Ticket #16815 (new defect)

Opened 17 months ago

Last modified 10 months ago

VirtualBox 5.1 disables iSight camera on MacBook Air with MacOS Sierra

Reported by: bulgur Owned by:
Priority: major Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 5.1.22 Keywords: macbook, sierra, camera, disabled
Cc: Guest type: all
Host type: Mac OS X


Steps to reproduce:

  1. On a clean system, launch the FaceTime app to verify the camera is working
  2. Install VirtualBox 5.1.22 using the downloaded dmg
  3. Reboot
  4. Launch the FaceTime app again

Observed: The FaceTime app launches with a black screen. The Camera LED does not turn on and the system information indicates the camera is not detected.

Expected: The camera turns on and in unaffected by the virtualbox installation.

Similar issue with Parallels:

Change History

comment:1 Changed 17 months ago by socratis

I wouldn't know about Parallels, but since you're the only one complaining about this, I'm going to need more evidence.

Now, it's usually better and faster, if issues like this one get first addressed in the  VirtualBox forums. More than 95% of the issues are resolved over there, which keeps the developers focusing on the bug fixes and enhancements, and there is no need for another ticket to keep track of. For example, yours is most probably not a bug and someone from the developers has to deal with it and close it as "Invalid".

So, if you can, please open a new thread in the  VirtualBox on Mac OS X Hosts section of the forums.

Be sure to say that you came from the bugtracker and include the ticket #.

comment:2 Changed 12 months ago by SinoBoeckmann

Having the exact same issue as described by the author.

How can I help to solve this problem?

comment:3 Changed 12 months ago by socratis

Just for completion, the related discussion in the forums:

comment:4 Changed 10 months ago by vol

I'm having th same issue! I can reproduce it easly. Retina MacBook Pro 13" late 2012.

(On my other Retina MacBook Pro 13" 2017 it works ok!)

comment:5 Changed 10 months ago by socratis

From the article that you posted in the  forums, it might actually be an OSX issue, and not a VirtualBox one. An issue that might show up in specific Mac models / OSX versions. See  my post in the related discussion for more...

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