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droidcam / install "does not support bionic"

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Hi Folks,

I was running Droidcam perfectly well on my laptop until recently. I did a "sudo apt-get upgrade" and subsequently it seems some files updated. Anyway, all of a sudden Droidcam has stopped working, with an error of "Device not found (/dev/video[0-9]). Did you install it?". thinking I must have stuffed something up, I returned to the site which educated me on the steps of installing the app in the first place (http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/201 ... ss-webcam/) suddenly its no longer working. The below is the output - I have no idea what it means, I am new to Linux (month or two experience) I wonder i you can help!

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james@james-X555LA:~$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
build-essential is already the newest version (12.4ubuntu1).
linux-headers-5.3.0-46-generic is already the newest version (5.3.0-46.38~18.04.1).
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.
james@james-X555LA:~$ sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:paolorotolo/droidcam
Cannot add PPA: ''This PPA does not support bionic''.
james@james-X555LA:~$ sudo apt-get update
Hit:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic InRelease
Hit:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates InRelease                
Hit:3 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-backports InRelease              
Ign:4 http://packages.linuxmint.com tricia InRelease                           
Hit:5 http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu bionic InRelease                     
Hit:6 http://packages.linuxmint.com tricia Release                             
Hit:7 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security InRelease              
Hit:8 http://linux.teamviewer.com/deb stable InRelease                         
Ign:9 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable InRelease                   
Get:10 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable Release [943 B]
Get:11 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable Release.gpg [819 B]
Get:13 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 Packages [1,110 B]
Fetched 2,872 B in 1s (2,164 B/s)      
Reading package lists... Done
james@james-X555LA:~$ 
james@james-X555LA:~$ sudo apt-get install droidcam
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package droidcam
james@james-X555LA:~$ 

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james@james-X555LA:~$ uname -a
Linux james-X555LA 5.3.0-46-generic #38~18.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Tue Mar 31 04:17:56 UTC 2020 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
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Re: droidcam / install "does not support bionic"

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Hi 10Mint.

I don't know how you had droidcam working previously, unless you were running Mint 17.x recently. That PPA hasn't been updated in several years, and doesn't even support the 18.x versions of Mint, never mind the 19.x versions, including what you're running now.

Here's some more recent instructions that should hopefully work.
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oddly I used 19.3 as I am looking at the ISO file I used to burn it.... very odd indeed.

I will take a look at the link you provided tomorrow, with a fresh eye.
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Re: droidcam / install "does not support bionic"

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Hi MrEen,

I followed the guidance you recommended, and I am pleased to say it worked, installed and doesnt fail to load anymore!

Do you happen to know what is different between the two? the same application works one way and fails the other?

Also, has Linux Mint moved to a Ubuntu base? it used to come up on the bootloader as Linux MInt, but now appears as Ubuntu.
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I don't know what's different, and I don't even know how it was running at all previously. But all is good now, it seems.

The Ubuntu thing is something I've seen reported, but never followed the threads. Wouldn't hurt to run sudo update-grub and see if it's resolved on the next boot.

And the 19.x versions of Mint have always been based on Ubuntu. The LMDE version is based on Debian.

Glad the issue is resolved, and happy I could help. :D
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MrEen wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:49 am
I don't know what's different, and I don't even know how it was running at all previously. But all is good now, it seems.

The Ubuntu thing is something I've seen reported, but never followed the threads. Wouldn't hurt to run sudo update-grub and see if it's resolved on the next boot.

And the 19.x versions of Mint have always been based on Ubuntu. The LMDE version is based on Debian.

Glad the issue is resolved, and happy I could help. :D
Will give the grub update a go! but yeah I guess it worked with witchcraft in the first instance, but glad it works now. I use it as a surrogate webcam on my laptop, a 14 megapixel camera is much better than a 2mp embedded camera!
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10Mint wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:55 pm
a 14 megapixel camera is much better than a 2mp embedded camera!
Which is still better than the 0mp I have! No webcam here, but now you've given me an idea! :D
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honestly, well worth the effort. I got a windscreen mount, attach that to a place on your desk. If you get a 360 degree mount like this one, you have a lot of flexibility to mounting one.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360-degree-r ... SwRINdlLVm

Due to lockdown, my kids extra curricular are all banned in person, but the providers adapted and in the end managed to take the club digital. We use this solution in the front room, can point it wherever the kids want to be. Only advisory would be to go USB ADB rather than WIFI, the WIFI lag, even on a decent 5GHz network the lag is annoying as hell!
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Thanks for the pointers! :D

I never would have thought something like this was possible. Never really gave it any thought at all, but now I'm intrigued.
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I am a tight wad, why spend £11 on a webcam, when I have devices which could act as a webcam. I am a bit of a tech geek normally though, my house is littered with windows laptops, servers, RaspberryPi's as home entertainment centres and Print / Scanner servers, converting a standard USB printer into a WIFI device, local media servers, Linux Laptops, desktop PC conversions in preparation for a 3D printer. I even have a setup as a CCTV system for when we are on holiday, so we can watch the hamster when we go on holiday, or so I can watch my motorbike outside :lol: Hell, I even converted a Nexus 7 into a fully integrated double din head unit in the car!

Next project is converting a standard android tablet into a graphics tablet for a computer.
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Re: droidcam / install "does not support bionic"

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Hi, 10Mint and MrEen.

I came across this post trying to install and run DroidCam on my laptop, which is (now) running Linux Mint:

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Linux calvin 5.3.0-53-generic #47~18.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu May 7 13:10:50 UTC 2020 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
I tried to follow MrEen instructions (on "https://technibuzz.com/how-to-install-d ... -manually/"), but it seems the files isn't there anymore (maybe the developers changed file structure).

Nevertheless, I found far easier to follow the install instructions available on http://www.dev47apps.com/droidcam/linuxx/ , which is the developers site.
I've just downloaded the package and run " sudo ./install " and got DroidCam working flawlessly:

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$ lsmod | grep v4
v4l2loopback_dc        24576  0
Hope you managed to get it working, too.
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Re: droidcam / install "does not support bionic"

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Hi marciozuchini, and welcome to the forum.

Thanks for posting that! I did actually use those same instructions you posted myself about 2 weeks ago, and also had a flawless experience. The reason I used that one was after helping another user with those same instructions that had been done in by the # OK? line. They though they needed to enter that, and it messed up what follows somehow.

Enjoy! :D
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