Macbook iSight in a G4 iBook

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What I want to do is put an iSight camera from a Macbook into my iBook G4. Does anyone know if this would work? I would assume the drivers are intel only, but you never know.... Could be the same ones as the earlier iSights.

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the internal isight in the ma

the internal isight in the macbooks is a usb device - the external isight is firewire. The iBook G4 has an internal usb connector right by the trackpad connector on the logic board. (this is for the add on bluetooth card). You could feasibly make this work by routing the wiring through the display assembly and to the logic board. I believe that the connector on the logic board for the macbook is different. (not sure though - most of my recent mac repair work has been on iBooks and PowerBook G4's with the odd mb or mbp).

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I was just worried that the d

I was just worried that the drivers may be for intel only and not work on my G4...

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It should work - I just remem

It should work - I just remembered that the built in usb isight first showed up on the last revision of the iMac G5 - so the drivers will be universal.

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the drivers are universal th

the drivers are universal
this is what teh IR receiver from an iMac G5 looks like:

you can solder an usb connector to it or route the internal USB on your ibook as said:

the pinout on J2 on the iMac G5 receiver is:

P1 - data-
P2 - data+
P3 - 5V
P4 - GND

on my IR receiver only J2 is connected. J1 doesnt work.
the pinout on J1 should be:

P1 - GND
P2 - VCC
P3 - data+
P4 - data-

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I have a very similar need

Hi Ian, thanks for your replies to this thread, I emailed you this picture of my iSight from a MacBook (not very good at posting photos). You say these are USB, which is perfect. All I want to do is connect a USB Cable to it...

Are these connectors relatively easy to find, to make this possible?

Thanks for any input

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Re: Macbook iSight in a G4 iBook

If it works on Snow Leopard?

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Re: the drivers are universalth

Thanks to Bolle I got my IR receiver done in no time - I also made a video on the entire process : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXUt_SC1Vtw