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Old 03-01-2010, 07:22 AM   #1
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Unhappy Asus1201T- camera drivers for Ubuntu


Hi,

I am a new Ubuntu user. I use an Asus 1201T EE PC, in India...which is new in the market. I don't know how to install the drivers necessary for the camera, and the internet isn't throwing much help for this- they appear to have drivers only for windows 7.

Can someone help? I am pretty stupid with the terminal, and I really need someone to guide me through.

Thanks!
 
Old 03-01-2010, 07:39 AM   #2
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The first step is always to plug it in and see what happens - did you do that?

usb 2.0 cameras will usually work if they have a "normal" or "mass storage" mode.
To have full access to your camera you may need to install a tool like f-spot, if you have not already done so.
 
Old 03-02-2010, 01:11 AM   #3
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It's an inbuilt thingy- the web cam application opens, it just doesn't work though If i click an image it throws up some template.
 
Old 03-02-2010, 05:53 AM   #4
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Oh its a web cam! Its a Eee PC (the backwards 3 at the start is also an E). Did you install the full ubuntu desktop or the netbook remix?

Is this the laptop?
You know, nobody seems to be talking about the camera. We need to know what kind it is.
Which web-cam app are you using and what does it say about your camera?

Also look for mention in lshw, lspci, and lsusb. These are terminal commands.
 
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:40 AM   #5
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Thanks so much and sorry to be responding so late.

I use netbook remix and the application Ive got for the camera is Cheese and I am afraid I haven't a clue about how to use the terminal...so I have just left it unused for the moment, and I think it's a .3 megapixel lens. dunno much beyond that.

Also, there appear to be no wifi drivers for the eee pc asus 1201T, and everytime i upgrade my software or my kernel gets upgraded, I have to remake my wifi drivers (and i always run to my linux buddy).

I think it's really difficult for a newcomer to ubuntu if one isn't good with code and learning the terminal how would you suggest I go ahead?
 
Old 04-09-2010, 09:35 AM   #6
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If you know how to open a terminal, all you have to do to use it is type the command into it and hit enter. Easy. I'll tell you the commands.

lspci

lsusb

...there will be some output appearing under the commands when you hit enter - you should copy and paste it verbatim to your reply. I'm trying to find the name of your camera.
http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplan...orials/6463/3/

I have also heard that the webcam for your model is sometimes disabled in bios - check.

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Also, there appear to be no wifi drivers for the eee pc asus 1201T, and every time I upgrade my software or my kernel gets upgraded, I have to remake my wifi drivers (and i always run to my linux buddy).
This means that you are using proprietary drivers for your wifi - cannot help you if I don't know what kind. This only happens for kernel upgrades, and only for proprietary drivers.

My information says that the Eee 1201T uses an aetheros chipset that is supported in the new kernels. You should not need the madwifi driver.

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I think it's really difficult for a newcomer to ubuntu if one isn't good with code and learning the terminal how would you suggest I go ahead?
Your issue seems to stem from the use of restricted hardware/drivers. The lesson is to avoid using restricted hardware.
Learning to code is not important. Learning basic commandline is. This is the power user tool, get used to it. You don't need to be an expert, you need enough to be able to follow instructions like on this site.

UNR is deliberately restricted for small form-factors.
That machine has a 12.1" high res screen - so I'd suggest you install the full ubuntu and just use it like a regular computer. This method will give you full PC features. I'd also suggest using 10.4 rather than 9.10. Do a fresh install.
 
Old 04-10-2010, 04:15 AM   #7
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Thanks so much for this help! I will follow your instructions and reply to you again.

I think I will do my best to learn this
 
Old 04-10-2010, 05:04 AM   #8
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This model of yours is not definitely a typical netbook and is capable of more than that. Instead of netbook remix you can install Ubuntu desktop edition. It should run as fine.
 
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This model of yours is not definitely a typical netbook and is capable of more than that. Instead of netbook remix you can install Ubuntu desktop edition. It should run as fine.
You are right of course - it will be much much easier to solve the issues here with the full installation. It will also be easier for OP to learn.

UNR was designed for the very limited earlier supercompact netbooks.
 
Old 04-10-2010, 05:39 AM   #10
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Yes. 9.10 though not the best of Ubuntu yet, has a lot of drivers built in, and supports a lot of wireless chips as well. Even atheros too.

http://blog.arpitnext.com/2010/03/as...ook-india.html

I got this link while searching for the model OP is using.
The hardware specifications mentioned on the link are enough to run Ubuntu desktop edition. My dell desktop from which I am writing right now has similar specs. Just a bit more powerful processor.
Desktop edition should most probably solve some issues.
 
Old 04-10-2010, 05:44 AM   #11
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This link has the performance benchmarking for CPUs and Athlon MV40 has faired better than a lot of others.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_look...hlon+Neo+MV-40
 
Old 04-10-2010, 10:55 AM   #12
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Yes. 9.10 though not the best of Ubuntu yet, has a lot of drivers built in, and supports a lot of wireless chips as well. Even atheros too.
I get the impression this is 9.10 UNR in place -- however, looking just now I don't see an explicit statement of that. If OP uses 9.04, say, then desktop mode is available from the session switcher. In 10.4 it will be a login option.

I agree that the new kernel should have the aetheros drivers already. So it is a puzzle that recompiling is needed at each upgrade - maybe the old madwifi driver keeps conflicting with the ath one, or one of the madwifi installs also blacklisted it (the ath driver used to be unstable and blacklisting it was not uncommon).

The standard peeve is that the vendors do not tell us the type of wifi, camera or modem that comes installed ... which have become common gotchas for gnu/linux installs.
 
Old 04-12-2010, 05:54 AM   #13
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Thats where we are stuck right now. We know it is Asus notebook and has camera but on the link I visited there is no mention of the make and model of the camera. It does not even say if it is from Asus itself. Without knowing the hardware it would be difficult for anyone to work out the proper drivers.

But lspci -vv should give some insight into it.
 
Old 04-13-2010, 02:21 AM   #14
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Thanks so much- I think I will get the regular ubuntu instead of the netbook remix.

Would it be okay if I consult you when I do, in about a month? I have found this very helpful and encouraging and I it's nice to be educated
 
Old 04-13-2010, 02:37 AM   #15
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Thanks so much- I think I will get the regular ubuntu instead of the netbook remix.

Would it be okay if I consult you when I do, in about a month? I have found this very helpful and encouraging and I it's nice to be educated
You are always welcome to come here and ask whatever you want to know about. Members would happily help you out. And if you are willing to wait for about a month then new Ubuntu 10.04 is coming out.
 
  


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