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Webcam freezes Fedora 16

asked 2012-05-03 13:41:00 -0500

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updated 2012-05-06 14:55:18 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

I just finished instlling Fedora 16 on my Samsung Nf310 netbook and have managed to get most of the initial setup working well, but have not been able to solve my problem with the webcam. Whenever a program (e.g. Cheese, UCview) trys to load the webcam the computer freezes: nothing works. The only way to recover is to power off and reboot. I have been trying to solve this on my own, but I am new to linux and have yet been able to isolate the problem. I have read a few tutorials and help files and can provide the following information. If I use the command dmesg I can find the following:

[   19.732964] Linux media interface: v0.10
[   19.737196] Linux video capture interface: v2.00
[   19.740707] uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device WebCam SC-0311139N (2232:1020)
[   19.742856] input: WebCam SC-0311139N as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb1/1-8/1-8:1.0/input/input7
[   19.743319] usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo
[   19.743326] USB Video Class driver (1.1.1)

The lsusb command also shows it loaded:

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 2232:1020  
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0a5c:219c Broadcom Corp.

The webcam is a generic built in device. The information I was able to get from the Windows' hardware profile shows it using a generic MS driver from 2006. The model number in Windows matches the model found by Linux: SC-0311139N.

There is also a directory listed for the device, /dev/dev0.

Other than this, I am really satisfied with Linux so far.

I really appreciate your help!

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answered 2012-06-23 12:24:44 -0500

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The solution for this issue is available in ArchWiki. You just have to create a config file(/etc/modprobe.d/uvcvideo.conf) with the following contents:

options uvcvideo nodrop=1

I was able to get the webcam working in Cheese with the above change. Here is my system configuration:

  • Samsung NP300E5Z-A0MIN
  • Fedora 17
  • kernel-3.4.3-1.fc17.x86_64
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answered 2012-05-06 14:57:06 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Firstly, please update your system completely. If that doesn't fix it, I suggest you file a bug at redhat bugzilla against the kernel package giving information on the issue. The maintainer will tell you what info to provide and how to get it.

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answered 2012-08-22 02:34:20 -0500

you hav to do Just this ,

Sign in as root User :

yum install ucview touch /etc/modprobe.d/uvcvideo.conf echo "options uvcvideo nodrop=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/uvcvideo.conf

Thats all !!! and Now your Webcam will WORK successfully .

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