This is just to document troubles I've had trying to get the webcam on my Sony VAIO to work. I'm using ~amd64.
With kernel 3.5.4 I get the camera to work but the mic does not and has yet to under Linux. The kernels 3.6.x and 3.7.x gave me kernel segmentation faults at seemingly random times but reliably soonish. The kernel 3.8.x is stable for me. I tried to get the webcam with mic to work with 3.8.x: I've reconfigured and compiled the 3.8.4 kernel, emerged the package xf86-video-v4l, and reconfigured and compiled the 3.8.7 ad 3.8.8 kernels multiple times. What I've noticed is that the configuration of the kernel (using genkernel like always, btw) does not sensibly relate to whether or not I get a working /dev/video0 device (but the mic never works). I don't know if this is a kernel thing, a udev thing, or what. I only post this for whatever it's worth. When I had it working ostensibly without sound I went back to remove kernel items I did not need. I chased a ghost. Perhaps with other people's experiences, the details of this problem will add up to something discernible. I'll just hope an update will fix the problem sometime down the road and my webcam with mic will work.
Since my laptop is finally not new hardware, should I consider moving from ~amd64 to amd64? For some reason I think that direction is ill-advised. I think I went from amd64 to ~amd64 to get newer stuff and a working Linux install.
As a little point, I don't see the mic opening on my laptop, but by testing with Windows I have one that functions. Any ideas on where the hell it is, maybe behind the clear plastic covering the lens and the little green light that comes on when the webcam is on?
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Last edited by dougchug (2013-04-18 06:49:47)