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    isight won't turn on (x through camera?)
    I just sold my macbook (2006 model) to a guy and now the built in isight won't work. When he opens photo booth, it just shows the camera icon with an X through it. I've searched and searched but never saw anyone with this X through the icon. He restarted and still doesn't work. Any advice?

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    I have this same exact problem.

    Can anyone help us?

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    This happened to my sister's MacBook. I did a reset on it and it worked.

    It was a PRAM reset though if I remember correctly.

    These are the instructions from Apple's site:

    Resetting PRAM and NVRAM

    1. Shut down the computer.
    2. Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
    3. Turn on the computer.
    4. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.
    5. Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the second time.
    6. Release the keys.

    Your computer's PRAM and the NVRAM are reset to the default values. The clock settings may be reset to a default date on some models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kubus View Post
    This happened to my sister's MacBook. I did a reset on it and it worked.

    It was a PRAM reset though if I remember correctly.

    These are the instructions from Apple's site:
    This doesnt reset a lot of stuff right? just like the clock? could you give me a few things that would be affected?

    thanks
    Adam Z

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    It worked, thanks!
    Adam Z

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    No problem. Glad it helped

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    ughh
    I have the same problem! its driving me crazy. it wont let me use the camera on ichat or photobooth, and the green light won't even turn on. PLEASE HELP!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonss View Post
    I have the same problem! its driving me crazy. it wont let me use the camera on ichat or photobooth, and the green light won't even turn on. PLEASE HELP!!!
    So what happened when u did the reset above?

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    I've got this same problem on a 15" unibody macbook pro (swappable battery version) with OSX 10.5.7 ... so far i've found that rebooting fixes the camera for a bit then it does it again, usually after a couple of days. Usually after sleep - so it will work while I'm out somewhere, I close the lid and put it to sleep, come home, try again ... dead camera.

    I'm mostly using Skype. But when it gets this way nothing can access the camera hardware.

    I'll try resetting the PRAM & NVRAM next time it occurs but can anyone report if this produces a fix PERMANENTLY (i.e. never re-occurs) - after all it could just be the reboot that resets the camera, a fix I've already encountered.

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    isight issues
    i have reset my macbook several times and my isight won't turn on or read the internal camera is there another way to fix it?

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