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I have been using Linux for about six days now - so green, the plants are jealous.
I was a long-term Windows user, and this laptop was on Win7.
To the problem:
Acer Aspire 5930 - Intel Core 2 Duo P8400.
Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon.
There is an integrated webcam, but in Linux it only shows still images unless I select 1280x720, and then I get 10 (9/1) fps. No other resolutions work.
lsusb gives a device ID number - 0c45:6300 - Microdia PC Microscope (it isn't).
lshw gives 'Sonix Technology'.
Another command in Terminal (I forget what) showed me the driver in use is 'uvcvideo'
I had a saved readout of my Pc from before the change, when it used to be Windows.
The camera is listed, and the VID:PID is 064e:a117 - different number.
ideasonboard.org/uvc shows this to be an Acer HD Crystal Eye webcam (Suyin), and supported.
I wonder if the O/S has misidentified the device somehow. If I can change the ID to the right one, could that make the O/S use the right driver settings?
Yancek: I am wanting it for Skype conversations. I have tried Skype, Cheese, guvcview and the qt v4l2 test util - all show the same issue. According to a couple of sites, uvcview supports this particular cam, but while I know it's definitely this camera, the O/S thinks it's something else.
Awesome & Ondoho: I don't do online banking, and to be honest, I reckon our images will have been recorded long before we started to think of this as a security issue.
Besides, what with the faraday cage and the secure hardline, I just didn't have money left for tape...
Habitual: Thanks. lspci did not appear to show me anything about the camera, just the bus controllers.
I don't know whether this applies here, but I have observed that Linux does not necessarily identify devices by brand name. For example, Dell brand wireless card might show in Linux as a Broadcom device, because it is OEMed to Dell by Broadcom and contains a Broadom chipset.
(Note: I do not know that Dell wireless cards are OEMed by Broadcom; that is just an example.)
I've never before heard of problem like this. What lsusb shows is really irrelevant, it has its own database, which is not used by kernel to identify devices. OTOH, I still cannot think of any reason of this misidentification, apart from some sort of filesystem corruption. But then again, you said the UVC driver is loaded ... so the correct driver is loaded after all.
I have used UVC webcams before and generally have had no issues with them, but I don't use webcams frequently. I can't answer your question, but perhaps you can learn more at the UVC site; they seem to have made extensive documentation available: http://www.ideasonboard.org/uvc/