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Install the kernal module required for the facetimehd camera to work on Linux
#!/bin/bash
set -e
export CONFIG_MODULE_SIG=n
export CONFIG_MODULE_SIG_ALL=n
export KERNELRELEASE=${1}
echo "Installing FacetimeHD camera for $KERNELRELEASE"
cd /tmp
git clone https://github.com/patjak/bcwc_pcie.git
cd bcwc_pcie/firmware
make
make install
cd ..
make
make install
rm -rf /tmp/bcwc_pcie
if [ ! -d "/etc/modules-load.d" ]; then
mkdir -p "/etc/modules-load.d"
fi
cat > "/etc/modules-load.d/facetimehd.conf" << EOL
videobuf2-core
videobuf2_v4l2
videobuf2-dma-sg
facetimehd
EOL
echo "Install complete."
@avtkal
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avtkal commented May 2, 2020

I get stucked here:
/tmp/bcwc_pcie/firmware$ make
make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.

Could someone help with this?
Thank you!

@atulpendse
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atulpendse commented May 11, 2020

Same error for me on Fedora 32

[apendse@apendse-fedora firmware]$ pwd
/data/workspace/bcwc_pcie/firmware

[apendse@apendse-fedora firmware]$ sudo make
make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.

@ukn
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ukn commented Jul 3, 2020

Had to modify the script a bit but got it working on Linux Mint 19.3 (kernel 5.4.0-40-generic)
https://gist.github.com/ukn/a2f85e3420ae7d0f64db2274a9bc106b

@petrstepanov
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petrstepanov commented Sep 28, 2020

Thanks @ukn I've just tried your script on Fedora 32. I had to comment out line #43:
https://gist.github.com/petrstepanov/73e1eeaeca8b56bf4bca2a367f18fe95
and it worked great. Enjoying my camera now!

@DavefromGA
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DavefromGA commented Sep 29, 2021

Thanks Stono for this script. I ended up using it as the base for what I was trying to solve. I did try it like you instructed, but it wouldnt work on my machine. I have a 2015 MacBook Pro... I though about it a while and realized that the only time I need this to run is when I update the kernel, since this is when it kills the install. So I just changed the script to do the apt update then automatically just run your script and basically reinstall the driver immediately after the kernel update. Works perfectly. I put it on my page if your interested in seeing how I did it. Thank you for helping me get my camera running again.

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