The integrated webcam with USB identifier
5986:055a does not work properly on my laptop. Although it is powered on and activated in the BIOS it does not appear as
/dev/video* and is consequently not recognized by any software. In the log files you will typically find the error message:
uvcvideo: No valid video chain found. This particular Acer webcam seems to be used in a variety of Lenovo notebooks, especially ThinkPads, e.g. ThinkPad L450, ThinkPad E455, ThinkPad E550.
Fortunately, there is a patch to the respective kernel module
uvcvideo. In the following you will find the steps needed to patch and recompile the
uvcvideo module. Now, I am using kernel version
4.7.2-1 on Arch Linux. Make sure to adjust the commands below to your platform.
Download and unpack the respective kernel sources from kernel.org:
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cd /usr/src wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/linux-4.7.2.tar.xz tar xfv linux-4.7.2.tar.xz
Download and apply the relevant patch:
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cd linux-4.7.2 wget -O uvc.patch https://launchpadlibrarian.net/262285470/0001-PATCH-v3-uvcvideo-uvc_scan_fallback-for-webcams-with.patch patch -p1 < uvc.patch
Compile the new kernel module:
cd drivers/media/usb/uvc/ make -C /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build M=$(pwd) modules
If the process was successful we should now have obtained the patched kernel module
uvcvideo.ko. We first unload the module
uvcvideoand then load the patched version:
rmmod uvcvideo insmod uvcvideo.ko
Now would be a good time to bring up your favorite webcam software (e.g. Cheese) and find out if the integrated webcam gets recognized properly.
- If the webcam is working now, we can copy the patched kernel module to our kernel modules and use
gzipto compress it.
cp uvcvideo.ko /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/media/usb/uvc gzip /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/media/usb/uvc/uvcvideo.ko
Note that this might not be a good solution for permanent usage. However, it will allow you to be able to use your integrated webcam for now.