Installing PALTALK under Mac + enabling iSight under Parallels

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    After making the move from a PC to a Mac nearly a year ago,
    I still had the need to use one last Windows related program
    that was not available (nor ever will be) for Macintosh....

    PALTALK

    I am huge fan of the Opie and Anthony show, and enjoy being
    part of their morning community that congregates on PalTalk
    using video cameras.

    For those looking to use a program like Paltalk or perhaps
    even Skype on their Mac Book Pro or Macbook, these
    instructions will prove to be quite valuable, particularly for the
    fact I was able to get iSight to work with Paltalk.

    The instructions I am providing have been tested and do work
    under Windows XP and Parallels desktop..


    Macbook or Macbook Pro using iSight

    1. Install Parallels, Windows XP, and then Parallels Tools.
    To install Parallels Tools go to the top Parallels toolbar, select
    ACTIONS -> Install Parallels Tools

    2. Download Paltalk. If you plan on using or viewing video I
    suggest subscribing to their (approx.) $60 yearly plan that gives
    you full broadband access.

    3. Go to this page and download isight drivers to a
    folder within the virtual Windows XP. Make certain you know what
    directory these drivers are installed as they will be searched for
    in the next step.

    4. Start Paltalk. From the Parallels toolbar at the top, select
    DEVICES -> USB -> BUILT-IN ISIGHT. A Windows Pop-up
    device driver search will begin. Tell it NOT to search automatically
    and in the next step simply browse and point to the folder you
    have your iSight drivers installed in (from step 3 above)

    5. Give a few minutes for Windows to update all the drivers.
    You should be able to now operate your webcam through PalTalk.

    There are more detailed instructions here if you run into problems.



    Mac Pro or similar desktop using external webcam


    The most important aspect of using an external webcam is buying
    one that is compatible with Mac OS X.

    Click here for a list of compatible cameras. Note: You may need to purchase the $10
    ecamm software to work with any one of the listed
    cameras.

    I highly recommend this camera as it works right out of the box with Mac OS X Tiger
    and Leopard. It is an excellent quality camera for videoconferencing.

    1. Install Parallels, Windows XP, and then Parallels Tools.
    To install Parallels Tools go to the top Parallels toolbar, select
    ACTIONS -> Install Parallels Tools

    2. Download Paltalk. If you plan on using or viewing video I
    suggest subscribing to their (approx.) $60 yearly plan that gives
    you full broadband access.

    3. Plug your webcamera into the USB port.

    3. Go to the top PARALLELS toolbar and select DEVICES -> USB ->
    LOGITECH. It should connect within 20 seconds

    4. Your webcam should now come up through PalTalk.
     
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