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    Dell XPS 15 L501X Webcam NOT working in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal 64-bit

    I am starting a new thread for this as it evoked no responses on the Dell XPS 15 L501x thread.

    I just noticed that my webcam isn't working on my Dell XPS 15 L501x (running Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit and GNOME3). When I start Cheese, Camorama (or Skype video test), the webcam's power light turns on, but I see no video feed. Any ideas what could be wrong? It used to work a few weeks ago..

    Code:
     cat /proc/bus/input/devices |grep Name
    N: Name="Power Button"
    N: Name="Sleep Button"
    N: Name="Lid Switch"
    N: Name="Power Button"
    N: Name="AT Translated Set 2 keyboard"
    N: Name=" USB OPTICAL MOUSE"
    N: Name="Video Bus"
    N: Name="Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_2HDM"
    N: Name="Dell WMI hotkeys"
    N: Name="HDA Intel Mic"
    N: Name="HDA Intel Headphone"
    N: Name="SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad"
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    Re: Dell XPS 15 L501X Webcam NOT working in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal 64-bit

    Any ideas, anyone?
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    Re: Dell XPS 15 L501X Webcam NOT working in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal 64-bit

    Reinstalling Dell Webcam Central on the Windows 7 64-bit partition seems to have fixed the issue. I am going to wait for a few days before marking the thread as solved.
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    sudo apt-get install cheese

    all de best

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    Re: Dell XPS 15 L501X Webcam NOT working in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal 64-bit

    I have seen this problem intermittently. It seems that the camera sometimes just won't start. The white LED comes on, but nothing comes from the camera. The problem sometimes clears itself up if I power off the computer for a while. Sometimes booting into windows and starting the camera up in windows helps.

    I've had other problems too though - when your camera works in linux, do you ever see corrupted frames - especially at high resolution?

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    Re: Dell XPS 15 L501X Webcam NOT working in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal 64-bit

    No, I have not seen corrupted frames.

    I reinstalled Natty, and I am still facing this problem. In one session, the camera works just fine, and in another it doesn't (until a reboot). Dell asked me if I want to get the webcam replaced.

    Are you facing this problem in Windows 7 as well? I am.

    EDIT: This is still unsolved.
    Last edited by maverick280857; July 1st, 2011 at 09:02 AM.
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