4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 24, 2010 8:46 AM by EZ Jim
mle0002 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
The webcam is not recognized by Skype, iChat, or Photobooth. Is it possible for it to be disabled or off? Where do I go to control the settings? I want to turn it on for Skype, but it does not find the device in the list.

I've read that the camera can only be used by one program at a time, but currently I dont think it's being used by any program.

Thanks!

Macbook Pro
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Apple menu > About This Mac > More Info > click "USB" under Hardware in the left pane of System Profiler. Does the iSight camera appear under one of the USB buses in the right pane?

    If not, reset your MBP's SMC:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964

    Then look again. If it still doesn't appear in System Profiler, take your MBP in for service under your warranty.
  • mle0002 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks.

    I don't see anything about iSight in the USB pane, only the keyboard, trackpad, and bluetooth controller.

    I looked at the link about resetting the SMC...but that looks like what to do if the computer is acting up. I did tried all the pre-reset suggestions (force quit, sleep, restart, etc) and that didn't change anything. The computer doesn't have any of the symptoms listed to suggest resetting it.

    Its from 2008, so I don't think this is still under warranty.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Go ahead and reset the SMC. Doing so sometimes brings back USB ports that have been shut down or USB devices that aren't being powered.
  • EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,655 points)
    mle0002 wrote:
    ... I don't see anything about iSight in the USB pane, only the keyboard, trackpad, and bluetooth controller.


    Does the info here help?

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=12471889#12471889


    Message was edited by: EZ Jim


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