Webcam problems with Cheese in Ubuntu 11.10

Asked by john Alatalo on 2011-10-17

Since I installed Ubuntu 11.10 the webcam shows strange colours and so on in Cheese.
Was no problem at all in the previous 11.04 version.

There are some other webcam applications I can use. But I prefeer Cheese.

This Guy (Benjamin Halbrock) got same problem:

I have tryed Cheese in Pardus 2011.2 who recently was released. Works fine there.
So this seems to be a specific problem with the 11.10 version.

The webcam is a Logitech C300

Have you any solution to it?

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Can you give the output of:

lsusb; lsb_release -a


Logitech hate Linux by the way and flat refuse to support it

Logitech C300 suppose to work with Linux:

When I install Ubuntu 11.10 and it take a snapshot for my profile it works. Picture is normal then.
And with some other webcam applications to.

It's only with Cheese it works bad. If read at the bug report Benjamin wrote he uses another manufactor and it works bad with Cheese to.
(see the screenshot that are included)

I have no acces to the Ubuntu computer at the moment. But when I do I will try to write more.

It doesn't happen with logitech only.
With my Lenovo T420s integrated webcam I have the same problem only with Cheese:

lsusb; lsb_release -a

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 147e:2016 Upek Biometric Touchchip/Touchstrip Fingerprint Sensor
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0a5c:217f Broadcom Corp. Bluetooth Controller
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 04f2:b221 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
LSB Version: core-2.0-amd64:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-amd64:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-amd64:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-amd64:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-amd64:core-4.0-noarch
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 11.10
Release: 11.10
Codename: oneiric

Sounds like a regression bug then. If it was ok in Natty then I suggest you run:

ubuntu-bug cheese

And report the issue

I have the same problem with:
ID 046d:08ad Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Communicate STX

I have the same strange color when i use gstream-properties or video on linphone

Robb (robb-dawson-gmail) said : #7

ID 046d:08d7 Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Communicate STX

Same issue here. The webcam works with MPlayer and VLC, but not with applications that work with GStreamer.

I have tested Cheese in Pardus 2011.2:

Works fine there. So this problem are Ubuntu related.

If you have the webcam detached when you boot then log in and run:

dmesg | tail -n 10

You will get the kernel reaction to the device. Do this on both ditributions and compare

I just installed Ubuntu 11.10 at a friends laptop (LG). Cheese works fine there. So it seems like this problem not appears at all computers.
So are it a kernel problem if it works there?

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