Jal_UK wrote:I am trying to enable a camera on an old sony vaio laptop in linux.
Tracking down that old r5u870 driver leads from one dead link to another, and numerous 404 page-not-found errors.
The file that can't be found is a closed-source binary blob of unknown copyright. So, it fell through the cracks along the way.
I found a deb file, in the back, in the corner, in the dark, to install the driver -- but it's ancient (32-bit) and requires forcing dpkg to ignore dependencies, which puts the kernel module in the wrong system subdirectory, which requires creating a symbolic link... At the end it produces firmware files for 12 submodels of the R5U870 webcam. And I have no way to test the final result.
It looks like a mess, but here's the Ricoh R5U870 webcam driver installation deb file
. Download it while it's still available.