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Jal_UK
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Ricoh Camera Driver

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I am trying to enable a camera on an old sony vaio laptop in linux.

lsusb provides:

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Bus 001 Device 005: ID 05ca:1832 Ricoh Co., Ltd Visual Communication Camera VGP-VCC3 [R5U870]
From various forum posts I have found that the right way to enable this is:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:r5u87x-loader/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install r5u87x
sudo /usr/share/r5u87x/r5u87x-download-firmware.sh
however the last step to download firmware leads to an error:

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Failed downloading firmware from https://bitbucket.org/ahixon/r5u87x/get/a9b2171d762b.tar.gz
I don't know how to resolve this. I've dug around the web looking for alternative firmware links but cannot find any. This Ricoh camera model is on a fair amount of Sony and HP laptops. They are old but perfectly usable under Linux so it would be good to get the camera enabled.
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Re: Ricoh Camera Driver

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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.


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Re: Ricoh Camera Driver

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Thanks, I'm not sure how you found that, I have looked everywhere !

Trying to install that package with

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dpkg --force-depends
gives an error

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dpkg: error: you must specify packages by their own names, not by quoting the names of the files they come in
How did you force the install ?
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Re: Ricoh Camera Driver

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Jal_UK wrote:How did you force the install ?

Holding nothing back: dpkg --force-all


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Re: Ricoh Camera Driver

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I still receive the same error with force-all
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Re: Ricoh Camera Driver

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For reference the correct command to force install ignoring dependancies is:

sudo dpkg - - force-all - i <package name>
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Re: Ricoh Camera Driver

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Also please note that the package provided does not solve the issue, even when trying to re - organise / symbolic links etc so the original issue is still present ie. Unable to get the correct camera firmware for the Ricoh camera.
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