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    Can not get built in camera to work - Sony Viao

    My wife has a Sony Vaio PCG 5J1T, laptop with a built in camera. It is about 3 years old. I have installed Ubuntu 10.10, but the camera will not start. I am not even sure that there are installed drivers.

    i686 Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU T7250 "2.00GHz
    Gnome 2.32.0 (Ubuntu 2010-09-27), Linux 2.6.35-22-generic

    PS: It did not work on release 9.10 or 10.4 either

    Can anyone help, please?
    Last edited by Jonners59; November 23rd, 2010 at 07:57 PM.

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    Any help please!!!!

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    Re: Can not get built in camera to work - Sony Viao

    Bumped over to Hardware & Laptops.

    I've got no idea how to figure out if it's being seen or not.

    Is it enabled in the BIOS?
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    Re: Can not get built in camera to work - Sony Viao

    first things first - need to know how ubuntu is seeing the webcam - is it a usb device or a pci device

    in a terminal session type

    lsusb

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    similarly

    lspci

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    Re: Can not get built in camera to work - Sony Viao

    The camera is built in. She has been using a USB camera since we can not get the built in working.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidmohammed View Post
    first things first - need to know how ubuntu is seeing the webcam - is it a usb device or a pci device

    in a terminal session type

    lsusb

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    chiara@chiara-Pinkviao:~$ lsusb
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 002: ID 0471:1201 Philips (or NXP) Arima Bluetooth Device
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 044e:300d Alps Electric Co., Ltd Bluetooth Controller (ALPS/UGPZ6)
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05ca:1839 Ricoh Co., Ltd Visual Communication Camera VGP-VCC6 [R5U870]
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Quote Originally Posted by davidmohammed View Post

    similarly

    lspci

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    chiara@chiara-Pinkviao:~$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 PCI Express Root Port (rev 0c)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
    00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
    00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA IDE Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Mobility Radeon X2300
    02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
    06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 01)
    08:07.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
    08:07.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
    08:07.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
    chiara@chiara-Pinkviao:~$
    Also found that it will not play Windows install CDs, does DVD videos, etc.... would this be shown in the above too?

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    Re: Can not get built in camera to work - Sony Viao

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Bumped over to Hardware & Laptops.

    I've got no idea how to figure out if it's being seen or not.

    Is it enabled in the BIOS?
    How's that Charles?

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    Re: Can not get built in camera to work - Sony Viao

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonners59 View Post
    How's that Charles?
    Just boot into setup and see if it's listed there. I know my Asus netbook has a setting to enable/disable onboard devices in there.
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    Re: Can not get built in camera to work - Sony Viao

    hi there,
    this thread relates to your webcam. It looks like you have to compile and install some code into your kernel to get it to work - at least upto ubuntu 10.04.

    see post #36 and onwards - they claim to have got the webcam working for 10.04.
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    Re: Can not get built in camera to work - Sony Viao

    Cheers
    my wife's machine is 10.10, but it still does not work.

    Have looked ta that thread and tried everything out, but does not work either... Seems there are replies there too about 10.10 and 10.04

    I have left a reply there too.

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    The solution:

    First of all install mercurial and some other project dependencies


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    sudo apt-get install mercurial libglib2.0-dev libusb-dev
    Now you can download the source


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    hg clone http://bitbucket.org/ahixon/r5u87x/
    Change into the source directory and issue the following three commands.


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    cd r5u87x
    make
    make rules
    sudo make install
    If your user isn’t part of the video group you will probably have to modify /etc/group and make yourself a member of that group otherwise you might experience Permission Denied errors.


    Also make sure you can record because uploading the wrong firmware will in some cases allow you to see output but not record it.


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    mencoder tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:device=/dev/video0 -nosound -ovc lavc -o test.avi
    If you want to clean things up afterwards you can run the following commands
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    sudo apt-get --purge remove mercurial libglib2.0-dev libusb-dev
    sudo apt-get --purge autoremove
    rm -r r5u87x
    This solution was found here:http://www.gilesbathgate.com/tag/linux/


    Last edited by Jonners59; December 22nd, 2010 at 09:33 AM.

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