- the firmware for isight webcam is not one of the proprietary drivers, you can easily install via "Additional Drivers" or Synaptic
- this is because of legal reasons
- you need a installation of Mac OS X 10.5 or earlier on the same harddrive
- the file "AppleUSBVideoSupport" will be needed during installation
- start up a terminal or hit CTRL + ALT + T if using gnome
- install the isight-firmware-tools by pasting: sudo apt-get install isight-firmware-tools
- check if the location is right during installation
- This only works with a firmware from Mac OS X 10.5 or earlier
- isight-firmware-tools works only for the build-in usb isight
Changes with Ubuntu 10.10 and later
The above doesn't work in Ubuntu Maverick and newer, but does in the most recent Linux Mint. With some easy tweaking it's fixable within a couple of minutes:
- Add a special repository (software-source) to your installation, which consists of patched versions of software packages for Apple computers
- Enter the following in a termianl window:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mactel-support/ppa
- Update your machine's software index with the command:
sudo apt-get update
- Upgrade all Apple specific software packages:
sudo apt-get upgrade
Instead of upgrading all packages, you can also start synaptic and just upgrade "isight-firmware-tools"
- Reboot your machine, the iSight camera should work now.
Ubuntu, iSight and Skype
Though it seems that the above make the isight camera work in general with Ubuntu, it still doesn't work in skype with video telephony. Thanks to the information by user Chauncellor in this forum I got to know, that this seems not to be a isight problem, but something else (gstreamer is mentioned). To make video work in skype, just start skype with the following command.
Ubuntu 11.04 and older:
Ubuntu 11.10 and newer (new path!):
It looks a bit weird but you should give it a try. Just paste the whole line in a shell and hit return. To make things more comfortable, you can also create a shortcut (in fact you've to create a little script and a shortcut to it). How to do this is also explained in the forum where I found the fix.
Need to adjust the video? (alpha, saturation etc.)
- you'll need a little program called guvcview, install it by paste the following line into a terminal window, hitting enter and entering your password
sudo apt-get install guvcview
- start the program via the menu: Applications / Sound & Video / guvcview
- now adjust the picture as you like
- restart skype and try again
- the adjustments are permanent