Sony Vaio Motion Eye Camera Troubleshooting Update

I’ve noticed that a lot of people still read my post about this. It has been a few years since I first put it up but I guess Sony Vaio laptops are hard to let go. I can understand that since I still have mine and do use it occasionally.

The hardware and OS are still the same. I have a Sony Vaio VGN-CR35G that is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. To get the camera working, I did the following:

  1. Download two files: camera driver and extractor.
  2. Install the extractor. Run it and point it to the executable driver installer.
  3. Open the folder where the files were extracted to and double-click on the installer.

I used the 64 bit version since that is what I have. There wasn’t any notification or dialog box saying that it was done when I ran it. Test it by opening your video chat application and just try it out.

Thank you for visiting and I hope this still works like it did for me a long time ago. Drop me a note if you have any comments, suggestions or questions. I’m still around.


Sony Vaio’s Motion Eye Camera: Post Switch From Vista To Windows 7

I wiped Vista off of my Sony Vaio VGN-CR35G and replaced it with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. Everything worked, except for the internal Motion Eye web cam. I tried getting XP and Vista drivers and installed them via the admin mode. I tried to download drivers from similar models and those didn’t do me any favors either. I finally stopped and just let it go. I wasn’t using it at all anyway.

I loaned the laptop to someone for a day. When I got it back, I was told that they tried to use the camera and found that it didn’t work. I also found some camera software and drivers still installed that they must have used to try to fix it. I forgot about it after some weeks and went about my schedule.

Finally, I got a relatively boring day and thought I should try again. The first step almost always is to do a search and see what’s out there. I tried something different thought. Instead of just typing in “Sony Vaio” and “Windows 7 camera driver”, I added in the “Motion Eye” branding that’s right under the camera lens. I got some great tips from a post by JavanFace in Microsoft’s technet forum. Now, this post was nearly a year old by I decided to give it a shot.

Sony Vaio Motion Eye Camera

I downloaded 2 files first. The camera driver here and the driver extractor here. Once I had those, the next steps were very simple.

1. Install the Extractor and run it. Point it to the executable driver installer.

2. Open the folder where the files were extracted to and double-click on the installer.

For my laptop, I clicked on the 64 bit version. After running, I didn’t get any messages that it was finished or it was installed successfully. So I just went ahead and tried it with the IM software that I used most often and it detected the camera right away. Thus, my yearlong camera conundrum is solved. I hope it works for anyone else having the same issue and looking for a working solution.

If you want to look at the original thread, then click on this. Alternate driver source here.

Added February 23, 2016:  Updated driver download link.

Installing Linux Mint 7 to External USB Drive

I have heard a lot of good feedback and saw really nice screenshots of Mint 7 Gloria, both Gnome and KDE versions. I had about 15GB of free space on a Western Digital USB drive and thought I’d go ahead and try it out. I already had Ubuntu and previous versions of Mint installed on the same drive. I booted up my Mint 6 system, downloaded the iso and burned it onto a CD with no issues. The computer I was and still am using is a Sony Vaio VGN-CR35G laptop with an ATI graphics card.

The installation itself was a breeze. No different from other processes I’ve gone through. The way my drive is set up is not unusual. I have 10GB partitions for the linux distros that I try out and a single /home partitions that is slightly larger. During the first boot, I was impressed with how great and streamlined it looks from login screen to desktop. I have no issues with drivers and the wireless works without any fuss, just like other versions. I feel that the run time from boot to desktop is faster and the annoying beep at shutdown isn’t there anymore. I’m excited to plug this drive into other computers in the house to see if compatibility would be an issue. I will have to write another entry on that.

Overall, I’d have to say that this is the easiest install that I have ever done. If I remember correctly, it is the quickest finish too. The artwork that comes with it is top caliber as always. You can never have too much eye candy. Compiz runs and works by default, which is great. I can’t really say anything more other than I wish I could sync this with my Ubuntu One account. Currenty, UO is in its beta stage and can only be used with a Jaunty system. Hopefully, that gap will be bridged in the near future. At the rate things go right now, that’s probably soon.