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Sony Motion Eye Camera

Postby will » Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:34 pm

Hi everyone... I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FJ170. It has a built-in Motion Eye web cam. I have never been able to get this to work with linux... any ideas? It shows up in the device manager and is recognized and everything but if I go to "Computer" in Nautilus it doesn't show up there.

Anyone know anything about this?

Thanks in advance!

-Will

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Postby scorp123 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:43 pm

I have one of those old Sony Vaio C1 sub-notebooks and it has that camera too ("Kawasaki Steel Corp. Motion Eye"). You need to make sure that the "sonypi" (Sony's Programmable Interrupt Controller) driver is loaded upon system start, or else the camera will never work. I suggest to Google this, e.g. "Linux vaio sonypi meye" ... You should find plenty of hints about this.

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Postby will » Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:42 pm

Yes I've done that... seen a lot about that driver but I don't know how to check if the sonypi driver is actually getting loaded....

Thanks for the help!

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Postby scorp123 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:59 am

soccermonstar13 wrote: but I don't know how to check if the sonypi driver is actually getting loaded....

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sudo lsmod
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sudo lsmod | grep sony

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Postby will » Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:50 am

the sonypi driver is loading... this is odd...

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Postby scorp123 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:47 pm

soccermonstar13 wrote:the sonypi driver is loading... this is odd...
No, it's not. Did you configure it correctly? Per default it will assume that there is no camera! So you have to modify a few files (e.g. /etc/modules.conf) and tell it that there is a camera it needs to take care of too. There are plenty of tutorials out on the WWW about this, see my post about Googling all this above.

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Postby will » Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:59 pm

Oh okay. Thanks.. I'll look into this.

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Postby scorp123 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:21 pm

soccermonstar13 wrote:Oh okay. Thanks.. I'll look into this.
the problem is that there are too many Sony laptops that use the same Interrupt controller and don't have the camera. So the driver --being reverse-engineered without Sony's official blessings-- can't really know if the camera part is needed or not. So a little tweaking may be needed.

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Postby will » Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:35 pm

The tweaking instructions that I've found say I need to modify /etc/modules.conf but I only have /etc/modules.... /etc/modules.conf doesn't exist. Should I just create it?

Maybe I'll look for different instructions.


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