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Sony Laptops: 'Motion Eye' camera

#1
My Sony Vaio VGN-120C has a built-in camera camera called 'Motion Eye'.Even since I installed vista x64, the camera is useless as Sony does not make a 64 bit driver for it.

Does anyone know who the underlying manufacturer of this camera is so I can hopefully track down the right driver for it>

thanks alot..would like to get this thing working finally!
 
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Quaoar

#2
colt22 wrote:

> My Sony Vaio VGN-120C has a built-in camera camera called 'Motion
> Eye'.Even since I installed vista x64, the camera is useless as Sony
> does not make a 64 bit driver for it.
>
> Does anyone know who the underlying manufacturer of this camera is so I
> can hopefully track down the right driver for it>
>
> thanks alot..would like to get this thing working finally!
>
>
The Motion Eye camera is a Sony product. If Sony does not support x64,
you are completely, totally out of luck. There is no solution, AFIK.

Your only solution is to reinstall the original OS from either the
Recovery Partition, or from the Recovery CDs/DVD.

Sorry.

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C

Colin Barnhorst

#3
I could not find your specific model number on the Sony support site.
However, according the the Sony site Sony does not recommend Windows Vista
on the VGN line. The website says (I use another model in this line that is
listed),

"Sony does not recommend or support installation of the Windows Vista
Operating System with the VGN-A130 VAIO® computer."

"This decision is based on test results generated by installing and using
the Windows Vista operating system on a VGN-A130. These results did not meet
our standards for basic functionality and support. Therefore, Sony will not
release Windows Vista compatible drivers for this model."

Models in this line date from 2003.

Restore XP to the computer to use the feature you are seeking. The
manufacturer of the camera would not have written Vista drivers for the
device either.

"colt22" <colt22.357115@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
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>
> My Sony Vaio VGN-120C has a built-in camera camera called 'Motion
> Eye'.Even since I installed vista x64, the camera is useless as Sony
> does not make a 64 bit driver for it.
>
> Does anyone know who the underlying manufacturer of this camera is so I
> can hopefully track down the right driver for it>
>
> thanks alot..would like to get this thing working finally!
>
>
> --
> colt22
 
W

Waldy

#4
"colt22" <colt22.357115@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
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>
> My Sony Vaio VGN-120C has a built-in camera camera called 'Motion
> Eye'.Even since I installed vista x64, the camera is useless as Sony
> does not make a 64 bit driver for it.
Sony have the choice of paying for development to extend the life of your
old product or not paying for development of new drivers and hopefully you
will go and buy a new Sony product that is compatible. Option A costs them
money, option B could make them money. I wonder what option they will
choose?!!
 
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Matt Danger

#5
FYI: I have a VAIO VGN-CS215J. I upgraded to Vista Ultimate for
business reasons. When you change the pre-installed operating system
there is no driver available for your Motion Eye webcam. Here is the
support chat:

Jimmy_> Hi Matt. Welcome to Sony Online Support. I’m Jimmy. Please
allow me a moment to review your concern.

Jimmy_> Thanks for waiting, Matt. I'm sorry for the inconvenience you
are experiencing as the Camera is not working with the Notebook. I’ll be
happy to assist you with this concern.

Jimmy_> May I ask some question to find the cause and resolve the
issue? Thank you.

Matt> Yes please

Jimmy_> As per the information available online, your Computer is
supplied with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium as the Operating
System and it is also compatible with the Windows XP Operating System.

Jimmy_> Have you changed the preinstalled Operating System to any other
Vista versions?

Matt> Yes - I bought the computer yesterday. Upgraded to Vista Ultimte
this morning.

Jimmy_> I'm sorry to inform you that Sony Computers are designed
specifically to work with the Sony OEM version of Windows with which
they are shipped.

Jimmy_> *The Applications and Drivers that shipped with the computer
are designed for use with the Sony pre-installed OEM Vista version of
Windows only. They may not work under the retail Windows Vista Ultimate
environment.*Matt> I need Vista Ultimate for business reasons. Is there
any other option for this webcam and the OS I am running?

Jimmy_> *Furthermore, at this moment we are not supporting the upgrade
to Windows Vista Ultimate for this model of Notebook as none of the
Vista Ultimate Drivers are released by Sony till date.*


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You should allways check that drivers are available, before upgrading the
o/s, particularly if its a large OEM pc/Laptop - and of course it may
invalidate any warranty or support

