Vaio Motion Eye not supported in Kubuntu K414

Asked by Frank on 2009-03-26

Okay, I installed Kubuntu (latest version) with KDE 4.1.4 on my Sony VAIO CR220E.
Problem: webcam doesn't work even after installing several packages.
Output of lsusb:
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 05ca:1839 Ricoh Co., Ltd

I assume it's the Ricoh r5u870, though I am not sure. Questions that arise:
- how do I know for sure it's the r5u870?
- what exact package or driver is needed to provide support within Kubuntu for this camera?

It's quite unfortunate that a computer from November 2007 is not adequately supported by an operating system from Feb 2009.

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2009-03-28
Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #1

Yes, it is unfortunate that some manufacturers of computers still build equipment for only one operating system and do not make the code available for development by Linux programmers. Any complaints should be addressed to Sony.

I have found a rather long thread on the Ubuntu Forum relating to the Sony Vaio webcams. You will find a solution there:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=289836

Frank (f-de-groot) said : #2

Hi André,

Thanks for the answer. I spent quite some time on the net, but haven't
come across this one! Thanks!
Will give it a try.

About your first point: I might have put it the wrong way, but it
annoys me that Windows is all my machine appears to run on. I have
tried Suse over ten years ago, RedHat a bit later - but it was too
early days I guess. Ubuntu two years ago, and now Kubuntu.

I like it, I really do. The things that work, work a lot faster. However:
- fn keys on laptop don't work
- external monitor won't work (how to switch to external output?)
- getting my network printer to work is full of issues
- no rar unpacker with a decent gui.

Somehow even Kubuntu gives the impression that it's a nice try, and
sure as hell more stable than Vista, but it's not really there yet.
Who's at fault: machine or OS? Chicken or egg?

Frank

Citeren Andre Mangan <email address hidden>:

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> Yes, it is unfortunate that some manufacturers of computers still build
> equipment for only one operating system and do not make the code
> available for development by Linux programmers. Any complaints should
> be addressed to Sony.
>
> I have found a rather long thread on the Ubuntu Forum relating to the
> Sony Vaio webcams. You will find a solution there:
>
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=289836
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Frank (f-de-groot) said : #3

Not sure by the way how this go under "Cheese". The camera just doesn't work. Not in Skype, not in Cheese, not in xatv (xatv doesn't work anyway), not in any program.

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #4

I understand the frustration caused by things not working as expected. Linux has become much more user friendly since Ubuntu was first released in October, 2004.

I use the Gnome desktop but that is what Linux is all about - offering choices.

The two laptops in my household have Fn keys that are fully functional.
I do not use an external monitor but have a graphics card with two DVI outputs, so I could do so.
My three HP printers work out of the box but I am aware that some brands other than HP will not.
For rar files, look at this URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkDo1SmI578

APC computer magazine deemed Ubuntu 8.04 the "Windows Vista Killer" and I agree.

Re your camera, it will need the correct driver and configuration first and then it will work in the programs you listed, including xawtv. If you really cannot get your inbuilt webcam to work, please consider an external webcam that you can plug into a USB port when needed.

What happens when you type in a terminal: gstreamer-properties
Open the Video tab and try the test buttons.

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