built in WebCam not working in Sony VGN-SZ430n (Ubuntu 7.04)

Asked by thelostarc on 2007-05-25

Hello
After trying out the live CD I wiped out Vista from my new Sony laptop and installed Ubuntu. But the problem is Internal MIC and Web Cam was not working. Yesterday, I solved the MIC problem with help from Cesare Tirabassi. Now trying to fix the Web cam problem. Could you please help?
Thanks a lot

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Cesare Tirabassi
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2007-05-26
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2007-05-25
Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #1

That bugger wouldn't be able to help his sister. Don't rely on him .......
Could you please show us the output of an lspci and lsusb command?
We need to check what is the chip being used for the camera.

thelostarc (rafta143) said : #2

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)

00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)

00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)

00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)

00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)

00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)

00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)

00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)

00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)

00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)

00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)

00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)

00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)

00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 02)

00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller IDE (rev 02)

00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce Go 7400 (rev a1)

06:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)

07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8036 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (rev 16)

09:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller

09:04.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller

09:04.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)

Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #3

Thanks, the lsusb too please.

thelostarc (rafta143) said : #4

Bus 005 Device 004: ID 05ca:1835 Ricoh Co., Ltd
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 054c:0281 Sony Corp.
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0483:2016 SGS Thomson Microelectronics Fingerprint Reader
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 044e:300d Alps Electric Co., Ltd
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

My Camera is built in though

thelostarc (rafta143) said : #5

By the end of all this you have to suggest me some good source/books to learn this stuff

Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #6

Thanks.
I have both good news and (relatively) bad news.
The good news is that your model is supported, the bad one is that the driver is not officially available from the ubuntu repositories.

If you decide to install it anyhow, here is how:

1) Download and save to Desktop this package:

http://www.arakhne.org/packages/pool/ricoh-webcam-r5u870/2.6.20-15-generic/ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic_0.10.0-2_i386.deb

This complies with the kernel info you gave me in Question #7078.

2) Install by opening a terminal and giving this command:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/2.6.20-15-generic/ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic_0.10.0-2_i386.deb

Let me know if there is any problem/error.

Best Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #7

Ops, cut&paste mistake, the last command is:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic_0.10.0-2_i386.deb

Apologies!

thelostarc (rafta143) said : #8

That worked :)

Could you give me some source to learn all this stuff? Also, the function key for sound (mute/increase/decrease) and function key for projecting the screen is not working.. Should i open another thread?

thelostarc (rafta143) said : #9

Thanks Cesare Tirabassi, that solved my question.

Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #10

>Cold you give me some source to learn all this stuff?

Of course! I understand you want to learn more about the basics first?
I'm a big fanatic of books, so I can only recommnd that you visit your local bookstore or library and start with a generic Unix book, or perhaps generic Linux book. I don't want to mention a particular title/author, but avoid any book which is specific to a distribution, thats easy stuff once you grasp the basic of what unix/linux is.
If I misunderstood your question, please ask me again, I'm more than willing to give you any help I can on the subject.

>Also, the function key for sound (mute/increase/decrease) and function key
>for projecting the screen is not working.. Should i open another thread?

Yes, that would be better. I'm sorry, I know it seems silly, but this way we may help other people with the same issue to find a solution already ready for them.
Please include in your question your distribution (Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu, etc.) and version (7.04).

Thanks!

Hello!

I have problem with my webcam too.
I did the steps above but I've got an error. Please see below:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Reading database ... 150175 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic 0.10.0-2 (using ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic_0.10.0-2_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic ...
Setting up ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic (0.10.0-2) ...
Installing ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic...
 refreshing kernel modules...ok
 updating /etc/modules...ok
 loading module r5u870...FATAL: Module r5u870 not found.
ok.
done.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
So, what could I do?

Thanks!

Redrazor39 (redrazor39) said : #12

Hi, I also have a VAIO VGN-SZ430N model with a webcam and I need help because I am running Ubuntu 7.10, not 7.04. I also plan to upgrade to Ubuntu 8.04 soon after it comes out so I may need help with that (if it doesn't already work). I tried the method already posted but that didn't work.

This is the output for lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G72M [GeForce Go 7400] (rev a1)
06:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8036 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (rev 16)
09:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
09:04.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
09:04.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)

and this is the output for lsusb, but my webcam is built in (or does that even matter?):
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 046d:c521 Logitech, Inc.
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0483:2016 SGS Thomson Microelectronics Fingerprint Reader
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 044e:300d Alps Electric Co., Ltd
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 054c:0281 Sony Corp.
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 05ca:1835 Ricoh Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

One of those is my mouse (right now I have a logitech USB wireless mouse plugged in)

Could you please help, Cesare Tirabassi? You seem to be a guru at this (esp. compared to me) and I need your assistance. Please post any solution for Ubuntu 7.10, and, if necessary and possible, one for Ubuntu 8.04.

Redrazor39 (redrazor39) said : #13

Also, this is the error I received when I tried the method posted above:

(Reading database ... 112130 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic 0.10.0-2 (using .../ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic_0.10.0-2_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic:
 ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic depends on linux-image-2.6.20-15-generic; however:
  Package linux-image-2.6.20-15-generic is not installed.
dpkg: error processing ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
 ricoh-webcam-r5u870-2.6.20-15-generic