"Matt Danger" <Matt.Danger.3m717a@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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>
> FYI: I have a VAIO VGN-CS215J. I upgraded to Vista Ultimate for
> business reasons. When you change the pre-installed operating system
> there is no driver available for your Motion Eye webcam. Here is the
> support chat:
>
> Jimmy_> Hi Matt. Welcome to Sony Online Support. I'm Jimmy. Please
> allow me a moment to review your concern.
>
> Jimmy_> Thanks for waiting, Matt. I'm sorry for the inconvenience you
> are experiencing as the Camera is not working with the Notebook. I'll be
> happy to assist you with this concern.
>
> Jimmy_> May I ask some question to find the cause and resolve the
> issue? Thank you.
>
> Matt> Yes please
>
> Jimmy_> As per the information available online, your Computer is
> supplied with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium as the Operating
> System and it is also compatible with the Windows XP Operating System.
>
> Jimmy_> Have you changed the preinstalled Operating System to any other
> Vista versions?
>
> Matt> Yes - I bought the computer yesterday. Upgraded to Vista Ultimte
> this morning.
>
> Jimmy_> I'm sorry to inform you that Sony Computers are designed
> specifically to work with the Sony OEM version of Windows with which
> they are shipped.
>
> Jimmy_> *The Applications and Drivers that shipped with the computer
> are designed for use with the Sony pre-installed OEM Vista version of
> Windows only. They may not work under the retail Windows Vista Ultimate
> environment.*Matt> I need Vista Ultimate for business reasons. Is there
> any other option for this webcam and the OS I am running?
>
> Jimmy_> *Furthermore, at this moment we are not supporting the upgrade
> to Windows Vista Ultimate for this model of Notebook as none of the
> Vista Ultimate Drivers are released by Sony till date.*
>
>
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frickinnoob

#9
Got my motion eye working under Win7 64x.

Link below for the drivers.
I have the Vaio SZ650n/c, and all but a few keyboard hotkeys are
working.

The volume hotkeys work by default with win7. (maybe in hardware)
Brightness is available by right-clicking the battery indicator (by
clock)
or by running "windows mobility center".

Also, low level sony stuff in 64x is available here:
http://www.vaio-link.com/os/vista/64bit/ (only works with firefox for
me)

For my SZ650, I had to install the SFEP and SPIC drivers to clear
device manager. I could not find hot key drivers in 64x.

Motion eye (Ricoh) drivers here:
http://www.ralphg.com/public/


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#11
Hi

I upgraded from Windows XP Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate on a Vaio VGN-SZ2XP/C. The MotionEye camera stopped working. I installed the Ricoh driver, this did not work, the device status in Device Manager shows "this device cannot start (code 10). I then tried the Sony alternate driver. This won't install - it gives an error "Driver is not intended for this platform".
 
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#12
Like others I am somewhat disgusted with the lack of support from Sony.
After installing Windows 7 on my VAIO VGN-FZ18L the Motion Eye no longer
worked. I bought the machine to use Skype when away from home, so it was
rendered useless. I have managed to get Skype going again - here is how
I did it ....

Despite doing a Windows 7 'clean install' and being informed that all my
data and old operating system would be removed I was surprised to see
that some items remained and that my old operating system was bundled up
in a 'windows.old' file. The plan was to extract the old driver from
that.

Start / Control Panel
Select - View Devices & Printers
Double click - USB Composite Device, select Hardware Tab then
Properties
Under General Tab press Change Settings

A new window , 'USB Composite Device Properties' will open
select Driver Tab, then Update Driver, you will be asked how
to find the driver
select Browse My Computer for driver software
Use Browse button to find old driver; on my machine it
was

C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository, then press
Next
This will cause the system to scan, locate and install the
'motion eye' driver. (VGP_VCC4

At the end of this the camera worked again on Skype but without sound.
By clicking the Skype microphone mute button off then on again the sound
was restored. Dont ask me why - but it worked.


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#13
Could you upload those files?
Stupid me installed a fresh copy of windows and formated the old drive.

I spent all night last night trying to find a solution.

Could you please upload the directory to a site like transfer.ro
I would very much appreciate it..


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#14
hey,

so ive got a SZ730E running win7 pro 64-bit.
got most of my drivers working properly, still need better Nvidia drivers, but they say their new release will support vaio's better.

i am having trouble installing the drivers for the motion camera using the link Index of /public
the problem is that windows 7 has assigned driver for my camera already (calling it usb video device)
i tried updating the drivers using the ones on ralphg.com but it says that it is already running the best drivers.
how do i swap the drivers?

also how did you install the SFEP and SPIC drivers? i got them from viao-link.com alt

thanks in advance

Got my motion eye working under Win7 64x.

Link below for the drivers.
I have the Vaio SZ650n/c, and all but a few keyboard hotkeys are
working.

The volume hotkeys work by default with win7. (maybe in hardware)
Brightness is available by right-clicking the battery indicator (by
clock)
or by running "windows mobility center".

Also, low level sony stuff in 64x is available here:
http://www.vaio-link.com/os/vista/64bit/ (only works with firefox for
me)

For my SZ650, I had to install the SFEP and SPIC drivers to clear
device manager. I could not find hot key drivers in 64x.

Motion eye (Ricoh) drivers here:
Index of /public


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