Cheese Webcam Software Issue

Asked by Daire DeDanann on 2011-07-16

I've encountered an issue with using Cheese webcam recorder on my machines. I have an i3 notebook, an atom netbook, and two AMD machines.
They are new enough to support webcam and the intel machines actually came with an imbedded webcam, but neither one is working in linux with either the embedded webcam or the usb webcam.
I installed Windows on another partition, modded it(changed the logos and such), and installed Debut recording studio. Debut works fine. So we know its not the webcams that are malfunctioning. Its a software issue.
The Cheese webcam software does load; however, when I move my arm or talk, the software doesn't display it in real time like it does in Debut and it doesn't record properly either. Its like the program is freezing up on me but running enough to torment me.

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2011-07-17

Can you give the output of:

lsb_release -a; lsusb

Thanks

Daire Conley (daire) said : #2

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 11.04
Release: 11.04
Codename: natty
Bus 002 Device 008: ID 046d:081d Logitech, Inc.
Bus 002 Device 007: ID 047d:1022 Kensington Orbit Optical
Bus 002 Device 006: ID 0556:0001 Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd AK5370 I/F A/D Converter
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 1a40:0101 TERMINUS TECHNOLOGY INC. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 1a40:0201 TERMINUS TECHNOLOGY INC.
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04f2:b1aa Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd Webcam-101
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Ok so the ID is:

04f2:b1aa Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd Webcam-101

If you use that, you can find guides.

Daire Conley (daire) said : #4

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS
Release: 10.04
Codename: lucid
Bus 002 Device 009: ID 05e3:0731 Genesys Logic, Inc.
Bus 002 Device 008: ID 0556:0001 Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd AK5370 I/F A/D Converter
Bus 002 Device 007: ID 1a40:0201 TERMINUS TECHNOLOGY INC.
Bus 002 Device 006: ID 046d:081d Logitech, Inc.
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 047d:1022 Kensington Orbit Optical
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 1a40:0101 TERMINUS TECHNOLOGY INC.
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04f2:b1aa Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Daire Conley (daire) said : #5

That doesn't explain why Linux isn't managing my webcam properly. Windows handled it with precision. Why is Linux not handling it? The program Cheese is freezing up when I try to record 1280x720 resolution which my webcam does support.

Daire Conley (daire) said : #6

Maybe I'll just run windows on a virtual machine in VirtualBox OSE and use the webcam video software to record videos...then move the file over to Linux for editing until someone figures webcam driver issue.

You'll need the closed source version for USB access. The OSE version doesn't do USB access. Windows handled it as the makers ofthe device have lovingly crafted drivers for Windows. They have neglected to make Linux ones. If you uninstall the driver from Windows then it will act just as it does in Linux. The fact that hardware works in Windows is of absolutely zero value.

Did you search for the identifier from your output to find guides?

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