Recently, I wanted to use the built-in iSight on my Mac under my Windows 7 virtual machine that I run under VMware Fusion. I figured that the VMware Tools would have installed drivers for it, but this is not the case. Under normal circumstances, you’d need to run Boot Camp Assistant located under /Applications/Utilities and have it download the drivers and burn them to a CD for you. For some reason, this wasn’t working in my set up as Boot Camp Utility kept giving me an error that it couldn’t modify my disk’s partitions to work with Boot Camp properly. That’s great, but I didn’t really want it to do anything with my partitions anyways since I’m just planning on installing the drivers and not building a separate Boot Camp install of Windows.
In the end, I had to wind up creating another Mac OS X Lion VM under Fusion and I was able to download the drivers properly from Boot Camp Assistant from that VM and burn them to a CD. It turns out you don’t need all of the drivers and software it burns to the CD if you just want the camera to work. I pulled out the iSight drivers and went through the installation. Just download the installers below, attach the camera to your VM, run the executables, and follow the prompts.
And once that’s complete, the camera should show up in device manager and be usable.
It’s just that easy, just that quick. And now with out further ado, here are the drivers for the iSight. Below you’ll find the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the driver provided by Apple.