VLC Media Player "No v4l2 instance found"

Asked by coljohnhannibalsmith on 2010-08-12

Hello,

While using VLC Media Player, I decided to view the "extended settings," to see what adjustments were possible and when I clicked on the "v4l2 controls" tab, the tab displayed the following message:

"No v4l2 instance found. Press the refresh button to try again."

I pressed the suggested button and nothing changed. I then installed every entry dealing with "Video for Linux" in Synaptic, rebooted and tried again. Still no change.

I then Googled to try to find a source tarball, but durring this process I read several posts that suggested that v4l2 is already part or Linux kernels 2.6+.

Is this true? If so, why does VLC report that there is no v4l2 instance found. If not, what do I have to do to get v4l2 installed?

Thanks, Hannibal
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**Re: VLC Media Player "No v4l2 instance found"
**Providing additional information:

When launching "gnome-control-center" from "Terminal" and then launching:
"Video4Linux Control Panel," I receive the following error message:

"Unable to open file /dev/video0
No such file or directory"

I also get the following error messages in Terminal when launching
"gnome-control-center:"

sophie@sophie-laptop:~$ gnome-control-center

** (gnome-control-center:22751): WARNING **:
error raised: [libslab_get_gconf_value: error getting /desktop/gnome/applications/main-menu/lock-down/user_modifiable_apps]

** (gnome-control-center:22751): WARNING **:
error raised: [load_xbel_store: couldn't load bookmark file [NULL]
]

** (gnome-control-center:22751): WARNING **: get_actions_list() - PROBLEM - Can't load gtk-theme-selector.desktop

** (gnome-control-center:22751): WARNING **: get_actions_list() - PROBLEM - Can't load gnome-cups-manager.desktop

Does anyone know what this means or what I should do about it?

Thanks, Hannibal
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2010-08-15
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2010-08-15
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I'm closing this question because it is really more of an Ubuntu issue than a VLC issue.

I've reopened this question as an Ubuntu question at the following link:

https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/121221

Thanks, Hannibal