Recently my imac g5 isight has started acting a little strange, everything is the sames as it was before this started, i have a wacom graphire 4X5 on a usb port, and apple pro white kb and mighty mouse on another, latley when it goes to sleep it will wake again in about 10-15 minutes, as if the mouse had been moved, it will then go to the screensaver then sleep and repeat this cycle over and over again, The only thing i can think of that might cause this right now is ARD, my dell laptop that i got free is a big PoS and like to join all the wifi networks in the area including mine at random, it also broadcasts and drops packets like crazy and i recently install realvnc on it, I'm begining to wonder if the vnc listening server/veiwer's may be screwing with ARD, real vnc was installed to control the imac from anywhere in the house, this is the first and only problem I've had with this box and its not a real big deal but id like to get it fixed anyway, if i cant then it might not be a problem when with osx5
any help/suggestions would be appreciated
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Re: imac g5 isight sleep issue
On the Dell, have look at your network connection setup.
( You don't say what OS you have on it )
There could be a box with a tick in it to automatically connect to nearby wireless networks.
Disabling this may help.
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Check for blown capacitors on the logic board and power supply. If you have signs of blown capacitors you will have to replace logic board or power supply.
The trick is getting the computer open.
Stick a credit card in the back vent at the top of the display.
Their are two tabs one and each side of the vent push forward
unscrew the screws at the bottom.
sit it up facing you and pull the top to you. be careful of the isight cable at the top.
you will need to unscrew the LDC from the housing be careful of connected cables
and check under for the blown caps.
Best thing you can do is to determine whether its the port or the camera.
If you go to the Apple in the upper-left corner, and go to "About this Mac", then click "More information", it will start System Profiler. On the left side, under "Hardware", click on "Firewire" and see if your iSight shows up. If you have another FireWire device, plug it in, and see if it shows up there as well. The solution could just be a dead iSight (hopefully!). The worst case scenario is a dead FireWire bus...
If you have a dead iSight, I'd guess that ebay would be your best resource at this point. If its a dead bus, I'm afraid it won't be terribly cost effective to fix it :-/
If You want to make it yourself and You nave iSight model - be prepared to fighting with disassembling, it's not so easy and more - after assembling You can get it non-operate. Best way is a service center. But if You're sure - I can email You disassembling manual.
I understand from your problem statement that the internal iSight camera in your G5 iMac turns itself off around 10 seconds after you turn it on.
Create a new temporary user in System Preferences / Accounts. Log out and then log in as this user. Enable the camera. Does it still turn off in 10 seconds? If not, something running in your other user account (a startup program or system preference) is interfering with the operation of your camera.
If you have a spare external drive, install a fresh version of the Mac OS on that drive, then boot from that drive. Does the camera still turn off in 10 seconds? If not, you should run an OS installation with "archive and install" on your internal drive. If it does, you have a hardware problem that requires a Mac tech. If this is indeed a G5 iMac, the repair will likely not be cost-effective.
I have one doing exactly this at the moment. It had gone to sleep and the fans were going like crazy.
I think it is a Motherboard failure (it happened with many G5 iMacs), this one has been replaced once already, and I can't actually get it to install anything.
I'm taking it apart tomorrow to see what I can find inside. If I fond anything I'll let you know.