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Author Topic: [SOLVED] webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE  (Read 6029 times)

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[SOLVED] webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« on: September 30, 2014, 12:36:03 am »

Hello,

I installed VL 7.0 Standard on MacBook.  everything works fine, but some things are glitchy.  How to set up my webcam on my MacBook?
Thanks,

Veki
« Last Edit: November 01, 2014, 03:35:49 am by vvucic »
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2014, 10:41:10 am »

Hi Veki,

This should be a driver issue. Whats the model of the webcam? Most of them use one of two drivers: uvcvideo and gspca. IIRC both made it to the kernel.
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2014, 08:57:27 am »

Hello, I guess that it is driver issue. Actually, there is no /dev/video at all.ot know which webcam it use. Is there any detection utility which can help in that?
To be honest I do n

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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2014, 09:12:20 am »

This should be a driver issue. Whats the model of the webcam? Most of them use one of two drivers: uvcvideo and gspca.
Actually, usbvideo is pretty popular as well.

Is there any detection utility which can help in that?
It's probably (internally) connected by USB. If you open a terminal and run the command 'lsusb' you will get a list of USB-devices connected to your computer.
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2014, 09:51:48 am »

Hi Veki, I think we spoke over IRC, but for the record:

* The MacBook iSight camera requires a firmware
* You need to get it from Apple and extract it using the isight tools from the repository

These detailed instructions in the Ubuntu wiki look useful: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/AppleiSight?action=show&redirect=AppleiSight

Please post back if you find issues, the isight firmware tools are in the untested repos, thanks to Wigums
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014, 05:26:45 am »

I do not have Apple partitionn so I cannot extract firmware. It is not double boot machine.
when I do lsusb I got the following info related to webcam
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 05ac:8300 Apple, Inc. Built-in iSight (no firmware loaded).

I tried to find isght in VL repos but I could not find it.

Please advise how to get firmware and where to put it.

Thanks.

veki


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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2014, 05:49:51 am »

Hi Veki,

The firmware is privative, you will have to get it from Apple or somewhere else, we cant distribute it. Google "AppleUSBVideoSupport" which is the file you need for extracting the firmware.
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2014, 12:03:04 pm »

isight-firmware-tools has been packaged
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2014, 05:38:27 am »

Hello wigums,

I know that  tools are packaged but I cannot find firmware.  Maybe solution will be to purchase some usb webcam and plug it in my laptop. Do you have any suggestion which usb webcam will work t he best?hanks,
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2014, 06:30:13 pm »

Here's another link. It's still Ubuntu-specific, but it cuts out a lot of the extra wordiness of the "official" page, and I think that makes it easier to follow. With isight-firmware-tools in VL repo, shouldn't be hard to adapt.
http://turanct.wordpress.com/tag/appleusbvideosupport/
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2014, 12:55:36 am »

isight-firmware-tools has been packaged
In which repo is your package?
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2014, 06:28:21 pm »

If you don't have ONE of the following lines in your /etc/slapt-get/slapt-getrc , add the appropriate one:

SOURCE=http://vlcore.vectorlinux.com/pkg/untested/veclinux-7.0/x86_64/
or
SOURCE=http://vlcore.vectorlinux.com/pkg/untested/veclinux-7.0/x86/

I hereby confess to not knowing the architecture of a MacBook, but of course you do.

After installing isight-firmware-tools, you should disable the untested repo with gslapt, or change "SOURCE" to "#DISABLED" by hand.
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2014, 12:01:50 am »

Hello,

I installed isight-firmware-tools.
On link related to Ubuntu it is mentioned that isight-firmware-tools will ask for path where is file Appleusb......
WHen I installed isight-firmware-tools I was not prompted to do anything.
Obviously there must be some trick how to tell isight-firmware-tools to do with firmware what is needed.
Any suggestions?

veki
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2014, 08:47:41 pm »

The Ubuntu package probably contains an installer script that runs ift-extract when package is installed. IMO, it's easy to think of situations where this would not be a good idea. But that means you need to run ift-extract manually after the package is installed.

Looks like the manual page ift-extract.1(.gz) didn't completely make it into the package -- zero-length once extracted.

But 'ift-extract --help' is informative: ift-extract -a path/to/AppleUSBVideoSupport
If run as root, it should put isight.fw into lib/firmware; you probably don't need the -d or -f options.

Also, take a look at /usr/doc/isight-firmware-tools-1.6/README

HTH
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Re: webcam in MacBook with VL 7.0 Standard and KDE
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2014, 03:22:51 am »

After performing as root
ift-extract -a path to Apple.....
my webcam is working.  Now, I do not have audio but I will try to manage that.

Thanks indeed

veki
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