Taking an iSight webcam from an iMac to work with my hackintosh!

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  1. emadul

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    Jun 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM #1
    emadul

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    Converting an iSight webcam from an iMac to USB to work with my hackintosh!

    Hi guys,

    I built my hackintosh and it was working perfectly, however it was missing one thing, the webcam. I wanted to use facetime as if I am using a real iMac, so i researched into this.

    I found out that the Apple G5 webcams can be modded to work with USB in a hackintosh.

    So next i brought a Apple G5 iSight webcam from ebay for 9 pounds, i then cut off the wire and found 4 wires, a green, black, white and red, this is exactly the same as whats inside a USB cable so i then found a usb cable i found lying around and soldered them together.

    Then connecting it to my hackintosh it works a treat!

    Heres a picture of it
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    I have actually made a video on how to do this for you guys to do yourself, it saved me a lot of money and i really think you should do the same thing as I have done.

    [video=youtube;vzYlGiCEq34]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzYlGiCEq34[/video]
     
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    Jun 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM #2
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    Thanks a lot for the info and help :thumbup:
    I sure will add this to my hack, I wanted to use an HD iSight but they are really really expensive, and I haven't been able to find a pinout or anything
     
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    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM #3
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    What is the quality of the G5 iSight camera compared to the ones in the latest iMacs?
     
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    Feel free to correct me, but I think resolutions are as follows:

    G5 iSight = 640x480
    Core 2 Duo MacBook/iMac = 1280x1024
    2011 to current MacBook/iMac/Apple Cinema Display = 1280x720

    Those are the resolutions, but there's also differences such as sensor quality...

    emadul:t Does your G5 iSight includes a mic?, because I've been looking for them and I've seen a few sellers claiming the board has both, mic and iSight
    Thanks!
     
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    Jun 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM #5
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    Teraflow: Hi, the piece that i brought actually doesn't include a mic, however some do come with them, I didn't bother to buy one with a mic as it would require a bit more modding, however the modding is probably straight forward i guess like this hack.

    I wanted to just use a isight that would work with facetime and the cheap G5 iSight was perfect for the job! I would really recommend this piece for those that want a cheap webcam that works perfectly!
     
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    I followed this tutorial when converting a dead 27 inch iMac to a 27 inch cinema display, and managed to connect the iMac's internal isight through USB... the problem is that I want to use it with a MBP in clamshell mode, and the USB isight is recognized as "internal isight", and disabled when the MBP lid is closed!
    Any solution to this problem?
     
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    I think this is part of the restrictions into the USB kexts, you would have to find how the iSight is matched. I am pretty sure that there is some property injection to define the connector type as 'Internal' ..if you remove that injection then It will probably show up correctly
     
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    hi, please you can help me with pinout to usb? I have isight from a dead iMac 21.5 mid 2011. Thank you very much.
     
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