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  1. #1
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    Apr 2013

    Builtin webcam not working Ubuntu 12.10

    The webcam on my Sony Vaio PCG-5J2L is not working with Ubuntu 12.10.
    Cheese just give a solid black picture, Kamerka gives message "cannot connect to v4l device", Guvcview message "cannot open device".
    It must be a driver issue, or Ubuntu cannot find the webcam.

    Any advice on how I can get started to resolve this issue?

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    gypsy encampment
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Builtin webcam not working Ubuntu 12.10

    I'm not an expert on this, but this should get you started:

    Crl-Al-T to open Terminal

    lsusb -v
    lsusb -n
    'lsusb -v' This program prints information about the devices connected to the USB bus. If you scroll through it, you should find some information about your webcam.

    'lsusb -n' This version of the command lists the device's USB ID; a number that is unique to every device.

    We're just checking to make sure that the USB bus can see the webcam.

    EDIT: Some generic advice on webcams & troubleshooting:
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  3. #3
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    I installed the following:
    1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:r5u87x-loader/ppa
    2. sudo apt-get update
    3. sudo apt-get install r5u87x
    4. sudo /usr/share/r5u87x/

    Which I obtained from

    My webcam works great in Skype and Cheese!

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