Integrated webcam not working: 2006 Macbook



  • Official comment
    Forrest Smith

    Hi Max,

    Unfortunately, many of Apple's iSight camera drivers over the years are completely proprietary and illegal to distribute or re-use. You're probably out of luck on this one unless you can figure out how to rip the driver from an OSX installation... and Neverware can't endorse such hooliganism!

  • Max Spector

    Well that is a crying shame. If anyone knows how to get this done, please shoot me a note over on Google hangouts (maxwellspector).

    Otherwise, you may want to update the document here to reflect this missing capability:

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Max,

    The 2006 Macbooks are the 1,1 and 2,1. We support the 3,1, which should have camera support.


  • Max Spector

    Well shoot. Thanks for the clarification but do I have any hope of getting this to work? I'm mildly savvy but would need some direction/instructions as my Google get hasn't landed me on anything promising yet.

  • Forrest Smith


    Maybe this will be a start:

  • Moiz Masood Sultani

    I also have MacBook 2,1 (2006). I have yet to try CloudReady but I'm pretty sure that the iSight camera won't work without a fix. Because I just read that in Ubuntu it happens too, and there is a fix for that. I'll post some link here, probably they'll help in understanding the solution for CloudReady as well.

    Check the following:

  • Mike Kasberg

    I think I might be close to getting this working, but I still don't quite have it... The process is well-documented for Ubuntu here. I have a copy of isight.fw and I put it at /lib/firmware/isight.fw. The computer recognizes the USB device but doesn't know the firmware for it. I think the last step I need to do is associate the firmware with the device, but I'm not sure how to do that.

    Here's the relevant output of lsusb:

    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05ac:8300 Apple, Inc. Built-in iSight (no firmware loaded)

    And the relevant parts of dmesg | grep -a10 -b10 8300:

    [ 2.174065 ] usb 1-4: new high-speed USB device number 3 using ehci-pci

    [ 2.368540 ] usb 1-4: New USB device found, idVendor=05ac, idProduct=8300

    [ 2.368459 ] usb 1-4: New USB device strings: Mrf=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0


    Any other hints to get this driver loaded properly would be great.

  • Mike Kasberg

    According to this link, I'm guessing I need a new rule in /etc/udev/rules.d:

    ACTION=="add", SYSFS{idVendor}=="05ac", SYSFS{idProduct}=="8300", RUN+="/usr/lib/udev/ift-load --firmware /lib/firmware/isight.fw"

    However, I still have a problem because I don't have /usr/lib/udev/ift-load (from isight-firmware-tools), and I don't know how to load the firmware without it.

  • hillicane

    I can confirm ... install on macbook 2.1 works great but the isight camera does not work.

  • Phil Reilly

    Anybody get this working?

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