?
    If so doe Photo Booth work there ?

    Set up a test Mac User Account if you don't have one.

    If Photo Booth works in the test account then return to the main account and go you your Home folder (Little House Icon)/Library/Preferences and delete the com.apple.photobooth.plist and try again.

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    8:11 PM Wednesday; January 14, 2009
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PLEASE NOTE !! "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Jan 28, 2009 2:17 PM (in response to Judy)
    In that case go to you Home Folder > Library > Preferences and delete the com.apple.PhotoBooth.plist and try Photo Booth again

    If that deoes not work use this FAQ http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1486891&tstart=0
    It is about Reinstalling iChat but Use the Hard Way and the PAcifist option to Install Photo Booth from the Install DIsk.

    Also note the last paragraph and install the Combo Installer for the OS level you are at to Update Photo Booth.

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    10:17 PM Wednesday; January 28, 2009
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PLEASE NOTE !! "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • OS Lucinity Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:30 AM (in response to Ralph Johns (UK))
    Same problem here. iSight works fine with iChat, and other applications but not Photo Booth. Photo Booth is a sad dark screen.
    PPC G5 Quad, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:52 AM (in response to OS Lucinity)
    Hi,

    If you have tried all the things I suggested to Judy the answer/suggestion is the same (Reinstall it).

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    6:52 PM Friday; January 30, 2009
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PLEASE NOTE !! "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • OS Lucinity Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jan 30, 2009 11:12 AM (in response to Ralph Johns (UK))
    I tried everything but reinstalling Photo Booth. I'm not sure where the installer can be found, I thought it was included in the OS installation.
    PPC G5 Quad, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
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