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Did the OSX Mavericks Update Disrupt your Camera on the MacBook Air

After updating to OSX 10.9 Mavericks on my MacBook Air (mid 2012), I noticed that the Facetime Camera would not function normally. The Camera would only start if the system was restarted recently, and would freeze within seconds while using the Facetime, Skype or any other Camera application and refuses to start until the MBA is restarted. This issue along with other Facetime Camera woes have been reported for the MackBook Air (MBA) 2012 and 2013. Until now, Apple has not yet released any update to fix this and we are left on our own to fix this issue.

Luckily, a fix suggested for a similar issue on OSX 10.8.5 has worked for me. Give it a go and let us know if this fixed the problem for you.

  1. Go to the Folder /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/.
    If the Folder is not viewable. Open Terminal from the LaunchPad and type the following two commands

    cd /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/
    open .

  2. Notice the period after “open” that is to be included
  3. Copy the file AppleCamera.plugin to another location (to create a backup in case the method does not work). This plugin is currently incompatible with the MBA and needs to be replaced or repaired in order for the camera to work.
  4. Download the working plugin from this link and paste the file in the location.
  5. Restart your system and verify if the Camera is working better than before. Restore the backup incase you do not see any change.

Let us hope that Apple releases and update to fix this issue soon and we get the officially updated plugin.

Disclaimer: We do not accept any responsibility for any damage this work around may cause to your Computer / Tablet / Phone / Device.

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