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    Restart required for webcam to work; how to manually restart?

    After some ubuntu update recently, my webcam has stopped working with Skype after my computer has been on for a while. It still works if I restart my computer, then open skype and try to use it, but it has yet to work hours after that (perhaps because I am hibernating in between, not sure).

    It appears that what is happening is that the camera is "busy" but that is just my impression.

    Is there any way to "restart" the webcam via a terminal command while the computer is on? Or alternatively, does anyone know what could be happening with the camera not starting?

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    Re: Restart required for webcam to work; how to manually restart?

    you might try using lshw to figure out which module is running it, then use modprobe -r to unload that, and plain ol' modprobe to reload the module. But i actually have no idea how webcams work (i.e., whether there is a module associated with it).

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    Re: Restart required for webcam to work; how to manually restart?

    got the same problem here on a DELL inspiron 1525, sometimes, only sometimes, the camera does not work and I have to restart ubuntu to make it work again with skype or cheese...

    so BUMP!
    Ubuntu 64 bit

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    Re: Restart required for webcam to work; how to manually restart?

    I think I have the same problem. The cam used to work but doesn't any anymore (I haven't reboot yet).
    From the kern.log:

    /var/log/kern.log:Jun 13 15:20:31 patricio-laptop kernel: [29606.529587] uvcvideo 2-4:1.1: resume error -5
    /var/log/kern.log:Jun 13 15:26:01 patricio-laptop kernel: [29937.049414] uvcvideo: Failed to query (135) UVC control 2 (unit 3) : -71 (exp. 2).
    /var/log/kern.log:Jun 13 15:32:04 patricio-laptop kernel: [30300.054961] uvcvideo: Failed to query (135) UVC control 2 (unit 3) : -71 (exp. 2).

    lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 04f2:b015 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd VGA 24fps UVC Webcam

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    Re: Restart required for webcam to work; how to manually restart?

    I restarted and the cam works now... it would be great to know how to restart from terminal.

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    Re: Restart required for webcam to work; how to manually restart?

    Same problem here, with hp dv2600, after suspend, about half the time I get the "uvcvideo resume error 1-4 1:1 -5". Camera is listed by lsusb as "ID 04f2:b016 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd". Works after restart. That's with ubuntu 9.04 64_bit
    Last edited by piiotr; June 15th, 2009 at 01:33 AM.

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