View Full Version : [ubuntu] BisonCam WebCam NB Pro Not working in Ubuntu 12.04
May 28th, 2012, 05:19 PM
My webcam is not working.
The webcam is integrated into my novatech
nnb-801 Clevo W76TUN laptop.
I have tried to find out the exact model number but have failed.
I am testing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin in Virtual Box.
I have looked around quite a bit to try to find a solution but can't see anything.
I downloaded cheese and when I try to run it get the following error message:
(cheese:2244): Gtk-WARNING **: Attempting to add a widget with type GtkImage to a GtkButton, but as a GtkBin subclass a GtkButton can only contain one widget at a time; it already contains a widget of type GtkLabel
** (cheese:2244): WARNING **: cheese-window.vala:1624: Error: No device found
I e-mailed the manufawcturer of the webcam, Bison Electronics (http://www.bisontech.com.tw/English/about.php), to ask them to provide some support for Linux, especially Ubuntu but I haven't heard back from them. Their website says that they are an important manufacturer of webcams, so I am surprised there doesn't seem to be any support for them.
Please help me!
May 28th, 2012, 09:39 PM
Do you understand how to get access to USB devices in Virtualbox?
If you open a terminal and enter the command: lsusb
it should show you numerous USB devices, including the webcam, even if it doesn't work.
If it does not display the webcam, you need to work on your Virtualbox installation.
May 30th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Thank you for your help with this.
Here is the output of lsusb:
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 80ee:0021 VirtualBox USB Tablet
May 31st, 2012, 02:31 AM
I hope one of these will help:
I'm not sure how current they are.
May 31st, 2012, 01:00 PM
Thanks gordintoronto, that was a big help. I have the proprietary Oracle VirtualBox. I downloaded and installed the extensions for VirtualBox from their website. I also went into settings and configured the device filters for the webcam.
The webcam USB ID number is: 5986:0241 
(Thanks very much for your links which helped me find this useful usb ID!)
I went into devices and installed guest additions. VirtualBox can see my device correctly as a BisonCam NB Pro. The device BisonCam is ticked for use. I rebooted the virtual machine and I can still see it
lsusb lists the BisonCam as present.
I now try to launch cheese but get an error message which hangs my system:
(cheesee:2561): Gtk-WARNING **: Attempting to add a widget with a type GtkImage to a GtkButton, but as a GtkBin subclass a GtkButton can only contain one widget at a time; it already contains a widget of type GtkLabel
Also, if i manage to get the BisonCam listed in lsusb again, how can I test it without using cheese?
May 31st, 2012, 11:56 PM
Here is the output of lsusb:
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 090c:1000 Silicon Motion, Inc. - Taiwan (formerly Feiya Technology Corp.) 64MB QDI U2 DISK
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:8189 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8187B Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Adapter
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 80ee:0021 VirtualBox USB Tablet
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 5986:0241 Acer, Inc BisonCam, NB Pro
The BisonCam is at last listed!
How do I test this webcam without using cheese, for the moment.
I don't want to risk crashing my system again and losing the configuration for my virtual machine which took a long time to set up.
June 1st, 2012, 12:14 AM
What can I do in Ubuntu 12.04?
Nobody is answering my other thread...
June 1st, 2012, 12:27 AM
You can test if it works as an input device for VLC.
You can use test the video input on Skype.
You can use web and flash based meebo.com (https://www.meebo.com/messenger) (using an IM account).
Just some ideas.
June 1st, 2012, 12:53 AM
June 1st, 2012, 01:14 AM
I'm sorry, I've never seen an error from Cheese. In my limited experience (three cheap or built-in webcams) it has either not recognized the webcam, or it has worked perfectly. In the case where it didn't recognize the webcam, I eventually got it working.
The "Digital Leader" webcam on my desktop was purchased in China for the equivalent of $10. Works great, although I need to do the "preload" thing for Skype.
June 1st, 2012, 01:43 AM
ffmpeg , i use it like this to record from my inbuilt laptop webcam with this command , which outputs the recorded file to the /tmp folder ( *note you will not be able to view the output in realtime unlike with cheese )
ffmpeg -sameq -f video4linux2 -i /dev/video0 -pix_fmt rgba -y /tmp/out.mpg
or try command
gstreamer-properties and under the video tab choose your webcam and press the test button.
June 1st, 2012, 01:55 AM
Or go to some flash website that is full of webcam games
June 1st, 2012, 01:59 AM
IF you have VLC
plug the cam into the usb port...if not built in then
its that simple.
June 1st, 2012, 02:03 AM
Please do not start multiple threads for the same problem, it dilutes the community's ability to help.
April 17th, 2013, 04:32 PM
Try installing "guvcview" from the Ubuntu Software Center. Make sure your webcam is turned on after you install..........Cheers....
April 17th, 2013, 04:36 PM
Try installing "guvcview" from the Ubuntu Software Center. Make sure you webcam is turned on after install. The webcam icon will appear on your apps bar once installed. Just click on it.....cheers.
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