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Isight camera "not connected" but IS in USB configuration

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My iSight [BUILT-IN] camera keeps being reported as "There is no camera connected" in 'Photo Booth', though it Does show up in the USB configuration of System Profiler, and most times still functions OK using Google Video Chat. (for the first 'known' time, it did not work for Google this past week)


So far, resetting the SMC has corrected the problem, but only for a few hours.


Is there a COMMAND I can give the MacBook to do what the SMC "fixes"?


Why is it being controlled by "System Preferences - Other - Flash Player"   instead of "Hardware"??  It seems that I Can Not just set it to "Block" because this also asks if I want Google Mail to be "allowed", which is my video chat method.



There are NO other users (a TEST account is set up for when I sent it to Apple last year, but that is Not Used); I simply would like to sometimes run Photo Booth to image the room or do a new profile pic, but this Constant Problem stops that.



System is Snow Lepard 10.6.8, all updates installed as of June 2012


USB High-Speed Bus:


  Host Controller Location:          Built-in USB

  Host Controller Driver:          AppleUSBEHCI

  PCI Device ID:          0x2836

  PCI Revision ID:          0x0003

  PCI Vendor ID:          0x8086

  Bus Number:          0xfd


Built-in iSight:


  Product ID:          0x8501

  Vendor ID:          0x05ac  (Apple Inc.)

  Version:           1.89

  Speed:          Up to 480 Mb/sec

  Manufacturer:          Micron

  Location ID:          0xfd400000 / 2

  Current Available (mA):          500

  Current Required (mA):          100

  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9 (55,540 points) "Your camera is in use by another application" message



    my isight camera is not working-not recognized with photo booth or ichat





    1. Click on Macintosh HD on the top right of your desktop (or whatever else you’ve called your Harddrive) 2. Click through System > Library > LaunchDaemons 3. Now look for the file  - and send it to trash.





    Also, check out EZJim's Website.

    iMac G5 w/iSight and Remote, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9 (55,540 points)

    No solution found on EZJim's website?

  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9 (55,540 points)

    Not even close - those articles are for EXTERNAL cameras.

    You must have blinked when you got to this part:

    Click THIS LINK for specifics related to the Built-In iSight in the new Macs.


    System is Snow Lepard 10.6.8

    Other things to try.....


    #1 - Open up a new account to see if your problems re-appear. 

    #2 - Boot up from the DVD that originally came w/your computer and run Intel-based Macs: Using Apple Hardware Test to rule out hardware issues.  If any problems/errors pop up, your best bet would be to take your computer to your local Apple Store and/or an AASP.  If you have AppleCare, give them a call.


    "Is there a COMMAND I can give the MacBook to do what the SMC "fixes"? That might get it to work.

    Sorry, I am not familiar with terminal commands.  You may wish to ask this question over on the SL forums.

    iMac G5 w/iSight and Remote, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
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    I just wanted to say that i'm having the same issue with a mid 2007 black MacBook.

    Mine is actually a bit odd, every time i start up the computer works fine and isight too, but if i close the lid and it goes to sleep the isight fails after. Sometimes it's the first time after i close the lid, sometimes is the seventh. I can tell isight is not working because as soon as i start up photobooth the green ligth turns on, but it doesn't when it's failing.


    I still haven't discovered if it's a hardware or software problem but i'm guessing it's kind of a combination between both.


    Any help you can give with this information? System profiler is the same as mentioned before and i have tried most stuff in every post mentioned above. This problem has started a while ago now so i have been visiting more disscussion posts.


    Thank you in advance.

  • Makyr Calculating status...

    Save your time and visit an apple store....Just got back after my third visit for the same issue-hardware prob they saaid-created by the apple store on first!

  • alexandr0id Calculating status...

    I had the same problem on MacBook - Photobooth would say that camera is not connected, but it would work in Skype, for example.


    It looks like that in my case Chrome browser and probably Flash plugin in it was the curlpit. I exited Chrome, then restarted Photo Booth and camera started working ok. Starting Chrome after that did not impair it, but if you exit Photo Booth and start Chrome first, then camera remains "locked".


    Hope this helps! Basically, I would try to exit all applications before starting Photo Booth. If there is a suspicion that Flash may be running still, a Terminal command 'ps aux | grep -i flash' should show it.


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