Here are my best suggestions for your camera problem:
• If you've not already tried this, see if restarting Mac fixes it.
• If Apple's http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2090
suggestions do not help you, (the "reset" suggested there
often restores normal function,) continue with the following.
• Use your Mac's Disk Utility to repair permissions and then
download and apply the latest Combo Update, for your OS,
the current one is at http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1581
Repair permissions again immediately following the system restart
that completes the Combo update.
Properly applying the Combo version of updates can sometimes correct software problems, but, if your trouble is caused by a hardware problem, there are no user serviceable parts of the camera. For hardware help, contact an Apple-Authorized Service Provider for service.
(Apple has changed the built-in camera's name on newer Macs from "iSight" to "FaceTime" and then to "FaceTime HD." Regardless of the name of your built-in camera, the same info and troubleshooting applies.)
I've tried all that stuff on my mac mini, but does not work. I already have OSX 10.8.2 installed, and when I tried to run the Combo update, I got message saying the disk volume didn't meet the requirements for the Combo Update.
Still no camera. My old Logitech USB camera wont install either on the Mini.
email@example.com wrote: ... I already have OSX 10.8.2 installed, and when I tried to run the Combo update, I got message saying the disk volume didn't meet the requirements for the Combo Update. ...
Because you already use 10.8.2, unless something is wrong, the requirements for the 10.8.2 update can obviously be met on your startup drive.
Check your startup disk's free space. Unless your disk has too little free space for the 10.8.2 Combo, your software (or perhaps your disk hardware) may need repair.
If your disk is getting full, increase disk space.
Otherwise, restart Mac from Mountain Lion Recovery and use Mountain Lion Recovery's Disk Utility to repair your boot drive.
Restart normally and try installing the Combo Update again.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: ... My old Logitech USB camera wont install either on the Mini.
If you mean that you are trying to install some kind of camera software, don't. No software other than OS X is needed for any Mac-compatible cam. Moreover, adding third-party camera drivers or other camera software apps can cause software conflicts.
If you mean that you have already installed some third-party camera software, follow its developer's instructions for uninstalling, and uninstall it immediately. Then restart normally and try your camera again.
If you mean something else, please explain in different words.
email@example.com wrote: ... I've tried all that stuff on my mac mini, but does not work...
If you're still having trouble, your problem deserves the individual attention it will get in its own thread.
Because your problem is not EXACTLY the same as the OP's here, if you need to write back for more help, please start a new topic here.
To avoid getting recommendations you already know do not help you, list the specifics of all the "stuff" you have tried, including things suggested here.
We will offer relevant, distinct suggestions based on the details of the info in your posted topic.
I want to thank you too, EZ Jim. At least I feel the problem has been fully explored. FYI, I cloned my drive and booted off the clone with the FaceTime Camera still not working. Disconnected everything; booted in safe mode, booted as a new user with no solution. I am getting my machine replaced.
(BTW, I had the same thing happen as firstname.lastname@example.org the Combo updater not running even though I have terrabytes of space on my drive. I did verify the disc from the recovery partition.) Thanks again.
Well, FWIW I did a complete clean re-install of OSX 10.8.2 with no luck. My I-sight camera is not recognized by the firewire bus. It works fine on my old 2 Gz core-2 duo mac-mini. My usb Logitech camera also does not work.
Since I don't own any other firewire devices, I might get a firewire/usb adapter and see if I can read a memory stick through the firewire port. If that doesn't work I'm gonna take it to the genius bar. If they can't get my firewire camera to work, I'll see about a replacement mini.
BTW, my computer is a new 2.6Gz i7 mac mini with 16Gb memory and a 1.2 TB fusion drive.
That was the last thing I was going to try before returning the machine-wiping my drive and reinstalling the system. So thanks. FYI, my "About this Mac" shows the camera on the USB bus:
FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in):
Product ID: 0x8511
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Serial Number: CCGCBD0209F0TWF0
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
Location ID: 0x1a110000 / 3
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 500
Are you talking about an external camera? You must be if you have a Mini-so that's not exactly the same situation as the built-in FaceTime camera that is being discussed on this thread.
I took the steps yesterday to order a replacement. I'm not sure when I will get a new one but expecting it to be about a month. I would be interested to hear from others who have received a defective 27inch unit regarding how long it takes to get a replacement. It is a bit disappointing really given the cost and the fact that the machine works perfectly except for the camera and to be honest the camera really isn't that important to me and would help keep the kids away ;-) Having said that I don't want to be the proud owner of a $2700 lemon.