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Trouble installing my webcam

Postby sadat on Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:10 pm

Hey,
I am new to Linux (just started yesterday), so I dont know much...
I have a Sony Vaio (CR-363) with a built in web cam, which is not detected by my system. I tried to learn how to fix this problem by reading through other posts, but did not understand much.
What I did realize is that I might have to send you the results of lsusb to you all, so I have already done that. Please do help me, I also have a built in finger print scanner which does not work..
I use Linux Mint 7

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 007 Device 002: ID 0483:2016 SGS Thomson Microelectronics Fingerprint Reader
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 15ca:00c3 Textech International Ltd. Mini Optical Mouse
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05ca:1839 Ricoh Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 005: ID 044e:3012 Alps Electric Co., Ltd
Bus 003 Device 004: ID 044e:3013 Alps Electric Co., Ltd
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 044e:3010 Alps Electric Co., Ltd
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 044e:3011 Alps Electric Co., Ltd
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
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Re: Trouble installing my webcam

Postby Muzer on Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:20 pm

I found this on the Ubuntu forum

Steve, I just had the same error while attempting to get my webcam working in ARCH.

You may try this out:

firstly
* verify you have svn installed
* remove any instance of r5u870 or the ry5u870 modules you may already have from previous attempts.

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svn co http://svn.mediati.org/svn/r5u870/trunk ~/r5u870
cd ~/r5u870
sudo make
sudo make install
sudo modprobe r5u870


then try xawtv to see if it works (sudo apt-get install xawtv)

test it using
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xawtv /dev/video0



Since Mint is basically a customised Ubuntu, this should work fine. Let me know how it goes!
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Re: Trouble installing my webcam

Postby sadat on Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:04 am

Hey Thanks for coming to my rescue, you see I am very new to Linux and so dont have much idea about this OS.
Any ways I tried to understand what you said and this is what I did, I hope it was the right thing, if it was not, please tell me what to do....
I copied and then pasted these codes in the terminal window
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svn co http://svn.mediati.org/svn/r5u870/trunk ~/r5u870
    cd ~/r5u870
    sudo make
    sudo make install
    sudo modprobe r5u870


after this here is what happened..

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The program 'svn' is currently not installed.  You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install subversion
bash: svn: command not found


I used the sudo apt-get install subversion command and then it downloaded some files

After this I downloaded the xawtv file..

after which i tried the test as you asked me to, here are the results to that

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t
his is xawtv-3.95.dfsg.1, running on Linux/i686 (2.6.28-11-generic)
xinerama 0: 1280x800+0+0
WARNING: No DGA direct video mode for this display.
/dev/video0 [v4l2]: no overlay support
v4l-conf had some trouble, trying to continue anyway
v4l2: open /dev/video0: Permission denied
v4l2: open /dev/video0: Permission denied
v4l: open /dev/video0: Permission denied
no video grabber device available


Please help me, the camera is still not working,
In any case, I am tying to use it on Skype..
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Re: Trouble installing my webcam

Postby Muzer on Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:17 pm

Try typing this:

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sudo chmod 666 /dev/video0


And try again.


To make it do it on every boot, type the following:

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gksu gedit /etc/rc.local


Now, ABOVE the line that says "exit 0", type:
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sudo chmod 666 /dev/video0


Save and exit, then reboot and make sure it works.



You may want a better piece of software to actually use your webcam, after you've done the initial testing. In that case, I would recommend cheese.

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sudo aptitude install cheese


You should be able to access it via the menu.
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Re: Trouble installing my webcam

Postby vishwasmeshram on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:29 pm

i have the same problem ......
i tried what is said above..but cant fix it
plz help!!!!!!
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