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Old 11-24-2014, 04:35 PM   #1
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Webcam light always on - Elementary OS Freya


I installed Elementary OS Freya on my Lenovo 3000 V200 the other night. It's been working fine but the only issue I'm having is the fact that my webcam's light is constantly on. As soon as I get to the login screen, the light turns on and stays like that. The webcam is a m5602; when running lsusb it says "Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0402:5602 ALi Corp. M5602 Video Camera Controller"

If possible, I'd like to completely disable the webcam since I never use it anyways, but if I can get it to work and have the light turn off unless I'm using it, that could work too.

I've already tried adding "blacklist gspca, blacklist uvcvideo, blacklist gspca_main, blacklist gspca-m5602" to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf but the problem persists. If someone could help me out that would be awesome, since the light is really creepy/annoying.

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Old 11-24-2014, 04:39 PM   #2
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someone is watching......
-- maybe --

put a strip of black electrical tape over the camera
 
Old 11-24-2014, 04:51 PM   #3
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someone is watching......
-- maybe --

put a strip of black electrical tape over the camera
I did, but obviously a more permanent solution would be preferable.
 
Old 11-24-2014, 05:05 PM   #4
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what desktop is being used ?
gnome3
kde4
xfce
lxde
"gnome CLASSIC- fallback"
Cinnamon

look for the web cam in the system config menu for your desktop
 
Old 11-24-2014, 05:25 PM   #5
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I'm using Pantheon which is the default Elementary OS DE.
 
Old 11-24-2014, 07:11 PM   #6
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Just wondering if in the bios. You Know. In the usb menu section. If you can enable/disable the webcam in there.

My Dells do not come with a built in Webcam. This Compaq CQ 57 Does. But I run MX-14 on this Compaq and my webcam does not
come on (light stays off) till I tell it in VLC. Under Media>Open Capture Device.

I agree with John VV. I would be paranoid that someone is looking through my webcam.
 
Old 11-24-2014, 07:21 PM   #7
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I already looked inside the BIOS, and that wasn't it. I did figure it out though: added "blacklist-gspca-5602" to blacklist.conf and now the light's off and Cheese says No device found.

EDIT: Actually I already had that in the OP.... what did I do?

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i have been watching a LOT of "horror movies" lately
so the " you are being watched....." is do to all the horror genre films


if it is not a rental laptop then there really should be no issue there

is the camera listed in the output of
Code:
su -

lspci 
--- or ---
lsusb 
------- and is the service enabled ? ------

systemctl
if it is enabled in systemd then it can be turned off
 
  


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